The Spotted Lantern Fly is a highly invasive pest that has been rapidly spreading in the Northeastern United States. Originally from Asia, this insect was first spotted in Pennsylvania in 2014 and has since spread to multiple states in the Northeast region, including New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. The primary way in which the Spotted Lantern Fly is spreading is through the transportation of infested materials, such as firewood and construction materials, from one location to another.
The Spotted Lantern Fly feeds on the sap of trees, causing significant damage to fruit orchards and hardwood forests. This can lead to reduced yields, tree death, and economic loss for local communities. The insect also has a tendency to gather in large numbers on trees and buildings, creating a nuisance and damaging the aesthetics of affected areas.
To prevent the spread of the Spotted Lantern Fly, it is important to inspect all outdoor items before moving them and to remove and destroy any egg masses that may be present. In addition, residents and businesses in affected areas should take steps to control and eliminate adult insects and nymphs on their property. By working together, the Northeastern community can help slow the spread of this invasive pest and protect their environment and economy.