DENVILLE, NJ -- Denville residents should be on the lookout for the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive species that threatens crops and fruit trees.

The invasive species is a plant hopper that is native to China, India and Vietnam, according to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDOA). It has presented a significant threat to Pennsylvania agriculture, including fruit trees, ornamental trees, woody trees, vegetables, herbs and vines, officials said. Although first detected in Berks County, Pennsylvania, the insect has been seen in several New Jersey counties.

According to the NJDOA, if you see egg masses on trees, scrape them off, double bag the scrapings and throw the bag away. Officials also state that you can kill the eggs by soaking them in bleach, hand sanitizer or alcohol. 

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If possible, officials ask residents to collect a specimen or snap a photo of it. Specimens can be sent to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's Lab for verification (369 S. Warren St., Trenton, NJ 08608). Email photos to SLF-plantindustry@ag.nj.gov. If you are unable to take a photo or send in a specimen, officials ask that you call the New Jersey Lanternfly Hotline at 1-833-223-2840 (BADBUG) and leave a message detailing the sighting.

 

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