Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Found in Ocean County

DIE, MY Really: The invasive spotted lanternfly triggers destruction to trees and fruit harvests. If you see it, destroy it. (Image: Lawrence Barringer, Pa. Dept. of Agriculture)
The noticed lanternfly, an invasive species from China that traveled to Bucks County, Pa., in 2014 in a cargo of stone and has induced some destruction to some of that state’s fruit crops, has now been found in Ocean County, all around Jackson Township, according to horticulturist Susan Emhardt-Servidio of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Ocean County.
Casual stories from tree services say it has also been located on Lengthy Beach front Island.
The appealing “fly” looks like a moth but is actually a plant hopper that has reddish spots on its wings. As a juvenile or nymph, the SLF leads to destruction to trees and vines by sucking the sugary sap from the internal bark and depleting the plants’ energy. The sugary sap still left in its wake also turns into host to a fungus that assaults trees and fruit.
“The principal problem is fruit trees, peaches and other stone fruits, moreover apples and grapevines,” explained Emhardt-Servidio.  “It’s a danger to the wine marketplace and also the beer sector, as it also affects hops.”
Much more TO Arrive: Noticed lanternfly egg mass on a tree. These can be scrapped off, double-bagged and thrown absent. (Photo: Anne Nielsen, Rutgers College)
The main difficulty with the bug is that the grownup lays its eggs on something with a smooth floor: a tree trunk, automobile or truck roof, even plastic toys, she mentioned.  The insect is not a powerful flyer but is recognised to drop onto motor vehicles. “And with people traveling this summer time to the shore – perfectly, we had been expecting it.”
8 counties in New Jersey have been positioned in quarantine status: Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Salem, Somerset and Warren.
Burlington County, just a few miles down the highway from Minimal Egg Harbor Township, is the newest county to declare a quarantine, which indicates nurseries in certain have a obligation to look at solution, and any motorists passing by means of Burlington must test their cars for hitchhikers and ruin them. People in these counties should also examine out of doors merchandise these types of as packing bins, firewood, paving stones, garden equipment, and many others. for egg masses.
“Quarantine compliance will lower the distribute of SLF to new spots and counties, thereby preserving New Jersey methods including forests and agriculture,” according to the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.
Ocean County has not still reached the threshold of declaring a quarantine, stated Emhardt-Servidio. “It’s not yet confirmed that there is a breeding population in Ocean County it could be just personal grown ups that have arrived but not nonetheless overwintered on trees. They have to affirm eggs have hatched into nymphs.”
The spotted lanternfly can feed on a lot more than 70 plant species. Grown ups and nymphs often feed in substantial congregations, largely on the trunk and limbs of plants, not on the fruit or leaf tissues.
Just one tree that hosts large figures of SLF is Ailanthus altissima, commonly recognized as Tree of Heaven, which is by itself an invasive species from Asia that has been all over for 60 years or additional and is ample in New Jersey. Tree of Heaven typically grows in clumps in sunny places along highways or disturbed habitats. Other important tree hosts incorporate black walnut, red maple, river birch and willow.
There are two species of by natural means taking place fungi that can attack SLF, and a couple useful insects have also been noticed attacking SLF. Insecticide administration and removing of egg masses are the most important strains of defense, although insecticide should be diligently monitored to make confident bees and other helpful insects are not impacted.
But people can assistance by staying vigilant. “If you see it, cease it,” explained Emhardt-Servidio.
Egg masses on tree trunks can also be scraped off and wrecked.
The N.J. Division of Agriculture bulletin states, “SLF populations in New Jersey are new and we will need your assistance! Quarantine compliance and administration of grownup populations will lower the spread of SLF to new parts and counties thereby preserving New Jersey methods including forests and agriculture. To assistance survey efforts, you should report sightings (with photograph) to”
— Pat Johnson

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