The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive planthopper native to China, India, Vietnam. It was first discovered in Pennsylvania in Berks County, and has spread to Lancaster County and other counties in the southeast portion of the Commonwealth. This insect has the potential to greatly impact agricultural crops such as grapes, hops, and hardwoods. It is also reducing the quality of life for people living in heavily infested areas.
What Is Being Done
Penn State University and Extension, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and PA Department of Agriculture (PDA) have joined forces to control and contain the spread of SLF. Penn State University is leading the research efforts currently underway to answer the many questions we have about the insect’s biology, pesticide studies, and the ability of the insect to adapt to the environment in Pennsylvania.
What Can Be Done
Spotted Lanternfly can be controlled with a combination of physical removal of life stages and host trees, as well as pesticide applications.
Businesses also play an important role. Business owners should incorporate pest management into their vegetation management plans and work to minimize the possibility of this insect hitching a ride on products they produce and ship. Businesses who ship products within and out of the quarantine zone are required to have or hire companies who have a Spotted Lanternfly Permit.
How You Can Help
This insect is easily moved if no one is looking. It is important to inspect your vehicles, trailers, or any outdoor items before you move around or out of the quarantine area. If possible, don’t park in tree lines and keep windows rolled up when you park your vehicle. Know the life stages of the insect and when to look for them. Any efforts you make in destroying the Spotted Lanternfly or it’s egg masses helps your property and community.
Please join the effort to control and prevent the spread of Spotted Lanternfly. We need everyone to protect their properties, communities, and the Commonwealth from this invasive insect that has the potential to change our landscape and quality of life.
Using Traps for Spotted Lanternfly Management
If you have spotted lanternflies, you can wrap sticky bands around tree trunks to stop them. Only use tree banding where you see SLF feeding on trees or observe SLF crawling up the trees. Banding is not effective on bushes or most vines because they don’t have a large enough diameter for the banding tape.
When banding for SLF, it is possible that you may accidentally trap nontarget animals, including beneficial insects, small mammals (bats, squirrels, etc.), small birds, and lizards. There are several practices you can use to try to reduce the risk of capturing these non-targets, especially the larger creatures. One option is to reduce the width of the band, thereby reducing the surface area that a non-target animal encounters. This involves cutting commercially available bands in half or in thirds. Because SLF are trapped on the bands from the bottom up, this method can capture the same amount of SLF and will help your supply of banding material last longer. Another option it to build a guard over the band out of wire (fencing, such as chicken wire, or mesh, such as window screening) to prevent larger animals from contacting the sticky surface. Both of these methods have worked well to reduce bycatch.
For more information on using traps (including tree banding) click the following ling: https://extension.psu.edu/using-traps-for-spotted-lanternfly-management
Below is a list of businesses that currently sell the sticky bands:
555 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, PA
Daniels Farm Store
324 Glenbrook Rd, Leola, PA
Paul B Hardware
50 Wood Corner Rd, Lititz, PA
Below are informational resources for this invasive species: