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Spotted Lanternfly

Spotted Lanternfly

I ‘m sure you’ve heard of those pesky insects called Spotted Lanternfly(SLF), as they have been big news around the Commonwealth!

    Where did they come from?

    The Spotted Lanternfly or Lycorma Delicatula (White), is an aggressive plant hopper, native to China, India, and Vietnam.

        In 2014 – the Spotted Lanternfly made an appearance in Berks County, Pennsylvania.  Since then this nuisance pest has impacted surrounding counties and other states, creating quarantine zones and mandatory awareness training for certain businesses.

Here are some facts and what to look for:

   Young nymphs are born dark in color and are about the size of a tick

 As they mature they turn into a dark red color with white spots

Winged adult SLF fly from tree to tree to feed, breed, and lay eggs

Egg masses are attached to trees, walls, and other surfaces

Spotted Lanternfly are attracted to and impact, agricultural crops such as grapes, hops, and hardwoods.

Little random fact for you – SLF do not bite or sting!

The PA Department of Agriculture recommends you inspect your vehicle, trailer, or any other outdoor items (chairs, mowers, grills, etc.) – especially if you are in a quarantine area. Additionally, try to avoid parking along tree lines and always keep your windows rolled up. If you see a Spotted Lanternfly report it here!

Spotted Lanternfly can be removed with a combination of physical removal and pesticide applications. The Indian Run Landscaping Team is ready to help you protect your home and property from these troublesome pests.

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