NEW JERSEY — Thank you to Duke Farms for this helpful video.

Those pesky spotted lanternflies are invading backyards in New Jersey despite residents efforts to eradicate them. Recently, five more New Jersey counties were added to the NJ Department of Agriculture’s existing spotted lanternfly quarantine zone including Essex, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, and Union.

To help stomp them out, Patch collaborated with Duke Farms environmental experts at the Hillsborough nature preserve to show readers how to make their own lanternfly trap.  Abigail Schmid, an Environmental Educator at Duke Farms, created a DIY (Do It Yourself) video on how to make a spotted lanternfly circle trap for your own backyard.To make the trap you will need the following materials:

  • Plastic one-gallon jugs (ex. a milk or water jug that can be cut with scissors) (quantity: 2)
  • Rubber bands, 0.5″ thick (quantity: 2)
  • Piece of 16 gauge metal wire, 22″ long (quantity: 1)
  • Plastic coated screen (such as window screen replacement), 24″ x 36″ (quantity: 1)
  • Ziplock bag, 2.5 gallons (quantity: 1)
  • All-weather tape, 6″ long (quantity: 1)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • All-natural string or twine to tie the trap up

These materials are just a standard size example, but individuals may need to cut a larger or smaller piece of screen to cover the circumference of their tree(s), said Schmid. The 11-minute video takes readers step-by-step from start to finish on how to kill these destructive bugs.

“It’s really important that we share this information about the spotted lanternfly, how to capture them and hopefully manage their population,” said Schmid in the video.

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive species native to China, India and Vietnam. It was first discovered in the United States in Berks County, Pennsylvania, on a shipment and has since spread to eight other states, including New Jersey.