Earl Township to be Added to Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine, Maloney Says
11/21/2014
BOYERTOWN – The state Department of Agriculture’s efforts to halt the spread of the spotted lanternfly in Berks County will be expanded to Earl Township, Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) announced today.
 
“Earl Township officials who have been in contact with state officials have advised me that their municipality will be added to the current quarantine list of District, Pike, Rockland and Washington townships and Bally and Bechtelsville boroughs,” Maloney said. “It is unfortunate this invasive species has arrived in Berks County, but we must all work together in an effort to neutralize this pest in order to limit its damage on our orchards and forests.”
 
The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect from Asia that made its first known U.S. appearance n Berks County earlier this month. The insect is known to harm grapes, hardwoods and ornamentals.
 
The quarantine is meant to encourage people to check their vehicles and other items they may be transporting for the insect’s egg masses before driving off. The point of the quarantine is not to limit people's movements but to keep the lanternfly from spreading to other areas.
 
The gray, smooth, mud-like egg masses usually are found on smooth surfaces such as trees, cars and rocks. The moth-like bug does not fly as its primary mode of movement and is usually found on tree of heaven. Symptoms of a lanternfly infestation are mold patches at the tree's base, attracting yellow jackets and hornets.
 
For more information on this invasive species, visit www.RepMaloney.com and click on the “Spotted Lanternfly” banner. 
 
Representative David Maloney
130th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Charles Lardner
717.260.6443
clardner@pahousegop.com
RepMaloney.com
 
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