Insect Identification and Control

Information on insect identification and control, including leafminers, spiders, mosquitos, mites, beetles, ticks, cockroaches, termites, wasps, hornets, slugs, earwigs, grubs, aphids, lanternflies, weevils, maggots, centipedes, stinkbugs and IPM.

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Spotted Lanternfly egg cases. Credit: Nancy Bosold
Spotted Lanternfly Nymphs will be Hatching Soon - Articles Articles
Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is a new invasive insect that has spread throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania since its discovery in Berks County in 2014. More
Spotted lanternfly empty egg cases. Photo: Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State
Spotted Lanternfly Permits for Transporting Goods - News News
The spotted lanternfly permitting process is new in the Pennsylvania quarantined area for business, government, and other organizations. More
Spotted lanternflies captured on a sticky band. Photo: Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State
Spotted Lanternfly Management: Placing Sticky Bands on Trees - Articles Articles
This article summarizes one method of capturing and killing spotted lanternfly (SLF): placing sticky bands on trees. More
Spotted Lanternfly: Volunteer Banding Program
Spotted Lanternfly: Volunteer Banding Program - Videos Videos
This presentation describes how volunteers should place bands on trees and enter their data. More
Spotted Lanternfly: Management Options through the Seasons
Spotted Lanternfly: Management Options through the Seasons - Videos Videos
This webinar discusses the options you have to control spotted lanternfly based on the life cycle of the insect through the year. More
Spotted Lanternfly: Living with the Quarantine
Spotted Lanternfly: Living with the Quarantine - Videos Videos
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has enacted a quarantine order in counties that are infested with the spotted lanternfly. More
Spotted Lanternfly: Research Update
Spotted Lanternfly: Research Update - Videos Videos

Spotted Lanternfly: Research Update

Julie Urban

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A lot of scientific research is being done to increase our understanding about how the spotted lanternfly behaves and what management methods might be effective. More
Identifying Tree-of-Heaven and Some Native Look-a-Likes
Identifying Tree-of-Heaven and Some Native Look-a-Likes - Videos Videos
Tree-of-heaven a preferred host of the invasive insect, the spotted lanternfly (SLF.) The tree is used to help monitor for SLF and also as a “trap” trees to help control SLF populations. More
Sclerodermus Latreille
Sclerodermus Latreille - Articles Articles

Sclerodermus Latreille

Michael J. Skvarla

Sclerodermus are small wasps that can become pestiferous and sting people when they attack wood-boring beetle larvae that have infested wooden structures and furniture. More
Perdue Announces Emergency Funding for Spotted Lanternflly in Pennsylvania
Perdue Announces Emergency Funding for Spotted Lanternflly in Pennsylvania - News News
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced $17.5 million in emergency funding to stop the spread of the spotted lanternfly in southeastern Pennsylvania. More
Jalysus wickhami. Photo © John Rosenfeld
Spined Stilt Bug - Articles Articles

Spined Stilt Bug

Michael J. Skvarla

Spined stilt bugs are an occasional pest of greenhouse tomatoes that can cause flower and fruit abortion and unsightly feeding damage in mature fruits. More
Yellowmargined leaf beetle (YMLB) adult. Photo: Michael Skvarla, Penn State
Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle Serious Pest in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles

Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle Serious Pest in Pennsylvania

Michael J. Skvarla, Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D.

Yellowmargined leaf beetle (YMLB) (Microtheca ochroloma) is a serious pest of cruciferous crops. More
Spotted lanternfly on apple in Berks County, PA in October 2017. Photo: Erica Smyers, Penn State
Spotted Lanternfly on Grapes and Tree Fruit - Articles Articles

Spotted Lanternfly on Grapes and Tree Fruit

Julie Urban, Dave Biddinger, Ph.D., Ed Rajotte, Ph.D.

Biology, management and slowing the spread of the spotted lanternfly on grapes and tree fruit in the Mid-Atlantic Region. More
What To Do If You Find the Spotted Lanternfly on Your Property
What To Do If You Find the Spotted Lanternfly on Your Property - Articles Articles
This insect is considered a threat to some crops and many people are working to try to prevent it from spreading. More
Photo: Holly Raguza, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Spotted Lanternfly: Tips for Handling Yard Waste in Quarantined Areas - Articles Articles
To prevent the movement of this insect, avoid moving yard waste such as woody plant debris (fallen trees or branches and tree trimmings) outside the quarantine area. More
Photo: Holly Raguza, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
How You Can Comply with the Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Regulations - Articles Articles
Some tips to help you avoid spreading Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) and be in compliance with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) regulations. More
Spotted Lanternfly IPM Management Calendar
Spotted Lanternfly IPM Management Calendar - Articles Articles

Spotted Lanternfly IPM Management Calendar

Emelie Swackhamer, David R. Jackson, Art Gover

There are various management techniques to consider to destroy or control the Spotted Lanternfly. Learn the recommended methods to use during certain times of the year. More
Michael Skvarla, director of the Insect Identification Lab in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, holds a walking stick. Photo by Amy Duke
Penn State Department of Entomology Offers Insect Identification Services - News News
Director of the Insect Identification Lab in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences knows his bugs More
Photo credit: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
PDA Adds 7 Counties to Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Zone - News News
The quarantine area for spotted lanternfly has expanded and changed from municipal to county-level in an effort to protect at-risk areas. More
Fresh spotted lanternfly egg masses. Photo: Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State
Fall is Egg-laying Season for the Spotted Lanternfly - News News
The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) continues to be a significant landscape pest in southeastern Pennsylvania. More
Photo: T. Baugher, Penn State
A Brief Guide to Hand Lenses - Articles Articles

A Brief Guide to Hand Lenses

Michael J. Skvarla

Arthropods, including plant pests and biocontrol agents, are often difficult to identify with the naked eye. More
Allium Leafminer Adult
Alert: The Allium Leafminer is active! - News News
The Allium Leafminer has emerged this week and we are already seeing feeding damage signs. Protect your crop! More
Got Ants? Eliminate them with IPM.
Got Ants? Eliminate them with IPM. - Articles Articles
Eliminate Ants with IPM! Learn how to positively identify them and control them safely. More
Commonly Encountered Pennsylvania Spiders
Commonly Encountered Pennsylvania Spiders - Articles Articles
This publication discusses the more common and important spider species in Pennsylvania, including two rarely encountered but medically important species. More
Plagas Comunes de Sitios Urbanos: Identificación, Prevención y Control
Plagas Comunes de Sitios Urbanos: Identificación, Prevención y Control - Articles Articles
Description: Spanish version of Common Urban Pests: Identification, Prevention, and Control (EE0007) More
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