The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive species that is native to Asia. Immature stages are black with white spots. However, the adults have contrasting patches of red and black on their hind wings, and their underside is yellow with black bands.
This pest takes up residence in fruit, woody, and ornamental trees. When the Spotted Lanternfly feeds on its host tree, it digests sap and releases honeydew. Then, the honeydew creates fungi growth. Furthermore, they spread plant disease, and the waste they secrete can block a tree from photosynthesizing.
This invasive species poses a significant threat to the economy. They have already substantially negatively impacted the grape, orchard, and logging industries in the United States. There are no natural predators here in the United States that feed on the Spotted Lanternfly, and organic pest control usually is not enough to eradicate them.
How You Can Help
- Take a picture if you can, and send it to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment. That way, they can track the species.
- Stomp or squish it! Doing so can prevent up to 90 eggs from hatching next spring.
- Check your vehicle to make sure you aren’t accidentally transporting a bug or egg sac.
- Visit The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station for information about how to report the pests.
Here at Eric’s Tree Service, we eradicate pests. If you suspect this pest in your yard, call us today!