Gardening Tips

Be on the watch for Spotted Lanternfly!

Spotted Lanternfly is a highly invasive insect pest that’s currently in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and northern Virginia. This pest has not yet been sighted in North Carolina but early detection is critical.
** It has an enormous host range, and is particularly devastating to grapes.
** Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima), an invasive plant found throughout North Carolina and much of the U.S., is its preferred host plant.
** Of equal concern is the copious amounts of honeydew these gregarious insects secrete — attracting ants, wasps and black sooty mold to neighborhoods and businesses.
If you think you’ve seen Spotted Lanternfly, submit a photograph to badbug@ncagr.gov with details. If traveling through quarantine areas in the northeast, check your vehicle for the insects. As an extra measure, take vehicles through the car wash before returning to North Carolina.