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Spotted Lanternfly

Professional Spotted Lanternfly Control Services

The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is an exotic pest that’s native to Northern China. It has two pairs of wings but tends to jump more than it flies. It feeds on a wide range of growing plants and is usually spread through the transportation of infested materials containing egg masses.  This invasive species has recently been found, and become a widespread problem, in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Eastern Shore of Maryland area.  Feeding as large groups, spotted lanternflies are known to greatly weaken trees and plants.

At Viking Pest Control, we help you with all aspects of spotted lanternfly control. Our spotted lanternfly exterminators use approved methods of pest identification and treatment to protect your outdoor space from this invasive species.

What Are Spotted Lanternflies?

Spotted lanternflies can be easily identified in all stages of their life cycle.  Adult spotted lanternflies are winged insects about 1-inch long and half an inch wide. The forewings are grey with small black spots, while the hind wings have contrasting black and red patches with a white band. Immature spotted lanternflies are a quarter-inch in length with white spots and black wings and look like ticks. Spotted lanternflies typically don’t sting or bite humans, and don’t get indoors, but they can cause extensive damage to your business’s outdoor environment.

When Are Spotted Lanternflies Active in NJ, PA, MD, DE?

In New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, overwintering eggs hatch around May and an infestation can follow over the next months. It is recommended to proactively protect your outdoor space from spotted lanternflies.  Viking Pest Control offers tree banding starting in May continuing into September to prevent this invasive pest from infesting trees.  We also offer liquid treatment that can be applied to most outdoor elements including greenery such as trees and bushes, and manmade surfaces.  Liquid treatment is available during July, August, and September once trees have completely bloomed.

Viking Advantage

Do you have multiple properties? Concerned about having various pest control companies? Viking's vast presence means there is most likely a Viking office right in your neighborhood. If any pest does find a way into your business, Viking's professionals are there at a moment's notice. We take care of the situation discreetly and work with you for long-term relief. That's the Viking Advantage commitment: A Regional coverage with a local touch.

How to Identify Spotted Lanternfly Damage

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive species that was discovered in the U.S for the first time in Pennsylvania in 2014. As an agricultural pest, it’s known to cause damage to grapevines, fruit trees, ornamental plants, and more than 70 woody plant species.

Usually, these pests like to congregate in massive populations on tree trunks and branches to such the sap from the phloem. Some of the common signs of spotted lanternfly damage include foliage wilting, branch dieback, sap oozing on tree trunks, and mortality of young trees and vines. Spotted Lanternflies are especially destructive to businesses that depend on growing plants such as wineries and breweries but can cause costly damage to any business with outdoor elements.

When spotted lanternflies feed, they leave a sticky substance called honeydew. The honeydew can attract other spotted lanternflies and pests such as ants and bees. It can also cause the growth of black sooty mold on trees.

How to Control Spotted Lanternflies

At Viking Pest Control, our spotted lanternfly commercial exterminators offer specialized spotted lanternfly control solutions for your business. When you partner with Viking Pest Control, your commercial account specialist will perform an in-depth site evaluation of your facility and outdoor spaces to create an effective, personalized spotted lanternfly control program. Some of our spotted lanternfly control solutions include:

Tree Banding Treatment

Spotted Lanternfly tree banding is used to intercept these pests as they climb a tree trunk. Banding treatment is done with 10-inch wide bands, specifically formulated with an adhesive that will withstand summer temperatures, wind, and rain. This treatment is most effective between April 1 to October 15. This is when the spotted lanternfly eggs hatch and juveniles begin crawling up tree trunks to feed.

Liquid Treatment

Liquid spotted lanternfly treatment can be performed within 4 feet of a building to trees, shrubbery, and most manmade surfaces.  Liquid treatment can be done in July, August, and September once trees have fully bloomed. Please keep in mind that this treatment cannot be applied within 12 hours of predicted rain.

Reliable Spotted Lanternfly Control Services in NJ, PA, MD, DE

At Viking Pest Control, we’re equipped and ready to solve your spotted lanternfly concerns.  Our local certified technicians have the skills to control spotted lanternfly populations for your business. Give us a call today at 800-618-2847 for a free, no-obligation, site evaluation, or fill out our form to get in contact with one of our commercial account specialists.