According to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture:
Property owners can help contain and control spotted lanternfly (SLF) by implementing a management strategy using a combination of mechanical control, host reduction, and chemical control. These guidelines have been developed for use by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) Spotted Lanternfly Eradication Program. The guidelines target SLF at different stages of its lifecycle, and may lead to dramatic reduction in SLF populations where implemented.
Here we discuss these different strategies and review products that can be used for them.
From October to July, mechanical controls such tree banding are recommended. Starting in April, adhesive bands can be wrapped around your trees, six inches wide, at about chest height. Push pins can be used to secure these bands. These bands are effective at trapping the first three nymph stages of the Spotted Lanternfly.
For tree banding, we recommend Catchmaster 931 Giant Fly Glue Trap.
This is 10 inch wide roll that comes with 30 feet of adhesive paper that can be wrapped around your tree trunks. The reviews indicate it is highly effective for spotted lanternfly control.
Perfect for trapping Spotted Lanternfly. If you are in the northeast or mid atlantic, look out.. this could be you soon. These crazy pests have no predators as of yet. We have been using this tape to trap 1000s of nymphs and now adults. They are sapsuckers that destroy grapevines and trees. This fly trap does an amazing job. We are on our second roll and we have a third on standby for next year.
Chad M. Brader:
Works wonders!!! I got this primarily to wrap around my backyard maple tree which is completely infested with spotted lanternfly nymphs. So far, it has killed hundreds, if not thousands of them. However, the process of wrapping the flypaper around the trunk of the tree is one of the most difficult tasks I’ve ever tackled. This material is the stickiest stuff on Earth and will stick to EVERYTHING it touches. But, it works wonders…great for mosquitoes, too!
A second alternative is the Tanglefoot Tree Care Kit: Tree Insect Barrier & Tangle-Guard Wrap Combo.
This is a similar wide band, but the wrap is first put on the tree, and then you must apply the sticky insect barrier to the wrap yourself. It’s one extra step and takes more work, but easier to handle and less likely to make a mess, so you decide.
We got this for the horrible spotted lanternfly infestation, on our silver maple tree, that started last year. After feverishly scraping what larva we could, my mother-in-law suggested Tanglefoot. From the time we wrapped and put the “sticky stuff” on, we have not seen one lanternfly above it. I think we have won the war on at least this one tree. I just hope others will help in the battle with protecting their trees.
Although, I feel bad for the ants, spiders, and other insects that i don’t mind, that can’t cross the barrier. You can’t win without a sacrifice of some kind.
Starting mid-May to August, insecticide treatments become effective since Spotted Lanterflies start to gather on trees, especially the tree of heaven. A bark spray is recommended since the Spotted Lanternfly must feed on the trees, and fewer other species are affected via this delivery. Keep applying pesticide every year until no more Spotted Lanternflies are detected in your property.
Among insecticide products, we recommend Bonide (BND939) Systemic Insect Control Spray. This comes in a 32 ounce sprayer bottle that can be attached directly to your hose for easy application. The reviews for using this to control Spotted Lanternflies are mostly positive.
Does a great job killing Spotted Lantern flies. My water pressure in my hose wasn’t strong enough for my tall maple trees. I mixed it into a 2 gallon pump sprayer 8 ounces to 2 gallons of water. The nasty critters started dropping off almost instantly.