You are currently viewing Bad Bug Landscaping

Bad Bug Landscaping

The Spotted Lantern Fly is no stranger to most Pennsylvanians these days.
Since 2014, this bad bug has been terrorizing an expanding area of the country, prompting a quarantine area in eastern Pennsylvania spanning multiple counties and even including different states.

Don’t let your new landscaping become a victim of this invasive species. Prevent the spread with the following tips.

Hazards of Lantern Flies

Lantern flies have preferred crops to attack, leading to an annual damage of $324 million. Most fruit trees and hardwoods. This poses a threat to many businesses in Pennsylvania, including but not exclusive to wine, beer, and cider – some of the core beverage crops of the state. Favored hardwood targets include pine, oak, sycamore, and willow trees among others. Though they may seem harmless, the Lanternfly feeds on the sap of these trees, causing the plants to ooze, build up of sticky fluids, and eventually mold that leads to the death of the plant or tree.

Inspections and Removal

Its lantern fly season and as the egg masses that hide in trees begin to hatch this month, be on the lookout for spotted black and white bugs on your property. Many tree service, lawn service, landscaping, or pest control companies offer Spotted Lantern Fly inspection and removal, so before attempting to remove yourself or if you aren’t sure about how to spot them make sure to call a professional. That way, you’ll be sure that your property will be bug-free.

Shrubs and Leafy Plants

While this invasive epidemic continues, choose your landscaping wisely. Most Lantern flies seem to have no interest in shrubbery or most evergreens. Flowers and berry bushes also appear outside their meal of choice menu.

When considering your landscaping choices, trust the expert. At Mountain Road Landscaping, we can offer a beautiful, no ‘fly’ zone garden; enriching your landscaping with amazing hardscaping options to give you the curb appeal oasis of your dreams.