The spotted lanternfly has now been found in one additional municipality in Berks County; an additional township in Montgomery County and has appeared in parts of Bucks and Chester Counties. The additional quarantined municipalities include Boyertown Borough, Berks County; Douglass Township, Montgomery County; Milford Township including Trumbauersville Borough, Bucks County; and South Coventry Township, Chester County.
Harrisburg, PA - As Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture officials continue their work with federal and local partners to confirm and eradicate the invasive Spotted Lanternfly in Berks County, the state announced today that it is expanding surveillance efforts to neighboring Lehigh and Montgomery counties. While there is no indication the pest has spread, officials believe this is a prudent, precautionary measure.
From County Connection (bctv.org). Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach discusses the infestation of the Spotted Lanternfly in Berks County with Penn State Extension District Director Greg Gnatt and horticulture educator Emelie Swackhamer.
Since spotted lanternfly is known to be established in only a few properties in Eastern Berks County, and has the potential to severely impact a number of agricultural commodities, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture is attempting to eradicate this new pest to North America.
In America we have never observed spotted lanternfly nymphs, so we don’t know first-hand about their habits or schedules. What we know is gleaned from research papers written by Asian scientists in the areas where spotted lanterfly is native.