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Township of Mahwah Will be Spraying for Spotted Lanternfly Starting on Tuesday August 15th


the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Mahwah NJ, the township of Mahwah is spraying for Spotted Lanternfly.  Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula, is an invasive plant hopper native to China, India, and Vietnam; it is also established in South Korea, Japan and the U.S. It was first discovered in the U.S. in Pennsylvania in Berks County in 2014 and has spread to other counties in PA, as well as the states of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Connecticut and Ohio.

SLF is a serious invasive pest with a healthy appetite for our plants and it can be a significant nuisance, affecting the quality of life and enjoyment of the outdoors. The spotted lanternfly uses its piercing-sucking mouthpart to feed on sap from over 70 different plant species. It has a strong preference for economically important plants and the feeding damage significantly stresses the plants which can lead to decreased health and potentially death.

As SLF feeds, the insect excretes honeydew (a sugary substance) which can attract bees, wasps, and other insects. The honeydew also builds up and promotes the growth for sooty mold (fungi), which can cover the plant, forest understories, patio furniture, cars, and anything else found below SLF feeding.

If you see a Spotted Lanternfly, help us Stomp it Out!



Areas to be treated for Spotted Lanternfly

Supported by a Grant from the NJ State Department of Agriculture, select public areas in Mahwah will be treated to reduce the presence of the Spotted Lanternfly.

Spotted Lanternflies are drawn to certain types of trees and will, over time, damage and kill them.

Moreover, the Spotted Lanternfly and their offspring will attack crops, which will affect farms in Mahwah and surrounding areas/states in the coming years.

The anticipated schedule for application is as follows, weather permitting:


#1 Stop – Tuesday, August 15

700 Darlington Avenue – Upper Lots, Pickleball Courts

& 700 Darlington Avenue – Mahwah Township Pool Area


#2 Stop – Tuesday, August 15

Route 202 / 550 Ramapo Valley Road – Continental Soldiers Field,

Pickleball Court, Turf Fields, & Walking Path

*Heavy by backstop, & “features”, & Maples


#3 Stop – Tuesday, August 15

221 Franklin Turnpike – Mahwah Police Station


#4 Stop – Wednesday, August 16

75 East Ramapo Avenue (at Island Road) – Commodore Perry Fields

  & 50 East Ramapo Avenue – Winter’s Park

*Heavy around borders & common areas


#5 Stop – Wednesday, August 16

Corner of Airmont Avenue & Airmount Road—Airmount Ballfield

*All borders & common areas

*Heavy around bleachers


#6 Stop – Wednesday, August 16  or Thursday, August 17

39 Fardale Avenue – George Washington Elementary School Field

*All borders, Maples (Front), & very heavy around backstop


Signage will be posted in treated areas.

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4 thoughts on “Township of Mahwah Will be Spraying for Spotted Lanternfly Starting on Tuesday August 15th

  1. Good news, but what is in this spray, and is it non-toxic? I haven’t been able to find anything besides vinegar or alcohol on the market.

    1. its toxic to the lanternfly.

  2. I appreciate this information.

  3. Totally creepy-looking little critters with no urge or seeming ability to hide. If you stay in one place long enough they just roll on up to you.

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