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Quarantine for Spotted Lanternfly extended into county; checks coming

Posted 3/20/19

The quarantine zone for the Spotted Lanternfly has been expanded to include Dauphin County, following the state Department of Agriculture receiving reports of a population of the fly in the county, …

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Quarantine for Spotted Lanternfly extended into county; checks coming

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The quarantine zone for the Spotted Lanternfly has been expanded to include Dauphin County, following the state Department of Agriculture receiving reports of a population of the fly in the county, the department said in a March 15 press release.

The quarantine gives the department authority to regulate the movement of commodities that may be moving within or leaving the quarantine zone. It restricts the movement of articles that contain any life stages of the Spotted Lanternfly, including egg masses, nymphs and adults.

All businesses are required to take an online training course designated to help them recognize the Spotted Lanternfly and to prevent its movement, after which they will receive a permit from the department.

As part of the Spotted Lanternfly quarantine agreement beginning May 1, the department’s Bureau of Plant Industry will begin to perform inspections and verification checks to confirm that businesses are properly permitted.

Failure to take the permit exam and educate employees could result in possible penalties and fines.

The quarantine zone was last expanded in November 2017 to include Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill counties.

All business owners, managers and supervisors are encouraged to register for the free business permit webinar to be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21.

To register, visit www.Spottedlanternfly.eventbrite.com.

Homeowners with questions about treatment, including approved sprays, can learn more through Penn State Extension at http://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly.

For more information about the Spotted Lanternfly, visit www.agriculture.pa.gov/spottedlanternfly.