Loudoun County officials say the invasive and destructive spotted lanternfly has been found in Loudoun, signaling a new stage in efforts to limit the damage the insect can cause to agricultural crops and home gardens.
The spotted lanternfly is an invasive species of insect that can significantly damage native plants and trees that are economically important in Virginia, including grapevines, hops, fruits and vegetables, and ornamental trees. In addition, it is a serious nuisance pest to homeowners when in high numbers.
Educate yourself: Learn about the spotted lanternfly so that you know how to recognize the insect throughout its life cycle and look-alike insects.
Inspect your surroundings: Look for spotted lanternfly egg masses and insects by checking tree trunks, wheel wells, under and around vehicles, lawn furniture, fences, storage sheds, rocks, metal surfaces (especially if they are rusty) and other smooth surfaces.
Squash: Kill live insects on sight; and squash/scrape off their egg masses.