In an effort to limit the spread of a new invasive insect called the spotted lanternfly, Penn E&R has obtained state-issued permitting to continue to work in and near the established quarantine zone, after demonstrating an understanding of how to recognize the pest and comply with the quarantine regulations.
The spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma
PDA has issued a quarantine for 13 counties where SLF’s presence has been confirmed. Businesses operating in the quarantine zone must have a permit to move equipment and goods within and out of the quarantine zone or they could face a fine. To obtain a permit, a designated employee must take a free online course developed by Penn State Extension and pass three assessments. The employee is required to train other employees how to recognize SLF and comply with the regulations, which includes managing the invasive pest and avoiding transporting SLF to other areas via products they produce and ship. Upon completion of all necessary training, the company receives SLF permit documentation, which must be displayed in company vehicles as evidence the items being transported have been thoroughly inspected and are not carrying SLF.
All Penn E&R employees have completed training on how to recognize and manage SLF to help prevent the spread of the invasive pest. This strategy includes the following steps:
- Know the SLF life stages and when to look for them
- Inspect vehicles, trailers or any outdoor items and remove any SLF before moving around or out of the quarantine zone
- Destroy eggs by smashing to scraping them into a bag or container filled with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer
- Destroy mobile stages of SLF by crushing them
- Avoid parking vehicles near tree lines and keep windows up while parked
- Avoid storing equipment, such as tools and construction supplies, near trees
Penn State Extension is committed to educating the public on how to recognize SLF and help control its impact by hosting public meetings across the quarantine zone. Find out when the next information session is being held near you.