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Thursday, July 18, 2024


Residents Urged to Destroy Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

Spotted Lanternflies

By Press Release

TRENTON – New Jersey Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher is encouraging New Jersey residents to help take part in eliminating Spotted Lanternfly egg masses before they hatch near the end of April or in early May.  

According to a release, Fisher and NJDA Plant Industry Division Director Joseph Zoltowski published information and instructions on how to find and destroy the egg masses in a video issued March 31. “As the temperatures begin to warm and more people are outside on their own properties, we are asking them to look for and destroy Spotted Lanternfly egg masses,” Fisher stated. “The more of these egg masses that can be eliminated now means there will be less of this nuisance pest later in the spring and during the summer.” 

Spotted Lanternfly egg masses hold between 30-50 eggs of the invasive species. One sign to look for to see where Spotted Lanternfly has been is a black sooty mold on a tree. The Spotted Lanternfly prefers the Tree of Heaven, which is common in New Jersey.  

While the Spotted Lanternfly is not a threat to humans or animals, it is known to feed on numerous types of vegetation. NJDA and USDA crews have combined to treat more than 20,000 acres and have destroyed thousands of egg masses on nearly 600 properties throughout this past winter season.  

The Spotted Lanternfly is native to Asia, but arrived in the U.S. in Berks County, Pennsylvania, on a shipment, in 2014. The species has been advancing ever since, causing Pennsylvania to have 34 counties currently under quarantine.  

The New Jersey counties currently under quarantine are Warren, Hunterdon, Mercer, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Salem, Somerset, and the list is expected to expand.  

To watch the instructional egg mass scraping video, visit To learn more about the Spotted Lanternfly and what to do if you find them on your property, visit 

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