How to Get Rid of Spotted Lanternflies

Four Steps

Get Rid of Spotted Lanternflies

The spotted lanternfly came to is a planthopper that came to the United States from Asia back in 2014. Because spotted lanternflies don’t have natural predators, we need to take control in our own hands. Read on to learn how to get rid of spotted lanternflies.

How to Get Rid of Spotted Lanternflies

Step 1: Remove the Eggs

Have you seen those brown, seed-like masses on trees? Those are egg masses. They are covered in a mud-like paste that keeps them securely in a mass on a tree. You need to identify and remove them as soon as possible. To do this, scrape the egg mass into a ziplock bag of rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer.

Step 2: Capture and Kill Nymphs

You may have recently seen bands put around trees. Theses are insect barriers used to capture nymphs on high-risk trees. This sticky band captures the nymphs as they climb the tree to find food. Read the manufacturer’s directions to see how often you should replace it.

Note: Some people have found birds stuck to these sticky tree bands. Carefully monitor the traps.

Step 3: Address Adults to Get Rid of Spotted Lanternflies

The adults begin to take over during the summertime. You can control them with an insecticide application.

Step 4: Assess High-Risk Host Plants

Unfortunately, you might need to remove trees that are at the highest risk for attracting spotted lanternflies. They pick out a “tree of heaven,” which they take over and eventually kill. Adults prefer willow trees. For nymphs, these trees are usually:

  • Willow
  • Maple
  • Poplar
  • Prunus trees
  • Apple
  • Pine
  • Grapevines

Get Rid of Spotted Lanternflies with Help from Green Lawn Fertilizing

We need to help our ecosystem by eliminating spotted lanternflies. Green Lawn Fertilizing knows just how to handle them so you can save the trees in your yard and beyond. For help with spotted lanternfly control, call us today at 888-581-5296.

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