WHAT TO KNOW
- The spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect that threatens Long Island’s vital farm and wine industry, has been sighted in parts of Nassau County this year and in Brookhaven.
- Experts say there have been no sightings on the East End, but farmers are keeping an eye out for the colorful pest.
- State officials are asking people to report any sightings of the spotted lanternfly outside of New York City. If possible, save a sample of the bug.
Dan Gilrein, an entomologist and associate agricultural program director at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, said the insect has been seen around Nassau and western Suffolk counties. As of July 15hth, an established population has been reported as far east as Horseblock Road in Brookhaven.
When you see one, what do you do? Call 1-888-4BADFLY