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Research

Many groups and organization are pulling together to find solutions to stop this new pest. In addition to the Farm Bill funded efforts, through the efforts of the technical working group, several important questions are being investigated. These include testing the effects of chipping woody material on spotted lanternfly egg mass survivorship, the effects of various existing pesticides on immature life stages, and the attractiveness of certain plant volatiles for use in trapping programs by the USDA research lab in Massachusetts. The DCNR has provided technical expertise on egg mass survey techniques and assisted with the mapping of Ailanthus altissima. The DEP has provided technical advice on chemical control options. Universities like Penn State, Kutztown, University of Pennsylvania, Temple, Rutgers, University of Delaware, and others continue to work on several projects related to Spotted Lanternfly control, non-target impacts, biology, and economic impact. 

Updates

4/16/2018 - Independents tests at the USDA Lab in Massachusetts and at the University of Pennsylvania both show no levels of the chemical compound Cantharadin in specimens of Spotted Lanternfly.