Spotted lanternflies expected to return to Hudson Valley again this spring

The spotted lanternfly will have more of a presence around the area this year once they start hatching in a few weeks, arborists say.

Diane Caruso

Apr 7, 2023, 9:43 PM

Updated 412 days ago

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An invasive bug will soon be showing up in the Hudson Valley once again.
The spotted lanternfly will have more of a presence around the area this year once they start hatching in a few weeks, arborists say.
"It reproduces at about 600 times itself every year,” arborist Jim Wickes told News 12. “So, the reproduction rate is relatively rapid.”
The insect has no natural predator, but Wickes -- an arborist for four decades – says people need to act by destroying the eggs and bugs when you see them - or hire an expert.
“Early detection is the best strategy in controlling this pest,” he added. “So having an arborist coming out to expect your properties to identify the host trees and any insect egg masses at the time is the first line of defense,” he added.
Wickes acknowledged putting insecticide into the tree will kill the bugs, which they did a couple hundred times last year in Rockland or to spray something directly onto the spotted lanternfly.


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