Spotted Lanternfly Regulations: What the General Quarantine Means for Moving Items

Posted: November 6, 2014

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.
Lateral view of an adult Lycorma delicatula Photograph by Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Lateral view of an adult Lycorma delicatula Photograph by Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

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.

Experts are still learning about this threat to agriculture in Pennsylvania and the United States and how to combat it.

Current Quarantines


  • Berks (District, Hereford, Pike, Rockland and Washington townships; including Bally and Bechtelsville)
  • Earl Township added November 21, 2014.

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.
  • 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.

Spotted Lanternfly Meeting

View a recording of the Spotted Lanternfly meeting held at Berks County Extension on November 5, 2014.

The meeting consisted of two presentations, with questions from the public after each. The first presentation was made by Sven Spichiger, Entomology Program Manager from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA). He covered Spotted Lanternfly biology, background on the current infestation, projected impact, and what the public can do to prevent the pest's spread. The second presenter was Dana Rhodes, State Plant Regulatory Official. She covered specifics of the PDA's quarantine in Berks County.

Additional Information

With your assistance we can stop the spread of Spotted Lanternfly, and increase our chances of eradication of this pest.