The Spotted Lantern Fly
The Spotted Lantern Fly has invaded the Lehigh Valley this year. We have seen many infestations from Center Valley to the Bangor area. Rgreen® is working closely with suppliers and Penn State Extension center to help to control the Spotted lantern Fly. Insect control is the only option at this time to control Spotted Lantern Flies.
Lantern Fly General Information
According to the Penn State Extension website, the spotted lanternfly is considered native to China, India, and Vietnam. It has been introduced as a non-native insect to South Korea and Japan, prior to its detection in the United States. In South Korea, it is considered invasive and a pest of grapes and peaches. A 2014 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) bulletin states that the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture found significant populations of the spotted lanternfly at multiple properties at the time of its detection, including residential properties and commercial property with a specialty stone business. That particular company was stated to import over 150 shipments from China, India, and Brazil annually, according to the USDA APHIS bulletin.
The spotted lanternfly has been reported fon over 70 species of plants, including the following:
- Tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) (preferred host)
- Apple (Malus spp.)
- Plum, cherry, peach, apricot (Prunus spp.)
- Grape (Vitis spp.)
- Pine (Pinus spp.) and others
More information can be found on the Penn State Ag website