Spotted lanternflies have quickly become a concern in Pennsylvania and surrounding states as they spread. While they are unquestionably a beautiful creature, they can be damaging to plant species around our properties. Since they are a relatively new invasive species, there isn’t a “go-to” manual or product for their control. Due to their introduction into Berks county in 2014, Penn State University has necessarily become the research expert regarding this particular pest.
As a company that is certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to treat trees and ornamentals, Hershey Termite and Pest Control has made the decision to follow the recommendations set forth by PSU. This is a fluid situation, but at this point, the guidelines are aimed at minimizing pesticide use by focusing control efforts on the adult stage (they don’t reach that stage until August/September). The concern for pollinators (honey bees, etc.) also needs to be taken into consideration as part of a responsible approach to spotted lanternfly control.
The adult lanternflies are voracious feeders (at a time of year when trees need to be conserving energy in preparation for the winter dormancy), the adults produce honeydew (which creates black, sooty mold on the tree that hinders photosynthesis and attracts other pests), and the adults lay the eggs for the following Spring.
Give our office a call, and we’ll be happy to provide you with our treatment recommendations and answer any further questions you may have.
Spotted Lanternflies are relatively new to Pennsylvania.