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Pa. Confirms First Spotted Lanternfly Hatch; Urges Vigilance


April 30, 2020

Map courtesy Penn State Extension

The distribution as of March 2020 of the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) in Pennsylvania. Counties where the pest has been found are shown in blue. An SLF quarantine is currently in effect for 26 counties in Pennsylvania. More counties may be added to the quarantine if additional populations of SLF are confirmed. If you find a spotted lanternfly, kill it and report it immediately to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's online reporting system or call (888) 4BAD-FLY (1-888-422-3359). Check the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's website for updated distribution information.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today reported the first confirmed Spotted Lanternfly hatch of the year.

The first-instar nymph was located by a USDA employee April 20 in the University City section of western Philadelphia, near the University of Pennsylvania/Drexel University.

"Let's use this time at home to make a positive impact on Spotted Lanternfly this season; scrape and destroy any remaining egg masses you find and band your trees now," said Agriculture Secretary Redding. "We need every Pennsylvanian to keep their eyes peeled for this bad bug, we can't let our guard down."...

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