Stomp It Out! Stop the Spotted Lanternfly [NJ Department of Agriculture]

Text: "JOIN THE BATTLE, BEAT THE BUG! STOMP IT OUT! STOP THE SPOTTED LANTERNFLY" with images of bootprints over spotted lanternflies

SLF is a serious invasive pest with a healthy appetite for our plants and it can be a significant nuisance, affecting the quality of life and enjoyment of the outdoors. The spotted lanternfly uses its piercing-sucking mouthpart to feed on sap from over 70 different plant species. It has a strong preference for economically important plants and the feeding damage significantly stresses the plants which can lead to decreased health and potentially death.

As SLF feeds, the insect excretes honeydew (a sugary substance) which can attract bees, wasps, and other insects. The honeydew also builds up and promotes the growth for sooty mold (fungi), which can cover the plant, forest understories, patio furniture, cars, and anything else found below SLF feeding.

If you see a Spotted Lanternfly, help us "Stomp it Out!"

To report a sighting, use the reporting tool or email us at SLF-plantindustry@ag.nj.gov.