Spotted Lanternfly Update – Identification & Control

Paul Kurtz, NJ Department of Agriculture

DESCRIPTION:  Identification & spread of the Spotted Lanternfly, Ornamental damage created by the Spotted Lanternfly, Treatment and Identification of Egg Masses, Treatment of adult and other stages of the Spotted Lanternfly, Best Management Practices per the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, & Penn State, Host Plants of the Spotted Lanternfly, The role of Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) in the Life Cycle of the Spotted Lanternfly, Eradication of Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima), Chemical Controls of both Pests (Insects and Ornamentals), Biological Controls of both Pests (Insects and Ornamentals), What is next and Q&A.



Paul Kurtz has been working for the NJDA for over 21 years as an entomologist. He has supervised large programs such as the NJ Asian Longhorned Beetle, NJ Forest Pest Outreach and Survey, and Plum Pox Virus Programs. Recently, he has focused his attention to the Emerald Ash Borer and Spotted Lantern y programs. Additionally, he has taken over seed inspection and regulatory duties for the Division. Mr. Kurtz also writes and executes various Farm Bill surveys throughout the state for non-native pests in forests and crops. He as BS in Biology from Stockton University, BA from Drew University in Sustainable Development and post graduate education Northeastern/Yale School of Forestry in Sustainable Development and Tropical Biology in Costa Rica. To date has traveled to 85 countries worldwide.