Officials Asking Public to Help Control Insect Invader
Spotted Lanternfly Expected to Become a Problem for Many
March 25, 2021
Forest and agriculture officials in Pennsylvania are warning residents about the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) and asking residents to report sightings of the pest and its egg sacs.
The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive species native to Asia. It does not bite or sting humans or pets but causes serious damage to at least 70 different host plants which are often found in Pennsylvania yards or gardens.
It damages grapevines, red maples, silver maples, willows, sumacs, sapling trees and other hardwoods and agricultural and ornamental plants. The fly feeds on and thereby stresses the plants, causin...