February 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
The biology of the invasive spotted lanternfly poses a uniquely challenging threat to many agricultural crops, ornamentals, and, to a lesser extent, forests. Spotted lanternflies are highly polyphagous, can inhabit a wide climatic range, and thus have the potential to become established in many regions of the United States. Additionally, SLF females often lay their eggs on personal vehicles, commercial trucks, train cars, and many other items, all of which increase the probability that SLF may be accidentally moved into new habitat ranges. Successful management incorporate an integrative approach including: a community education & reporting system, selected insecticide applications by state and federal agencies, and education, training, and permitting of commercial and business operations moving in and out of quarantine zones. The complex biology of this adaptable insect pest requires a multi-disciplinary approach and there is much still to learn about SLF biology.
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