Spotted Lantern Fly

Spotted Lantern Fly

ALERT! The invasive Spotted Lantern Fly (SLF) is in our area.
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What is SLF (Spotted Lantern Fly)?

Adult Spotted Lantern Fly

Spotted Lantern Fly (SLF) is a fast moving invasive pest that is stressing our trees and quickly becoming a nuisance in our community.

SLF is native to China and was first discovered in Pennsylvania in September 2014. Feeding on a wide range of fruit, ornamental and woody trees, the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) states that invasive pests will have an impact on the environment similar to, if not greater than global warming.

How Does SLF Spread?

Egg Masses

The egg masses look like smeared mud. SLF will lay it's eggs on virtually any surface with egg masses getting transported unknowingly on lawn furniture, outside toys, vehicles and almost any other object that can be found outside.

Spotted lantern fly egg masses on tree branch

Where is Spotted Lantern Fly?

Spotted lantern fly infestation map

How do I Identify Spotted Lantern Fly?

Spotted lantern fly life cycle

SLF Infestation

SLF comes into an area like a plague. There can be thousands of SLF on a single tree and hundreds of thousands of spotted lantern flies on a property and around your home.

Spotted lantern fly infestation

How will SLF effect my quality of life?

SLF excretes sticky droplets of sugar-rich urine that rains down from infested trees, producing a foul smell and coating everything below. SLF excretion draws in other insects, such as wasps and ants, that come to feed.

Black sooty mold caused by spotted lantern fly feeding

What trees are Spotted Lantern Fly attracted to?

1
Tree-of-Heaven
Ailanthus altissima
Tree of heaven - spotted lantern fly target tree
2
Maple Family
Acer
Maple tree - spotted lantern fly target tree
3
London Planetree & Sycamore
Platanus x acerifolia & occidentalis
London plane tree and sycamore - spotted lantern fly target tree
4
Birch Family
Betula
Birch tree - spotted lantern fly target tree
5
Weeping Willow
Salix babylonica
Weeping willow - spotted lantern fly target tree
6
Tulip Poplar
Liriodendron tulipifera
Tulip poplar - spotted lantern fly target tree
7
Ash Trees
Fraxinus
Ash tree - spotted lantern fly target tree
8
Linden Family
Tilia
Linden tree - spotted lantern fly target tree
9
Dogwood Family
Cornus
Dogwood tree - spotted lantern fly target tree
10
     Japanese Snowbell
    
Styrax japonicus
Japanese snowbell - spotted lantern fly target tree
11
   Oak Family
   
Quercus
Oak tree - spotted lantern fly target tree
12
     Pine Family
     
Pinus
Pine tree - spotted lantern fly target tree
13
    Hop Tree
   
Ptelea trifoliata
Hop tree - spotted lantern fly target tree
14+
             Fruit Trees; cherry, apple,
             peach, plum, apricot, etc

Apple tree - spotted lantern fly target tree

How to Protect Your Trees

To protect your trees from SLF, trunk injections or bark sprays must be performed by a certified and licensed professional.

spotted lantern fly treatment process ptc

Contact Princeton Tree Care today for an SLF Consultation.
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SLF Treatment Assessment

Assessment Fee: Due to demand, $125 non-refundable assessment fee is charged once your assessment has been scheduled using the card information provided below. The fee will be applied towards your approved SLF treatment. Treatments start at $225 and pricing is based on the size and number of the tree(s) being treated. We are not able to provide an assessment over the phone.

Treatment Understanding:
Treatment greatly reduces the number of SLF on a treated property but does not eliminate SLF from your property. SLF has to feed on the treated trees in order for the treatments to work.

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