If you have questions about this invasive pest, you can grab a cup of coffee or tea and join a panel of Penn State Bucks County Master Gardeners for a free spotted lanternfly webinar on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 to 10 a.m. This session takes place via Zoom technology.
Spotted lanterfly has the potential to greatly impact the viticulture (grape), fruit tree, plant nursery and timber industries, which contribute billions of dollars each year to Pennsylvania’s economy, according to Penn State Extension (PSE).
And the bugs aren’t just a concern to agricultural and horticultural professionals — they pose significant quality-of-life issues for all residents. The impact of its’ large populations and feeding habits can force even the most ardent nature lovers to stay inside. When feeding, spotted lanterflies excrete honeydew, sugary waste which attracts bees, wasps and other insects. The honeydew builds up on anything below the insects: plants, forest understories, decks and patio furniture, and vehicles. This build-up leads to the growth of sooty mold, black-colored fungi, on those items, according to PSE.
To participate in the Sept. 19 Q&A session, you’ll need an internet connection, as well as a computer, tablet or smartphone, and the latest version of Zoom installed (a free app).
Submit your questions (up to three) along with your online registration. All submitted questions will be addressed and answered during the live session. If there is sufficient time, the master gardener panel will take live questions, too.