Funding Available for Spotted Lantern Fly Treatment – ​​Trentonian

TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced that reimbursement funds are available to all counties in New Jersey for the treatment of the spotted lanternfly. The funding amount can reach $15,000 and possibly more. Funds will be disbursed to counties for costs they incur for chemical treatment activities associated with spotted lanternfly control.

“This is a great opportunity for every county in New Jersey to take advantage of funding that can help them reduce populations of this invasive pest,” said NJDA Secretary Douglas Fisher. “The more participants we have in this program, the stronger our fight will be against this pervasive threat.”

Information about the grant can be found at https://bit.ly/3zTV0Fw and the grant application can be found at https://bit.ly/3Jr1heH.

The Mottled Lantern is currently reaching its adult stage and will eventually begin laying egg masses that will hatch next spring. While the adult spotted lantern cannot survive winter temperatures, egg masses are unaffected.

Home and business owners can go to www.badbug.nj.gov to find information including a timeline of the insect’s growth stages as well as treatment options. In addition to the treatment options listed, residents and businesses can also use licensed pesticide applicators to provide treatments to kill the spotted lanternfly. However, if residents choose an over-the-counter treatment option, they should carefully follow the instructions on the product when applying it.

Although the spotted lanternfly does not harm humans or animals, it can feed on about 70 different types of vegetation or trees. The pest’s preferred host is the sky tree, an invasive plant that has been present in the United States for decades. The spotted lanternfly is native to Asia and was first found in the United States in Berks County, Pennsylvania in 2014. It is considered a plant hopper and can only fly a few feet at a time. that time. However, the spotted lanternfly is an excellent hitchhiker and can travel on almost any type of transportation for several miles, which has allowed it to spread across several states.

The Department asks people to check their vehicles whenever possible before leaving an area to ensure the pest is not moving. The NJDA has a checklist of things and places to look for the spotted lanternfly before leaving an area. The checklist serves to educate the public about the Mottled Lantern, including how to identify all life stages of the insect and minimize its movement.

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