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Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine
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Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine

Spotted Lanternfly was first discovered in Berks County in the fall of 2014.  Since its discovery the pest has moved into numerous counties.  Accordingly the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has issued a quarantine.  As additional sightings are confirmed, the quarantine area will be expanded.

On May 26, 2018, an updated Spotted Lanternfly Order of Quarantine and Treatment was published in the PA Bulletin. The quarantine is in place to stop the movement of Spotted Lanternfly to new areas within or out of the current quarantine zone and to slow its spread within the quarantine. The quarantine affects a variety of vehicles and other conveyances, plant, wood, and stone products.

The general quarantine restricts movement of any material or object that can spread the pest. This includes firewood or wood products, brush or yard waste, remodeling or construction materials and waste, packing material like boxes, grapevines for decorative purposes or as nursery stock, and any outdoor household articles like lawnmowers, grills, tarps and any other equipment, trucks or vehicles not stored indoors.

 

The quarantine area in Pennsylvania includes the following counties: (Click here for a current map.)

  • Berks
  • Bucks
  • Carbon
  • Chester
  • Dauphin (added 3/15/2019)
  • Delaware
  • Lancaster
  • Lebanon
  • Lehigh
  • Monroe
  • Montgomery
  • Northampton
  • Philadelphia
  • Schuylkill

Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Virginia have also instituted Quarantines. Click here for more information on those quarantines.

If you travel in or out of the quarantine area your business is required to have a Spotted Lanternfly permit. You must have a permit to move equipment and goods within and out of the zone.  So even if your business is not located in the quarantine zone and you deliver to that zone or provide services in that zone, you must have a permit to enter, then leave, that zone. Criminal and civil penalties of up to $20,000 and prison time can be imposed for violations by businesses or individuals.

 

Working with PDA, Penn State Extension created an online course for companies to receive training and permits as needed. You can find the link to the course at https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-permit-training

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