New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has reminded the public to watch for and report signs of the invasive spotted lanternfly (SLF).
This time of year, be on the lookout for SLF egg masses. Freezing temperatures will kill off adult insects, but the egg masses they lay in the fall can be seen throughout the winter. Egg masses tend to be about 1.5 inches long and resemble mud that has dried and cracked. They can be found on just about any flat surface, including vehicles, firewood, outdoor furniture, etc.
If you believe you have found a SLF egg mass, take a photo and note the location. Then report it to the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets by filling out their online reporting form.
Photo of Spotted lanternfly egg mass courtesy DEC.