MORRISTOWN, NJ -  The Town of Morristown is asking residents to be on the alert for the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive species threatening crops and fruit trees.

The invasive species is plant hopper native to China, India and Vietnam, according to the Department of Agriculture. It presents a significant threat to Pennsylvania agriculture, including the grape, tree-fruit, hardwood and nursery industries, they said. Although first detected in Berks County Pennsylvania, the insect is now is in several New Jersey counties.

According to the USDA, if you see egg masses, scrape them off, double bag them and throw the bag away. Officials also state that you can place the eggs into bleach, hand sanitizer or alcohol to kill them. 

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Officials are also asking residents to collect a specimen and sending it to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's Lab for verification or submitting a photo. Submit a photo to SLF-plantindustry@ag.nj.gov. If you are unable to take a photo or send in a specimen, officials as 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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