Spotted Lanternfly Control in & Around Your Home

Taking care of this new pest in our area.


Spotted Lanternflies are relatively new pests to our area, but they have been able to reproduce rather quickly. Since the first Spotted Lanternfly was discovered in Pennsylvania, they have been detected in 11 eastern states and counting. They are believed to have arrived on shipments of stone from China.

Spotted Lanternflies will lay their eggs on any flat vertical surface including the trees, stones, vehicles, outdoor furniture, and even swing sets around your home. They are also not very strong flyers which means the chance of a spotted lanternfly flying into your head is a real thing. While they don’t bite or sting, they are a nuisance and can seriously ruin your outdoor experience. They can even threaten our wine!

  • Will hop and fly among trees and plants increasing risk of infestation
  • Can create unsightly residues on vertical surfaces by laying eggs on them
  • Can fly around you and your family’s head disrupting your backyard
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How to Detect Spotted Lanternflies at Your Home

Depending on the time of year, you could see many different signs of Spotted Lanternflies. In the middle of summer, you might see the distinctive black or red immature stage called “nymphs.” Throughout their lives, Spotted Lanternflies feed on plant sap and excrete a sugary liquid called “honeydew.” Honeydew coats leaves, branches, and tree trunks. When outdoor fungi feed on the honeydew, the coated surfaces turn black with sooty mold which affects plant health. Sooty mold at the bottom of tree trunks and leaves of infested trees can point to the Spotted Lanternfly having been there. In the late summer, you could see masses of adults infesting trees and other plants, creating honeydew, and laying eggs. Adult Spotted Lanternflies often cluster on tree trunks specifically. You could also see egg masses in the winter and spring.

How to Prevent Spotted Lanternflies from Damaging Your Home

Prevention of these pests is difficult, but we can treat for them. In the winter, our technicians will scrape off Spotted Lanternfly egg masses that we can reach and tag those trees we can’t access with arbor tape to make sure they are treated in the spring and summer. From late July into autumn, we can also treat for the adults. Attempting to use home remedies to control Spotted Lanternflies is not recommended. Leave Spotted Lanternfly treatment at your home to the professionals. You can do your part by reporting sightings of Spotted Lanternflies to both your state’s department of agriculture and to your pest control company so they know where to focus their treatments.
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