SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Spotted lanternfly traps are now available for distribution to Sussex County residents.
The spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect native to China, India, and Vietnam that has spread to the states of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Connecticut and Ohio.
This insect feeds on sap from over 70 different plant species and has the potential to greatly affect agricultural crops and hardwood trees. It has a strong preference for economically important plants and the feeding damage significantly stresses the plants, which can lead to decreased health and potentially death.
While it does not harm humans or animals, it can reduce the quality of life for people living in heavily infested areas.
Due to the potential impact to residents and farms, Sussex County seized the opportunity to participate in the 2023 NJ Department of Agriculture’s Spotted Lanternfly Grant for controlling this nuisance and detrimental insect in New Jersey.
The Sussex County Office of Mosquito Control purchased a number of spotted lanternfly reusable traps for distribution in Sussex County.
Traps were initially distributed to local commercial farms, such as fruit tree and grape producers, due to the threat this insect poses to economic crop damage.
Each Sussex County resident may acquire two circle traps, which should be installed on trees in April through October.
To acquire the SLF circle traps, visit the Office of Mosquito Control website at https://sussex.nj.us/lanternfly to complete a registration survey.
Once the survey has been completed, residents can pick up their traps on Saturday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at the Sussex County Office of Mosquito Control, located at 150 Morris Turnpike, in Frankford Township.
Walk-ins are welcome on pick-up days; however, residents are strongly encouraged to complete the registration survey in order to secure their traps as quantities are extremely limited.
Circle traps placed on trees are an effective and environmentally safe way for controlling infestations. the traps are reusable and easy to install trapping both nymph and adult stages.
For more information or for assistance with the registration survey, contact the Office of Mosquito Control at 973-940-5225.