It’s Fall: What Stage will I currently see the Spotted Lanternfly in?
Now that the community of Lower Bucks County has seen Spotted Lanternflies first hand, we hope you are all wondering what you can do to help. Spotted Lanternflies are a destructive, invasive species. Even though they do not bite or sting humans and animals, we must try to kill them because they are a huge threat to Pennsylvania’s agriculture (hops, timber, fruit trees, grapes, etc).
Eggs: Late September-May
Nymphs: Late April-Mid October
Adults: Late July-Mid December
Tis the Season:
The Spotted Lanternfly lays her eggs from September through December. The eggs will hatch between May and June, making nymphs and adults visible late April through December. Each egg mass contains 30-50 eggs that are covered and protected in a mud like covering. Now is the time of year to search for these egg masses and destroy them, along with any adults you may see. Spotted Lanterflies will lay their eggs on any hard surface including trees, cement blocks, cars, rusty surfaces, decks, rocks, etc.
Steps to destroying Egg Masses:
1) Locate an Egg Mass
2) Use a plastic scraper or putty knife to scrap eggs into a bag or container
3) Pour isopropyl alcohol or hand sanitizer into the bag and discard
4) Eggs can also be squished or burned before discarding
At Home Management:
Destroy Egg Masses: Late Sept.-May
Sticky Bands on Trees to Capture Adults/Nymphs: May-Early Nov.
Registered Insecticides by Professional: Mid May-Mid Nov.
Remove Tree of Heaven
Kill any adults, nymphs, or egg masses that you see
Check vehicles and objects before driving to prevent transporting
Have YOU Spotted Lanternfly Egg Masses?
Did you know Spotted Lanternflies are laying their eggs now? The adult Lanternfly lays eggs from September to December. Visit www.RicksEXPERTTreeService.com for more info!
What to look for – Spotted lanternfly egg masses look like unevenly spread mortar smeared on almost any outdoor surface. The egg masses contain 30-50 eggs and are protected with a mud-like covering, giving them their grey color and cracked-mortar appearance. When the egg masses are first laid, they can resemble a light grey putty and can be shiny in appearance. Over a few weeks time, they will harden and start to crack.
Where do they lay their eggs? – They will lay egg masses not only on tree bark, but on any smooth surface.
What to do if you find egg masses – Scrape them off the tree or smooth surface, double bag them, and throw them in the trash or place the eggs in alcohol or hand sanitizer to kill them.
Should you report a Spotted Lanternfly sighting? – YES!!! All sightings of Spotted Lanternflies, in any stage, should be reported. Please call 1-888-4BAD-FLY (1-888-422-3359)
BREAKING NEWS: Have we finally found the answer to the Spotted Lanternfly crisis?
This time last year, our team was earning their Spotted Lanternfly Permit Training completion certificates through the Penn State Extension. At the time, Bucks County was in the quarantine zone but we really hadn’t seen any signs in Lower Bucks County.
If you haven’t heard, the destructive, invasive pest known as the Spotted Lanternfly was first confirmed in Berks County on September, 22, 2014 by The Pennsylvania and US Department of Agriculture. It’s believed they slipped into Southeastern Pennsylvania from Southeastern Asia around 2012 and went undetected feeding and multiplying. Spotted Lanternflies are a huge threat to Pennsylvania’s agriculture and natural resources. In fact, it is now confirmed in 14 counties in PA. It is so important for us to find ways to get rid of them and keep them from entering new territory.
HOW TO STOP SPOTTED LANTERNFLIES:
The first steps taken to try to contain the invaders was to set up quarantine zones, first by township but as the species started to spread they switched to naming whole counties. Everyone was advised to check their cars before driving out of a quarantine zone, as these pests are great hitchhikers and is likely the reason they have spread to such a vast area, and kill any that are seen. Scientists tested different pesticides and plans of action, such as tree banding and removing the Tree of Heaven, to try to terminate them. The hardest part is the time it takes to see if these strategies work, which also allows more time for the Spotted Lanternflies to destroy and multiple.
