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zaj56

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I'm starting to read about the spotted lantern flies and the possible danger they could pose here in Pa. I haven't had any sightings here yet(Cambria, Somerset, and Bedford Counties) What is your thoughts on this topic and have you seen any yet?
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Sorry about the delay in answering, our internet has been out and we just got it back this morning. Apparently spotted lantern fly can be a real problem in orchards and a somewhat lesser problem elsewhere. We don't have it here yet (apparently), but I'm sure we will. It's preferred food is Ailanthus (tree-of-heaven, tree-that-grows-in-Brooklyn). I don't know enough about this insect to really estimate how much of a problem it may be -- I do know that quarantines have never stopped a pest in the long term (white pine blister rust, chestnut blight, gypsy moth, emerald ash borer). Some pests eventually naturalize and stop being a major pest (blister rust and gypsy moth) while others decimate their host plants (chestnut blight and emerald ash borer). Unfortunately I can't help you other than to say it will be what it will be and you may have to protect a few high-value trees when the fly arrives.  Here's the best info n the fly that I've found -- https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-management-for-homeowners
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Thanks Woody....great info
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