The USDA will be on campus starting Monday to apply a spray pesticide for the treatment of spotted lanternflies. Several crews will treat multiple wooded areas both on and off campus in an effort to contain this year’s population and hinder next year’s. Spraying will be completed (weather permitting) by Saturday, Oct. 24.
Anyone in close proximity to the spraying is advised to wear their face covering and stay upwind whenever possible. The chemical used will be a pyrethoid (brand name Bifenthrin), which is a synthetic version of chrysanthemum oil extract. It is nontoxic but can cause minor eye and throat irritation to sensitive persons.