Important notice from the Franklin Park Borough Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) regarding the destructive and invasive
If you find a spotted lanternfly, KILL IT & report it immediately by calling 1-888-4BAD-FLY
- The spotted lanternfly (SLF) is a destructive, invasive pest insect that is native to southeast Asia.
- The SLF causes significant damage to over 70 plant species, threatening important hardwoods, ornamental and shade trees, and agriculture, including food crops. If not contained, the SLF could cost the PA economy at least $324 million annually.
- The SLF was recently found in Allegheny and Beaver counties. A SLF quarantine is now in effect. This is an important legal designation, and it applies to vehicles and other conveyances, as well as to plants, wood, stone products, and outdoor household items.
- SLF lay eggs on almost any surface, including vehicles, and so are easily spread by people.
What does the SLF look like?
- The SLF goes through five stages of growth. Stages 1-4 (in spring) are called nymphs and cannot fly. Early nymphs are black with white spots. Late nymphs are red with patches of black, and white spots.
- Adults (in summer) are about 1” long. Their wings are grey with black spots above, and bright red underneath.
- In fall, adults lay eggs in masses on trees, under bark, posts, cars, and many other surfaces. The SLF live through the winter as eggs, which hatch as nymphs in spring.
What can YOU do to help stop the spread?
- LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAVE! - Inspect cars or other vehicles. REMOVE AND KILL any SLF eggs, nymphs or adults before traveling in and out of the quarantine zone.
- SCRAPE OFF AND DESTROY EGG MASSES from any outdoor equipment (grills, mowers, firewood etc.)
- Band trees, KILL NYMPHS AND ADULTS, and remove tree-of-heaven (a favored, invasive host plant).
For more information, see Penn State Extension: https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly
PREPARED BY THE FRANKLIN PARK BOROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCILClick here to view the information flyer prepared by the EAC.