The spotted lanternfly continues to invade Pennsylvania and negatively impact orchards, tree nurseries, forests, vineyards, and properties in general. The spotted lanternfly is a major threat to the state’s wine and beer industry, too.
SLFs feed on tree sap and excrete a tree-suffocating honeydew (partially digested tree sap) that causes damaging mold to form.
The Pennsylvania Agriculture Department recommends treating your property now, for double the impact. Here’s why:
No doubt about it. Stinging insects are some of the most common pests we’re asked to control. Increasingly, service calls to kill the Spotted Lanternfly are high on the chart too.
This year, we’ve gotten more calls than ever regarding both! There’s an abundance of bald face hornets, yellowjackets, wasps, and European hornets joining the swarms of spotted lanternflies. (European hornets look like Murder hornets, but they are not. The Asian Giant hornet is dubbed the “murder hornet.” Learn more.)
Service calls to control yellowjackets, wasps, and other stinging insects have increased dramatically this year and started earlier. Greg Pettis, Dominion’s president, recently went out into the field to help catch up on stinging insects calls. Scary!
Dominion Pest Control continues its commitment to helping save Pennsylvania agriculture from the invasive, destructive spotted lanternfly. Those familiar with our local pest control company and blog are aware of our efforts to help alert everyone about the devastation these tree-destroying insects wreak on our state, as well as others.
The spotted lanternfly could cost the state’s economy at least $324 million annually, as reported by Penn State Extension on its dedicated spotted lanternfly page.
Summer is such an active time for pests. Unfortunately, it’s also the time of year we’re most active too! To help protect you and your family from annoying insects, we offer these helpful tips for yard pest control that focus on some of the most common summer pests: mosquitoes, ants, ticks, and stink bugs.
You won’t be able to completely rid the outdoors of these nuisances, but you can lessen their numbers so that you can stay outside longer and enjoy the summer.
There’s never been a better opportunity to play a huge role in supporting Pennsylvania’s farming community. How? Join us in the fight against the spotted lanternfly!
What is a spotted lanternfly?
The spotted lanternfly is a planthopper native to parts of China, India, Vietnam and eastern Asia. An adult lanternfly is about an inch long, with black-spotted gray forewings and hind wings with patches of red and black, and a white band. In the fall, they lay egg masses on their host trees.
It’s an invasive, destructive pest and an economic threat.
Pest Control and COVID-19
We’re proud to be among the elite few pest control companies with the equipment and training to perform these services. The EPA has added the concentrate that we use to “List N”, which is deemed to be effective against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. Now, this is a lot of technical jargon to simply say: we want to help you stay healthy!
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in coordination with the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Department of Agriculture, has identified pests of significant public health importance. This includes but is not limited to cockroaches, mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, spiders, ants, wasps & bees, bed bugs, mice and rats, all reptiles and birds, and various mammals that can cause direct human injury and can act as a disease reservoirs such as rabies.
March 13, 2020
As the situation concerning the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to develop, we felt it was important to communicate to you that we have already implemented preventative steps company-wide to address the concerns and minimize the spread of the illness. Our first priority is always to protect the safety and well-being of our employees and customers. It is with this in mind that we take the matter seriously and strive to remain well informed. Decisions based on proper information allow us to take appropriate and preventative measures without panic or fear.