You can help stop the Spotted Lanternfly!

A potentially very serious pest of grapes, peaches, hops, and a variety of other crops, the spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula, was detected in Frederick County, Virginia, on Jan. 10, 2018. Last year there was one positive identification of Spotted Lanternfly in Warren County.
It is important to look for it and report any finds. The Spotted Lanternfly has also been reported on a range of ornamentals around the home and in the landscape. Please know that the insect lays the eggs on many hard surface objects, not just trees, but also vehicles, which can then be transported to other areas of Virginia. Try to take time to check out the website. If you travel to
Winchester look for egg masses on your cars and trucks, then remove and destroy before returning to Warren County.

Watch a short video to learn to identify the different stages of this destructive, non-native pest!

If you think you have found one, be sure to report it
1) If you have a specimen, you can take a specimen to your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office. Warren County VT Extension Office
2) If you find this pest in Warren County please contact:
Corey Childs Warren
County Unit Coordinator
Extension Agent, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Animal Science
call 540-635-4549 or email

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