The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is surveying for three invasive plant pests in New York this year: the box tree moth (Cydalima perspectalis), spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) (pictured above), and the European cherry fruit fly (Rhagoletis cerasi L.)
APHIS asks residents and business owners to help limit the spread of invasive plant pests by following local quarantines. Please also allow agricultural survey teams onto your property for survey work and to hang insect traps. The insect traps help agricultural officials track invasive insect movement and are crucial to mounting an effective response against these damaging pests. We need your help to be successful. USDA and State surveyors working in the field will have official credentials identifying them as USDA or State employees. The surveys are underway and will continue through the fall.
For more information about the box tree moth, spotted lanternfly, and European cherry fruit fly, visit the APHIS website. To receive email updates, subscribe to the Plant Protection Act 7721 topic in the APHIS Stakeholder Registry.