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Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Expanded to 12 additional Counties

Tuesday, March 17, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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HARRISBURG - On March 4, 2020 the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) expanded the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) quarantine area by 12 counties. This now takes the total number of quarantined counties in Pennsylvania to 26.

The expansion of the quarantine area was announced by Dana D. Rhodes, State Plant Regulatory Official, at a conference of almost 200 government, non-profit and private sector officials and executives from 23 states. The purpose of the conference was to share research and approaches to controlling the SLF.

The Pennsylvania quarantine area now extends to the following counties, from Philadelphia in the east to Beaver County in the west:

PA SLF Quarantine

What Does the SLF Quarantine Mean?

The quarantine restricts the movement of certain articles. Industries and regulated articles under the quarantine that are not to be removed/moved to a new area are:

  • Any living stage of the Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, including egg masses, nymphs, and adults
  • Brush, debris, bark, or yard waste
  • Landscaping, remodeling or construction waste
  • Logs, stumps, or any tree parts
  • Firewood of any species
  • Grapevines for decorative purposes or as nursery stock
  • Nursery stock
  • Crated materials
  • Outdoor household articles including recreational vehicles, lawn tractors and mowers, mower decks, grills, grill and furniture covers, tarps, mobile homes, tile, stone, deck boards, mobile fire pits, any associated equipment and trucks or vehicles not stored indoors.

Green Industry Businesses Need Permits and/or Compliance Agreements          

SLF Permits

ANY business, agency, and organization which is in or comes into the quarantine area, which moves vehicles, products or other conveyances within or out of the quarantine requires a Spotted Lanternfly permit. This applies to all businesses, not just green industry businesses.

The permit was a hang tag that affixed to the rearview mirror of the vehicle, but now is a paper permit that must be kept in the vehicle and be produced upon demand by authorities.

In addition, owners and managers in the company must take and pass an SLF quiz to obtain the permit and train all employees within the company on SLF product and vehicle inspection procedures.

The are other rules to which businesses operating in the quarantine area must adhere. For a complete list of those requirements, click here.

SLF Compliance Agreements

In addition to permits, businesses that manufacture mulch and ship plants outside of the quarantine zone must enter into a compliance agreement with PDA. A compliance agreement is a more detailed outline of the best management practices and procedures that the company agrees to follow.

More information on SLF permits and compliance agreements is available by clicking here.

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