It's almost time for the unglamorous but simple job of preventing spotted lanternfly infestation

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By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Snow and ice may be top of mind right now, but soon spring will be here, and it will be time for the annual egg hunt. Not Easter eggs. Spotted lanternfly eggs. Officials in New Jersey want people to destroy them before they have a chance to hatch.

Burlington County Commissioner Linda Hynes says egg clusters can be found on trees, houses, cars -- just about any outdoor surface will hold them.

"It only looks like a scrape, a smear of mud," she said.

There are about 40 to 50 eggs in each. Hynes says she wants everyone to play the role of exterminator. Destroying the eggs isn’t nearly as messy as stomping on the bugs.

"It really is a simple process. All it takes is a scraper, a little zipper bag and some alcohol or hand sanitizer. Anyone can do this," she said.

"I know it doesn’t sound glamorous."

She says: Scrape that mud into a bag with alcohol, and the job is done. Head out and find as many as you can in your neighborhood or at a local park. Students who need to log in-person community service hours can get paperwork signed for participation.

"And right now those opportunities are few and far between, so the parks department will issue you. We’ll sign off, and we have a way to track," she said.

After they hatch, the pests can cause serious agricultural damage.