MONTROSE, Pa. — Have you heard of the newest destructive pest, the Spotted Lanternfly? This large, invading leafhopper from China is a serious threat to the public, the state’s forestry products and all commerce in Pennsylvania.
Learn how to identify, report, kill and comply with quarantine regulations at an informational/training/Q&A program at 6:30 p.m. on May 17 at the Mountain View High School auditorium, Kingsley.
Individuals and businesses are encouraged to attend this free program, sponsored by the Susquehanna County Commissioners and Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County.
Speakers include Sarah Hall-Bagnonas of Northern Tier Hardwoods Association and Timothy Latz, DCNR Service Forester.
There is a quarantine in place for 13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania to try to stop the movement of this insect. Currently, it has spread as far north as Monroe County. State officials caution they expect the quarantine to grow this year and the insect could work its way into our region.
There is a serious threat of the lantern fly spreading due to the fact that it lays its egg masses on any flat surface, including vehicles and trailers.
This destructive insect feeds on a variety of more than 70 species of plants including hardwood trees, grapes, apples, peaches, ailanthus, hops and certain ornamental plants.
This affects everyone: Nurseries, farm stores, landscapers, mulch businesses, loggers, truckers and travelers and vacationers. Businesses: Educate your staff.
Businesses, government agencies, and other organizations in the quarantined area must obtain permits from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in order to continue moving in and out of the quarantine zone. To receive a permit, you must take a training class and pass a 20-question multiple choice test. The May 17 meeting will serve as the training you need to obtain the permits. You can take the test and obtain a free permit from 2 to 4 p.m. on May 18 at the County Office Building conference room at 81 Public Avenue in Montrose. The testing is for all area industry who need to obtain permits.
The public is encouraged to attend.
— Penn State Extension, Susquehanna County