Since LNN published that post, MANY readers have contacted us that they are seeing the insect all over Lakewood.
State authorities are worried the Spotted Lanternfly could cause major damage to Garden State crops, and want you to kill them, as they quickly multiply.
13 counties across New Jersey including Monmouth county which neighbors Lakewood, are currently under quarantine for this potentially damaging insect.
Residents in the quarantine area are required to check their vehicles and personal belongings for the spotted lanternfly and/or its eggs before traveling outside the zone. Business entities that routinely travel in and out of the quarantine area are required to take, and pass, free training regarding the spotted lanternfly. Those businesses that interact exclusively in New Jersey’s quarantine zone must comply with the details outlined in the quarantine order. The quarantine also allows department, USDA or USDA-contracted agents access to property where the spotted lanternfly is suspected or confirmed, so that the property can be evaluated and treated, if necessary.
At first there were 8 New Jersey counties under the quarantine zone but on August 30th the NJDA added an additional five counties to the quarantine list.
“The spotted lanternfly’s excellent hitchhiking skills on all types of transportation have allowed it to spread, making it necessary to expand the quarantine zone,” New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher said. “While we have crews working throughout the state to treat infestations of the spotted lanternfly, we are seeking the public’s assistance by asking anyone who sees this pest to destroy it whenever possible.”
To report a sighting, call 833-4BADBUG (833-422-3284). For other questions you can email [email protected]