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12 Counties Added to Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine

Friday March 6th, 2020
Twelve counties have been added to Pennsylvania’s Spotted Lanternfly quarantine zone ahead of the 2020 spring hatch: Allegheny, Beaver, Blair, Columbia, Cumberland, Huntingdon, Juniata, Luzerne, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, and York. With this addition, the quarantine for this invasive pest is now at 26 counties.
 
The new dozen counties are not completely infested, but rather have one to three municipalities with a known infestation which led to a quarantine being placed on the entire county out of an abundance of caution.
 
“Most of these municipalities have already been aggressively treated,” says Dr. Ruth Welliver, director of the Bureau of Plant Industry. “With continued aggressive treatment and monitoring, and an actively engaged community, we can strike Spotted Lanternfly from these counties.”
 
Businesses that operate in or travel through quarantined counties are required to obtain a Spotted Lanternfly permit; fines associated with noncompliance can be up to $300 for a criminal citation. Homeowners with questions about treatment are encouraged to contact their local Penn State Extension office or learn about management, including approved sprays, online. Pennsylvanians who live inside the quarantine zone should also review and sign the Compliance Checklist for residents.
 
For more information on Spotted Lanternfly, visit agriculture.pa.gov/spottedlanternfly. More information about quarantine procedures can be found on the Department of Agriculture's quarantine webpage.