Urgent efforts to eradicate colonies of voracious spotted lanternflies are underway in Ithaca and at least four other New York areas. The bugs have been found in recent weeks in Ithaca's Fall Creek neighborhood, at two spots in Rockland County and one spot in neighboring Orange County. The state's first confirmed infestation was found in a state park on Staten Island in August.
Spotted lanternflies, which are native to Asia, were first found in this country five years ago in southeastern Pennsylvania. They have since spread over the eastern half of that state and parts of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Connecticut and now New York.
As reported on eu.recordonline.com¸ inspectors are now trying to find and destroy spotted lanternfly eggs that otherwise will hatch in late spring and loose hundreds or thousands of lanternfly nymphs into state forests and farmlands.
Residents and visitors to the infested areas are being asked to join the search for lanternfly egg masses.