Wacky Pest Wednesday: Spotted Lanternfly
Happy Wednesday, Tri-County Pest Control fans, and welcome to our latest edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday! Please join us today as we cover a critter that has made quite a statement in the Mid-Atlantic over the past few years, even though it’s not supposed to be here: the spotted lanternfly!
If you look up the definition of an “invasive pest” in the dictionary, there might as well be a picture of a spotted lanternfly right next to it because it fits the definition perfectly. Originally from Asia, the spotted lanternfly has hitched a ride across the ocean and made it over to the East Coast, where it hops from crop to crop leaving a whole lot of damage in its wake. Since they have no natural predators over here, they can reproduce and chow down on agriculture without any sort of control, which poses a huge threat to businesses and food supplies.
Indeed, the spotted lanternfly problem has grown so big over the past few years that both the New Jersey and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture have issued warnings for these critters. Yesterday, a Facebook post from the NJ Department of Agriculture urged residents to keep an eye out for these critters, and if you see one, to call the dedicated hotline that they’ve set up to track the movements of the bug: 1-833-BAD-BUG-0. Invasive species are no joke, and governments and pest control professionals alike are doing what they can to keep homes and businesses safe from these critters.
Now, they won’t hurt you, but if you are a farmer of if you have a garden in the yard, they can very well be your own worst enemy. So, should you see one, first report it to the officials through their hotlines, and then give us a call. We’ll be over in no time to assess the situation and help you determine the best course of action.
Keep an eye out for the spotted lanternfly, folks! Your vigilance can help protect the agricultural industry in your state!