In 2014 the SLF was first spotted in Southeastern Pennsylvania. This invasive insect originated from Asia & is wreaking havoc to our landscaping & crops.
The spotted lanternfly causes damage to plants & trees, this damage includes oozing sap, leaf curling, dieback & allows diseases & molds to form and grow. SLF also excretes a surgery substance called honeydew that allows black sooty mold to grow, although harmless to humans it can take its toll on our plants, trees & crops it also attracts stinging & other insects to the area. SLF can be seen swarming on trees, plants, homes & in the air, the honeydew is known to coat surfaces like patio furniture, children’s toys, cars, decks & anything else in the area where they are found making a complete mess.