Have You Seen this Insect?

Have You Seen this Insect?
Posted on 09/01/2021
Have You Seen this Insect?

Attention Township Residents: Have you seen this insect?

The NJ Department of Agriculture recommends:

STOMP IT OUT! USE A FLY SWATTER! JUST KILL IT!

The Spotted Lantern Fly (SLF) is a serious invasive pest with a healthy appetite for our plants and it can be a significant nuisance, affecting the quality of life and enjoyment of the outdoors. It uses its piercing-sucking mouthpart to feed on sap from over 70 different plant species. It has a strong preference for economically important plants and the feeding damage significantly stresses the plants which can lead to decreased health and potentially death.*

There is no need to contact the Montclair Arborist or Department of Community Services if you find this insect in town!

Essex County is now included as part of a 13-county quarantine zone established by the NJ Department of Agriculture. There is no need to report it or collect samples now that Essex County is under quarantine.

Please refer to the website below where you will find all you need to know about the SLF:
https://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/pi/prog/pests-diseases/spotted-lanternfly/

There are various control measures that can be implemented. Montclair Township recommends contacting a New Jersey licensed tree expert who can explain which options may be best for the trees and plants on your property.

You can find a a New Jersey licensed tree expert here: https://njtreeexperts.org/index.php/directory-search

Some recent news releases:

https://www.nj.com/news/2021/08/spotted-lanternfly-quarantine-expands-to-5-more-nj-counties-brings-total-to-13.html

https://newjersey.news12.com/new-jersey-adds-5-more-counties-to-spotted-lanternfly-quarantine-zone

*NJ Department of Agriculture