Are Lanternflies In Montgomery County Something To Be Worried About?

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Lanternflies also go by the name spotted lanternfly or lantern-moth. Despite their name, lanternflies are not a type of fly; they instead belong to the aphid family. Native to Asia, lanternflies have recently been introduced to the United States. Lanternflies are red, black, and light brown with white and black spots. They grow to about an inch in length and have a set of wings they use to fly short distances. Lanternflies are a highly invasive species. Therefore residents need to be wary of these insects on their property and enlist the help of professional pest control in Montgomery County if necessary.

How You Can Help Stop Invasive Lanternflies

The lanternfly feeds on fruit and trees until the plants are destroyed. As such, orchards and hardwood forests are especially at risk for lanternfly destruction. Although they do not fly long distances, lanternflies spread to other areas when infested lumber is moved from place to place. Lanternflies lay their eggs in the autumn in 30 to 50 eggs clusters. These eggs are laid on hard surfaces, such as buildings, rocks, and trees. Baby lanternflies hatch in the spring with ravenous appetites. There are things that homeowners can do to help slow or stop the spread of lanternflies, such as:

  • Checking cars and outdoor furniture or equipment for lanternflies
  • Killing lanternflies when you see them
  • Destroying egg masses when found

These are easy tips to help reduce agricultural destruction caused by lanternflies, but they may still reproduce and spread if the proper measures are not taken to remove their egg masses.

How To Remove Lanternfly Egg Masses

There are a few telltale signs of a lanternfly infestation on your property, such as seeing these aphids on plants in your yard and seeing egg masses on your property. Additionally, plants that are weeping sap and plants that are molding are signs of a lanternfly infestation. If you find egg masses, they will need to be scraped off whatever surface they have been laid upon. Scrape the egg masses into a ziplock bag filled with hand sanitizer and close the bag firmly. Dispose of the closed bag in a garbage can with a lid. 

Are Lanternflies Toxic To Pets?

So far, there is no evidence that lanternflies cause physical harm to humans or pets. Lanternflies are non-venomous insects that do not bite, nor do they sting. Of course, if your pet ingests a lanternfly and shows any unusual symptoms, it is best to have them checked by a veterinarian. 

Total Fly Control Programs For Montgomery County Homeowners

A professional is required to get rid of lanternflies permanently. Fortunately, pest control in Montgomery County can rely on professionals like M.A.D. Exterminators. M.A.D. Exterminators is dedicated to serving our customers with quality care. We offer fast and reliable home pest control  and commercial pest control treatments tailored to your property's specific needs. To protect your home from invasive insects, like lanternflies, reach out to M.A.D. Exterminators today!