Spotted Lanternfly - Is It A Fly Or A Moth?

Is it a Moth... Is it a Fly... ?

It's a Spotted Lanternfly! The name lanternfly is misleading since spotted lanternflies have little in common with any type of fly. Another misconception arises when viewing adults with wings spread out, making them look like moths. Spotted lanternflies are planthoppers in the order Hemiptera, true bug, and are closely related to cicadas, brown marmorated stink bugs, aphids and leafhoppers. All insects in this order have piercing-sucking mouthparts which allow them to drill into the phloem of a plant to feed directly on the sugary sap.

The Spotted Lanternfly causes serious damage to trees including oozing sap, wilting, leaf curling, and tree dieback. In addition to tree damage, when spotted lanternflies feed, they excrete a sugary substance, called honeydew, that encourages the growth of black sooty mold.

In addition to damaging your valuable landscape, affecting the enjoyment of being outdoors, the Spotted Lanternfly is a huge threat to the agriculture industry. They have the potential to make a huge economic impact and threaten hundreds of thousands of jobs associated with the grape, apple, hops, and hardwood industries. 

 

What Should You Do? 

  1. Kill it!... Squash it!... Smash it!.. Just get rid of it! In the fall the Spotted Lanternfly will late egg masses of 30-50 eggs each. These are referred to as bag bugs for a reason, don't let you yard become the next statistic. Refer to the area infestation map.

  2. Call an experienced pest control professional like Omega Pest Management.
  3. Be sure that pest control professional that you contract follows the treatment matrix.

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