Department of Agriculture Urges Public to Take Action Against Spotted Lanternflies

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The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is urging residents to take action to prevent the spread of the invasive spotted lanternfly. These pests have caused significant damage to crops and trees in the state, and it is important that everyone plays a role in preventing their spread.

Spotted lanternflies lay their eggs on a variety of surfaces, including trees, cars, outdoor furniture, and even firewood. It is essential to destroy the egg masses before they hatch, which typically happens in the spring. To effectively kill the eggs, they must be smashed or submerged in rubbing alcohol.

Officials advise inspecting vehicles, equipment, and hard surfaces like patio furniture, grills, and play equipment for any signs of egg masses. If found, follow proper removal instructions, as scraping the eggs onto the ground will not eliminate them.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture also recommends power-washing any equipment or vehicles that may have come into contact with spotted lanternflies. By taking these steps, everyone can do their part in controlling the spread of these destructive pests.

It is important to note that spotted lanternflies are not harmful to humans or pets, but they can cause significant harm to crops and trees. Therefore, it is crucial to take action to prevent their spread and protect our state’s agriculture and natural resources.


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