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Spotted Lanternfly in Garden City

From the Village of Garden City:

The Spotted Lanternfly has reached Garden City, and we are asking residents to be on the lookout for this invasive pest. The insects have been spotted on several trees at the Village Water Works, as shown in the photo. They were also observed at the Senior Center and outside the Recreation Office at St. Paul’s.

If seen, kill it and report it to the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets using the form on their website,

Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect from Asia that primarily feeds on a wide variety of plants such as grapevine, hops, maple, walnut, fruit trees and others. This insect could impact New York's forests as well as the agricultural and tourism industries.

In the US, SLF was first discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014 and has since been found in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and New York. The first New York State infestation was discovered in Staten Island in August 2020.

The feeding on trees and plants by sometimes thousands of SLF stresses plants, making them vulnerable to disease and attacks from other insects. SLF also excrete large amounts of sticky "honeydew" which attracts sooty molds that interfere with plant photosynthesis, negatively affecting the growth of both trees and plants as well as the fruit yield of plants.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is working with the Department of Agriculture and Markets (AGM) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to address SLF. Since it is less expensive and easier to deal with a pest before it becomes widespread, the goal is to find and treat SLF infestations early.

A plan has been developed that describes how the agencies will detect and prevent further spread of SLF in New York. Extensive trapping surveys are being conducted in high-risk areas throughout the state as well as inspections of nursery stock, stone shipments, commercial transports, etc. DEC and partner organizations encourage everyone to be on the lookout for this pest.

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