Lanternfly Worries Grow


The Courier Express

A picture of the Spotted Lanterfly.

Alex Sirakov, Staff

The invasive, non-native spotted Lanternfly is a growing concern in Delaware and is seen as a threat to a significant sector of the state’s $8 billion agricultural industry.

The Lanternfly is tree-destroying bug and if you see some of its eggs, governments officials advise that you “should scrape them into a bag filled with alcohol or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and crush them to destroy the eggs.”

The affected area codes are 19702, 19703, 19707, 19711, 19801, 19802, 19803, 19805, 19807, 19808 and 19810.

The spotted Lanternfly made its first known appearance in Delaware in the fall of 2017 in Wilmington.