Video Tutorial: Spotted Lanternfly Trap

Thanks to Civic, Horticulture & Environment Committee Co-Chair Annemarie Malbon for demonstrating this method of eliminating this serious threat to our local forests.

When spotted lanternfly seeks out food it will use its straw-like mouthparts to tap into the vascular tissue of a tree and remove sap. The byproduct of sap intake is called honeydew.

Honeydew can build up and promote the growth of sooty mold, which can look like a black coating at the base of the host plant. The sooty mold can make it harder for the plant to survive. More than 100 species of ornamental trees, fruit-bearing trees, and vines can serve as a host for the spotted lanternfly to use for feeding and as a place to lay eggs. Preferred host plants are marked with an asterisk (*).

Some species include:

  • apple/crabapple (Malus spp.)
  • Asiatic bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
  • birch (Betula spp.)*
  • black walnut (Juglans nigra)*
  • grapes (Vitis spp.)*
  • highbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
  • hops (Humulus lupulus)
  • lilac (Syringa spp.)
  • maple (Acer spp.)*
  • mulberry (Morus spp.)
  • poplar (Populus spp.)
  • rose (Rosa spp.)*
  • staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)*
  • stone fruit (cherry, peach, plum, etc.) (Prunus spp.)
  • sycamore (Platanus spp.)
  • tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima)*
  • Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
  • willow (Salix spp.)*

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