The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive insect that was discovered last year in Berks County, PA. Native to China, India and Vietnam, this invasive species will congregate on Tree-of-Heaven and fruit trees. The Spotted Lanternfly has the potential to greatly impact the grape, fruit tree and logging industries. Early detection is vital for the protection of Pennsylvania businesses and agriculture.
South Coventry Township was notified on November 5, that a small stand of trees was found to have an infestation of the Spotted Lanternfly. As a result, the entire Township has been added to the Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine. The Spotted Lanternfly lays egg masses of 30-50 eggs wherever there is a flat surface – meaning that many easily transported home items can harbor this pest and help it spread quickly.
For more information on the Spotted Lanternfly and the Quarantine, please follow the links below:
Spotted Lanternfly – PA Department of Agriculture
Spotted Lanternfly Press Release – November 5, 2015
What the General Quarantine Means
Spotted Lanternfly – Pest Alert
Checklist for Residents Living in Quarantine Areas
Tips for Handling Yard Waste is Quarantine Areas