Posted on: December 4, 2017

Department Of Agriculture Expands Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine

"Eradicating the Spotted Lanternfly is important not only for our citizens, but for our economy, as well," said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. "This invasive insect threatens to destroy $18 billion worth of agricultural commodities here like apples, grapes and hardwoods, inflicting a devastating impact on the livelihoods of our producers and businesses. It's also undermining the quality of life for Pennsylvanians who are coping with hoards found in many infested areas."

The state Department of Agriculture is asking anyone traveling through quarantined counties to:

  • Scrape egg masses from trees or other surfaces, double bag them, and throw them in the garbage, or place the eggs in alcohol or hand sanitizer to kill them. Egg masses, which are laid in the fall, are initially waxy-looking, grey-brown blobs, and later look like dried mud. Each egg mass contains 35-50 young Spotted Lanternflies.
  • Check vehicles for egg masses before leaving an infested area.
  • Buy firewood locally. Do not take it with you when you leave.
  • Check lawn furniture, wood products, construction materials, tarps, lawnmowers, trailers and other items stored outdoors before bringing them in for the winter, covering them or moving them.
  • Do not transport brush, yard waste, remodeling or construction waste outside quarantined areas.

Click here for the PA Department of Agriculture press release on the quarantine

Click here for more information on the Spotted Lanternfly

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