Spotted Lanternfly update
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. In an effort to keep it from spreading, the PA Department of Agriculture has quarantined the Berks County townships of Amity, District, Douglass, Earl, Hereford, Longswamp, Oley, Pike, Rockland, and Washington (including the boroughs of Bally ,Bechtelsville and Topton). Montgomery County Municipalities of Upper Hanover, Pennsburg, East Greenville and Red Hill.
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.