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Spotted Lanternfly Management Calendar

Posted: November 8, 2016

A timeline of actions to take in the management of the spotted lanternfly.

Spotted Lanternfly Management Calendar

Action Jan Feb Mar April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Destroy egg masses XXX XXX XXX XXX XX



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Destroy most Ailanthus altissima trees1 XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX
Treat most Ailanthus trees with herbicide2,3 XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX
Use sticky bands to destroy nymphs



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Treat Ailanthus trap trees with systemic insecticides3




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Registered contact insecticides could be effective3



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Avoid moving gravid (fertilized) females4





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Avoid moving viable egg masses4 XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX



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Predominant Life Stage Present

One generation per year in Pennsylvania in 2015 and 2016

Life Stage of Spotted Lanternfly
Jan Feb Mar April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
eggs XXX XXX XXX XXX XXX



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nymphs



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adults





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1Destroying all Ailanthus trees (Tree of Heaven) may result in spotted lanternfly moving to surrounding plants and increase the pest pressure on them. It is recommended about 10% of Ailanthus trees are left alive to serve as trap trees to attract the spotted lanternflies. Leave only male trees if possible.

2Ailanthus trees will re-sprout vigorously from cut stumps and roots, unless they are treated with a systemic herbicide. Repeat applications of herbicide may be necessary.

3Always read herbicide and insecticide labels and follow the directions.

4Before you move outdoor items from the quarantine area, check for spotted lanternfly egg masses, adults, and nymphs and destroy them.

Checklist for Residents Living in Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Areas

People are looking for specific approaches to pest management to minimize off-target exposure to pesticides. This type of strategy is known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) has been using an IPM strategy for spotted lanternfly infestations, and landowners may consider using the same IPM strategy on their properties, or hiring a professional service to do it.

IPM Strategy for the Spotted Lanternfly

Locate Ailianthus altissima trees on the site. For reasons not understood, spotted lanternfly seem to prefer some individual Ailanthus altissima trees over others. Try to identify the specific Ailanthus trees that are most attractive to the insects, based on how many are feeding on them.

Information on how to identify Ailanthus altissima and how to control it.

Destroy approximately 90% of the Ailanthus altissima trees, leaving only a few that are most attractive to the insect. They will serve as "trap" trees. It is recommended that you try to kill all the female Ailanthus altissima trees, because they produce seed and contribute to the spread of this invasive tree.

Be careful handling Ailanthus altissima wood, leaves, and branches. Chemicals in the sap of this tree can cause headaches, nausea, and possible heart problems. Wear gloves and protect yourself from exposure.

When you cut down Ailanthus altissima trees, they will sprout profusely from the stumps and can grow back in a few years. Because they regenerate so easily, it is highly recommended that you treat the stumps with a herbicide to kill them and prevent them from sprouting new shoots. 

Herbicides that are labelled for this use usually contain one of the following active ingredients: triclopyr, dicamba, imazapyr or glyphoshate. Use the herbicide carefully and according to the label directions. Alternative methods for using herbicides to kill Ailanthus altissima trees include foliar sprays, basal bark applications, and a method called frill application or "hack and squirt." Whatever method you choose, remember that you will have dead Ailanthus trees which may eventually have to be removed.

More information about these methods.

Treat the remaining Ailanthus altissima trees with a systemic insecticide that will move throughout the tree. The insecticide must be applied according to the label and at the right time of year for the trees to absorb it. When spotted lanternflies feed on correctly treated trees, they will die. Systemic insecticides that are labelled to treat ornamental trees usually contain the active ingredients dinotefuran or imidacloprid. The PDA is using dinotefuran in their IPM strategy.

Treating only a few trap trees with a systemic product can reduce the amount of insecticide released into the environment and may help conserve beneficial insects.

Prepared by: Emelie Swackhamer, Horticulture Extension Educator, Montgomery County, October 12, 2016.

Contact Information

Emelie Swackhamer
  • Extension Educator, Green Industry
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Phone: 610-489-4315