Spotted Lanternfly Hatches Begin
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
BERKS COUNTY – PDA staff have observed the first hatches of spotted lanternfly in Berks County on May 12. The spotted lanternfly has now been found in Berks, Bucks, Chester and Montgomery Counties.
The Spotted Lanternfly quarantine area now covers:
Berks County: Colebrookdale, District, Earl, Hereford, Longswamp, Oley, Pike, Rockland and Washington townships and the boroughs of Bally, Bechtelsville, Boyertown and Topton.
Montgomery County: Douglass and Upper Hanover townships and the boroughs of East Greenville, Pennsburg and Red Hill.
Bucks County: Milford Township and Trumbauersville Borough.
Chester County: South Coventry Township.
New to the United States, the invasive insect was first found in Berks County fall a year ago. PDA is investigating the quarantined and surrounding areas to assess the spread and impact of the pest. October and November, when the insects are in their adult stage, is the easiest time to scan for and find the pest in a new area.
Landscape professionals and residents in and around the quarantine areas are encouraged to inspect properties for spotted lanternfly. Additional townships may be added to the quarantine, but with the identification of each infestation, we come one step closer to controlling spotted lanternfly and the damage it might cause our economy and our environment.
For more information about this invasive pest and how to report populations of Spotted Lanternfly click here.