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The spotted lanternfly is an invasive planthopper native to countries such as China, India, and Vietnam that was accidentally introduced to the United States. It was first spotted in Pennsylvania in Berks County and has since been seen throughout Pennsylvania. It has a healthy appetite for plants and can be a major nuisance, disrupting your outdoor quality of life and recreation.
According to Penn State Economists, the spotted lanternfly could potentially drain Pennsylvania’s economy by nearly $325 million annually. It prefers to feed on important economic plants such as maple trees, black walnut, birch, willow, along with grapevines and other various trees that help make exports such as hardwood, apples, peaches, grapes, wine, and beer.
It only takes about two months for spotted lanternflies to reach maturity after hatching, so it does not take long for the egg masses on your trees to turn into a massive swarm.
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Pennsylvania Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine
The spotted lanternfly is currently found in 26 counties in Pa., which are all under a state-imposed quarantine. The quarantine is in order to avoid spotted lanternfly migration to new areas within or beyond the current quarantine zone and to slow down its spread within the quarantine. Vehicles and other transportation, trees, wood, stone products, and outdoor household items are affected by the quarantine.
Pennsylvania Counties Currently Under Quarantine:
Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, York, are the current Quarantine Zone Counties.
SLF is also present in New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia, in addition to Pennsylvania.