What can we do?
Lanternflies are fairly predictable as far as where they feed. That being said, we can assess the property to locate the specific host trees that we know the lanternfly feeds on and provide a treatment plan for those specific trees.
How does it work?
We use a variety of spray applications throughout the season as the Lanternfly progresses through its life cycle. Each step in its cycle requires a slightly different approach for best results.
It is important to understand that due to the sheer volume and reproduction rate of the lanternfly, it is impossible to completely stop them from invading your property. There are currently no repellant sprays available. Fortunately, the products that we use have a residual effect lasting roughly 3 weeks during the Nymph stage. During the most destructive Adult stage, we use a systemic insecticide which is absorbed by the tree and continues to kill the lanternflies wave after wave for up to 3 months.
Is it safe?
The safety of people, pets, and the environment is our number one goal. With that in mind, some larger trees may not be possible to treat with a contact spray due to the risk of over spray. Luckily the application method used during the adult stage (July – December) is a very controlled, direct spray of only the first 4 feet of the trunk of the tree from the ground up.
What about the eggs?
Lanternflies will venture away from the host trees and lay their eggs on almost anything smooth. With that in mind, using chemicals to destroy the egg masses is not realistic or environmentally responsible as it would result in the destruction of non-target insects. This makes it extra important to control the Lanternfly during its nymph and adult stages.
Potential Host Trees/Plants
|Tree of Heaven||Beech||Rose Bushes||Pine Tree|
|Maple||Black walnut||River Birch||Black Gum|
|Dogwood||Peach Tree||Oak||Service Berry|
|Willow||Sycamore||Plum Tree||Black Walnut|
|Cherry Tree||Tulip Poplar||Apple Tree||Ash|