In this Daily Messenger story, Jake Young of Davey's Rochester, New York, office talks about a new invasive insect that was found in New York last fall and explains what that means for the area's trees. Residents are encouraged to look out for signs of the spotted lanternfly in the area.
Posted: May 16, 2018
As if the fight against the emerald ash borer and Asian long-horned beetles isn’t enough, now there’s a new threat to trees in the Finger Lakes region: the spotted lanternfly.
Along with threatening forests and neighborhoods, this insect sucks the sap out of trees the Finger Lakes needs for tourism and agriculture. More than 70 plant species send the spotted lanternfly into a feeding frenzy — including maples, apple trees, grape vines, and hops.
Native to China, India and Vietnam, the spotted lanternfly was spotted in Pennsylvania in 2014 — and it’s coming this way.