NJ Department of Agriculture Urges Residents to Help Slow the Advancement of the Spotted Lanternfly
The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that can feed on about 70 different types of trees and plants. Indigenous to China, Taiwan and Vietnam, the planthopper pest arrived in the United States in Berks County, Pennsylvania, on a shipment from China in 2014. It has steadily advanced ever since, and 26 counties in Pennsylvania are currently under quarantine. And thanks to a shared border with the state, the pest is now in New Jersey. Warren, Hunterdon, Mercer, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Salem and Somerset are all under quarantine.
Residents outside of the quarantined counties can report the exact address of spotted lanternfly sightings by sending an email or by calling 609-406-6943.
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