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BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THE SPOTTED LANTERNFLY

Sunday, August 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lori Jenssen
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The New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association (NJNLA) has released a Public Service Announcement (PSA) video, "Be on the Lookout for the Spotted Lanternfly."  This PSA, produced by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Speciality Crop Block Grant Program, provides viewers with timely information on the identification, life cycle and potential spread of this devastating, invasive pest.  

Earlier this week, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher announced that the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and United States Department of Agriculture personnel had confirmed the sighting of the Spotted Lanternfly in northern Mercer County in New Jersey earlier this month. There were two confirmed sightings in southern Warren County earlier this summer. 

The sightings have led the State Department of Agriculture to quarantine the two affected counties as well as Hunterdon County, which is between Warren and Mercer counties, to prevent the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly.

"The Spotted Lanternfly is an excellent hitchhiker, with the ability to travel on all types of vehicles as well as various landscaping, wood-based materials and agricultural produce," Fisher said. "It's imperative that we stop the movement of this pest before it can make an impact on New Jersey."

This PSA will help to inform both the general public and those working in the horticultural industry. The NJNLA requests your help in getting the word out.  Please view the video by clicking HERE, then share on social media.  Thank you!

 

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