Friday, November 7, 2014

Pest Alert: Spotted Lanternfly

Less than 40 miles from Doylestown in Berks County, Pennsylvania , a new threat to Pennsylvania and U.S. agriculture has been found:  the Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, a leafhopper type insect.   This insect poses a threat to grapes and at least 25 other Pennsylvania plant species.  The good news is that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Penn State University are hot on the trail of this critter, having identified its lifecycle and gridded and mapped its present location in northern Berks County.  This is a rare opportunity to contain and eradicate a new pest before it takes hold in the U.S.

Please see the following links to learn more about the Spotted Lanternfly and what you can do to help eradicate this pest:
PA Department of Agriculture website:
PA Department of Agriculture Pest Alert bulletin:
Berks County general quarantine information:

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