Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Sighting in Jenkintown

Dear Friends,

The spotted lanternfly – an invasive species that is a growing threat to gardens and agriculture in our area – has been spotted in Jenkintown.

Native to Asia, the spotted lanternfly was first discovered in the United States in Berks County in 2014. It has since spread throughout 13 counties – including Montgomery County – in southeastern Pennsylvania, three counties in New Jersey, plus Frederick County in Virginia. There have been confirmed identifications in Upper Dublin Township, Flourtown, Ambler, Wyndmoor and now in Jenkintown.

The fly, which doesn’t bite, sting or attack animals or humans, feeds on the sap of more than 70 plants, including important forestry and agricultural crops. It can cause significant damage and, for homeowners, be a huge nuisance.

The Montgomery County Conservation District has a program in place here if you observe the spotted lanternfly and/or other harmful pests on your property.

For more information on the spotted lanternfly’s appearance and habitat, and how to get rid of it, check out Penn State Extension’s information here


Steve McCarter
Pennsylvania State Representative
Serving Cheltenham Township, Springfield Township and Jenkintown Borough