In 2014, the first Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive species with the ability to threaten crops, was discovered in Pennsylvania. Landowners are requested to effectively control the spread of the spotted lanternfly in hopes to control the spread of this invasive species to new territories.
As of August 22, 2016 the spotted lanternfly are only known to exist in the following counties: Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Lehigh County, and Montgomery County.
What should you do if you find a spotted lanternfly?
- Try to capture it
- Place it in a vial filled with alcohol to preserve it
- Or take a good picture of it
- Report it to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call: 1-866-253-7189
For more information please visit the PennState Extension link: