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☷ Somerset County New Jersey - The Spotted Lanternfly is Hatching  and Somerset County Wants Your Help  to “Stomp Them Out ”

☷ Somerset County New Jersey - The Spotted Lanternfly is Hatching and Somerset County Wants Your Help to “Stomp Them Out ”

Somerset County , state New Jersey
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   SOMERVILLE , NJ –
   The Somerset County
   
   Department of Health is reminding residents to keep an eye out for the invasive spotted lanternfly that has caused damage to residential and agricultural plants and trees throughout the area . Residents are asked to check trees , fences , and other flat surfaces around their homes and neighborhoods for egg masses , as well as grown lanternflies and Stomp Them Out!
   The spotted lanternfly is native to China , India , and Vietnam . It was first sighted in the United States in Pennsylvania , and has since spread to surrounding states , including New Jersey . The spotted lanternfly was first discovered in Somerset County in 2019 . While not harmful to humans or animals , this invasive insect feeds on the sap of many different hardwood trees , scrubs , ornamental plants , and has the potential to impact agricultural crops of economic importance such as grape vines , hops , and apple orchards .   Feeding damage caused by the spotted lanternfly significantly stresses the affected plants which can lead to decreased health and potential crop loss .
   Residents and visitors are advised to keep an eye out for spotted lanternflies and their egg masses and kill them on sight . Destroying spotted lanternfly egg masses before they hatch is the best way to limit their spread . Eggs can be laid on any flat hard surface including metal , wood , and plastic . Egg masses are commonly found on fence posts , telephone poles , lawn furniture , and the underside of tree branches . Egg laying begins in September and continues through November or until the first freeze .
   While adult spotted lanternflies do not survive the cold winters , their egg masses do . Beginning in May through June , the eggs will start to hatch and mature through their life stages into adulthood . Join the battle to beat the bug and help us Stomp Them Out!
   If you find Spotted Lanternfly egg masses ( Figure 1 and Figure 2 ) :
   
   Scrape egg masses using scraper cards , or anything else that is hard , tapered and/or flat
   
   Kill eggs by putting them into doubled bags , using alcohol/hand sanitizer , or by smashing
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   Figure 1 .
   Typical Spotted Lanternfly egg masses on the underside of a tree branch in Somerville , NJ .
   
   
   Figure 2 .
    Spotted Lanternfly egg mass in located in downtown Somerville , NJ .
   
   
   
    
   Resources
   To get information on extermination and prevention , visit the New Jersey Department of Agriculture online at
   http://nj . gov/agriculture/divisions/pi/prog/pests - diseases/spotted - lanternfly
    .
   To report spotted lanternfly sightings , use the online reporting tool at
   http://nj . gov/agriculture/divisions/pi/prog/pests - diseases/spotted - lanternfly
    .  
   For additional local resources , please visit the Agriculture Development Board at
   https://www . co . somerset . nj . us/government/public - works/planning/agriculture - dev - board/spotted - lanternfly - information
    . They also have scraper cards available for combating the Spotted Lantern Fly egg masses .
   Somerset County Department of Health (
   SCDOH
    ) is the lead agency for environmental health compliance and enforcement in Somerset County . For more information on the environmental health program , visit
   https://www . co . somerset . nj . us/government/public - health - safety/health - department/environmental - health
    .
   Somerset County Board of County Commissioners
   Somerset County is governed and managed by the Board of County Commissioners . The Board consists of five members with one or two elected each year in November in the general election , and they each serve three - year terms . Commissioners serve as liaisons to all divisions in the county .
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