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Working with Penn State Extension, PCCD is holding an informational Spotted Lanternfly event for home and property owners in Pike County. Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect that arrived in the United States in 2014, and has since spread rapidly, officially declared in Pike County in 2021. This pest feeds on 70 different species of plants, including ornamental trees, fruits, and vegetables. The feeding damage can be detrimental to the plants, causing decreased plant health and even death. It excretes honeydew (a sugary substance) which can build up on surfaces, including lawn furniture, buildings, road signs, etc. The build up of honeydew on surfaces promotes the growth of sooty mold (fungi), which can turn the surface black and sticky. The honeydew can also attract other insects, including nuisance insects, such as bees and wasps. There are ways to protect the plants and outdoor property from being damaged by this insect!
In this program, Penn State Extension educators will be teaching what Spotted Lanternfly is, how to trap it, and how to protect your property and plants.