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Posted on: November 19, 2021

Time to fight Spotted Lanternflies by killing their eggs

Remove spotted lanternfly egg masses

With the onset of the cold weather, Spotted Lanternflies are dying off. SLFs are invasive, non-native pests and should be removed at all their life stages. This destructive insect is threatening our trees, forests, and agriculture. While the Spotted Lanternfly prefers the Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima), it feeds on the plant sap of a variety of host plants that include fruit trees, ornamental trees, woody trees, vegetables, herbs, grains, and vines. It has a strong preference for economically important plants and the feeding damage significantly stresses the plants, leading to decreased health and potentially death. While it does not harm humans or animals, it reduces the quality of life for people living in heavily infested areas. 

Before Spotted Lanternflies die, they leave egg masses on trees. Now is the time to hunt down the masses and remove them. This video from Morris Arboretum Executive Director, Bill Cullina, explains how to identify and easily remove Spotted Lanternfly eggs from trees. 

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SLF life cycle


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