Spotted Lanternfly Spotted In Verona

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A reader in the F.B. Brown side of town discovered a spotted lanternfly in her yard yesterday. The inch-long lanternfly, native to Asia, has become known for damaging agriculture since arriving in the United States through Philadelphia seven years ago.

Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Salem, Somerset, and Warren counties have been under a spotted lanternfly quarantine since August 2020. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has asked visitors to those counties to check any outdoor gear for “hitchhikers” before they leave and kill them.

The Verona reader discovered lanternflies on a shed in her yard and on the Tree of Heaven in her neighbor’s yard and killed them. The Verona Environmental Commission says that, if you see a spotted lanternfly, you should kill it and any insect eggs you see and then report it to the DEP.

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