We are working closely with the Department of Agriculture to ensure that plants that leave our nursery are free of any life stage of the Spotted LanternFly. This newly introduced pest has the potential to greatly impact agricultural industries in the state.
What To Do If You See Spotted LanternFly:
Penn State and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture have been working on trials for control measures, and their work is continuing. Any pesticide should be used with care, only according to label directions, and with the knowledge that other insects will be affected as well.
For more information:
http://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Plants_Land_Water/PlantIndustry/Entomology/spotted_lanternfly/Pages/default.aspx (Latest info on quarantine areas and a map.)
PA Department of Agriculture
Spotted Lanternfly is very new to this country. In its country of origin, it has natural predators which keep it in check. Those predators are not necessarily present in our ecosystem, which means that its population can soar and the potential for its effect on plant material and crops is unlimited. This is why control is important.