Are Spotted Lanternflies causing a lot of stress for you and your plants lately? We get it - these bugs can be REALLY hard to manage.
Kendra has been watching them in various landscapes as they've grown through a few nymph stages, and this week she noticed a huge surge in their presence at her home, in Dillsburg. When they were smaller, they were getting caught in the spider webs she leaves on her porch, but now they seem to be evading those natural traps. She has noticed a ton more harvestmen ("daddy-long-leg spiders) on standby, so she's watching to see how they interact. Observations so far: they are fast, agile, intelligent and beautiful! But she still helps out by smashing lanternflies when she can, haha.
As land stewards, how can we approach the challenge of the lanternfly from the same calm, deep observational space that we approach all of Nature with? What should we be doing to support the land we care about, without causing more harm?
In our new blog post, we're dispelling some common myths, offering a counter-perspective to the war on lanternflies, and sharing some tips for how to manage your relationship with the land and the Spotted Lanternfly.
→ Read to learn:
- Questions to ask when assessing a threat in the ecosystem
- Facts + myths about the Spotted Lanternfly that might help to calm your fears
- Our take on common solutions such as insecticides, "natural" sprays + traps
- Shifting the focus to supporting victims rather than fighting "enemies"
- Practical ways to build long term ecological resilience
- Permission to smash this bug with awareness :)