WRT Under Spotted Lanternfly General Quarantine

posted Jun 20, 2017, 12:28 PM by Judith Decker   [ updated Nov 16, 2017, 7:31 AM ]
West Rockhill Twp is under a Spotted Lantern Quarantine imposed by the PA Dept of Agriculture on June 24. Experts are still learning about this threat to agriculture in Pennsylvania and the United States and how to combat it. See this flyer for more information also available at the Township building. The Spotted Lanternfly has been found in West Rockhill Township.


The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recommends (based on information from PennState Extension [9]):

1) Kill eggs October through May by scraping them off of surfaces, “Double bag them and throw them in the garbage,"[4] or scrape the eggs directly into a ziploc bag of alcohol or hand sanitizer to kill them. [10]

2) Removing/killing 90% Ailanthus altissima trees (Chinese Sumac or Tree of Heaven)  since the spotted lanternfly requires a meal from this non-native tree before laying eggs. They recommend saving the male trees as "trap trees", see #3. To kill the tree of heaven, it can be cut down and the stump sprayed with 44% triclopyr-in-water solution, for example Garlon 3A Herbicide. Otherwise, it will send out new shoots. DO NOT MOVE CUT TREES OCT-MAY when they might contain egg masses. Or you can leave the tree standing and kill it with 12% triclopyr-in-oil solution as a basal bark application. You may have to mix the triclopyr-in-oil. The two components are Triclopyr 4 and basil oil with dye.

3) The remaining male "trap" trees should be wrapped with sticky bands starting in early spring to catch any nymphs. These trees should also be treated with systemic pesticides June-August. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recommends applying pesticides containing Dinotefuran or Imidacloprid as a basal bark spray.[11] One example would be Zylam Liquid.


Spotted Lanternfly Regulations: What the General Quarantine Means for Cannot Be Moved Items 
Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, is a new threat to Pennsylvania and the United States. It lays egg masses of 30-50 eggs wherever there’s a flat surface – meaning that many home items easily transported can pack this pest and help it spread quickly. Therefore, a general quarantine over any area found to harbor the Spotted Lanternfly means that any material or object that can spread the pest cannot be moved. 

Regulated Articles and Limitations Imposed by the General Quarantine:
• Any living life stage of the Spotted Lanternfly 
• Brush, debris, bark, or yard waste 
• Landscaping, remodeling or construction waste 
• Logs, stumps or any tree parts 
• Firewood of any species 
• Packing materials like wood crates 
• All plants and plant parts 
• Outdoor household articles like RVs, lawn mowers, chairs, grills, tarps, tile, stone, deck boards, and trucks or other vehicles not stored indoors 

You can move these and similar items if: 
• You have a valid certificate or limited permit that shows that the item has been inspected and determined free of Spotted Lanternfly, or if you have entered a compliance agreement that shows you have the understanding to identify the pest and can ensure the items you transport aren’t carrying it. 
• You are driving through the quarantined area and are transporting your item in a way that makes it unlikely to harbor the pest as you pass through. 
• You complete a certification checklist. 

For Additional Information: • http://pda.state.pa.us/SpottedLanternfly/ 

• Quarantine Questions: Dana Rhodes 717-772-5205 danrhodes@pa.gov 
• To report possible Spotted Lanternfly: 1-866-253-7189 or badbug@pa.gov

With your assistance, we can stop the spread of Spotted Lanternfly, and increase our chances of eradication of this pest. 
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Judith Decker,
Jun 20, 2017, 12:28 PM
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