Spotted Lanternfly (SLF)

Spotted Lanternfly Lifecycle

The *Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is now a very serious problem. It is highly recommended that applications for the landscape and *root zone injections for certain trees be done to control this destructive invader from the Far East. The SLF does attack trees & shrubs that we typically do not treat on a regular basis. (Maple trees being a prime example). For proper control, we will need to come out to your property and do an evaluation for the plant material which will need to be included for proper control of the SLF and to get accurate pricing for the *root zone insecticide injection that will be needed for specific landscape plants. The cost for the injections is based on the DBH (trunk diameter) and amount of product needed. The injection is done in the early spring, once per season, and the regular insect sprays would be done through the course of the season for the SLF and other landscape pests.

Please give the office a call so our tree and shrub specialist can visit your property and give you pricing for these treatments. It is extremely important that as many residents in this area do what they can for control of the Spotted Lanternfly before it is too late. I anticipate this season to be even worse than the last season’s infestation due to the fact there is no control for the egg casings at this time except for manual removal. This makes controlling the nymphs and the adults even more imperative and the only way to do this is with the root zone insecticide injections and spray applications.

Spring and Fall Dormant Oil – This is a horticultural grade oil which is applied in the early spring, late fall, or both depending on the types of insects present and the severity of the infestation. This application is the most effective treatment for the control of scale insects but, also does an excellent job at controlling spider mites, aphids and many other types of landscape pests as well as their eggs. This application is an integral part of any tree and shrub program.

Hollytone – This granular fertilizer is specifically designed for acid loving plants such as azaleas, hollies, rhododendrons, and many other varieties of evergreens. This fertilizer will provide the essential nutrients and macro nutrients that acid loving plants require for foliage production and flowing.

Spring and Fall Deep Root Fertilization – This liquid fertilizer is injected directly into the soil, at the drip-line, where the plant’s feeder roots are located. This application will enhance the landscape’s health and vigor, help to develop a healthy root system, and improve the plant’s flower and foliar production.

*Root Zone Insect Soil Injection – This liquid soil injection is excellent for controlling leaf minor damage on birch trees and American hollies as well as other varieties of damaging pests on select plant material. This application is injected into the soil and is translocated though the root system and out into the foliage. This application is done in the early spring to ensure the product has ample time to be moved throughout the plants. *This treatment will also help to combat the Spotted Lanternfly infestation on specific tree and shrub varieties.

Fungicide – These applications will help to control many different types of fungus and disease on the landscape. Crabapples in particular will require multiple treatments beginning at the bud break.These applications will help to control diseases on the crabapples such as cedar apple rust, and apple scab. Control from season to season can vary depending on the weather conditions. With the exception of the crabapples, diagnosis is usually needed to determine the type of fungus or disease that may be present and the appropriate control measures that would need to be used, if any.

Insect and Mite Control – These applications are done during the most active times for the damaging landscape pests. Spotted Lanternfly, spider mites, aphids, bagworms, and Japanese beetles are just a few of the landscape pests that are controlled with these treatments. Different products are used for these applications depending on the time of the treatment and the target insects that are being controlled. There are four insect and mite control applications that are done from spring through the fall months. These applications will help to control the *spotted lanternfly insects in all stages of their development except for the egg casings.

Anti-desiccant Application – This application is applied to evergreens before the onset of the winter weather. Its purpose is to protect the sensitive evergreen foliage from severe winter wind damage due to moisture loss.