If you have Spotted Lanternfly there is probably one question that you have. And that is, “How do I get rid of them?” But with this being said, the answer to this question is somewhat complex. The reason for this is that it depends on what stage of life the Spotted Lanternflies are at. Beyond this, we do not want to think of it as a battle, but we want to think of it as a war. And a war that needs to be fought on all fronts.
With the Spotted Lanternfly being found in Lancaster, one of the most important things for controlling them will be identifying them. This is especially important since the nymph stages (Instar stages) look so different than the adult stage. In fact, even the different nymph stages can look radically different from each other.
As we have been saying in the past few posts, the Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive species that has been a big issue and will continue to be so. More than that, we also covered that it will be an issue for everyone, not just those who have trees and gardens. And the reason for this is the honeydew that Spotted Lanternflies produce quickly turns to mold leaves a black residue. This residue can cover any number of things from the patio to your siding, even your car.
Removing Tree of Heaven for Spotted Lanternfly Control
Spotted Lanternflies are considered to be a nuisance pest. For this reason, it is illegal to allow them to knowingly exist on your property. Failure to do so or to hire someone to do it for you can lead to the PA Department of Agriculture (PA-DOA) coming in, taking care of the issue, and charging the homeowner. Furthermore, the PA-DOA also mandates that the Spotted Lanternfly only be controlled through approved methods. And one of the of the best ways that the PA-DOA recommends to control the Spotted Lanternfly is through controlling the Spotted Lanternflies favorite plant, the Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima).