Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Zone Expanded

Courtney MeyerAgribusiness, News

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has expanded the quarantine zone, created to halt the spread of the invasive spotted lantern fly. With the latest expansion, the state has shifted to imposing quarantines at the county, rather than municipal, level and including areas where the insect’s presence has not yet been confirmed but there’s a high risk of spread. The quarantine area now covers 13 entire counties: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Carbon, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Schuylkill. “This invasive insect threatens to destroy $18 billion worth of agricultural commodities here like apples, grapes and hardwoods, inflicting a devastating impact on the livelihoods of our producers and businesses,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said.

Businesses in the quarantine area must obtain a Phytosanitary Certificate or compliance agreement from the department to move items outside the area and need a permit to move items within the quarantine zone. People who live within or are traveling through quarantine zones should check vehicles for egg masses before leaving an infested area, buy firewood locally instead of moving it between areas, check outdoor items and trees for egg masses, not transport brush, yard waste or construction waste outside the quarantine area.

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