Tuesday, July 14, 12:00 PM
2020 Get Outdoors PA Webinar
What you need to stay informed and prepared
This webinar is free for all and includes access to the recorded webinar for a limited time.
Approved for .1 CEU
Fee: $10/member; $15/non-member
The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is a serious invasive pest with a healthy appetite that can adversely affect the quality of life and enjoyment of the outdoors. SLF is an invasive insect that has spread throughout Pennsylvania since its discovery in 2014. SLF feeds on the sap of over 70 different plant species. It has a strong preference for economically important plants and their feeding stresses the plants which can lead to decreased health and potential death. As SLF feeds, they excrete a sugary substance which attracts bees, wasps, and promotes the growth of sooty mold (fungi), that can cover the plant and anything else below the plant. According to study by PSU economists, the spotted lanternfly could drain Pennsylvania’s economy of at least $324 million annually. SLF is currently found in 26 counties in Pennsylvania, all of which are under a state-imposed quarantine. Participants will learn to identify the spotted lanternfly, the SLF lifecycle, how to safeguard commodities, and how to properly discard of the SLF nymphs, adults, and egg masses.
Presenter: Emelie Swackhamer is a Horticulture Extension Educator at the Montgomery County Extension office. She holds a B.S. degree in Plant Science from Penn State and a M.S. in Plant Pathology from the North Carolina State University.
Emelie is a source of information and programming on the invasive Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula for Penn State Extension. She has co-authored several articles on the lanternfly Including SLF Management for Landscape Professionals, SLF Management and Pesticide Safety. Emelie’s other areas of focus include diagnosis of plant problems, plant identification and selection, green infrastructure and pesticide safety education. She also serves as the team leader for green industry extension programming.
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