Gardeners and other residents are asked to look out for the spotted lanternfly (SLF), an invasive pest that poses a severe threat to our landscape trees–and to forest and agriculture as well.
There’s bad news and good news. The bad news is that the SLF has been spotted in several locations in New York State. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to much of the state.
Learn how to help in these online events:
- Monday, June 7 at 1 p.m. – Identifying & Reporting Spotted Lanternfly and Tree of Heaven with NY iMapInvasives
- Monday, June 7 at 7 p.m. – Q&A Panel: Spotted Lanternfly, Tree of Heaven, and NY iMapInvasives
The events are being co-hosted by NY iMapInvasives and the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets (AGM).
The SLF came from Asia and feeds on a variety of plants including grapes, hops and maple trees. One potential pathway for the spread of SLF is its preferred host plant, tree of heaven, which is already found in many locations across New York State.
You can help protect our landscapes by knowing what to look for and how to report it to New York’s official invasive species database, iMapInvasives. Visit the NY iMapInvasives website to learn about the project, and sign up for a grid square on the map to look for these species out in the field.