What are Spotted Lanternflies?
The Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive species, is a threat to trees and many fruit crops. They’ve made their way to the Tri-State area – including Staten Island, Central New Jersey, and even Brooklyn.
This visually appealing nuisance, which is native to China, was discovered in Pennsylvania back in September 2014. This insect feeds on a variety of fruit, ornamental, and woody trees, with tree-of-heaven being a favorite host. The pests are transported along with contaminated material or products that are containing egg masses – often across large distances. If the Spotted Lanternfly population continues to grow in the US, this insect might even have a significant impact on the country’s wine, orchard, and timber sectors.
How Spotted Lanternflies Affect Your Trees
If you’re wondering what the Spotted Lanternfly can do to your trees, it’s important to first grasp what a “host tree” is. For sustenance and survival, the Spotted Lanternfly seeks out a host tree. The Spotted Lanternfly is supported by this host tree throughout its life cycle. The Spotted Lanternfly consumes various fruits, woody, and decorative trees.
However, the host trees are met with considerable harm occurs after the Lanternflies feed off of these trees. After the Spotted Lanternfly feeds on a host tree, it digests the sap and excretes honeydew, which stimulates the growth of mold and fungus. Ultimately, it’s this mold and fungus that may put your trees in danger – thus putting you and your property in danger as well.
Which Trees Are Most Vulnerable to Spotted Lanternflies?
Below is a list of trees and fruit crops that are most vulnerable to Spotted Lanternflies:
- Maple Trees
- Oak Trees
- Pine Trees
- Poplar Trees
- Sycamore Trees
- Walnut Trees
- Willow Trees
G&R Assesses and Addresses Damage Done By Spotted Lanternflies in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Central NJ
If you believe your tree has been damaged by Spotted Lanternflies on Staten Island, in Central New Jersey, or in Brooklyn – Contact G&R and we’ll offer an assessment as to what steps you’ll need to take, whether it’s Tree Removal, Tree Trimming, etc.