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Spotted Lanternfly quarantine expands in six Pennsylvania counties

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Staff Writer | September 28, 2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has added 26 municipalities in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties to the areas quarantined after confirming the presence of Spotted Lanternfly.
Spotted Lanternfly
Pest   Berks, Bucks, Chester, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton
This is an invasive species that threatens a number of agricultural products and plant species. The quarantine was already in effect in other areas of the six counties.

The Spotted Lanternfly is an inch-long black, red and white spotted insect native to Southeast Asia.

It is an invasive species in Korea, where it has attacked 25 plant species that 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.

The quarantine is an important legal designation that directs residents and municipal authorities to follow guidelines to prevent the movement of Spotted Lanternflies at any stage of development.

This includes inspecting all wood and vegetation that might leave the quarantined municipality, in addition to inspecting vehicles, trailers and other mobile equipment prior to moving it out of the quarantined area.