The spotted lanternfly (SLF) is a sap-feeding insect native to Asia. It feeds on more than 65 plant species and is projected to become a serious pest of crops including grapes, tree fruit, ornamentals, and hardwoods. Despite a quarantine and efforts to eradicate this pest, infestations and sightings have been recorded in several states.
Spotted Lanternfly Impacts
The Spotted Lanternfly is a significant economic and lifestyle pest for residents, businesses, forestry, and agriculture. Its presence has led to crop loss, exporting issues, and increased management costs. Additionally, abundant excretions of sticky honeydew by swarms feeding on shade trees has led to associated growth of sooty mold.
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, it is important to check for egg masses, adults, and nymphs on your vehicle and, any other items you may be transporting. Businesses, truckers, and common carriers moving items from a Spotted Lanternfly quarantine area must complete a Spotted Lanternfly training and obtain a permit.
Louisa is not yet on the confirmed list of Spotted Lanternfly locations. However, if you see one, please report it to the Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Learn more about the Spotted Lanternfly at StopSLF.org.