The spotted lanternfly is a serious invasive pest that feeds on sap from over 70 different plant species. It excretes honeydew while feeding, which results in mold covering the plant and anything nearby. While spotted lanternflies do not directly hurt humans or animals, they can negatively impact our agriculture, economy, and everyday life.
According to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDOA), Monmouth County is in the "spotted lanternfly quarantine zone". Most spotted lanternflies reach adulthood by September and lay eggs through December.