The spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive pest that feeds on a wide variety of plants such as grapevine, hops, maple, walnut, fruit trees and others.
SLF can jump and fly short distances, they spread primarily through human activity. They lay their eggs on vehicles, firewood, outdoor furniture, stone, etc. which are inadvertently transported to new areas, causing the insect to spread.
- Learn how to identify SLF. Go online to see photos and learn more.
- Inspect outdoor items such as firewood, vehicles, and furniture for egg masses.
- If you visit other states with SLF, be sure to check all equipment and gear before leaving. Scrape off any egg masses.
- Destroy egg masses by scraping them into a bucket of hot, soapy water or a baggie/jar of hand sanitizer.
If you believe you've found spotted lanternfly in New York:
- Take pictures of the insect, egg masses and/or infestation signs and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- OR fill out the Department of Agriculture and Markets' reporting form (leaves DEC website).