For anyone who’s been living under a rock for the last few years, here’s the deal on spotted lanternflies: they’re awful. They’re invasive. We have to get rid of them as best we can.

The pests are harmful to our environment. New Jersey orchards are especially in danger, as the lanternflies zero in on apple and peach trees.

Not to mention how they are affectionate toward grape vines (I’m saying they could have a negative impact on our wine, people!), more on that below.

Invasion of the Lanternflies
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They’re so much of a concern in the Garden State that there’s actually a quarantine in place making sure people aren’t accidentally delivering lanternflies to wherever they’re driving by having them hitchhike on their car.

You can read more on that in this article from Michael Symons.

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

You don’t have to be someone who is comfortable with killing bugs to help get rid of the spotted lanternflies. You can use something as simple as a water bottle to catch them.

Check out how easy it is for this Reddit user to capture one.

The key is to position the bottle in front of the lanternfly, since they jump forward when approached.

You don’t even have to put something in the bottle to lure them, these dummies just jump right in when it’s placed in front of them.

Fellow New Jerseyans have proven this to be an effective method of catching them.

Once the pest is trapped in the bottle, you can dispose of it as you please.

Thank you for doing your part in battling this invasive species!

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The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5's Kylie Moore. Any opinions expressed are Kylie's own. You can follow Kylie on Instagram.

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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

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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