Last Summer I reported on the Spotted Lantern Fly and the danger this little pest brings to New York State. Well, our work is not done, it's just beginning and it is your duty as a New Yorker to squash this bugger if you see it.

According to New York iMap Invasives, the Spotted Lanternfly came to North America from Asia and this insect feeds on grapes, maple trees and hops! The Spotted lantern Fly is a threat to our state agriculture and forests! Kill it first! The report it!

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The Spotted Lantern Fly crisis is so bad that Senator Chuck Schumer is asking for $22 million in funds to fight this invasive insect. New York's NBC4 reports that Schumer is targeting the upcoming budget to get the funds.

This is a multi-million-dollar threat to New York’s economy -- both tourism and agriculture are now at risk if the Spotted Lanternfly goes unchecked,"  - Senate majority leader Schumer

Photo by Magi Kern on Unsplash
Photo by Magi Kern on Unsplash

Have you spotted the Spotted Lanternfly? If you have you will need to do the following immediately:

  • Kill it!
  • Photograph the insect
  • Capture the insect and place it in a jar with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer
  • If no jar and rubbing alcohol are available, place the insect in a freezer
  • Contact a Spotted Lanternfly Responder HERE ASAP!

The Spotted Lantedfly is relatively new to the United States, with it's first detection coming in 2014. The nuisance pest likes to eat it's way through 70 different plants and has been 'spotted' throughout New York State.

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