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The Return of the Spotted Lanternfly

15 May 2020


We pre-recorded our conversation with Mark Sutphin from Virginia Cooperative Extension‘s Frederick County office via Zoom to chat about the return of the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF). He told us about it’s history, the potential damage it could cause, and what to do if you suspect you have an egg mass or any variation of the pest. Spotted Lanternfly feeds on more than 70 plant species, including grapes, apples, stone fruits, hops and Ailanthus altissima (Tree of Heaven), which is its preferred host. It poses a threat to Virginia’s peach, apple, grape and wine industries. It can also be a nuisance pest to homeowners when numbers are high. Below are links and photos that we discussed during the show.

Resources (VCE SLF page, VDACS SLF page, Winchester City SLF Page, reporting link) are listed here: https://frederick.ext.vt.edu/programs/home-horticulture/spotted-lanternfly.html

SLF Residential Control publication: https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/ENTO/ENTO-322/ENTO-322.html

If you’d like to listen to the previous show we mentioned during today’s episode and see the video from our visit to a hot spot, click here: https://theriver953.com/podcast/be-aware-of-the-spotted-lanternfly/


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