In China, where the spotted lanternflies originated, as well as India and other indigenous parts, there is a species of wasp that might be what we’ve been needing this entire time. Understandably, about 60% of you reading this just cringed and are tempted to click away. Yes, wasps are kind of gross and a little scary to look at. However, this special wasp makes hunting down spotted lanternflies a sport and they don’t do it kindly. They do a few very important things. They will:
- Lay eggs inside the nymphs, or the babies of the spotted lanternflies.
- New baby wasps devour the nymphs from the inside out
Unfortunately, nothing can be done about the adults at the moment, but just diminishing the population starting with it’s young is a big step in the right direction. The USDA is still figuring out the details of exactly how the wasps will perform their job. Currently, they have two types of wasps they can work with.