The spotted lanternfly feeds on woody plants, sucking out sap and also leaving behind honeydew, a sticky, sweet fluid that promotes the buildup of black sooty mold on any type of surface it covers.

Spotted lanternfly can be easily infected brand-new places when individuals accidentally deliver eggs or various other life stages into new locations.

Due to the fact that spotted lanternflies lays eggs on almost any kind of surface, consisting of lorries like rail vehicles and also trailers, along with outside equipment and also patio area furnishings, the parasite is easily spread out by people.

The egg masses, which resemble grey or tan, erratically spread, smears of mortar or clay, will certainly be deposited on any type of smooth trunked tree, stone or other flat smooth surface area, consisting of vehicles, campers, backyard furniture, farm devices or any
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kind of various other products saved outside.

Egg masses can be left on almost any surface area, including logs, exterior, outdoor camping and also recreational devices, and cars and trucks or trailers that are then transported to various other areas as well as states, which is one manner in which the parasite has actually spread to various other locations.

For help identifying and also treating this plant, visit the Penn State Extension spotted lanternfly site.

If you discover a spotted lanternfly or egg mass, area it in a plastic ziplock bag with alcohol or hand sanitizer, which will certainly eliminate it.