Public asked to report Spotted Lanternfly sightings

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(Camden, NJ) – County health officials are asking for the public’s help identifying a new pest recently spotted in the area. A Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), an invasive insect that has spread throughout southeastern Pennsylvania & New Jersey threatening agriculture and our beautiful hardwood trees, has recently been seen in Camden County.

“We need your help and ask that you please contact the County Entomologist at (856) 374-6042 if you see an SLF,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services. “The public’s assistance in identifying the early locations of this insect will be critical to stopping its spread.”

Spotted lanternflies are not known to bite, sting, or attack people, pets or livestock, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agricultures. It is not known whether they are poisonous when ingested by humans or animals. The pest is primarily a threat to agriculture including many fruits and crops.

More information about SLF is available from the United States Department of Agriculture by visitinghttps://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/resources/pests-diseases/hungry-pests/the-threat/spotted-lanternfly/spotted-lanternfly.