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Spotted Lantern Flies on Shabbos

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Rabbi Yoel Lieberman

Elul 17, 5782
Question
Is the reported damage to crops and the food chain posed by the spotted lantern fly enough to allow a leniency of killing them on shabbos in a way similar to a mosquito which might pose a physical danger?
Answer
ב"ה Shalom The leniencies in regard to killing of poisonous or harmful insects on Shabbat is in regard to physical harm only not in regard to monetary loss. Though I am hardly an expert on insect infestation, it seems doubtful to me that the killing of insect will change things. However, if there will be monetary loss, a gentile may be employed in the permissible of employing gentiles on Shabbat. All the best
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