A spotted lanternfly (SLF) has been identified in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
If you see this invasive pest, please please please kill it and notify the Conservation Commission and NYS DEC. SLFs have devastated areas of Pennsylvania and are now chewing their way through New Jersey.
SLF is a beautiful-looking insect, so it may seem counterintuitive to smash it, but hordes of them are on their way and they will quickly damage area trees. In addition, they leave a sticky mess behind which is wholly unpleasant. Next summer, you may find your outdoor furniture coated in a sticky residue and the flies landing on your neck or fluttering in your face.
We won't be able to keep Westchester entirely safe from these insects but citizen campaigns to eradicate them WILL make a difference.