Pro­grams to teach strat­egy for bat­tling spot­ted lantern­fly

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Evan Brandt ebrandt@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @PottstownNews on Twitter

For­get frogs and lo­custs, the mod­ern plague of South­east Penn­syl­va­nia is the spot­ted lantern­fly.

An ac­ci­den­tal im­port from Korea, the in­sect feeds on an­other im­ported species, the “Tree of Heaven” as well as nu­mer­ous other trees. The only ones happy to have them here seem to be pray­ing man­tis.

This month of­fers two op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn more about them, and how to com­bat them.

The first is a pub­lic ed­u­ca­tional in­for­ma­tion ses­sion in Pottstown Bor­ough Hall, 100 East High St., third Floor Coun­cil Meet­ing Room on Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Al­though it’s free, reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired. Con­tact Jes­sica Buck, Mont­gomery County Con­ser­va­tion District: 610-489-4506 x 14 or email jbuck@mont­gomerycon­ser­va­ to reg­is­ter.

“We’ve found that mix­ing a lit­tle Dawn dish soap with wa­ter in a spray bot­tle kills them,” Ross Snook, New Hanover Su­per­vi­sor and chair­man of the town­ship’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Ad­vi­sory Board, said Thurs­day evening, af­ter the Pottstown pro­gram was an­nounced.

Your sec­ond op­por­tu­nity is on Satur­day, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. in Lower Perkiomen Val­ley Park, lo­cated on New Mill Road in Oaks, eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from Egypt Road off Rt. 422.

There, Sally Sue Rich­mond, Mas­ter Gar­dener and Se­nior Lec­turer in In-

for­ma­tion Sci­ence at Penn State Great Val­ley in Malvern, will present her pro­gram specif­i­cally aimed at what can be done in the fall as each sea­son takes a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to erad­i­ca­tion of the pest.

All ages are wel­come, but this pro­gram is bet­ter suited for high school and older.

There is a sug­gested do­na­tion of $2 per per­son. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is pre­ferred. To re­serve a space, call 610-666-5371.

Par­tic­i­pants should meet at the Main Pavil­ion. The event will be can­celed if the weather is se­vere.

The in­va­sive spot­ted lantern fly is dam­ag­ing trees in through­out south­east Penn­syl­va­nia.

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