Spotted Lantern Fly, a planthopper, is an invasive species from Asia. It threatens all different aspects of the environment: agricultural, timber, and ornamental industries.
The spotted lantern fly is quarantined in multiple counties and continues to rise (See PA Department of Agriculture map below). You can manage and stop the spread of the spotted lantern fly when coming and going from quarantine zones. Remember to check your vehicles and outdoor equipment for any signs before leaving the zone.
Managing the spotted lantern fly on your property in quarantine zones is also very important. Ways to manage SLF are scrapping the eggs, banding trees, removing the tree of heaven (the favored host), and using chemical control when appropriate. For more information managing SLF on your property and on how stop the spread of this invasive pest, please visit some of the suggested sites below.
Information obtained from PSU Extension and DEP.
According to the Penn State Extension, “Despite what might seem like a march of inevitability, spotted lanternfly populations are both scattered and spotty, like a bad cell phone signal. Looking at the map above you can see that even though entire counties are under quarantine for the invasive insect, the places we actually find the bugs are limited to just a few municipalities within some of those counties. In counties that seem to be completely infested, there are residents who have never seen a spotted lanternfly where they live.”