An invasive alien insect could travel on fresh-cut Christmas trees outside of the state, destroying Central Park and other green areas of the Big Apple, US Senator Chuck Schumer warned Sunday.
The Spotted Lanternfly – a 1 cm long chicken plant native to China and parts of Southeast Asia – has infested Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey and was spotted on Long Island, Schumer said.
Schumer called for funding from the federal government to stem a looming explosion of the leaf-eaters feeding on 70 plant species, including Christmas tree species sold on the street corners of New York City.
"If you pick a freshly cut Christmas tree that came here Outside of the state of New York, the tree may contain a really annoying little secret," said Schumer. "This little creature looks nice, but it's not a love affair … If we do not do anything about it, trees in Central Park, in the streets of New York City, and our beautiful green suburbs could be in great danger."
The Superbug loves to sink its teeth into maple, pine and willow, leaving gaping, swiss cheese-like holes in the leaves. The pest was also found near Albany and the Finger Lakes.
Next, 600,000 New York City trees may be on the menu, Schumer said.
"We have not seen too many of them in New York. But if we do nothing, we do that, "he said. "We are very worried about this annoying mistake. The patch lantern, if left unchecked, could cause damage that illuminates New York like a Christmas tree.
He added, "Most of these invasive species save a puncture on time. We can work at an early stage, we could prevent them from coming here. "
The invader of the trees threatens to knock down on nearby farms and vineyards.
The federal authorities have given Pennsylvania $ 1