Delaware County awarded grant to fight spotted lanternflies

DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A grant awarded to Delaware County will help officials fight spotted lanternflies, and they're focusing their efforts on two major areas.

The spotted lanternfly is a colorful invasive bug from Southeast Asia whose population has boomed in the region over the past few years.

“They don't have any natural predators here, so they are reproducing at a rapid rate,” explained Karen Wilwol with the Delaware County Conservation District.

“They impact the agricultural industry as well,” she said.

The county was recently awarded a $46,000 grant to fight back against the spotted lanternflies, and they’re going to concentrate their efforts on woods by the George Hill Correctional Facility and Rose Tree Park.

“It's probably our most popular park, so we want to make the visiting experience better,” she said. 

Wilwol also said they can’t totally eliminate the lanternflies, so they’re hoping to decrease the population. 

The extermination process will consist of both herbicides and insecticides.