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Penn State Extension Educators Offer Lanternfly Management Tips

 

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture uses catchphrases like "Look before you leave" and "If you see 'em, squash 'em" to remind Pa. residents of the importance of lanternfly removal. Lanternflies will cling to forms of transportation, so travelers should look their vehicles over before leaving a spotted lanternfly location.

Sunny skies and rising temperatures have many on cloud nine with anticipation of summertime fun. But for residents in parts of Pennsylvania and beyond, these weather conditions also signal the return of a trespasser that aims to rain on their parade - the spotted lanternfly.

The pest, which feeds on the sap of grapevines, hardwoods and ornamentals, strikes a double blow - not only does it stress host plants, but it also can render outdoor areas unusable by leaving behind a sugary excrement called honeydew, explained Emelie Swackhamer, a horticulture educator with Penn State Extension.

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