Look For and Report Spotted Lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive pest
found in several counties in the Northeast United States, and is threatening American
agriculture and natural resources. It damages more than 70 types of plants, including
grape vines, fruit trees, and hardwoods. We need your help to look for and report it! Spotted Lanternflies excrete a sticky fluid that promotes mold growth and weakens plants. First seen in Pennsylvania in 2014, this invasive
pest has been found in nearby States because people unknowingly moved infested material
or items containing egg masses. Most states are at risk because all stages of this pest can easily hitchhike on things
we move. So to stop the spread of spotted lanternfly,
we’re working with state and local partners – and YOU! Look for spotted lanternflies year round. When they’re young, in spring and summer,
they are black with white spots, and turn red as they mature. Adults with their colorful wings are easy
to spot in late summer and fall. Newly laid egg masses look like wet grey putty,
before turning dull and brown, like cracked mud. Look for egg masses in fall, winter, and spring
on all variety of outdoor surfaces, like trees, bricks, stones, fences, grills, outdoor equipment,
and vehicles. They gather in groups and feed on trees, especially the invasive tree of heaven, or Ailanthus,
its preferred host. If you see spotted lanternfly, report it! Contact your State Department of Agriculture
or Cooperative Extension Office. Learn more at the Hungry Pests website, aphis.usda.gov/HungryPests/SLF

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