New Jersey is preparing for an invasion of a tree-killing pest, the spotted lanternfly. The spotted lanternfly hails from Asia, where natural predators keep the insect at bay. Discovered in Berks County, Pennsylvania in 2014 the insect attacks as many as 70 tree and plant species including fruit trees and hardwoods. The insect has now spread to at least five Pennsylvania counties along the New Jersey border. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection put out an alert for the insect last week, as officials search probable locations for egg masses. Researchers have yet to find a parasitic insect to combat the growing infestation and birds do not seem to like to eat the spotted lanternfly. Other pesky tree-killing pests include the ash borer beetle and gypsy moths.
Read more about the spotted lanternfly and how officials manage the Emerald Ash borer from NorthJersey.com: http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/environment/2017/10/08/tree-destroying-bug-on-njs-doorstep/618329001/