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Spotted Lanternfly

The entire region of southeastern Pennsylvania needs to be on high alert with the latest invasive pest to enter our area, The Spotted Lanternfly. First discovered in Berks County in 2014, homeowners are quickly discovering how destructive this insect can be to their landscape. Effecting over 60 different plants, Spotted Lanternfly has the potential to wreak havoc throughout our community. Frequent property inspections throughout all life cycles are extremely important in gaining control over your property from the damaging effects of Spotted Lanternfly.
NYMPH Black and White


Black and White
NYMPH Red, Black and White


Red, Black and White
Adult Spotted Lanternfly

Spotted Lanternfly


Signs of Spotted Lanternfly

The Spotted Lanternfly can quickly be identified during several different stages throughout its life cycle. As the eggs begin to hatch during the month of May, Early nymphs (1st, 2nd & 3rd instars) are identified by their black bodies with white spots. At this time of year they are seen moving up and down the host plants as they begin to feed. During the final immature stage, usually during the month of July, they begin to make final changes before becoming adults, developing red patches over the black and white spots. At this point in their life cycle they can be seen feeding on trunks and limbs. It is only weeks after their final instar stage before developing into adults. As adults, Spotted Lanternfly can gather onto trees in large numbers and cause significant damage to their hosts.

Damage Caused by Spotted Lanternfly

From the immature instar stages to adulthood, Spotted Lanternfly feeds on sap from the leaves, stems and trunks of trees. These insects prefer to feed on species of trees with heavy sap flow such as Apple, Cherry, Maple, Oak, Pine, Plum, Poplar, Sycamore, Walnut, and Willow. As they feed, trees can be seen weeping sap from the wounds caused by these insects. As Spotted Lanternfly continues to feed, they secrete an extremely sticky substance called honeydew covering the leaves, limbs, trunks and surrounding property which can lead to the growth of black sooty mold. A number of insects such as bees, wasps, hornets, even ants are attracted to this material making matters even worse.

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With the population explosion over the last few years, this pest has a history of damaging trees and making a mess of properties throughout our community. If you’ve seen Spotted Lanternfly on your property, immediate action is required. Our Certified Arborist will inspect your property and implement a program to maintain the health of your trees and protect your property. For the best control and proven results, call us to start your Spotted Lanternfly Treatment.

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If you’ve been noticing the plants on your property don’t seem to look the way they once did, or if you want to make sure you maintain their health, give us a call today. We will schedule a time to walk the property with our Certified Arborist and ensure your landscape stay healthy and beautiful all year long. We service Delaware County, Chester County, Montgomery County and surrounding areas in Pennsylvania.

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