Spotted lanternfly brings environmental devastation to Indiana County

The infestation of spotted lanternfly reached Indiana County this year with the discovery of the invasive insect in East Wheatfield and West Wheatfield townships, prompting Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to add all of the county to a vast quarantine zone. The department has put 45 counties on notice to help curb this insect.

Spotted lanternfly feeds on more than 70 plant species including several economically important trees and crops. The lanternfly’s feeding on the sap of maple, birch, willow and black walnut trees and grapevines can damage or kill these plants. Penn State Extension estimates that the lanternfly, if its spread is not checked, could cause $324 million of annual economic losses to Pennsylvania agriculture and related industries.

White Township shares these resources to help you recognize, understand and help stop the spread of this costly nuisance in our township, county and state.

Here, the Department of Agriculture has published a complete guide (15 pages on .pdf) to identifying and controlling the spotted lanternfly.

Learn from Penn State Extension what to look for in this briefing.

Visit the Extension website to learn more about spotted lanternfly and report sightings of the pest.

Keep up to date on the spread of lanternfly at the state Agriculture Department’s website.

Squashing or smashing its egg masses is a primary way to kill off the lanternfly. Spraying them with vinegar or dish soap also is recommended in this guide.

And here, the Department of Agriculture advises residents and travelers how to curb the spread of the lanternfly from the already-infested quarantine area.

#SpottedLanternfly #SeeEmSquashEm  Help to halt the lanternfly’s threat to Pennsylvania’s agriculture and economy.