It’s Spotted Lantern Fly Season!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am sure by now most everyone has heard of this invasive pest that has been spreading through PA over the past five years.  It feeds on the sap of many different plants, particularly economically important ones.  This puts a stress on the plant, impacting growth and production, as well as dampening the quality of life outdoors.  It is important that we as a community do what we can to slow the spread.  Right now, you are likely to find egg masses (April-June) or you may start to see the black nymphs (April-July). 

What can you do?

  1. Check trees and hard surfaces (think decks, cement blocks, etc) on your property for egg masses (see image above).

  2. If you find any- scrape them off!  Use a plastic card or putty knife to scrape the mass directly into a bag or container filled with rubbing alcohol.  They can also be smashed or burned.

  • Their tree of choice is the “Tree of Heaven”

 

  1. If you see a nymph, step on it- but be quick- they jump!

  2. When getting in your car or leaving an area that is infested, check to make sure you don’t have any hitch hikers.

  3. If you have spotted lantern flies on your trees, you can band the trunks.  This involves wrapping the tree trunk with a tape-like band that has a sticky substance on the outside.  The nymphs get caught as they crawl up the tree.  You can usually find the bands for purchase at your local hardware or garden store.

 

Please, if you have any questions or concerns- give us a call!

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