Spotted LanternFly in the Greater Toronto Area Ontario

Spotted Lanternfly spotted in Toronto Ontario area

Our tree care service can help you manage this invasive pest

The Spotted Lanternfly has been intercepted in the GTA and LawnSavers can help you with education and timely management methods to protect your valuable trees and shrubs.

Have you seen the Spotted Lanternfly in the Greater Toronto Area?

Early detection is paramount. If you come across an insect that resembles the Spotted Lanternfly in the GTA, it’s essential to report it to local agricultural or environmental agencies. You can report sightings at this link:

There are several ways to help in the battle of limiting the spread and potential damage caused by this invasive species. When you are informed and share this information with your peers, friends and family, you will help increase awareness. It is important that we are all aware of how these pests increase their spread and eliminate those activities, such as moving firewood and plants.

For more information on reporting pest sightings, the Early Detection and Rapid Response Network (EDRR) and addition resources, visit or

What is the Spotted LanternFly?

The Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is an invasive pest native to parts of Asia, known for causing significant damage to fruit trees, hardwoods, and ornamentals. Its attractive appearance disguises its potential for destruction.

The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatulaHemiptera: Fulgoridae) has been threatening and quickly damaging landscapes all through the US North East.

It is quickly progressing and has been found in Upstate New York close to the border of Lake Ontario in 2023. Reports of sightings are coming in now from Ontario.

The Spotted LanternFly in Canada

While this pest has wreaked havoc in parts of the U.S., it still has not been ‘officially documented’ in Canada Read more here.  Awareness is our first line of defense.

The Biology and Lifecycle of the Spotted Lanternfly

This pest goes through four nymphal stages before reaching adulthood. Adults are recognized by their dramatic wings, showcasing spots and striking colors of red, black, and white. The Lanternfly primarily feeds on sap, leaving behind a residue that can attract other pests and cause mold growth. Fact Sheet from CFIA

How to Control the Spotted LanternFly

Treatment products have already (in anticipation) received emergency registration by Health Canada specific to controlling Spotted Lantern Fly.

  1. Early Detection: Recognize and report.
  2. Education: Understand their biology and life cycle to identify them at any stage.
  3. Physical Barriers: Use tree bands or sticky traps to catch nymphs and adults.
  4. Chemical Treatments: Specific insecticides can help. Always consult professionals before application.

Will my Tree and shrubs survive the damage?

According to Landscape Ontario’s researchers in conjunction with the University of Guelph.  If caught early enough, plants will survive if they receive the proper treatment in a timely manner.  Call us right away to discuss at 416-707-9994
More information from Landscape Ontario’s Invasive pests page is available by clicking here.

LawnSavers: Your Partner in Spotted Lanternfly Control

At LawnSavers, we pride ourselves in staying ahead of potential threats to our landscapes. With expert knowledge and advanced treatment solutions, we’re prepared to assist the Greater Toronto Area with managing and controlling the Spotted Lanternfly. Trust in us to protect your green spaces.

We aim to “Make you say WOW” with our commitment to your garden’s health. Fill out the form on the right side or bottom of this page to contact us today, and together, let’s ensure the beauty of your valuable landscapes trees and shrubs endures!

For more information visit Ontario Nursery Crop Expert report