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Spotted Lanternfly Removal In NJ & NY
Unmasking the Pests and Our Playbook to Take Down the Population in Your Yard
Discovery – From Hidden Gem to Public NuisanceImagine this: It’s 2014, and the spotted lanternfly is discovered near Boyertown, PA – and they look quite pretty when they spread their spotted bright red and black wings. Fast forward less than a decade, and this pest has gone from an unknown critter to a well-known troublemaker in our area. Why? Well, they’re not exactly the polite guests you’d want in your garden. In fact, they’re responsible for nearly $325 million in annual agricultural losses. Yep, they’re not here for a tea party; like it or not, they’re here to wreak havoc on your outdoor space and vegetation that you love so much!
Concern – When Pests Get FashionableNow, don’t get us wrong; spotted lanternflies won’t sting you or nibble on your pets. So, no need to panic if one decides to land on your picnic blanket. But here’s the twist – they’re plant and tree terrorists! They adore infesting trees, especially the so-called “tree of heaven,” causing sap wilting, leaf curling, and sticky sap galore. They’re not picky eaters either; they chomp down on over 70 different plants, from grapes to apples and everything in between.
Why Are They So Darn Destructive?
Here’s the scoop: Spotted lanternflies have a sweet side – they excrete honeydew, a sugary treat that attracts other not-so-friendly insects like bees and wasps. It’s like a sugary invitation to an insect party. But wait, there’s more – this honeydew buildup can turn into a breeding ground for destructive fungi that can harm your precious plants. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is so concerned about it that they’re arming trees with insecticides to fight back!
And it’s not just plants they’re after – these little buggers have been known to damage cars, furniture, and even structures. They’re like the party guests who just can’t help but cause trouble.
Do Spotted Lanternflies Have a Season? You Bet!
These critters lay their eggs in the fall, and they spend the winter incubating. Come late spring or early summer, the nymphs hatch, ready to wreak havoc. But here’s a tip: the easiest way to thwart their plans is to go after those eggs! You can tackle it yourself, armed with a stiff card, postcard, or scraper. Squish and scrape those eggs, and you’ll hear a pop as you put a stop to their baby lanternflies before they hatch.
Think that’s a bit too hands-on? You can also scrape the egg mass off the tree and dunk it into a container of frozen rubbing alcohol. Let them take a chilly dip, and that’ll be the end of their lanternfly dreams.
Detection – Becoming a Back Yard DetectiveDetection a spotted lanternfly infestation early is crucial to prevent its spread and minimize damage to plants and trees. Here are signs that you may have a spotted lanternfly infestation:
Enter Horizon Pest Control – Your Pest-Free Partner
Now, if all this bug squishing and egg dunking sounds like a bit too much adventure for your liking, why not call in the pros? At Horizon Pest Control, we’re the pest detectives you need. We’ll identify those pesky lanternflies and unleash our arsenal of pest-fighting tricks to keep them at bay. Consider it your insurance policy against a lanternfly invasion.
So, whether you’re a DIY warrior or prefer to leave it to the experts, remember that Horizon Pest Control has your back. We’re here to ensure your property stays lanternfly-free, so you can enjoy your outdoor haven without any uninvited guests!
Ready to reclaim your space? Give us a call at (201) 447-2530 to request your FREE consultation today! Don’t let lanternflies turn your garden into their own fairy tale nightmare.