The spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula, is a planthopper native to China and Southeastern Asia. Discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014, the spotted lanternfly presents a threat throughout much of the United States. Despite a quarantine and efforts to eradicate this pest, the spotted lanternfly has proved difficult to contain and now includes infestations and sightings in several states.
Spotted Lanternfly Impacts
Spotted lanternfly is a significant economic and lifestyle pest for residents, businesses, tourism, forestry, and agriculture. While its list of hosts is large, the greatest agricultural concern falls on grapes, hops, apples, blueberries, and stone fruits. Its presence has led to crop loss, exporting issues, and increased management costs. Furthermore, abundant excretions of sticky honeydew by swarms feeding on shade trees, and the associated growth of sooty mold, can restrict people’s enjoyment of parks and their own backyards. Read more about spotted lanternfly damage.
Stop the Spread of Spotted Lanternfly
Spotted lanternfly eggs are laid on practically any hard surface, including tree trunks, stones, and metal. Because of this, egg masses may be transported unknowingly. If you’ve spent any time in an area infested with spotted lanternfly it is important to check for egg masses, adults, and nymphs on your vehicle and, any other items you may be transporting. See our Spotted Lanternfly Spread Prevention Checklist [pdf] for a full list of potential harborages.
Important: Businesses, truckers, and common carriers moving items from a spotted lanternfly quarantine area must complete a Spotted Lanternfly training and obtain a permit.