Last year, on October 19, 2018, a large number of dead Spotted Lanternflies were found in Antietam Lake Park in Lower Alsace Township. Researchers from Cornell University discovered that they had died from two fungi that naturally grow in Pennsylvania: Beauveria Bassiana(Beauveria) and Batkoa Major(B.major). Scientists found that 97% of the Spotted Lanternflies found on the trees were killed by Beauveria. As for the ones found on the ground, a little less than half were killed by Beauveria and the rest by B. major.
Spotted Lanternflies do not have any natural predators in the US like they do in their native home of Asia. They are able to move around, eat, and multiple without watching their back. Scientists are now importing wasps from China that help keep the SLF population under control across the sea. Two species have been brought to Delaware and are under tight security so they can’t escape while researchers test their theory. These wasps lay their eggs inside baby lanterflies and essentially eat the fly from the inside out. More testing is needed to make sure it is worth introducing another invasive species. Could they possible attack other native US species or agriculture?
YES, YOU SHOULD KILL SPOTTED LANTERNFLIES. HOW TO KILL THE SPOTTED LANTERNFLY:
I’ll never forget the first time I saw a spotted lanternfly. I was at Dorney Park in Allentown, PA and one landed on my son’s stroller. Then I saw another on my car when I came out of my son’s appointment at CHOP Chalfont, PA. It’s all too real now seeing people in Lower Bucks County posting pictures of sightings in our local towns.
Researchers still need our help! Spotted Lanternflies are currently in their adult states through December and have even started laying their egg masses this month. If you see any egg masses on trees, or anywhere, scrape them into a ziplock bag and pure rubbing alcohol on them to destroy them. You can pick up your FREE Spotted Lanternfly kit that includes all the materials you’ll need, along with information at Rick’s Expert Tree Service 1907 Bensalem Blvd, Bensalem, PA 19020 or Bensalem’s Fall Fest, Saturday, October 5th from the Rick’s Expert Tree Service tent. Please destroy them and any adults you may find. Check your vehicles before you leave so you do not transport them to other areas.
Keep a look out for upcoming blogs with more information on Spotted Lanternflies and how you can help fight the crisis, along with other updates to help keep our trees thriving and beautiful.
~ Amanda Logan
BREAKING NEWS: Fungi could be answer to Spotted Lanternfly Crisis
If you haven’t heard, the destructive, invasive pest known as the Spotted Lanternfly was first spotted in Berks County in 2014. It’s believe they slipped into southeastern Pennsylvania from southeastern Asia around 2012 and went undetected. Berks County was the first area to go under quarantine and the quarantine area has spread to cover most of southeastern Pennsylvania, including Bucks County.
If you haven’t heard, the destructive, invasive pest known as the Spotted Lanternfly was first spotted in Berks County in 2014. It’s believed they slipped into southeastern Pennsylvania from
Southeastern Asia around 2012 and went undetected. Berks County was the first area to go under quarantine and the quarantine area has spread to cover most of southeastern Pennsylvania, including Bucks County. Spotted Lanternflies are a huge threat to Pennsylvania’s agriculture and natural resources. It is so important for us to find ways to get rid of them and keep them from entering new territory.
On October 9th, 2018 a large number of dead Spotted Lanternflies were found in ANtietam Lake Park in Lower Alsace Township. Researchers from Cornell University discovered that they had died from two fungi that naturally grow in Pennsylvania: Beauveria Bassiana(Beauveria) and Batkoa Major(B.major). Scientists found that 97% of the Spotted Lanternflies found on the trees were killed by Beauveria. As for the ones found on the ground, a little less than half were killed by Beauveria and the rest by B. major. They published their findings April 22nd, 2019.
