Keep A Lookout for This Pest- Spotted Lanternfly

Meet the Spotted Lanternfly.  This native of eastern Asia was first spotted in the United States in 2014 and was quickly classified an invasive species due to its population boom and destructive feeding habits.  With no natural predators or pathogens, the Spotted Lanternfly population has exploded in the US.  Currently this insect is moving our way from New Jersey and Pennsylvania causing severe damage to landscape and forest trees and shrubs.  There are over 70 trees and shrubs the Spotted Lanternfly feeds on including Apple, Beech, Maple, Oak, Pine, Rose, Tree-of-Heaven and all stone-fruit trees like Plum, Peach, Grape, etc.  Known as a “planthopper” you are just as likely to see the Lanternfly jumping from plant to plant as you are to see them flying.  This insect takes on several different appearances through its life and knowing what to look for and at what time of year will help you to identify its presence so you can act to control it.

Let the experts at North Eastern Tree, Shrub & Lawn Care help protect your property.  If you see any evidence of the Spotted Lanternfly call 888-439-8733 or visit us online at  and your Certified Arborists will inspect your trees and provide recommendations on how to keep your plants thriving.

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