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Stop the Invasion! Protect our Crops & Trees! How to kill Spotted Lanternflies???

Updated: Aug 26

The Spotted Lanternfly seems to be everywhere this summer. I've had quite a few conversations about these Lanternflies with friends, and how to get rid of them because they can cause a lot of damage. Don't let the attractive and benign appearance of the Spotted Lanternfly fool you!

Rutgers University's New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station website stated, "In response, the NJ Department of Agriculture has issued an eight-county quarantine. People and businesses travelling in and out of these counties (Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Salem, Somerset, and Warren) should inspect vehicles for hitchhiking SLF and inspect outdoor items such as packing bins, firewood, paving stones, lawn equipment, etc. for egg masses (see checklist (PDF)). Quarantine compliance will reduce the spread of SLF to new areas and counties thereby protecting New Jersey resources including forests and agriculture."

Though it was first spotted in Pennsylvania, the Spotted Lanternfly invaded not only New Jersey but other states such as, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Connecticut and Ohio. I have even spotted them in my backyard, and had to take the necessary actions to get rid of them, mostly swatting and stomping them. Though I'd gotten rid of a lot, I still kept spotting them. Therefore, I resorted to spraying my backyard with non-toxic solution of 1/3 parts each of Water, Isopropyl Alcohol or Rubbing Alcohol and Apple Cider Vinegar on a regular basis. I'm seeing positive results. I definitely recommend spraying with the Apple Cider Vinegar solution.

If your infestation is more pervasive than mine, there are other options, alone or combined, that will also provide positive results. Here are some recommendations and information from various websites:




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