The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive species to New York and must be killed. Their hatching season is typically May and June so it's time to take action.

According to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the Spotted Lanternfly is attracted to hops, maple, walnut and pose a significant threat to New York's forest health. Here's how to destroy them.

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The DEC is suggesting, should you see a Spotted Lanternfly in New York, kill it immediately by stepping on it or crushing it. It would also be helpful to take a photo of the insect, collect a sample and place it in a freezer or in a jar with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer.

This invasive pest primarily feeds on tree of heaven but could also destroy several other crops. Now is the time to act and this is what you need to do. This is what they look like.

Photo by Magi Kern on Unsplash
Photo by Magi Kern on Unsplash
This insect was first spotted in New York back in 2014. As time has passed more and more of these insects have been documented in the Empire State.  The Spotted Lanternfly most likely made their way to New York by being transported into the state via vehicles, firewood, outdoor furniture, etc.
The Spotted Lanternfly excrete large amounts of sticky "honeydew," which attracts molds and could stunt the production of plants. Kill any SLF you see by stepping on it or crushing it.

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