Beauveria is already found in some environmentally friendly pesticides. Researchers will continue this year studying the effects of these fungi and other pesticides to see which ones we can rely to terminate these pests. May is the first month the insects hatch.
Researchers still need our help! If you see any egg masses on trees, or anywhere, scrap them into a ziplock bag and pure rubbing alcohol on them to destroy them. You can pick up your free kit that includes all the materials you’d need, along with information at Rick’s Expert Tree Service located at 1907 Bensalem Blvd Bensalem, PA 19020. May is the first month that the first instars hatch from these egg masses. Please destroy them. Check your vehicles before you leave so you do not transport them to other areas.
Keep a look out for coming blogs with more information on Spotted Lanternflies and how you can help fight the crisis and other updates to help keep our trees thriving and beautiful.
5 Measures to Take Before a Storm: Protect Your Trees
In Bucks County, PA, we experience the full spectrum of all four seasons. We see heavy rainfalls, thunder and lightening, snow, ice, blizzards, strong and light winds, and blisteringly hot, sunny days. Our area has beautiful natural scenery that truly adds to the look and atmosphere of living here. Unfortunately, those tall trees can’t always stand up to the challenges that spring, summer, fall, and winter bring.
We’ve all seen trees which were damaged by the weather. Trees split, fall, become damaged, or uproot. They can fall on homes, cars, fences, electrical wires, and other property. Dealing with a fallen or damaged tree can be difficult or dangerous. The weight of the tree or limb can cause more damage if not taken care of as soon as possible.
The best way to try to prevent damage to your trees is to take preventative measures before a storm hits.
Some of these include:
1) Planting native, strong trees to your area
3) Consulting with an arborist
2) Annual pruning by a trained professional
4) Removal of hazardous trees or branches
5) Keeping crotches in your tree clear of dirt and leafs
Remove Unwanted Tree Stumps from Your Yard
If you have a large, unsightly tree stump hanging around your yard, you might think that there are no options strong enough to remove it. However, our tree removal experts in the Philadelphia, PA area know that with a little planning, the right technique, and some elbow grease, even the toughest of stumps can be removed quickly and safely.
The first thing you need to know about stump removal is that the best course of action is usually to call a professional. Tree stumps in our yards can be a huge eyesore, so it can be tempting to try and rip them out of the ground ourselves.
However, removing a tree stump isn’t as simple as grabbing a shovel and going to town on it- you would have to educate yourself on the best course of action depending on the type of stump and purchase costly equipment.
Additionally, the time spent on removing the stump could be better spent on other household projects, making the tree stump removing more of a time sink than a financial one. Together, these factors can make the cost of removing a stump much higher than if you would have hired a professional.
By turning to us for your tree services in Philadelphia, PA, you will receive the results you are seeking. Hiring a professional is a one-time expense, and will equal out to less than you would spend purchasing the needed equipment to remove the stump, plus you can spend the time you would have used on research and removing the stump to enjoy yourself. Additionally, our professionals have experience removing stumps and other types of tree debris, so they can get the job done quickly and with less of a chance of injury.
If you have a stump that needs to be removed, we encourage you to call us here at Rick’s Expert Tree Service today.
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At Rick’s Expert Tree Service, we are dedicated to providing you with comprehensive tree services in the Philadelphia, PA region. Check out our infographic to see what this inspection entails.
The sky swiftly switched from bright and sunny to black and cloudy within seconds. The dark clouds quickly sprawled across the sky as low crackles of thunder could be heard from a distance. Silence was suddenly replaced with heavy winds as the downpour commenced. As the thick rain continues to pound your home, the howling winds increase and the tree in your backyard dangerously begins to sway back and forth before finally caving in.
So what now?
Good thing we at Rick’s Expert Tree Service are here to help with your tree removal in Huntington Valley, PA, and surrounding areas. Our crew has decades worth of experience handling cranes to ensure the job is handled correctly and efficiently. Here are a couple things you should know if you have a fallen tree in your background.
