Shades of Green, Inc offers properly timed, effective treatments for Spotted Lanternfly infestations.
The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive, destructive pest that was discovered in the United States in 2014. Populations of Spotted Lanternflies have been confirmed in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Lehigh counties, and have been spreading across the region. Cases increased by 500% in our region compared to last year.
Spotted Lanternflies feed on a variety of trees and plants, particularly the Tree of Heaven, Ailanthus Altissima. Our Certified Arborists may recommend:
- removing the host tree to prevent attracting Spotted Lanternflies
- identifying which valuable, high-risk trees should be protected
- removing egg masses to prevent new Spotted Lanternflies from hatching
Spotted Lanternflies have several stages in their life cycle, including the egg laying stage, which occurs from September through late November or early December. Any observed egg masses should be scraped off to prevent them from hatching in the Spring. After hatching, there are three Nymph stages in which their appearance changes from a black color with white spots, to a mixture of red and black with white spots. Following the third nymph stage, the adult Spotted Lanternflies emerge in July.