Spotted Lanternfly update
THE EGG LAYING HAS BEGUN
The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect that was first discovered in Berks County, PA, in September 2014. It has the potential to destroy high value crops including grapes, tree fruits and lumber.
The quarantined area continues to spread and now includes
Berks County: Amity Township, Oley Township, Rockland Township, Longswamp Township, Earl Township, Pike Township, District Township, Douglass Township, Colebrookdale Township, Washington Township, Hereford Township, Maxatawny Township, Alsace Township, Exeter Township, Topton Borough, Bally Borough, Kutztown Borough, St. Lawrence Borough, Bechtelsville Borough and Boyertown Borough.
Bucks County: Milford Township, Trumbauersville Borough.
Chester County: South Coventry Township.
Lehigh County: Lower Macungie Township, Upper Macungie Township, Upper Milford, Lower Milford, Upper Saucon, Whitehall and South Whitehall Townships, Alburtis borough, Macungie borough, Coopersburg Borough and Allentown City.
Montgomery County: Douglass, Upper Hanover, New Hanover, West Pottsgrove, Lower Pottsgrove, Marlborough, and Upper Frederick Townships, Green Lane, East Greenville, Pennsburg, Red Hill Boroughs.
The quarantine may be expanded to new areas as further detections of the Spotted Lanternfly are detected
The quarantine means that any item that could hold Spotted Lanternfly egg masses may not be moved outside the quarantined area. That includes firewood, outdoor household items or any items stored outside during the fall, building materials, and plants or plant parts.
The PA Department of Agriculture and Penn State Extension are working with the affected townships. Residents are urged to scrape and destroy in alcohol, any eggs masses found mostly on the Tree of Heaven(Ailanthus altissima) trees.