Enforcement of Spotted Lanternfly Permit in Effect

TIA was recently made aware of a new permitting requirement for drivers and local businesses to obtain within quarantine zones over a concern of the spotted lanternfly. There are quarantine zones in the States of Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia with more States likely to follow.

Affected counties in Pennsylvania include: Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill. The quarantined New Jersey counties are Warren, Hunterdon and Mercer. Virginia’s quarantined county is Fredericks, and Delaware’s quarantined county is New Castle, mostly along the Delaware-Pennsylvania state line.

SLF is a destructive pest that feeds on more than 70 plant species including tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima), maples, apple trees, grapevine, and hops. SLF feedings can stress plants, making them vulnerable to disease and attacks from other insects. SLF also excretes large amounts of sticky honeydew, which attracts sooty molds that interfere with plant photosynthesis, negatively affecting the growth and fruit yield of plants. SLF also has the potential to significantly hinder the quality of life due to the honeydew and the swarms of insects it attracts.

Last month, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russel Redding announced that 150 researchers and experts with the state and Penn State University are studying spotted lanternfly and working to control it spread this year.

The quarantines have been in effect for several years, but a hard enforcement date for the permit begins May 1, 2019. According to Pennsylvania’s Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Order, violators can receive a criminal citation of up to $300 per violation and a civil penalty up to $20,000 per violation, as well as revocation of the permit if PDA determines the permit-holder has not complied. Trucks will be periodically inspected in the quarantine zones for spotted lanternflies.

Entities requiring a permit, can do so here: https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-permit-training by completing a free two-hour course.

If you have any questions, please contact TIA Advocacy (advocacy@tianet.org, 703.299.5700).

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