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Day Asks Public to Be Aware of Invasive Insect - Spotted Lanternfly attacks fruits during highly active summer months
6/24/2016
HARRISBURG – After receiving an update from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture about the Spotted Lanternfly expanding more widely in the Lehigh Valley, Rep. Gary Day (R-Lehigh/Berks) today asked residents to report any sightings to the state and to abide by the quarantine of materials in the new areas.

“The good news is that the state’s efforts to minimize the spread of this species is working; however, the bad news is that it has been seen in small populations in Lower Macungie Township,” said Day. “I applaud the ongoing efforts to help eradicate this harmful insect through increased surveillance activities, which are really making a difference.”

The Spotted Lanternfly is an inch-long black, red and white spotted pest that is native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam. The insect primarily attacks grapes, apples, pines and stone fruits.

Adults often cluster in groups and lay egg masses containing 30-50 eggs that adhere to flat surfaces including tree bark. Freshly laid egg masses have a grey waxy mud-like coating, while hatched eggs appear as brownish seed-like deposits in four to seven columns about an inch long. Trees attacked by the Spotted Lanternfly will show a grey or black trail of sap down the trunk.

The recent update from the Department of Agriculture reported that the quarantine area has been expanded to Lower Macungie Township, Alburtis and Macungie Boroughs in Lehigh County and New Hanover Township in Montgomery County after small populations of the pest were found. The most recent detections are in municipalities adjacent to previously quarantined areas.

According to the department, 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 other equipment, trucks or vehicles typically not stored indoors.

Residents can learn more by visiting www.agriculture.pa.gov and searching for “lanternfly.” That site includes a quarantine checklist and more information about the insect and its impact. The checklist provides guidelines for inspection of vehicles and other items stored outdoors, each time they move them out of the quarantine area. Businesses in the general quarantine area need to obtain a Certificate of Limited Permit from the department in order to move articles. Local Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture inspection staff can work with businesses to ensure they are complying with quarantine restrictions.

Representative Gary Day
187th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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