Internet offers tips for fighting spotted lanternfly

Better get them before winter

CUMRU TWP., Pa. - It's like a Halloween horror movie.

"Literally, everywhere. Like I walk outside of my house and they're there," said Sara Acey in Douglassville.

They are even infiltrating Friday night football.

"We actually see them on the football field," said Michael Inman, also seeing firsthand the spotted lanternfly problem in Douglassville.

Many home remedies and tips are being tossed around online as to how to stop this terrible pest.

"People are trying different pesticides, and my brother mentioned something about a band that goes around the tree," said Acey.

"People are using Dawn soap. I don't know how good that'd be for the tree," Inman said.

Landscaper Brad Stephenson in Cumru Township has been strapping on the spray pack for months. What does he think of those home remedies?

"The dish soap, I've tried that. It seemed to work a little bit, but nothing major," Stephenson said.

Just like in a horror movie, we're rapidly approaching the crucial final act.

"As far as being able to treat for them and kill them, we're running out of time at this point," Stephenson explained.

In these important final stages before winter, Stephenson said one over-the-counter product is standing out.

"Sevin is something that we use, Stephenson said. "Sevin is a chemical that you can use on fruiting trees, grapes."

As we are rapidly approaching winter, Stephenson stressed the need to destroy the eggs of the spotted lanternfly so that they cannot hibernate and reappear next year.

"It looks like a gray putty, like a flat, gray putty. What you should do is scrape that off, put them in a bag of alcohol or hand sanitizer to help kill those eggs off."

Stephenson said if you have the main host tree, the ailanthus, on your property, it might be time to take it down.

"Really cutting the trees down if you have the ailanthus tree in your yard," he said. "That's their host tree."

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