Spotted Lanternfly Treatments

What is the Spotted Lanternfly?

The spotted lanternfly is a plant hopper indigenous to China, Vietnam, and India.  It is an invasive pest that was likely unintentionally brought over to the United States in an egg sac attached to plant or shipping material.

There are currently no known predators of the spotted lanternfly in the United States.  As a result, the spotted lanternfly is able to proliferate unchecked by nature.

Is the Spotted Lanternfly Dangerous to People or Pets?

While the spotted lanternfly is not parasitic and therefore does not depend on other insects or mammals for it’s life cycle continuance, it does pose a threat to pets who ingest the insect.

Numerous reports of extreme vomiting and blistering of foot pads have come from owners of dogs who typically ingest insects and are suspected of eating lanternflies.  If your dog tends to gobble flies out of the air or off of window sills, be wary, Spotted Lanterflies are a threat to your pet’s health and welfare.

What the Spotted Lanternfly Does

Lanternflies feed on trees, plants, and herbs in multiple stages of their life cycle.  While originally thought to only target the Ailanthus altissima tree (‘Tree of Heaven’), the lanternfly has been discovered to feed and reproduce on many hardwood tree and plant species.  The insect activity is destructive to trees because of both the damage done by feeding and the excrement of the lanternflies called “honey dew.”  Once excreted, honey dew covers leaves and branches and creates a favorable environment for black sooty mold to grow which interferes with photosynthesis, thereby weakening or killing the plant or tree.

Controlling and Eradicating the Spotted Lanternfly

Tree Banding:  For property owners who want to take action themselves, we would recommend tree banding which is designed to trap and kill spotted lanternflies while they are in their nymph stage.  The overall success rate of this method is only considered moderate because once the sticky band surface is covered with dead lanternflies, their corpses become a bridge to other lanternflies who avoid coming into contact with the adhesive.

Professional Treatment: If you are looking for a professional solution to your lanternfly infestation, we offer a systemic treatment for plants and trees.  This method draws a pesticide into the tree’s sap from the root system and, while not harming the tree, is lethal to any and all insects that feed on the sap.  This method has proven to be the most effective over our short history of trying to eliminate this pest.

 

 

 

 

 

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