NJ battles the spotted lanternfly

Residents asked to help ‘Stomp It Out!’

New Jersey residents are being asked to be on the lookout for the spotted lanternfly, an invasive species which can be a nightmare for farmers and their crops.

Sightings have been reported in most of the state, with a quarantine order in effect in eight counties. According to the Department of Agriculture, it destroyed spotted lanternfly egg masses on 600 properties in the winter alone.

Officials say if you see an egg mass, you should scrape it into a plastic bag, using hand sanitizer, and dispose of it. The state, which wants help to “Stomp It Out,” has additional information on the website badbug.nj.gov.

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