Spotted Lanternfly?

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CJ Beazley
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Spotted Lanternfly?

#1 Post by CJ Beazley » October 7th, 2018, 11:30 am

Has anyone heard of this? Is it the next bad thing?
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#2 Post by Gary Schulte » October 15th, 2018, 3:27 pm

Yes and may be considered "the" bad thing. It's centered in eastern PA. Last year's PA quarantine did not prevent the spread as it's been detected in surrounding states including DE, NY, MD, NJ & VA. Not all counties are affected in those states where it's been detected. Tree of Heaven is the favored host. I've been in the process of taking out any tree of heaven I find on my property. This pest sucks on the sap of trunks, shoots, and leaves. I know a vineyard manager in PA that is incredibly worried about the pest as he's near ground zero.

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#3 Post by Gary Schulte » October 23rd, 2018, 2:05 pm


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#4 Post by Brian Gilp » October 25th, 2018, 5:37 pm

First one in Maryland has been confirmed today. A trapped male. Lots of hope that this is a random catch and doesn’t indicate that they have crossed into MD but seems like wishful thinking at this point.

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#5 Post by Richard T r i m p i » October 26th, 2018, 7:56 am

I live within a few miles of the epicenter. Hope is not going to stop this critter. They reproduce in the millions and they're on the way. CT and Mass should have a few years to go unless some are accidentally transported. They're reportedly quite a potential problem for orchards and vineyards, especially "organic". Insecticides have been somewhat effective but with limits as sprayed areas repopulate after the residues attenuate. The bugs and their nymphs are large and difficult to miss. Smashed bugs can be seen all over the local roads.

They showed up on my property in a wave last year. Fewer this year (woodland) because we're short on preferred plant species. If there's a breakthrough in fighting them, it should probably happen in Berks County, PA where the problem started in 2014 and research is ongoing.

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#6 Post by Gary Schulte » March 15th, 2019, 6:18 pm

Recent summary update to this pest ........... https://www.goodfruit.com/spotted-lante ... pe-threat/ . Just got back from the quarantined area in PA and most vineyard owners are keenly aware on what to look for. Eggs masses are burned off with propane torch and the nymphs and adults are sprayed with insecticides. Have been eliminating tree-of-heaven saplings in disturbed areas around the vineyard. I know it's coming and it's now a matter of when and whether some softer remedies are possible when that time comes. I'm pulling for the folks in PA to get a strategic plan in place to share with others on how to minimize the risk.

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