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 […]
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 […]