Image Text: First appeared in Pennsylvania in 2014, the spotted lanternfly is now present in 11 states as of 2022. Originally feeding on tree of heaven trees, these pests are now destroying more than 70 plant species including grapevines. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), spotted lanternflies feed on the sap of food crops such as grapes, apples, and peaches, and trees like maple, timber, and walnut. The damage makes supplies susceptible to shortages due to widespread tree death. Whether you’re looking to replace your hardwood floors or enjoy a tasty treat in 2023, eradicating this pest is crucial to the survival of trees all over the northeast United States. Spotted lanternflies prefer warm climates, so as temperatures rise in the northern states, the bugs’ range could only expand and with their hitchhiking talents, they’ll continue on their reign of terror until they’re stopped by knowledgeable tree service contractors, government efforts, and pest control. Don’t wait! If you see egg masses in your trees, contact us today.