Kill and Control the Spotted Lanternfly Population
What's a Spotted Lanternfly?
The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect that's recently been introduced and quickly spreading across the Eastern United States. Its roots are in China, India and eastern Asia, and the pest poses a massive threat to the US agriculture industry (including fruit trees, grape vines, and many types of trees and shrubs).
How to Kill the Spotted Lanternfly
Spotted Lanternflies feed on host plants from May through November. The females begin to lay their eggs in late summer through early fall, and these eggs will hatch in the spring to further populate the infestation.
What can be done to stop the spread? The PA Department of Agriculture has taken some serious measures to works towards eradicating this pest.
1. Report sightings of Spotted Lanternflies through the Penn State extension office.
2. Kill any insects on sight. Inspect your property's trees and shrubs for egg masses. Check outdoor furniture, firewood and underneath cars, boats and campers.
3. Treat your property's trees and shrubs to create a less welcoming habitat and prevent adults from laying eggs in the fall. Our 4-Step Spotted Lanternfly Control Program will work to suppress and reduce the population on your property and in your neighborhood.
4. If the steps above fail, consider cutting down high-risk host plants such as the Tree of Heaven and grape vines.
Why is the Department of Agriculture instructing residents to kill Lanternflies?
Spotted Lanternflies damage landscape trees by “piercing and sucking” the sap out of the tree. They are widely considered a “nuisance pest” because they tend to swarm and reproduce in large quantities, covering host trees with a sticky, tar-like substance. This “dew” encourages fungal growth and attracts new insects to the weakened plants. While they aren’t known for biting or stinging humans or pests, they are considered a threat to the economic well-being of the state of PA and its citizens.
What should I know about the Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine?
Since their initial identification, the US Department of Agriculture’s Penn State Extension Office has received reports of thousands of Lanternflies invading homes and businesses. A quarantine has been issued that encourages residents to take precautions to prevent the spread of infestation.
Every person can play a significant role in stopping the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly. These insects often travel on cars and trucks, hidden in plants, firewood, or outdoor items like patio furniture.
Be sure to check your vehicle for “hitchhikers” before leaving any areas where the pest has been detected. Check this map (which is updated weekly) to see what areas of our state are currently under quarantine.
As directed by the quarantine, the following objects are NOT to be moved cross-county by PA residents:
• Any living stage of the Spotted Lanternfly, including adults, nymphs, and egg masses.
• Bark, debris, and yard waste
• Firewood of any kind
• Landscaping, remodeling and construction waste
• Stumps, logs, and any tree parts
• Grapevines for decorative purposes or as nursery stock
• Outdoor household articles including recreational vehicles, lawn tractors and mowers, mower decks, grills, grill and furniture covers, tarps, mobile homes, tile, stone, deck boards, mobile fire pits, any associated equipment and trucks or vehicles not stored indoors
Despite quarantine efforts by the PA Department of Agriculture’s Penn State Extension Office, the Spotted Lanternfly is on the move to other counties and states and needs to be controlled as much as possible.
Give us a call today to find out more about the Vivid Lawn approach to controlling the Spotted Lanternfly population.
Preferred Plant Species for the Spotted Lanternfly:
Tree of Heaven
The following PA counties are currently under quarantine: