Westchester Parks: High-powered vacuums, conservation dogs will combat spotted lanternfly population

The Westchester County Parks Department announced on Tuesday that they will be taking new steps to reduce the spotted lanternfly population.

News 12 Staff

Aug 1, 2023, 6:40 PM

Updated 290 days ago

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The Westchester County Parks Department announced on Tuesday that they will be taking new steps to reduce the spotted lanternfly population.
The department says it “acquired high-powered commercial vacuums that are used to suck up large congregations of spotted lanternflies found in our parks.”
It also will have trained dogs from the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference's Conservation Dogs. The dogs will be deployed to sniff out the eggs before they hatch.
“The spotted lanternfly has become a nuisance – and a potential threat – in Westchester County,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer in prepared remarks. “The steps and suggestions recommended by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation should be taken seriously and I urge the community to come together to help reduce this invasive.”


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