Officials call for vigilance against spotted latternfly

The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture and Markets (DAM) have announced that although freezing temperatures will kill off adult spotted lanternflies (SLF), the public is urged to stay vigilant and report overwintering egg masses.

In the fall, SLF will lay their eggs on any flat surface such as vehicles, firewood, outdoor furniture, stone or other items which can be inadvertently transported to new areas. If this insect becomes established in New York, it could impact New York’s forests, agricultural and tourism industries.

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