If a tree falls and lands on your property, causing structural damage, your homeowners insurance should aid you with the cost of removing the tree and repairing the wreckage.
If you notice that the fallen tree hasn’t caused any damage, you may not be covered by your homeowners insurance and might be forced to pay for the removal of the tree out of pocket.
If the tree falls into the street, check in with your city or municipality to determine who is ultimately responsible for removing the tree. If the city takes it, they may only remove the portion that’s in the street and you’d have to take care of everything else. Your insurance may help if there’s any structural damage.
Let’s say a tree caused structural damage, but it didn’t come from your yard. Your homeowners insurance may still be able to help you out despite it not being your tree. It depends on the circumstances. For example, if it’s determined that the neighbor was inattentive and neglectful about the handling of his tree, you may get reimbursed.
Your car insurance and not your homeowners would likely cover the costs of damage if the tree fell on your car. You may, however, have to cover the costs of removing the tree from the top of your car.
True or False: Trees first appeared on Earth long before the dinosaurs did – about 400 million years ago.
Trees produce ____ and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
About ___ of the United States is covered by forests.
True or false: A tree is a plant.
What is the name of the tree that stars in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy?
Ten questions seems like a fair way to start. How do you think you did? Were you surprised by the amount of fun facts there are about trees, roots, and forests?
Grading Scale (scroll down for a list of the correct answers):
0-4 Correct Answers – Back To The Drawing Board (which is made of wood)
5-7 Correct Answers – Worthy Of Celebration.
8-9 Correct Answers – Very, Very, Very Impressive!
10 Correct Answers – Certified 5-Star Tree Genius!!
CORRECT ANSWER LIST:
1 – B
2 – A
3 – C
4 – C
5 – B
6 – True
7 – C
8 – B
9 – True
10 – C
We hope you enjoyed this quiz. Stay tuned for more “Get Stumped” Tree Trivia in the near future. In the meantime, call 215-785-2168 if you need stump grinding or tree removal in the Philadelphia, PA, area!
TTTIIIIIIIIMMMMMMBBBER!: The Absolute Basics of Tree Extractions
Red, orange, and yellow leaves galore,
From the treetops down to the floor,
But when trunks and branches block windows and doors,
Rick’s Expert Tree Service has been operating for over 15 years with one goal in mind: Safely removing unwanted branches, trees, limbs and stumps from our neighbors’ yards across Bucks County and Philadelphia.
Trees can often obstruct views, become tangled with wires, attract wild animals and fall during a storm. Our expertise in handling all of these issues is why families and businesses entrust us with their tree removal needs in Philadelphia, PA, and nearby towns.
By calling us to nip these problems in the bud, our customers enjoy peace of mind, knowing that they are in good hands with our services. We are insured, and we offer free estimates. Our work speaks for itself. About 85% of our new customers are from word-of-mouth referrals.
Here are some tree removal basics that we feel are important:
Gather the proper protective wear and gear for the job. Helmets, rope, chainsaws and wood chippers are a few of the tools you may need. Email us if you have any questions. We offer free estimates and affordable packages, so you don’t have to do difficult, dangerous jobs by yourself.
Remove the large, main branches of the tree first. Having access to a cherry picker/basket crane is the safest, most reliable method. We do not recommend that untrained arborists tackle large jobs with ladders. The reward of getting your tree down does not outweigh the risk of somebody getting hurt.
Jobs that involve cutting down a high volume of large branches are best left to the pros. If you are looking to cut down full trees, it will involve different techniques of cutting, planning and execution.
Rick’s Expert Tree Service takes pride in being quick and efficient. We handle stump grinding, root removals, and complete tree extraction. no matter how monstrous it is in size.
Our arborists, climbers and ground crew are regularly trained to make sure every job is professionally done. We pride ourselves on cleaning properties, answering questions, and providing superior customer service for every project.