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Interesting ideas. Just be super careful not to harm other wildlife, like birds and good insects in the process.  Especi...
06/06/2019

Interesting ideas. Just be super careful not to harm other wildlife, like birds and good insects in the process. Especially the sticky tape idea. Seen many photos of squirrels and birds stuck to it and ultimately don't make it. Even if you use mesh over the tape you still have to be careful and check it as often as possible.

People have begun reporting that they are seeing Spotted Lanternfly nymphs. So much for hoping our cold winter temperatures would kill the eggs!

What to do if you see the nymphs? For large infestations, you can check in with Penn State for chemical solutions. For the small homeowner and for people who prefer to limit their use of chemicals, we have gathered some very useful and practical advice from folks who have been living with this prolific and destructive bug for a couple of years now. In case you don’t know, the Spotted Lanternfly is from Asia and entered the US a couple of years ago in Berks County and is spreading at an alarming rate. They will eat trees, grapes, hops and almost everything else in their path. One gentleman reported they destroyed his vineyard in two days. They also swarm people, making it difficult to even be outside in infested areas.

Sending big gratitude out to all the generous people who shared their coping mechanisms! Here is a list for how to best deal with the nymphs, which is the current stage of the bugs, shown in the picture below.

If you try any of these methods, PLEASE report back and let us know how it worked for you. We are only just beginning to figure out how to deal with this new bug, so all info is helpful. If you have another method that works, let us know!!!

• Apparently, lanternflies love lemon-scented Mr. Clean, but it does not attract other bugs, so it can be used as a lure. Put out a shallow pan of water with a little lemon scented Mr. Clean in it, and they should dive into the water and die. Be sure to carefully dispose of the water with Mr. Clean in it, by pouring it down a sink or drain that goes into a water treatment system. Don't pour it on the ground! Don’t put the pans anywhere where toddlers or pets could drink from the pan.
• Plain Water! One woman tried putting out bowls of water after seeing so many dead lanternflies in her pool, and it worked! She uses all kinds of bowls, plus aluminum foil lasagna pans. She gets many dead lanternflies every day. Another woman reports that a large pan of water on the picnic table with a couple drops of Dawn will draw them to the water and cause them to drown within a couple hours.
• Water again! One woman reports: I actually pressure washed my maple last year to get them off. The tree was fine after; the lanternflies, not so fine.
• If the lanternflies are on weeds you don't want around anyway (they love wild grape), spray with vinegar. They die instantly, and you might get rid of the weed, too.
* If the nymphs are on a limb, bend the limb over a margarine-type tub with water, dish soap and vinegar or rubbing alcohol. Hold the lid of the margarine tub on top of the branch. Tap the branch so they fall in the soapy water and slam the lid on.
• Vacuum them into a shop vac with warm soapy water in the bucket (people use Dawn), and they will die. If you don’t have a shop vac, you can buy a small one you can put on top of a bucket on Amazon or in many local stores.
• Fly swatters, esp. teams of children carrying fly swatters. We have heard that paying 1 penny per nymph is a great incentive. These bugs jump, so it is hard to whack them. Best method is to come straight at them from in front; they are more likely to jump if you approach from the side or behind. For the techies out there, there are special electric tennis rackets made for this - Zap-It, twin bug zappers – the first zap stops them from flying, then you can squash or zap again-Zappers - Rechargeable Mosquito, Fly Killer and Bug Zapper Racket - 4000 Volt - USB Charging, Super-Bright LED Light to Zap in the Dark, available on Amazon and at Aldi's.
• Bug Assault is a gun that shoots table salt at close range. It’s for mostly small insects like flies but it works great on lanternflies.
• If the nymphs are up high on a tree and you can't reach them, squirt them with your hose to knock them down, and then you can get them with a fly swatter.
• Speaking of trees, the nymphs climb up and down them. Using a band of sticky insect paper or inside-out duct tape will catch all of the nymphs – BUT, birds, other wildlife, and beneficial insects can be harmed. Making a wire cage is one way to keep your sticky tape from hurting birds and wildlife. Another way to use safely – if you see a number of nymphs in a tree, knock them onto the ground with a hose or pressure washer or broom, put up the sticky paper, and wait a few minutes. The nymphs will make a bee line to climb back up the tree and be trapped. Once you have caught the nymphs, remove and discard the sticky paper.
• Common Milkweed – planting common milkweed is good for just about everything, including pollinators and bees, as well as being pretty to look at. Because eating milkweed is toxic to most animals and insects, it is only eaten by Monarch butterfly caterpillars, which are immune to it. The lanternflies are from Asia. They are not familiar with our milkweed, and they eat it and die.
• Rubbing alcohol kills them. If you find them on your deck or a surface, spraying them with rubbing alcohol mixed with water will kill them. The alcohol will then evaporate. Rubbing alcohol is not good for plants, so don’t spray near your garden.

Encouraging news about defeating the Spotted Lanternfly. But no definitive answers yet.https://www.popsci.com/fungi-inva...
06/06/2019
Humans can't manage this invasive fly—but a mind-controlling fungi might

Encouraging news about defeating the Spotted Lanternfly. But no definitive answers yet.

https://www.popsci.com/fungi-invasive-species-spotted-lantern-fly-pesticide

Researchers think a pair of native fungi could join the arsenal of controls on the invasive spotted lanternfly, according to a study out last month in PNAS. According to the paper, a research group led by Cornell University scientists have identified two North American fungi, Batkoa major and Beauve...

05/13/2019
01/04/2017

I realize I haven't posted from here in a while, but it is difficult to manage all of the social media options available.

I am still working hard for my clients and scheduling your requests for your home and landscape needs.

Allow me to help you check some tasks off of your to-do list. From remodels to changing a light switch, landscape renovations to planting a replacement shrub. I can help you with both big and small projects. Talk soon.

01/04/2017

I realize I haven't posted from here in a while, but it is difficult to manage all of the social media options available.

I am still working hard for my clients and scheduling your requests for your home and landscape needs.

Allow me to help you check some tasks off of your to-do list. From remodels to changing a light switch, landscape renovations to planting a replacement shrub. I can help you with both big and small projects. Talk soon.

01/09/2016

I wanted to post here that anyone looking at this page should contact me for additional work samples. It is difficult to keep this page updated as Facebook makes it hard to post. I update my personal page more regularly with more recent client project photos.

08/01/2015

"Improve every space so things are better than when they started." or "Making spaces better places.".

This has always been my goal for everything I do (both client projects and personal endeavors). I was just recently able to put it into words.

08/01/2015

I wanted to post here that anyone looking at this page should contact me for additional work samples. It is difficult to keep this page updated as Facebook makes it hard to post. I update my personal page more regularly with more recent client project photos.

03/14/2014

Can you help us reach 100 likes! We know some of you liked photos but may not have liked the page. Please do. Thanks!

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