Lanternflies Are Invasive and Coming for Connecticut Trees
The spotted lanternfly is a particularly troublesome pest to infiltrate Connecticut trees. This invasive species feed by sucking sap from the host trees. Sadly, this weakens and damages the trees significantly by hindering the photosynthesis process needed for the tree to create nutrients. These weakened trees are left more susceptible to other pests, diseases, and potential death. Moreover, the excrement left behind creates a sooty mold growth on the tree.
The changing of the season brings with it enormous lanternfly activity. During the autumn, adult lanternflies get busy laying their eggs. They will continue to do so until winter when the only thing stopping them is a hard freeze. In Connecticut, this may not happen until well into November. Unfortunately, the spotted lanternfly egg masses will survive the winter and later turn into the next generation of lanternflies. Egg masses are about an inch big and look like splotches of mud that camouflage expertly on trees. In addition, you’ll likely notice egg masses on the lawn, cars, and outdoor furniture.
You Can Help Destroy Spotted Lanternfly Egg Masses
What role do you play in stopping the spread of the invasive lanternfly? Destroy the egg masses! Since each egg mass can produce between thirty and fifty lanternflies, destroying the egg masses you notice serves our community’s trees.
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station has begun distributing scraper cards. These resemble credit cards you can use to scrape the egg masses off surfaces and put them into alcohol to kill the eggs. Thoroughly crushing the egg masses will also destroy the eggs.
While residents participating in scraping the egg masses is an effective way of controlling the population, many egg masses are found high in the canopy of trees, away from where most of us would look. Therefore, for now, it’s impossible to eradicate this pest completely. Still, we can all take the small step of destroying egg masses when we see them. This small step will help in the effort to control the population of this pest.
If you notice tree pests or tree disease in your yard, contact Eric’s Tree Service today!