Pennsylvania has added eight counties to its spotted lanternfly quarantine zone, bringing the total to 34.
With the March 10 addition of Cambria, Cameron, Franklin, Lackawanna, Montour, Pike, Wayne and Westmoreland, the quarantine zone covers half of the counties in the state.
Businesses, including farms, that operate in or travel through quarantined counties are required to obtain a spotted lanternfly permit.
Homeowners with questions about treatment are encouraged to contact their local Penn State Extension office or learn about management, including approved sprays, online. Pennsylvanians who live inside the quarantine zone should also review and sign the compliance checklist for residents.
The new eight counties are not completely infested, but rather have a few municipalities with a known infestation.
The Ag Department says its efforts are working to slow the spread of the sap-drinking pest.
“Last spring we quarantined 12 counties with isolated infestations, and those counties have not been overrun because of the heightened awareness a quarantine brings,” said Ruth Welliver, director of the department’s Bureau of Plant Industry. “With continued aggressive treatment and monitoring, and an actively engaged community, we can help ensure families and businesses in these new counties aren’t inconvenienced by widespread infestation.”
Control efforts have been driven by $20 million in federal funds and $14 million from the state.
In November the Ag Department acquired the nation’s first spotted lanternfly-sniffing dog, a German shepherd trained at the University of Pennsylvania. Lucky helps to inspect businesses like nurseries, greenhouses, vehicle fleets and log yards.