Spotted Lantern Fly - August 2023
Pest of the Month - August 2023
Spotted Lanternflies are an invasive species of planthoppers native to Asia. They were first reported in Pennsylvania and have started to spread throughout Maryland, where they were causing substantial damage to agricultural crops, trees, and plants. The Secretary of Agriculture has issued a quarantine order for 18 Maryland counties. These insects are a threat to various plants, including fruit trees, ornamental trees, and vineyard crops. They feed on the sap of these plants, weakening them and making them more susceptible to disease and other pests. Spotted Lanternflies can come in overwhelming numbers that our customers are going to look to our industry for help.
Managing the customer’s expectations can be challenging. For pests like these, clearly explaining the biology of how these pests work and what you are allowed to do can hopefully alleviate some stress for both your operation and for the customer. Working with the customer with their yard and the immediate surrounding environment might help alleviate some of these problems as well.
Links to resources:
- Best Management Practices for Spotted Lanternfly in Yards and Landscapes
- Cornell University Lifestyle and Biology of the Spotted Lanternfly
- MDA email to direct SLF questions or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org
- MDA Information Page for Spotted Lanternfly - reporting and other information
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