Native species help fight off lanternflies. Predators like spiders, praying mantises, and birds hunt the bugs.
But experts say that’s not enough and that you may be one of the best defenses against the winged invaders. In the early spring, most lanternflies are in the egg stage. Officials suggest scraping off and getting rid of egg clusters you see on tree trunks or patio furniture.
Hatched lanternflies will be adults by summer. If you live in an area where they’ve been seen, check your car before traveling to make sure you’re not carrying bugs to a new area. And if you see one, step on it.
“I don’t think we’ll completely solve the problem,” Hamilton says. “But at least we can help.”