The Spotted Lanternfly has wreaked havoc on our agriculture since around 2014. While they have a unique look with their spotted red, black, and tan colored wings, they are a menace and a threat to our forests, crops, and trees. There has been no complete remedy for these creatures to date. However, there are ways to spot when they’re causing problems and prevent any further damage. Here’s what you need to know:
How does the Spotted Lanternfly do damage?
These bugs feed on the trees. They will suck the sap out of any stem or leaf. It doesn’t matter if it’s a tree or a shrub. Removing too much of the sap will cause the plant to die. On top of that, spotted lanternflies leave behind honeydew, which is a clear, sticky substance. This honeydew attracts other insects like wasps, ants, and even fungi to attack the already weakened tree.
Which trees are at risk?
When these bugs are nymphs or younger versions of the Spotted Lanternfly, it is when trees get hit the most. They enjoy apples, grapes, stone fruits, maple, willow, pine, poplar, and Tree of Heaven, also known as Ailanthus. When they are adults, they mainly feed on the Tree of Heaven.