Connecticut officials warn about invasive spotted lanternfly seen in Fairfield, New Haven counties
Connecticut officials are warning people to look out for an invasive species of insect found in Fairfield and New Haven counties.
The spotted lanternfly destroys certain plants and vineyards but won't harm you or your pets. It's encouraged that if you have a Tree of Heaven on your property to remove it because the spotted lanternflies are attracted to it.
Victoria Smith, the deputy state entomologist, says to crush or stomp on it if you see one.
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"Since it's feeding on liquid, it's excrement is also liquid, when you get large populations of these things, excrement will just rain down in this really disgusting shower," she says.
Smith says that could attract bees and wasps and could create a black sooty mold which can be slippery.
She says a female spotted lanternfly is capable of producing 50 to 100 eggs and will lay them anywhere.
Smith encourages people to take a photo, though, before killing it and send it to this email dedicated to the spotted lanternfly.
She says to spray mineral oil closer to October to smother any eggs of the spotted lanternfly.