Lanternfly migration could mean trouble

Lanternfly migration could mean trouble for New Jersey. The New Jersey is setting up a fight to keep a new Asian pest from crossing the Delaware River. But it seems it may be a losing battle.


A lot of transportation breaks out between New Jersey and the counties. That includes 36 bridges between New Jersey and the Pennsylvania counties of Delaware, Philadelphia, Bucks, Northampton and Monroe. All of them have spotted lanternfly.

Zolkowski said that New Jersey conduct supervision along the border of two states and high use areas of major highways from Warren to Salem counties. It will also conduct a public education campaign so people know what to look for and how to report it.

They lays eggs on the tree bark, house siding and other hard surfaces will start an insect emerge from its egg. There is no safe chemical which can use to widespread spraying of the insecticide.

Penn State Extension materials say the lanternfly “feeds upon over 65 species of plants.” It is predicted to become a serious destructive insect of timber, ornamental trees, tree fruit orchards, grapes, stone fruit, and blueberries. It can feeds on several types of vegetables.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Fred Strathmeyer said that Pennsylvania recently received $17.5 million from the federal government to destroy it completely, but there is no calculation of that money.

It can build high population numbers and pose a threat particularly to the grape industry. There is a growing grape industry in New Jersey. So there need to keep an eye on this insect through surveillance and crowdsource details.