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A native of Southeast Asia, the spotted lanternfly was first discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014. Historically an agricultural pest, the spotted lanternfly is known to wreak havoc on fruit trees, grapevines, and ornamentals. This invasive species has the potential to damage trees for both homeowners and business operators, as well.
While agriculture was their initial target, spotted lanternfly have quickly found new homes: our backyards, landscape, gardens, orchards, woodlands and community landscapes. If left untreated, the spotted lanternfly can reproduce rapidly, leaving risk for a heavy infestation, and can begin to damage your landscape and garden.
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Ehrlich offers two spotted lanternfly services for residential properties:
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There is one generation of the spotted lanternfly each year. They lay their eggs in the fall and they hatch in the spring. Egg masses are laid on hard surfaces (trees, decks, houses, rocks, etc.) and are protected with a mud-like covering. Each egg mass contains 30–50 eggs. Once the eggs hatch, the spotted lanternfly goes through four nymph stages. Nymphs are small (⅛ to ½ inch) and can be hard to find. During the first three stages, these pests are all black with white spots. In the final stage, they are red with white dots and black stripes. Adults emerge in July and are active until winter. Spotted lanternfly adults are large, about 1 inch in length, and have black bodies with brightly colored wings. Only the adults can fly, however, they jump more than fly so their wings are often closed. The wings are gray with black spots, and the tip of the wings are black with gray veins.
The spotted lanternfly causes serious damage to trees. When this insect feeds, they excrete honeydew, or sugary water. This sugary substance on plants can result in the growth of black sooty mold. This mold is harmless to people, but damages the plant. This substance can also attract ants, bees, hornets, and wasps to feed on it. If you see black sooty mold or sticky areas on a plant or tree, it may be infested by the spotted lanternfly, but could also be caused by other insects. Ehrlich pest specialists can help identify the cause and provide the proper treatment.
If you believe you have a spotted lanternfly issue or are in areas where the pest has been identified, Ehrlich Pest Control can help. Call or send us a message today to get started.
**This service is only available in certain areas of Pennsylvania and Delaware. Please contact us to find out if we service your area.