Now for a downer. Sorry. For those of us battling the Spotted Lanternfly please be careful when using sticky bands. Thus type is to catch scorpions. It's super sticky. If you must band, use packing tape or standard duct tape. Then cover the tape with chicken wire or fence mesh. And check it regularly, at least morning and evening. It still catches the lanternfly but not as likely to catch bats in this case, and birds in others. It happened in my neighborhood. Woodpecker struggling and screaming to get free. That one didn't make it either. 😥
UPDATE the second bat crossed the rainbow bridge yesterday 😩 poor babies. You are out of pain. Please remove lantern fly glue bands, it’s killing native species that are already in decline and facing local extinction.
My friend died today.
Im a juvenile big brown just learning to fly and forage. It’s not easy being a juvenile in this big scary world. My friend and I were hunting, when we came across a tree that had so many buzzing insects.. what an easy meal. Little did we know something bad was about to happen. We tried catching the bugs but got stuck. It would be awhile before we got help. My friend was really stuck and I hurt myself trying to get free. I watched my friend die, he chewed his own wing trying to get free. It was scary! A few hours passed, I couldn’t move.. I wondered if I was going to die here. A man and woman were talking, explaining how I was stuck to this yellow thing. Then a woman came cut the yellow nasty thing off the tree, put a soft material near my head so I wouldn’t get stuck again and placed me into a container. I arrived to some sort of rescue where they took good care of me, gently helped me from this sticky substance and gave me a bath. I received critical care and fluids, now I’m resting in warmth. Boy that was scary! My poor friend, I don’t know what happened and I’m sorry you’re not here with me. These people are nice and would have taken care of you. I was told I’m going to be here a few weeks because I have some injuries. ********************************** Please don’t attempt to remove bats from glue traps or glue bands. It’s quite a process. Bats also receive critical care and take a week or more to recover from injuries, dehydration and emaciation. Please contact a wildlife rehabilitator and never ever use oil or other substances to remove wildlife, then set them free. Animals cannot fly, forage or thermoregulate body temperature. It’s vitally important to get them help by a professional. Please don’t use glue bands or pesticides for spotted lantern fly issues. This causes serious issues with native wildlife.