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Program to educate community on spotted lanternfly

11 February 2020 Frederick County Clarke County News

Sustainability Matters is hosting a program at Blandy Experimental Farm on March 11 that will help community members identify and fight the spread of spotted lanterfly.

Spotted lanternfly, arguably the worst invasive insect to enter Virginia in 150 years, has now spread from Frederick County to Clarke. It has the potential to threaten agricultural crops, forests and home landscapes throughout Virginia.

Space is limited and registration is required for Not in Our Backyard: How to Fight Spotted Lanternfly. Learn how to ID, report sightings, and slow the spread of this terrible new pest. Also learn to prevent invasion by eliminating the lanternfly’s favorite host tree, the equally invasive Tree-of-Heaven (Ailanthus altissima). Visit blandy.virginia.edu for details.

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