Spotted Lanternfly Alert
The Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) has been spotted in Virginia as far south and east as Prince William County. There is nothing to keep this invasive species from moving into Stafford County.
The USDA’s invasive species information center says they ‘pose a severe economic threat to many U.S. industries, including viticulture, fruit trees, ornamentals, and timber. If you see this insect, it should be killed.
The Spotted Lanternfly may be found around the home in landscapes as well as in agricultural land and woodlands. The spotted lanternfly is a native insect of Asia and prefers feeding on the Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima), but will also feed on more than 70 plants, including grapes, peaches, apples, maples, walnuts, hops, cucumbers, and basil. The insect causes damage to plants because of its method of feeding. The rapid buildup of large populations and the production of honeydew, a by- product of their feeding activity, serves as a medium for fungal growth. The spotted lanternfly also has the potential to be a serious nuisance pest to homeowners when it is present in high numbers.
There is currently a quarantine on items from infected areas to prevent the artificial spread of the Spotted Lanternfly. The following articles, when such articles have been stored, packed, or handled in a manner that poses a risk of Spotted Lanternfly infestation, are regulated under the provisions of 2VAC5-336-10 spotted-lanternfly-quarantine.pdf
1. All plants or plant parts, including the following: live or dead trees; nursery stock; green lumber; firewood; logs; perennial plants; garden plants or produce; stumps; branches; mulch; or composted or uncomposted chips, bark, or yard waste.
2. Outdoor industrial or construction materials or equipment; concrete barriers or structures; stone, quarry material, ornamental stone, or concrete; or construction, landscaping, or remodeling waste.
3. Shipping containers, such as wood crates or boxes.
4. Outdoor household articles, including the following: recreational vehicles; lawn tractors or mowers; grills; grill or furniture covers; tarps; mobile homes; tile; stone; deck boards; or any equipment, trucks, or vehicles not stored indoors.
5. Any means of conveyance utilized for movement of an article listed in subdivisions 1 through 4 of this subsection; any vehicle; or any trailer, wagon, or other equipment attached thereto.
Currently the quarantine affects Clarke, Frederick and Warrant Counties and the entire city of Winchester. At the current time Prince William County is not included in the quarantine.
Spotted Lanternfly laying eggs covered in a gray mud like secretion
If you see the spotted lanternfly egg masses in early to mid-September:
Scrape off the eggs, double bag them and throw away or place eggs in alcohol, bleach or hand sanitizer. Report it to the link below.
If you see a spotted lanternfly kill it and report it to:
Additional information on the Virginia spotted lanternfly infestation may be found on the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services at Plant Industry Services (virginia.gov)
Guy Cox email@example.com Conservation Chair
Save Our Streams:
Virginia Save Our Streams is a program of the Izaak Walton League of America. Founded in 1922, the Izaak Walton League is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected conservation organizations. Virginians have the right to know whether our streams are safe for swimming, fishing, playing, and drinking. Virginia Save Our Streams monitors water quality of Virginia’s streams and educates the public about the importance of clean water. We are still looking for the macroinvertebrate equipment.
An option for the macroinvertebrate equipment would be to make our own. The instructions are simple and easy to follow. One of the Committee members has a source for a few more pieces of PVC. Take a look and see if you can help out - http://dep.wv.gov/WWE/getinvolved/sos/Documents
The chapter seeks volunteers to help start a stream-monitoring program for five areas around the property. If interested contact Eric Brown or Guy Cox on how you can help.