Chris Raimondi’s recent feature on News12’s “The Real Deal” has shed light on the pressing issue of spotted lanternflies and their potential to wreak havoc on food prices. It’s imperative that we take action now to prevent this threat from adversely affecting our economy in the future. Here are some steps you can take to help stop these destructive insects:
- Learn to Identify Spotted Lanternflies: Understanding what spotted lanternflies look like is the first step. They are about one inch long, with distinctive grayish-brown wings featuring black spots. In their nymph stage, they are black with white spots.
- Report Sightings: If you spot a spotted lanternfly, report it immediately to your local agricultural department or extension office. Early detection can help contain their spread.
- Inspect Your Property: Regularly check your property for spotted lanternfly egg masses, which look like grayish blobs on various surfaces like trees, rocks, and outdoor furniture. Scrape them off and dispose of them in water.
- Spread Awareness: Share information about spotted lanternflies and their potential impact on social media and within your community. The more people are aware of the issue, the better equipped we are to combat it.
Spotted lanternflies pose a real threat to our economy and food prices. Taking proactive steps to control their spread and raise awareness about this issue can make a meaningful impact. By working together, we can protect our environment and food supply from this invasive species.
Original Interview Post: https://newjersey.news12.com/the-real-deal-spotted-lantern-flies-could-affect-food-prices