Spotted lanternflies are an invasive planthopper insect that originated from northern China and was introduced to the U.S. (originally found in Reading, PA) in 2014. They have since spread to several surrounding states and, without proper control, could continue their expansion. The Tree-of-Heaven is their primary host, but the pests can do serious damage to over 65 other plants including grapevines and roses as well as black walnut, birch, and several other varieties of trees. Large populations of spotted lanternflies can kill off whole trees or plants, hopping to the next one as a swarm to do the same, not to mention aggravate visitors and guests around your business, restaurant, or in your park. You can also listen to our experts here about these strange pests and a few others.
A relatively new pest to our area, the spotted lanternfly has become a menace to the agricultural community. But it’s not just farmers with orchards or vineyards that have been affected. People at multifamily buildings, office buildings, and schools in particular have seen large numbers of spotted lanternflies in several Mid-Atlantic states. Since they will lay their eggs on any flat vertical surface including trees, stones, vehicles, outdoor furniture, and even playground equipment, spotted lanternflies can be a problem literally anywhere.
Spotted lanternflies are not very strong flyers, so restaurants have been dealing with these insects literally flying into their guests’ heads in outdoor seating areas. While they don’t bite or sting, spotted lanternfly activity around your property is a nuisance to your staff and your guests.
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