October 22, 2017
Spot the Spotted Lantern Fly!
In case you haven’t already heard, the Spotted Lantern Fly, an invasive plant hopper, has been spotted in areas of southeastern Pennsylvania. With proper identification and care, we can work together to help eliminate the Spotted Lantern Fly.
What is the Spotted Lantern Fly?
The Spotted Lantern Fly is native to China, India, and Vietnam. As an adult, the Spotted Lantern Fly is approximately 1” long and ½” wide at rest. The forewing is gray with black spots and the wing tips have black blocks of color, outlined in gray. The hind wings have contrasting patches of red and black with a white band. The legs and head are black. The abdomen is yellow with broad black bands. Young nymphs are black with white spots, and in the last instar develop red patches. Egg masses look like dry cracked mud rows.
To read a complete overview of the Spotted Lantern Fly visit the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture website.
Spotted Lantern Fly Stages of Life
Spotted Lantern Fly Dorsal
Spotted Lantern Fly Lateral
Spotted Lantern Fly Egg Masses
How can Bucks Country Gardens help you?
Spotted Lantern Fly Remedies & Solutions
The best thing to do is kill them. You can squish or drown them. Adults will not overwinter in your house, but egg masses will. Egg masses can be scraped from surfaces from October through mid-May. Young nymphs can be killed with brown adhesive tree bands from May through August.
To eradicate the adult Spotted Lantern Fly, we recommend using insecticides such as Sevin and Bon-Neem. For young nymphs and older nymphs, we suggest using Bayer Advanced 12 Month Tree & Shrub Insect Control (apply in spring and summer).
Spotted Lantern Fly Insecticides
Together with the help of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and treatment options, we can help to reduce the Spotted Lantern Fly population. We are always here to guide you. Call Bucks Country Gardens with any concerns about the Spotted Lantern Fly at 215-766-7800.
Learn more about the Spotted Lantern Fly:
An up-to-date map of the Spotted Lantern Fly distribution and more information can be found on the Department of Agriculture website: www.agriculture.pa.gov/protect/plantindustry/spotted_lanternfly
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Material from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture