Spotted Lantern Flies in Philadelphia Area

spotted lantern fly
September 12, 2019

The Greater Philadelphia Area has recently seen an influx of spotted lantern flies. They are the #1 invasive species of concern in the state of Pennsylvania and are threatening agricultural, timber, and ornamental industries. What can you do if you see one?

1. Report the sighting to the Penn State University Agriculture Extension to help them in their efforts to contain and control the pest: https://extension.psu.edu/have-you-seen-a-spotted-lanternfly

2. Destroy any adults, nymphs, and egg masses you see!  Fly swatters work well for smashing the adults.

Additionally, in partnership with the USDA and Morris Arboretum, Penn is working to remove and/or treat (when appropriate) the spotted lantern fly's favored host tree, Tree of heaven.

For more information, please visit this site: https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-management-for-homeowners