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The Spotted Risk to NY

Ailanthus altissima is the primary host plant for the spotted lanternfly (SLF), an invasive pest from Asia, although it may also feed on a broad range of other species, including grapevine, hops, maple, walnut, fruit trees, and other plants. This bug may have an adverse effect on New York's woods, agriculture, and tourist sectors.

SLF was initially identified in the US in 2014 in Pennsylvania; since then, it has also been identified in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and New York.

In August 2020, Staten Island saw the first New York State outbreak (leaves DEC website). For an up-to-date map showing current infestation sites in the Northeast, including New York, go to Cornell's Integrated Pest Management webpage (leaves DEC website).

New York is at risk.
The agricultural and forest health of New York are seriously threatened by SLF.  Using their sucking mouthparts, adults and nymphs consume the sap of more than 70 different plant species. 
Plants are stressed by the feeding of hundreds or even thousands of SLF, which leaves them open to disease and other insect assaults. Additionally, SLF excrete a lot of gooey "honeydew," which attracts sooty molds that hinder photosynthesis, harming plant development and fruit production. The $358.4 million worth of apples and grapes produced in New York each year might be significantly impacted by SLF. At this point, it is unclear how much economic harm this bug could actually do.

If you see Spotted lanternflys on your property in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens, Call us now or fill out our free quote form. 

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