Spotted Lanternfly – Quarantine in Effect, Training and Permits Required
The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive species eating sap from grapevines, fruit trees and hardwoods and is of concern to states whose agri-business is heavily dependent on these products. A quarantine is now in effect in eastern counties of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Northern Delaware and one county in Virginia. It has also been found but not quarantined in parts of New York and Connecticut.
The Department of Agriculture are requiring trucking businesses with headquarters in the quarantine zone or that load/unload in the zone to take training to identify the pest and earn a permit. The permit and training are available online free of charge from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at www.agriculture.pa.gov.