PA Dept. of Agriculture says reports of Spotted Lanternfly surged 147% in first half of 2020

Written by on September 24, 2020

PA Dept. of Agriculture says reports of Spotted Lanternfly surged 147% in first half of 2020

By K.C. Lopez

September 24, 2020

Credit: Source US Department of Agriculture

Temperatures might have dropped across the Lehigh Valley, but reports of the Spotted Lanternfly are reaching a new high.

As WLVR’s K.C. Lopez explains, reports of the insect surged nearly 150 percent in just the first half of this year.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s quarantine zone for the Spotted Lanternfly expanded from 12 to 26 counties in this year alone. Officials are urging anyone traveling from infested regions to check their clothing and cars for hitchhiking insects before hitting the road.

Shannon Powers is with the ag department. 

“Stomp them, squish them and report them because each Spotted Lanternfly this year, each female, can mean 50 babies next spring.”

Spotted Laternflys can decimate entire vineyards and fruit orchards, affecting billion dollar industries.

A Penn State study found Spotted Lanternflies risk sucking more than 300 million dollars from the state’s economy every year. And put thousands of jobs at risk. 

To report the lanternfly, call the hotline 1-888-422-3359 or visit Penn State Extension’s spotted lanternfly website.

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