The Spotted Lanternfly is a plant hopper native to China, India and Vietnam. It has also been introduced in South Korea and Japan. In the U.S., the Spotted Lanternfly has the potential to greatly impact the grape, tree fruit, plant nursery and timber industries. In Pennsylvania, this pest poses a significant threat to the state’s more than $20.5 million grape, $134 million apple, and more than $24 million stone fruit industries, as well as the hardwood industry which accounts for $12 billion in sales.
This invasive pest that was first identified in Pennsylvania in 2014, has recently been discovered in South Coventry Township, Chester County. While there are no known impacts on public health, this discovery has prompted a mandatory quarantine of certain items within affected municipalities due to the potential impacts agricultural commodities.
Early detection is vital to the effective control of this pest and the protection of agriculture and natural resources-related businesses.
What Can You Do?
Take steps to limit the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly:
- Use the Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Checklist to make sure items on and around your home are pest-free before moving them.
- Do not park or leave items under tree lines.
- Collect a specimen. Place the specimen in alcohol or hand sanitizer in a leak proof container and call the Invasive Species Hotline at 1-866-253-7189
- Take a picture and send it to Badbug@pa.gov.
- Refer to the Spotted Lantern Fact Sheet and if found on your property, call the Bad Bug hotline at 1-866-253-7189.