New Jersey prepares for possible invasion of tree-destroying bug, the spotted lanternfly

spotted lanternfly

SCOTT FALLON / NORTHJERSEY.COM – A colorful bug that attacks as many as 70 tree and plant species has spread rapidly through eastern Pennsylvania and is now prompting New Jersey officials to prepare for a possible invasion.

Despite a three-year quarantine, the spotted lanternfly is now in at least five Pennsylvania counties near the New Jersey border. New Jersey officials have begun surveying areas for egg masses to see if there has been any infestation in the Garden State.

“We’ve seen it migrate closer and closer to us, so it may now be a question of when, not if,”  said Joe Zoltowski, director of the state Division of Plant Industry, which handles pest control. “It’s something that we’re on the lookout for.” …

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