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Spotted Lanternflies Confirmed in Region
Friday, 18 December 2020
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​Spotted lanternflies have recently been confirmed in our region. First found in the U.S. in 2014 in Pennsylvania, spotted lanternfly currently has established populations in 9 states. This invasive insect can feed on over 103 different plant types and is also a threat to many ornamental and native trees. One of the main ways it spreads is through egg masses which can be laid on almost any surface, including trees and other plants.  

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is investigating this spotted lanternfly finding and is encouraging residents to inspect their fresh-cut Christmas trees.  They are also recommending that Christmas trees be chipped or composted before March to reduce the likelihood of any possibly attached spotted lanternfly or gypsy moth eggs hatching.  See Prince William County's tree recycling drop off locations here.

Think you may have seen a spotted lanternfly egg mass, adult, or nymph?  Please report it, following this guidance.
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