Friday, September 22, 2017

Agriculture Expands Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Area Into 26 More Municipalities

Department of Agriculture officials published notice in the September 23 PA Bulletin announcing the Spotted Lanternfly quarantine has been expanded into 26 more municipalities in  Berks, Bucks, Chester, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties. (formal notice)
The new municipalities in each county now in the quarantine area include: Albany, Greenwich, Ontalaunee, and Perry townships, Berks County; New Britain, and Plumstead townships and Chalfont and New Britain boroughs, Bucks County; West Vincent Township and Phoenixville Borough, Chester County; Catasauqua and North Whitehall townships, Lehigh County; Hatfield, Towamencin, Lower Salford, and Lower Providence townships, Lansdale and Hatfield boroughs, Montgomery County; Allen, East Allen, Hanover, Lower Nazareth, Upper Nazareth, Moore, Northampton townships and Nazareth Borough, Northampton County.
The quarantine area now includes 103 municipalities.
Areas where the pest has been found are now under quarantine. 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.
House/Senate Hearing
The House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committees this week scheduled a joint hearing for October 18 on the impact on agriculture of the Spotted Lanternfly.  The hearing will be held in Hearing Room 1 North Office Building starting at 9:30.  (Click Here to see if the hearing will be webcast closer to the hearing date.)
All Quarantine Areas
All areas quarantined now include:
-- Berks County: Reading City, Albany, Alsace, Amity, Centre, Colebrookdale, Cumru, Douglass, District, Douglass, Earl, Exeter, Greenwich, Hereford, Longswamp, Lower Alsace, Maiden Creek, Maxatawny, Muhlenberg, Oley, Ontalaunee, Perry, Pike, Richmond, Robeson, Rockland, Ruscombmanor, Union and Washington townships and the boroughs of Bally, Bechtelsville, Birdsboro, Boyertown, Centreport, Fleetwood, Kutztown, Laureldale, Lyons, Mt Penn Borough, St. Lawrence, Temple  and Topton;
-- Bucks County: Bedminster, East Rockhill, Haycock, Hilltown, Richland, Milford, New Britain, Plumstead, Springfield, West Rockhill townships, Chalfont, Dublin, New Britain, Perkasie, Quakertown, Richlandtown, Sellersville, Silverdale, Telford and Trumbauersville boroughs;
-- Chester County: East Coventry, East Pikeland, East Vincent, North Coventry, South Coventry, Warwick, West Vincent townships, Phoenixville, Spring City Borough;
-- Lehigh County: Allentown City, Bethlehem City, Catasauqua, Heidelberg, Lowhill, Lower Milford, Salisbury, North Whitehall, South Whitehall, Upper Macungie, Upper Millford, Upper Saucon, Weisenberg, Whitehall townships and Alburtis, Coplay, Coopersburg and Emmaus Boroughs;
-- Montgomery County: Douglass, Franconia, Hatfield, New Hanover, Limerick, Lower Frederick, Lower Pottsgrove, Lower Providence, Lower Salford, Marlborough, Salford, Skippack, Towamencin, Upper Frederick, Upper Hanover, Upper Pottsgrove, Upper Providence, Upper Salford and West Pottsgrove townships and the boroughs of Collegeville, East Greenville, Green Lane, Hatfield, Lansdale, Pennsburg, Pottstown, Red Hill, Royersford, Souderton and Telford; and
-- Northampton County: Bethlehem City; Allen, Bethlehem, East Allen, Hanover, Lower Nazareth, Upper Nazareth, Moore, Northampton townships; Nazareth Borough.
How You Can Help
Since receiving additional funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, survey work began May 1, 2016 to identify additional challenges and improvements with the invasive species.
Residents can help with this eradication effort.  Download the “Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Checklist” or contact a local municipality or extension office.
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 Department of Agriculture inspection staff can work with businesses to ensure they are complying with quarantine restrictions.
Criminal and civil penalties of up to $20,000 and prison time can be imposed for violations by businesses or individuals.
The Spotted Lanternfly is an inch-long black, red and white spotted pest and is native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam. It’s an invasive species in Korea, where it has attacked 25 plant species which 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.
Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, attacks grapes, apples, pines and stone fruits. It often attaches to the bark of Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima), an invasive species similar to Sumac that can be found around parking lots or along tree lines.
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.  
All Pennsylvanians are encouraged to watch for the Spotted Lanternfly and offered the following suggestions:
-- During the months of July through December, when the adults are active, conduct a quick inspection of your vehicle any time you move in or near a quarantine area, to find any spotted lanternfly hitchhikers.
-- If you see eggs on trees or other smooth outdoor surfaces: Scrape them off, double bag them and throw them in the garbage, or place the eggs in alcohol or hand sanitizer to kill them.
-- If you collect a specimen:  First, place the sample in alcohol or hand sanitizer in a leak proof container. Then, submit the specimen to your county Penn State Extension office or to the department’s Entomology Lab for verification. Don’t move live specimens around, even within the quarantined area. There are many places under quarantine that do not yet have active populations of spotted lanternfly – you do not want to help them establish a new home base.
-- If you take a photo: Submit photo of adults or egg masses to:
-- If you want to report a site: Call the Invasive Species report line at 866-253-7189 and provide any details of the sighting and your contact information.   
Suspect specimens can also be submitted directly to the department’s headquarters in Harrisburg or to any of its six regional offices. Specimens can also be submitted to county Penn State Extension offices as well.
For more information, visit the Department of Agriculture’s Spotted Lanternfly webpage.

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