Killing spotted lanternflies has been drilled into us like a civic duty.

We’ve been tasked to do this with an almost military urgency because this invasive species is so detrimental to agriculture. By any means necessary is a good way of describing how serious the call to destroy these pests has been.

There are many methods. Scraping the eggs off trees before they even hatch is one. Stomping on them is another and experts have even educated us that these suckers will jump away from your foot but only a few feet. Once they’ve jumped two or three times, they tire, then you can usually move in for the kill stomp. Salt guns have even been used and people have posted videos in slow—mo on social media of their salt gun kills.

But another popular method of stopping the spotted lanternfly is turning out to be killing birds.

Glue traps.

People are wrapping tree trunks in glue traps to catch and kill the pest. Turns out it’s catching birds in an unintended consequence.

Invasion of the Lanternflies
AP Photo

The Raptor Trust, a nonprofit, says there’s been a big increase in birds being harmed this way in New Jersey. Ironically some of the birds being injured or killed are the type that would be a natural predator of the very spotted lanternfly homeowners are intending to target.

The group was involved in 61 cases of birds caught in glue traps and most of those in the last two months. 23 of those birds died. 23 more are still being treated for injuries while 15 have recovered and been released.

The group wants people to know,

“While the spotted lanternfly is of great concern in our area, the unintended consequences of this method of remediation far outweigh its effectiveness, and in some cases the by-catch victims are they very things that might prey upon the lanternflies in the first place.”

Spotted lanternfly on side of building, late summer, Berks County, Pennsylvania

Executive Director Christopher Soucy says,

“Once they’re in that trap, they’re struggling to get free,” and that the birds suffer from “feather damage and abrasions, skin damage, as well as trauma and stress and shock.”

A safer method if you insist on glue traps is to put a wire mesh with half inch by half inch holes overtop. That way the spotted lanternfly fits and gets stuck but birds generally won’t.

If you find any birds injured this way The Raptor Trust’s contact numbers are 908-647-2353 and 908-647-1091.

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A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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