Spotted Lanternfly Identified as Potentially Serious Threat to Trees in Prince William County

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The first presence of the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive insect that can cause the decline or death of more than 100 plant species, was confirmed in Prince William County in March of this year.

The Prince William County Mosquito and Forest Pest Management Branch identified the Spotted Lanternfly as a potential, serious threat to the County’s trees and forests.

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors recently amended the Gypsy Moth and Mosquito Control Service District Ordinance to authorize surveillance and outreach activities for Spotted Lanternfly and other pests identified by the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Mosquito and Forest Pest Management Branch currently surveys, educates and treats for mosquitoes, Gypsy Moth and Fall Cankerworm. The Branch also monitors and provides education for Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Longhorned Beetle, Thousand Cankers Disease and Sudden Oak Death.

Public outreach, coupled with early detection monitoring could slow the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly, help residents with treatment options and target eradication efforts.

The Board created the Gypsy Moth and Mosquito Control Service District Ordinance in 1992 and has added pests to the list as they became known in Prince William County.

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