“If you see a spotted lanternfly, it’s imperative to immediately report it. What else? Kill it! Squash it, smash it...just get rid of it. In the fall, these bugs will lay egg masses with 30-50 eggs each. These are called bad bugs for a reason, don’t let them take over your county next.”
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The bug comes from China, India and Vietnam, but they have since been spotted in Pennsylvania in 2014 before spreading to other states such as Maryland, Delaware, Virginia. New York is the newest state to see a surge of spotted lanternflies.
Alejandro Calixto, director of the New York State Integrated Pest Management program at Cornell University, warned that it “could impact New York’s forests as well as the agricultural and tourism industries.”
“Once these insects reach some of the state’s grape production areas, there’s going to be an impact”, he added.
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