May 27, 2020

Conservation Districts Join the Battle Against the Bug!

In Pennsylvania, Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture have led the effort in education, control methods, and research of the spotted lanternfly. To meet grant goals and expand the effort, multiple conservation districts across Pennsylvania have received sub-grant funding. Locally, the Lancaster County Conservation District is one of these included. Joseph Robinson and Amanda Goldsmith, the Spotted Lanternfly Technicians in Lancaster County, will be working with municipalities and landowners to help them fund spotted lanternfly treatment. The District has a Municipality Reimbursement Program set up for any tree of heaven treatment or spotted lanternfly treatment done on […]
May 19, 2020

Invasive Species: Spotted Lanternfly’s Unique Impact

When we think of invasive species, environmental destruction is often the first thought that comes to mind. Native species go extinct and ecosystems are permanently damaged. With commonly cited invasive species like emerald ash borers, the fungus that killed chestnut trees, zebra mussels, etc., they have decimated species related to them, predators, and native hosts.  Environmental devastation also leads to economic downfalls and a nuisance impact on the public. Yet, the spotted lanternfly differs from how we perceive invasive species. They are primarily an invasive species threatening to impact local economies.  Environmentally, the spotted lanternfly weakens native trees but does […]
May 11, 2020

Spotted Lanternfly & Tree of Heaven: The Match Made in Heaven

The spotted lanternfly and Ailanthus make quite the dangerous team, and their relationship is complicated to say the least.
April 30, 2020

Is a fungus the key to controlling Tree of Heaven?

Verticillium nonalfalfae may be a bio-pesticide that offers minimal non-target effects.
April 13, 2020

How to safely manage spotted lanternfly on your property

The advent of spring also means the arrival of spotted lanternfly nymphs. While these pests may be small at first, they’ll soon grow to full-size adults. As soon as you see spotted lanternfly, please kill it and report it online or by calling 1-888-4BAD-FLY (1-888-422-3359). But how can a homeowner safely manage the SLF population? You may be tempted to inundate your yard with pesticide, but that may not be the best course of action. Here are some quick alternatives. More detailed information can be found on the Penn State Extension website. Sticky bands Sticky bands are, as the name […]
April 6, 2020

What the new Spotted Lanternfly quarantine map means for homeowners

Recently, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) announced that the Pennsylvania Spotted Lanternfly quarantine zone has been expanded from 14 counties to 26, most of which border the counties of the previous quarantine area. What this means The additional twelve counties have been added to the quarantine map  as part of a state-wide initiative to stop the spread of the spotted lanternfly (SLF). While this change does indicate that SLF is being found in new areas, it’s important to note that the new counties in the quarantine zone are not completely infested.  Spotted lanternfly have been found in specific municipalities […]