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Spotted Lanternfly quarantine expands to three additional townships in Pennsylvania

Staff Writer |
Three more townships are now part of the 74 municipalities across six Pennsylvania counties that are quarantined due to the presence of the invasive insect Spotted Lanternfly.

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Haycock Township in Bucks County and East Pikeland and Warwick townships in Chester County were added to the quarantine, which restricts movement of any material or object that can spread the pest, on January 28.

“The fight against Spotted Lanternfly cannot go dormant, as the quarantine of these three additional townships shows,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding.

“Now is the time to look for egg masses that may be on your property, destroy them, and break the cycle. For those not yet affected by a quarantine, please look for signs of this dangerous insect – your eyes and actions are critical to our success.”

The Spotted Lanternfly is an inch-long black, red and white spotted pest that is native to China, India, Japan, and Vietnam.

It is an invasive species in Korea, where it has attacked 25 plant species that also grow in Pennsylvania. The pest had not been found in the United States prior to its initial detection in Berks County in the fall of 2014.

In the fall, adults lay egg masses on nearly any flat surface, which can include outdoor furniture, equipment, stone and block, as well as the outsides and undersides of vehicles.

Egg masses will hatch in the spring. Each egg mass contains 35-50 young Spotted Lanternflies. If someone sees eggs on trees or other smooth outdoor surfaces, the procedure is to scrape them off, double bag them and throw them in the garbage, or place the eggs in alcohol or hand sanitizer to kill them.

Redding encouraged residents inside the quarantine zone to report any yet-unreported locations of Spotted Lanternfly infestations to the department.

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