SLF - Spotted Lantern Fly

What is the Spotted Lantern Fly?

Spotted Lantern Fly (SLF) is a fast-moving, invasive pest that is stressing our trees and quickly becoming a nuisance in our community.

SLF is native to China and was first discovered in Pennsylvania in September 2014. Feeding on a wide range of fruit, ornamental, and woody trees, the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) states that invasive pests will have an impact on the environment similar to, if not greater than global warming.

How Does SLF Spread?

Egg Masses

The egg masses look like smeared mud. SLF will lay its eggs on virtually any surface, and egg masses will get transported unknowingly on lawn furniture, outside toys, vehicles, and almost any other object that can be found outside.

Spotted Lantern Fly
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Where is Spotted Lantern Fly?

How do I Identify Spotted Lantern Fly?

SLF Infestation

SLF comes into an area like a plague. There can be thousands of SLF on a single tree and hundreds of thousands of spotted lantern flies on a property and around your home.

How will SLF effect my quality of life?

SLF excretes sticky droplets of sugar-rich urine that rains down from infested trees, producing a foul smell and coating everything below. SLF excretion draws in other insects, such as wasps and ants, that come to feed.

Which Trees are Spotted Lantern Fly Attracted to?

Ailanthus altissima
Maple Family
London Planetree & Sycamore
Platanus x acerifolia & occidentalis
Birch Family
Weeping Willow
Salix babylonica
Tulip Poplar
Liriodendron tulipifera
Ash Trees
Linden Family
Dogwood Family
Japanese Snowbell
Styrax japonicus
Oak Family
Pine Family
Hop Tree
Ptelea trifoliata
Fruit Trees
Cherry, Apple, Peach, Plum, Apricot, etc.

How to Protect Your Trees

To protect your trees from SLF, trunk injections or bark sprays must be performed by a certified and licensed professional.

Contact Princeton Tree Care today for an SLF Consultation.

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