4 spotted lanternflies found at Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining
Four invasive spotted lanternfly were spotted in Westchester today.
The Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining shared photos on its Facebook page saying four of insects have been found. They say the insects that were found are in late nymph stage and are not adult spotted lanternflies.
In a Facebook post, officials say “These planthoppers feed on Tree of Heaven (another invasive), as well as a wide variety of plants including grapevines, hops, maple and fruit trees. They are a threat to New York's forest, agricultural, recreation and tourism industries and as a community we need to do everything we can to stop their spread.”
Officials anyone who sees this insect should take a photo, kill it and report it on https://www.nyimapinvasives.org/. These insects travel by hitching rides and laying their eggs on vehicles, camping gear, building materials and other similar items, so it is extremely important to check your belongings and vehicles for signs of their presence. If you are having work done on your house, make sure your materials are inspected for signs of eggs.
The organization is hosting a free workshop on Saturday, Aug. 6 with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County about what people can do to mitigate the spread of this invasive pest.
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