Lan­tern­fly quar­an­tine area ex­panded

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt ebrandt@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

The spot­ted lan­tern­fly, an in­va­sive species from Asia, has wasted no time in spread­ing east into our sec­tion of Penn­syl­va­nia.

Just one month af­ter ex­tend­ing a quar­an­tine meant to halt the pest’s ad­vance into the western Mont­gomery town­ships of Lower Potts­grove, Marl­bor­ough and Up­per Fred­er­ick, the Penn­syl­va­nia De­part­ment of Agriculture has ex­tended the quar­an­tine into al­most the en­tire greater Pottstown re­gion.

Ac­cord­ing to an email from state Rep. Tom Quigley, R-146, the quar­an­tine has been ex­panded.

In Berks County, the quar­an­tine is now ef­fec­tive in Birds­boro, Union and Robe­son.

Al­ready part of the quar­an­tine in Berks County are: Amity, Cole­brook­dale, District, Dou­glass, Earl, Ex­eter, Here­ford, Oley, Pike, and Wash­ing­ton town­ships, and the bor­oughs of Bally, Bech­telsville, Boy­er­town and St. Lawrence.

In Ch­ester County, it has been ex-

panded into Spring City and the town­ships of North Coven­try, East Coven­try and East Vin­cent.

South Coven­try is al­ready part of the quar­an­tine.

And in Mont­gomery County, the quar­an­tine now also in­cludes the bor­oughs of Pottstown and Roy­ers­ford and the town­ships of Limerick, Up­per Prov­i­dence, Up­per Potts­grove, Up­per Sal­ford and Lower Fred­er­ick.

In Mont­gomery County, the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties al­ready un­der quar­an­tine are: Dou­glass, New Hanover, Up­per Hanover and West Potts­grove town­ships, and the bor­oughs of East Greenville, Penns­burg and Red Hill.

The spot­ted lan­tern­fly was first de­tected in the United States in Berks County in the fall of 2014 and it has yet to spread to other states.

An inch-long black, red and white spot­ted in­sect, the spot­ted lan­tern­fly is na­tive to China, In­dia, Ja­pan and Viet­nam and is an in­va­sive species in Korea, where it has at­tacked 25 plant species that also grow in Penn­syl­va­nia.

The in­sect at­tacks grapes, ap­ples, pines and stone fruits, ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of Agriculture web­site.

It of­ten at­taches to the bark of Tree of Heaven (Ai­lan­thus al­tissima), an in­va­sive species sim­i­lar to Sumac that can be found around park­ing lots or along tree lines. Adults of­ten clus­ter in groups and lay egg masses con­tain­ing 30-50 eggs that ad­here to flat sur­faces in­clud­ing tree bark.

Freshly laid egg masses have a grey waxy mud-like coat­ing, while hatched eggs ap­pear as brown­ish seed-like de­posits in four to seven col­umns about an inch long. Trees at­tacked by the spot­ted lan­tern­fly will show a grey or black trail of sap down the trunk.

If you find spec­i­mens in the quar­an­tine area, there is no need to re­port the dis­cov­ery, sim­ply de­stroy any spec­i­mens found by scrap­ing them off the sur­face, dou­ble bag­ging them and throw­ing them away, or by plac­ing them in al­co­hol or hand san­i­tizer to kill them, ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of Agriculture.

How­ever, if you find spec­i­mens out­side the quar­an­tine area, “place the spec­i­men in al­co­hol or hand san­i­tizer in a leakproof con­tainer. Then sub­mit the spec­i­men to your county Penn State Ex­ten­sion of­fice or to the Agriculture De­part­ment’s en­to­mol­ogy lab for ver­i­fi­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Agriculture De­part­ment.

If you take a photo, sub­mit the photo of adults or egg masses to bad­bug@pa.gov, or to re­port a site, call the in­va­sive species re­port line at 1-866-253-7189.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

A close-up view of the spot­ted lan­tern­fly.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

If you find spot­ted lan­tern­fly in a mu­nic­i­pal­ity where it is known to ex­ist, try to kill it. This in­sect is con­sid­ered a threat to crops and many are work­ing to pre­vent it from spread­ing. Each fe­male will lay up to 100 eggs or more.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.