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BLOOMFIELD, NJ – At the most recent Township Council Meeting, Tom Purtell, Bloomfield’s forester since 2019 gave a brief presentation about the sharp increase in spotted lanternflies in town, advising residents to refer to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture for information on how to control an infestation.
This insect has the potential to greatly impact agricultural crops and hardwood trees. SLF feeds on the plant sap of many different plants including grapevines, maples, black walnut, and other important plants in NJ. While it does not harm humans or animals, it can reduce the quality of life for people living in heavily infested areas.
What can you do to help? “Join the Battle, Beat the Bug” The NJ Department of Agriculture’s website, Spotted Lanternfly (nj.gov), has recommended the following:
“This is going to be a nuisance kind of pest for about two seasons, that’s what seems to be happening,” said Purtell. SLF are expected to stick around until about December, with females laying egg clusters before winter.
The Mayor recommended a plan be put together to formulate solutions in advance of next summer’s life cycle for the Township parks. In the meantime, the best method for curbing their numbers is the classic stomp/squish method, which should be attempted after they have jumped once and have less energy.