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Scrape Now or Stomp Later -
The Spotted Lanternfly may be out of sight, but they should not be out of mind. The Spotted Lanternflies may have disappeared this Fall, but they left behind egg masses. Egg masses typically contain 30 to 50 eggs and are covered in a gray, mud-like substance. Masses can be found on any smooth, flat surface including trees, rocks, road signs, playground equipment, patio furniture, or vehicles. Egg masses can be very small and difficult to see, posing a great risk for accidental transport of Spotted Lanternflies to new areas.
Eggs can often be found nearby in areas where adults were commonly seen last summer. At the Bethel Township Building we have found egg masses on our three maple trees! (See Pictures Below) If you find eggs, scrape the masses into a plastic bag filled with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer and keep them in this solution permanently.
For more information about the Spotted Lanternfly, visit our website at http://twp.bethel.pa.us/185/Spotted-Lanternfly