The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) has confirmed that a second population of the invasive Spotted Lanternfly has been found near Ridgeley. The WVDA collected a specimen and will be conducting treatments with USDA-APHIS to contain the insects.
Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt: “Our staff have been diligent on public outreach and inspections. The fact this report came from a resident shows folks are on the lookout for this new, invasive pest. If you believe you spot the Spotted Lanternfly, make sure to report it to the WVDA.”
“The WVDA is encouraging landowners to inspect their property for egg masses and adult life stages, especially for properties that contain numerous Tree-of-Heaven,” said WVDA Spotted Lanternfly coordinator Kristen Wickert. “The greater the effort to track the movement of this pest, the more effective our treatment can be to combat it. We rely heavily on the public to aid us in this effort.”