Morris County warns of invasive species

The dreaded noticed lanternfly has arrived in Morris County. Native to Southeast Asia, the invasive…

The dreaded noticed lanternfly has arrived in Morris County.

Native to Southeast Asia, the invasive pest is thought to have hitchhiked to Pennsylvania attached to wooden packing crates or skids. It was first found in New Jersey in 2018 and in New York in 2020.

Recent months have seen experiences of the noticed lanternfly earning its way towards Morris from the east and south. The very first stories of them crossing into southwest Morris County arrived past month. 

Previous week, inhabitants of Randolph, Mount Olive, Parsippany, Hanover, Denville and Boonton, to identify a couple, confirmed they have produced it into the heart of the county.

“We have been functioning diligently to slow the progress of this bug,” New Jersey Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher reported. “We are concentrating on locations where by extreme infestations have been confirmed, and we also really encourage inhabitants to demolish the spotted lanternfly if possible when they see it. It will choose a mixed work to help continue to keep this pest from spreading.”

Even though the colorful bug is no risk to humans or animals, it is identified to feed on 70 sorts of plants and trees, leading to opportunity hurt.

The bugs start off laying egg masses in early to mid-September. The gray-seeking egg masses can be scraped off, double bagged and then thrown absent. The egg masses can also be positioned into liquor, bleach or hand sanitizer to get rid of them.