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Old 08-28-2018, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Lanternflies? A type of firefly?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_lanternfly
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Old 08-28-2018, 11:42 PM
 
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The way to best combat the pest would be to mandate the cutting down and removal of the trees that it needs to lay its eggs on. The Tree of Heaven. It basically looks like a giant sumac with similar leaves with shiny bark. I guess its also invasive and has no timber value.
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Old 08-29-2018, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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The way to best combat the pest would be to mandate the cutting down and removal of the trees that it needs to lay its eggs on. The Tree of Heaven. It basically looks like a giant sumac with similar leaves with shiny bark. I guess its also invasive and has no timber value.

I had pointed out that when we first bought our house, with five acres forty years ago, that our house was covered with Eastern Tent Caterpillars every spring. So I took down all of the short wild cherry trees on our property. I also sprayed our fruit trees and manually removed any webs. The tent caterpillars seemed to leave our larger (higher) and older wild cherry trees alone. Within one or two years we had no more problems with the caterpillars on our house.


I would like to agree with you about The Tree of Heavens. But from what I read about these lanternflies; it would not be as effective as our cherry trees on the tent caterpillars. The lanternfly diet has a broad spectrum and removing one of their favorites would not be as effective. In this link (https://ag.umass.edu/landscape/fact-...ted-lanternfly) you can read: "....proximity to tree of heaven did not significantly influence the number of spotted lanternfly found on other hosts in a 2015-2016 host plant evaluation conducted in PA." But then it goes on to state: "After spending time on tree of heaven, the insects disperse in the local area to lay eggs just about anywhere." - so it sounds as if it agrees and disagrees with your solution to remove the trees?
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Old 08-29-2018, 08:25 AM
 
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fisheye, agreed. wiping out all the crappy 'trees of hell' would be great, but the lanternflies don't require them to reproduce. so it's far from a magic bullet.
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Old 09-13-2018, 09:29 AM
 
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they've now reached philly. and upstate new york.

https://www.growingproduce.com/fruit...-finger-lakes/
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