Cleveland Urban Forestry, Cleveland Division of Park Maintenance, Cleveland Metroparks, and The Ohio State University Extension Team Up to Teach employees to ‘SPOT’ Spotted Lanternfly.
Field Operation Forman, Arborists, Park Maintenance Staff, Unit Leaders and Managers from Cleveland spent Thursday afternoon, learning how to scout for Spotted Lanternfly at an active infestation at Mohican Park
Megan Powell and Connie Hausman and-Cleveland Metroparks, Jennifer Kipp-Cleveland Urban Forestry, Perrin Verzi-Cleveland Division of Park Maintenance (from left to right),
and Thomas deHaas-The Ohio State University Extension, led a tour of the infestation.
Over 20 staff attended which is a credit to the leadership of the group.
Staff saw up close Adults
and 4th instar nymphs
on Tree of Heaven
and on Grapevines
and were able to see where they were feeding.
The goal was to teach how to scout and identify Spotted Lanternfly and favored host plants.
The insect will not bite but has been known to negatively impact vineyards in Pennsylvania.
Staff was provided ID cards with a QR
code to send reports to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Many scouts will help identify locations of infestations.