Trevose Horticultural Society announces meeting

‘Spotted Lanternfly’ is the featured presentation on July 16 in Bensalem

Source: USDA

“Spotted Lanternfly” is the featured presentation at the monthly meeting of the Trevose Horticultural Society on Tuesday, July 16, at 7 p.m., at the Bensalem Senior Center, 1850 Byberry Road, Bensalem.

Colleen Michaels, Bucks County Extension office, will explain what the public can do to stop the spread of the spotted lanternfly (SLF), a new invasive insect that has spread throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.

Since its discovery in Berks County in 2014, SLF has become a significant threat to Pennsylvania agriculture, including the grape, tree-fruit, hardwood and nursery industries. Michaels will discuss how to identify the spotted lanternfly at different stages of its life cycle, current distribution and damage, host range, management and stopping its spread, an overview of current research and SLF quarantine areas.

Michaels is a chemical engineer, retired from various technical service/product development roles after nearly 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry. Always an avid nature and gardening lover, she trained to be a Master Gardener in 2017 and a Master Watershed Steward in 2018. She leads the Spotted Lanternfly Call Center group at the Bucks County Extension office. Michaels lives on 14 acres in Bedminster Township with her husband, two dogs, three rescue horses, 10 chickens and numerous barn cats.

All meetings are open to the public. A donation of $4 is requested from non-members. For more information, visit trevosegardeners.org or call 856-866-9163.