Now you know, hopefully, that you’re supposed to kill a spotted lantern if you see one – it’s an invasive species that can harm our environment.
But do you know what their eggs look like to take care of them also? Otherwise, you’ve come to the right place!
Fall is the time of year when lanterns begin to lay their eggs, mostly on flat surfaces, so keep an eye out for masses on trees, branches, or rocks. Parasites lay up to 30 to 50 eggs at a time.
While adult lanterns probably don’t survive the cold winter (especially with the winter that NJ is about to have), eggs can survive freezing weather. So it is important to take care of them now before they have a chance to hatch in the spring.
Recently the Howell Township Tree Shade Commission posted this photo to warn New Jersey residents of what to watch out for. Find out what an egg mass looks like:
The easiest way to get rid of eggs requires just three things – some sort of sturdy scratch card, a plastic bag, and some alcohol (or hand sanitizer if you’re willing to sacrifice it).
Use the card to scrape the egg mass in the bag, then pour in the alcohol. Close the bag tightly and just make sure the alcohol covers the entire mass.
You can watch a quick tutorial here
There ! Just like that, you did your civic duty to kill future lanterns.
Thank you for your service.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of Kylie Moore of New Jersey 101.5. All opinions expressed are those of Kylie. You can follow Kylie on Instagram.
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