Even though it is 2020, there is still lots for which to be thankful. That said, spotted lanternfly’s detection in the state isn’t on the list of items to be grateful. As many have likely heard already, Jefferson County registered Ohio’s first confirmed detection of spotted lanternfly in late October.
Since then, agencies and officials have been scrambling to assess and monitor the location searching for additional evidence of the forest pest. Beth Burger of the Columbus Dispatch wrote a nice article yesterday providing more details about the initial detection site and subsequent actions taken to lock down further spread.
Ohio State’s CFAES website just released an informative article too about Ohio’s most recent member of the state’s confirmed invasive species list.
We have already been urging vigilance among maple producers and woodland owners due to the species’ sweet tooth for the Acer genus. Now your focused attention is even more important! Should you discover evidence of spotted lanternfly, you MUST report sightings to Ohio Department of Agriculture’s website or the Great Lakes Early Detection Network for invasive and noxious species.
You can expect to see more about the spotted lanternfly in coming months as the second ACER grant award contains support to equip and empower Ohio’s maple producers to be active participants in spotted lanternfly surveillance. In the meantime, be thankful for Ohio’s fleet of professional agencies and organizations who are actively working to combat spread of spotted lanternfly and other invasive species to protect our state’s great forests.