Spotted lanternfly 2022: Here’s what you may start to see more of the invasion pest

WOODBURY, NJ (WPVI) — Experts say you’ll be seeing more spotted lanternflies in your garden soon, as the nymphs usually turn into adults in late summer.

A neighbor in Woodbury, New Jersey, got so bad that the city had to cut down some of her trees.

Ashley Mailahn says she never wanted to become an expert on spotted lanternflies. However, the volume in her backyard left her no choice.

“Thousands. Very simple. I mean, you can look at the floor, they’re littered everywhere,” said Mailahn.

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It has forced them to go on the offensive.

“I don’t want them to kill that tree. i love this tree This tree is my favorite,” she said, examining her yard.

She decided to wrap parts of her trees in flypaper to trap the invasive beetle.

“You kind of have to accept that you’re probably going to kill some bugs you don’t want. But by and large, these bugs are killing my trees,” she said.

It’s a method homeowners have been using since spotted lanternflies first appeared in the United States in 2014. They were first found in Pennsylvania.

Now they can be found in buildings in Jersey City, hopping through Philadelphia parks and clinging to Wilmington trees.

“All young people grow into adults,” explained Jon Gelhaus, curator of entomology at Drexel University’s Academy of Sciences.

Over the past eight years, researchers have learned more about the invasive beetle, including how it stresses plants and the importance of stopping the beetle from migrating further.

However, experts warn to be careful how you kill the pest. Chemicals you use to kill the bug could end up harming your plants as well.

“You can trample on them,” laughed Gelhaus. “And people do it. It gets quite a bit, but their increase is so big.”

Penn State Extension, which is investigating the bug, says it’s likely to stay.

Mailahn only hopes that they leave their farm.

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