Post by pepperhead212 on Jul 26, 2020 16:05:10 GMT -5
I was just out to take some photos of (and look for more) bitter melons, and I saw these for the first time! No way of mistaking these, for sure. I have seen them in the news, in towns west of Philadelphia, but I am in the range on one map I found online. Now I have to make some of those traps I have seen those people making on those news stories. Oh no... that thing is here! The spotted lanternfly. 7-27 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
The first one I saw was on the bitter melon, which is covered with Surround, so that does not bother them at all! And from what I read, these things are actually living in trees, and what I'm seeing probably fell off that tree hanging over my property! They want to climb back up, which is why all the traps I see go around tree trunks. I'll come up with something...
They're very pretty and very quick. Hard to squish. We've tried dish soap mixed half and half with water with mixed results. Usually it slows them down so you can step on them. I've heard that putting the sticky tape on trees will catch them but some say they've caught birds. So far just a few lantern flies. I'm sure they'll get worse.
Sometimes you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.