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How to Get Rid of Spotted Lanternflies

How to Get Rid of Spotted Lanternflies

As of November 2014, the state of Pennsylvania tried to quarantine the spotted lanternfly. This is a plant-hopping pest that poses a great threat to both agriculture and natural resources.

However, as you may have guessed, the pest problem wasn't contained. Today, you'll find the lanternfly in many states, including NJ, MD, and DE. You may suspect you have the pest yourself.

If you're wondering how to get rid of Spotted Lanternflies, then read on. In this article, we'll give you all the important details regarding this invasive pest.

Where Do Spotted Lanternflies Come From?

Spotted lanternflies aren't actually native to North America. In fact, they come from Asian countries such as India, China, and Vietnam.

It's thought that this pest came to the US on a stone shipment back in 2012. However, they weren't noticed until 2014 in PA. Since then, this pest has spread to over 8 states, despite the best efforts to contain this infestation.

Are Spotted Lanternflies Dangerous?

Spotted lanternflies are dangerous to trees around your home or business. Spotted Lanternflies can cause significant damage when they feast on your greenery such as leaf curling, oozing sap, wilting, and even dieback.

In addition, the waste product of these pests (called "honeydew") is full of sugar. When they excrete honeydew, this will promote the growth of sooty mold. This black mold can be unsightly and odorous, as well as difficult to remove from your belongings if it spreads (for example, it can get onto your deck and driveway).

How to Get Rid of Spotted Lanternflies

So maybe you've seen a few on your property and now you're wondering what to do about a spotted lanternfly issue. Perhaps you're thinking of Googling homemade lanternfly spray to save some money.

However, you should not DIY. Not only are homemade remedies not very effective, but they may also do damage to your property. It can pose a health risk for you, your family, and the environment.

Always Seek a Pest Control Company

Should you have a spotted lanternfly problem, the most effective and efficient way to stop the spread of this pest is to use a pest control professional like Viking Pest. Viking's technicians are trained and certified to use proper materials to effectively control Spotted Lanternflies. The misuse of pest control materials can harm trees, vegetation, and the environment if not handled correctly.

Viking Pest offers Spotted Lanternfly tree banding throughout NJ, PA, DE, and the Eastern Shore of MD. A liquid Spotted Lanternfly treatment is available in some areas. Please contact Viking Pest to see what treatment options are available in your area. 

Get a Professional's Help Now

When it comes to how to get rid of Spotted Lanternflies, you should never try it yourself. DIY methods aren't effective, plus if you try to use chemicals as an untrained person, you may end up doing more harm than good.

So if you notice any signs of spotted lanternflies on your property, the best thing is to contact the pest control experts at Viking Pest and we will take care of the pest pressure for you effectively.

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