The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has expanded a spotted lanternfly quarantine to include more townships and two boroughs in Lehigh and Montgomery counties.
The spotted lanternfly adult is 1 inch long and a half-inch wide. (Courtesy Greg Hoover, Penn State Extension)
They are Lower Macungie Township, Alburtis and Macungie boroughs in Lehigh County and New Hanover Township in Montgomery County. These most recent detections are in municipalities adjacent to areas already under quarantine. Spotted lanternfly had not been found in the United States prior to its initial detection in Berks County in eastern Pennsylvania in the fall of 2014. The general quarantine restricts movement of any material or object that can spread the pest. This includes firewood or wood products, brush or yard waste, remodeling or construction materials and waste, packing material like boxes, grapevines for decorative purposes or as nursery stock and any outdoor household articles like lawnmowers, grills, tarps and other equipment, trucks or vehicles typically not stored indoors.