Spotted Lanternfly infestation found in Ohio at 3 different locations. What can you do? SCOUT!

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Spotted Lanternfly Lycorma delicatula infestation have been confirmed in 3 different locations in Ohio. Ohio Department of Agriculture confirmed an active infestation in Mingo Junction in southeast Ohio and two separate infestations in Cuyahoga County. What can you do? SCOUT!

The control of Spotted Lanternfly comes with early detection, confirmation, and treatment. In all 3 infestations, rail lines




and Tree of Heaven Ailanthus altissima,


Tree of Heaven seeds


were both present.

Our suggestions are to locate tree of heaven growing in proximity to train tracks. Consider doing the following:

  1. Identify Tree of Heaven which should be easy to spot due to its heavy clusters of seeds.


TOH Seed

      2. Download the Great Lakes Early Detection Network App to your device by searching for “Great Lakes EDN”.


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Video explaining how to download GLEDN:


      3.Adopt a Tree of Heaven near RR tracks to check once a week. (Remember, it is illegal to walk near or on RR tracks since it is private property) The trees can be near the tracks within 500 feet or so. Also, be sure to keep safe of  traffic and know your surroundings.

      4. Make a post to GLEDN identifying your tree of heaven. If you don't want to download the app, report ODA at:




      5. Check your tree once a week.


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      6. Send a post to GLEDN with you Negative find (or Positive if you believe you have seen SLF)


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        7. Keep aware of any infestations in your area.


Grape vines are at great risk from damage or death due to Spotted Lanternfly.




With your help, we can slow the spread. So, get out there and SCOUT!


Mark your calendars! Four upcoming Regional SLF Management Workshops for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

OSU Extension in collaboration with the Ohio Grape Industries Committee will be providing 4 upcoming regional workshops on identifying, monitoring, and managing SLF. These workshops are being developed with separate sessions that target both commercial stakeholders and homeownersAdditional details and registration:


Cost: Free to attend Details: Register at