The spotted lanternfly (SLF) is a new invasive pest that has recently arrived in the United States. This planthopper has a wide host range of 70+ plant species including grapevines, apple, cherries, stone fruits, ornamentals, etc… with its preferred host being the tree of heaven. SLF lays their eggs on inanimate objects such as railway cars, outdoor furniture, stones, wood pallets, and vehicles which aids in their ability for wide dispersal.
Early detection is key to keeping the spotted lanternfly our of Sonoma county. Everyone, including growers, PCAs, field workers, and home gardeners can play an important role in keeping the spotted lanternfly out of California by being the eyes and ears needed for early detection. Take the time to become aware of how to identify this new exotic pest and report any suspected sightings to your local Agricultural Commissioner's office right away.
Together we can help keep the spotted lanternfly out of California!