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The invasive insect spotted lanternfly is a new arrival in the northeastern US. Follow these tips to slow its spread and limit the damage it causes not only on your land, but in forests and woods throughout the region.

Tree of Heaven is a common spotted lanternfly host, so removing this invasive tree from your land can slow the insect’s spread. This video from the Potomac Highlands Cooperative shows how to identify the tree and has control tips.

The best way to control Tree of Heaven and prevent resprouting is “hack and squirt,” where you spray a small amount of herbicide directly into hatchet cuts made in the tree trunk. This University of Kentucky video shows how to do this practice.

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