As we are slowly emerging from the COVID-19 shutdown, members of the Rotary Club of Ambler gathered to assemble Spotted Lanternfly Traps. The traps will be placed throughout the Ambler area to help combat the environmental nightmare posed by this invasive, non-native, pest which is a serious threat to Pennsylvania’s agriculture.
The Spotted Lanternfly feeds on the plant sap of many different plants including economically important grapevines, maple trees, black walnut, birch, willow, and other trees. The feeding damage significantly stresses the plants which can lead to decreased health and potentially death. The honeydew (a sugary substance) they excrete during the feeding process can attract bees, wasps, and other insects. The honeydew also builds up and promotes the growth for sooty mold (fungi), which can cover the plant, forest understories, patio furniture, cars, and anything else found below SLF feeding.
For more information on the Spotted Lanternfly, including how to make your own traps, visit the Penn State Extension website