Integrated Pest Management Calendar for Spotted Lanternfly

Thursday, 01 February 2018 / Published in Uncategorized

Many of our clients are concerned about the spread of the invasive Spotted Lanternfly.  Questions are being asked about what can be done to stop its spread, and what people can do on their own private properties and at a larger scale.  While we know the insect can feed and develop to maturity on many different trees, current research indicates that this insect can only reproduce after feeding on Ailanthus altissima (Tree of Heaven), an invasive tree.  With this knowledge, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Penn State University Agricultural Extension now recommend the removal of most of these trees, combined with the treatment of remaining Ailanthus ‘Trap Trees” with systemic insecticides to kill Lanternflies that feed on them.  The Department of Agriculture is optimistic that implementation of this strategy, combined with public education about the insect and the danger of moving egg masses, will have positive results.

The PSU Ag Extension has created a Drop Box file containing an IPM management calendar and a wealth of other information such as fact sheets about control strategies and compliance with quarantine regulations, identification of Ailanthus trees, and Pest Alert bulletins that can be posted throughout the community.  This information can be accessed by going to the following Drop Box file:  Additional information can be found by Googling Spotted Lanternfly PDA or Spotted Lanternfly PSU, or by contacting your Regional PSU Agricultural Extension Office.

As always, Boucher & James, Inc. is available to work with our clients to implement IPM strategies for the control of Spotted Lanternfly, and to answer any questions you may have.