Secretary of Agriculture: Every Spotted Lanternfly Egg Mass Not Destroyed is 50 More Next Spring, 'That's Scary'


November 4, 2021

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding reminded Pennsylvanians of the importance of vigilance against the Spotted Lanternfly as the bugs begin laying eggs on flat surfaces to overwinter and hatch in the spring.

"Every Spotted Lanternfly egg mass not scraped and destroyed now is up to 50 more of these invasive, destructive bugs we can expect to hatch next spring," said Redding. "We need every Pennsylvanian to hunt for egg masses this fall and winter and destroy them – or we're in for a scary spring."

Spotted Lanternfly egg masses are a light gray wax-like substance that take on the appeara...

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