Pest Alert: Watch for the Spotted Lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive plant hopper that poses a threat to many Pennsylvania crops such as grapes and hops, as well as lumber, and they can cause damage to home landscapes.

Chester County is within the quarantine area designed to stop the movement of the spotted lanternfly to new areas and slow its spread. The quarantine restricts the movement of certain outdoor items, such as yard waste, firewood or even vehicles.

The state Agriculture Department has information online here to help you be on the lookout for the spotted lanternfly and know what to do if you find this insect.

Penn State Extension is holding public meetings about the spotted lanternfly, including two in Chester County – one in Phoenixville on April 1 and one in Exton on June 13.