Lanternfly

Asked June 25, 2020, 6:21 AM EDT

on Social site Next Door Tarleton a women posted a pic of a plant infested with Lantern Fly nymphs. Horrid! Can UD put out an alert and treatment recommendations in newspaper and social media. This is bad. We are about 2 mi away and found a few which we squashed- sad

New Castle County Delaware

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The University of Delaware has a site with updated information (https://www.udel.edu/academics/colleges/canr/cooperative-extension/trending/spotted-lanternfly/), the Delaware Department of Agriculture has information on their website (https://de.gov/hitchhikerbug), and PA Cooperative extension (https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-management-for-homeowners) and Department of Agriculture has many links on their websites also. This new and exotic invasive insect will produce vast amounts of honeydew (sticky clear substance) that will coat things underneath wherever it feeds. Sooty mold (a gray to blackish fungus) will feed on the sugars found in the honeydew. Additionally, other arthropods such as flies, ants, bees, and hornets will also feed on the sugars found in honeydew. Control options are mentioned in the links provided above.