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Spotted Lanternfly: Protecting Your Plants from an Invasive Pest

At Wells Lawn Care & Landscaping, we understand the importance of maintaining a well-kept and visually appealing home. As the summer season is upon us, it’s crucial to stay vigilant for spotted lanternfly (SLF) infestations. This invasive insect, first detected in Pennsylvania in 2014, has rapidly spread throughout the eastern USA, impacting various plant species. Here’s what you need to know about SLF and its presence in Indiana.

Understanding the Spotted Lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly primarily targets the invasive Tree-of-Heaven but feeds on other vital plant species, including grapes, walnuts, maples, and willows. Its invasion poses a threat to agricultural crops and the overall ecosystem.

Spotted Lanternfly In Indiana

In Indiana, there are two known populations of SLF. The first population was discovered in Switzerland County in 2021, followed by a second population in Huntington County in 2022. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology, is actively conducting surveys in these counties to monitor SLF activity and delimit its range.

Preventing Spread

Early detection is crucial in containing the spread of SLF. If you spot these invasive insects on your property or suspect an infestation, take immediate action. Report any sightings to the IDNR.

To protect your plants, consider the following measures:

  • Inspect your property: Regularly check your plants, especially Tree-of-Heaven, for SLF nymphs or adults.
  • Remove and destroy egg masses: Scrape off egg masses found on trees, rocks, or other surfaces and dispose of them properly.
  • Monitor high-risk plants: Keep a close eye on grapes, walnuts, maples, willows, and other preferred host plants.
  • Chemical treatments: Consult with local experts or extension services for appropriate insecticides or treatment options, following recommended guidelines.

Protecting Your Plants!

By remaining vigilant and taking proactive measures, we can collectively minimize the impact of spotted lanternfly infestations. Stay informed about the latest updates from the IDNR and be proactive in protecting your plants and the environment from this invasive pest. Remember, early detection and reporting are key to preventing the spread of spotted lanternfly.

Together, we can safeguard our local flora and preserve the beauty of our landscapes.
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