The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive planthopper native to Asia. It’s important for home and business owners to keep an eye out for infestations on their property. It feeds on a wide variety of plants, causing sickness and death, and has the potential to greatly impact ecosystems and crops. Spotted Lanternfly is capable of causing serious damage to its host, including oozing sap from the trees, wilting, leaf curling, and tree dieback.
The Spotted Lanternfly is easy to recognize throughout its life cycle. In the spring, Nymphs have black or red and black bodies with white spots. Adults are about 1” long. They have grayish forewings with black spots, and black and red-spotted hindwings with a bold white stripe.
Spotted Lanternflies will feed on a variety of host plants from May through November, and their feeding preferences change as they mature. Nymphs will feed on a wide range of host plants while the adults target only a few species. There are over 65 known species of plants that the SLF will feed on, including the following:
If you find signs of the spotted lanternfly, it’s important to act immediately to protect your plants and trees. Exterminating these invasive pests is crucial for tree health in Pennsylvania and beyond.
The Spotted Lanternfly is a prominent insect in many landscapes right now. Populations of the SLF have been confirmed in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Lehigh, and surrounding counties. The expert staff at GREENSKEEPER can help you with any aspect of spotted lanternfly control, including identification, monitoring, proactive and ongoing treatments with the most effective insecticides, and removal. Since the adults are flying insects and will fly in from surrounding areas, we will not be able to eradicate them. We can successfully minimize the number of adults that will occur later in the season.
Consider GREENSKEEPER’s certified pesticide services for the necessary insecticide treatments for your yard. Our management program is designed to control Spotted Lanternfly in every stage of their life cycle. And our skilled professionals have specialized training and equipment to treat trees and shrubs. Hiring our professionals will reduce your risk of pesticide exposure and save you valuable time. By limiting Spotted Lanternfly in the earlier stages of their lifecycle, we can reduce their numbers and reduce the damage they cause to your landscape! Click to contact us online or call 215-938-8440 and schedule a no-obligation consultation today.