SPOTTED LANTERNFLY TRAPS
UPDATE: As of 11:56am on 9/16 we are out of spotted lanternfly traps at the Bensalem Township Municipal Building.
The spotted lanternfly is a planthopper that is indigenous to parts of northern China, Taiwan, and Vietnam, and has spread invasively to Japan, South Korea, and the United States. Although it has two pairs of wings, it jumps more than it flies. Its host plants include grapes, stone fruits, and Malus species, although its preferred host is Ailanthus altissima. In its native habitat it is kept in check by natural predators or pathogens. It was accidentally introduced in South Korea in 2006 and has since been considered a pest. In September 2014, it was first recorded in the United States, and as of 2020 it is an invasive species in the Delaware Valley, eastern Pennsylvania, southwestern New Jersey, northern Delaware, eastern Maryland, and northern Virginia.
For a limited time, Bensalem Township has traps for the spotted lanternfly, provided to us by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. These traps are provided on a first-come, first served basis. We have also provided useful links that provide more information relative to this species of pests and how to make traps at home. Should you wish to discuss this topic further, please contact the Bucks County Conservation District at 215-345-7577, website is www.bucksccd.org or the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Website at www.Agricultural.pa.gov/plants-land-water
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