Delaware ag officials want help spotting (and squashing) the spotted lanternfly

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[Source: WDEL]

There is a quarantine in place for New Castle County that has nothing to do with coronavirus.

The Delaware Department of Agriculture on July 1, 2020, expanded a New Castle County based quarantine for the spotted lanternfly to include the entire county after a population of the invasive pest was found in Odessa.

Stephen Hauss, an environmental scientist with the state department of agriculture, said the first sighting of the insect in Delaware was in late 2017 but since then it has grown exponentially throughout New Castle County.

“2019 was our first year of treating,” said Hauss. “It was all over Wilmington. We started seeing it down a little further south towards the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Half of New Castle County was pretty well covered.”

Officials said due to the mild winter there has been a high hatch rate of spotted lanternfly nymphs in 2020.

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