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Quarantine

Currently a quarantine is in place to stop the movement of this pest to new areas and to slow its spread within the quarantine. The quarantine affects a variety of plant, wood and stone products.  Surveys are currently underway to determine the complete spread of this pest in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Efforts are also underway to ensure the Spotted Lanternfly is not present in other parts of the commonwealth.

A quarantine is in place to stop the movement of this pest to new areas within or out of the current quarantine zone. On May 26, 2018, a new Spotted Lanternfly Order of Quarantine and Treatment was published in the PA Bulletin.

Compliance with quarantine: Primary tools to demonstrate that individuals, organizations, and businesses comply with the quarantine are described in this order:

  • For businesses, agencies, and organizations: a Spotted Lanternfly permit is required. Under the new quarantine order, permitting is a more accessible, less cumbersome process, making it possible for businesses to fit training and testing requirements into their own schedules and reducing excessive paperwork. 

Permit training and testing resources are available under Business Resources on this page.  Please, utilize the 'Online Permit Instructions' for a step-by-step process. Owners, supervisors, or managers designated for the company may view the three power points and then select the Permit Exam to take the exam.  Once you pass the exam, you will be requested to print the page stating you passed.  You may make copies of this page and use as a temporary permit.  The official permit will be mailed to you.

Please make sure that each person taking the exam enters the number of permits he/she will be responsible for overseeing.  After successful completion of the permit exam, that person is considered a trainer and will be responsible for training employees on what to look for and how to safeguard against moving spotted lanternfly. Trainers may then direct employees to take the Spotted Lanternfly Permit - Employee Exam.  Training records may be reviewed by the Department.

The department encourages everyone, even those who do not need a permit, to take advantage of training -- in meetings or on the web -- from Penn State or PDA.

Unlike the quarantine notices of the past, this order does not change the size of the quarantine area. In fact, this order does not do anything that could not be done under existing quarantine orders – it was written to clarify and streamline procedures for businesses and residents dealing with the Spotted Lanternfly.

 Not sure if you're in the quarantine? Use our interactive map!
 

The following counties are currently under quarantine:

Berks
Bucks
Carbon
Chester
Delaware
Lancaster
Lebanon
Lehigh
Monroe
Montgomery
Northampton
Philadelphia
Schuylkill  

The quarantine may be expanded to new areas as further detections of the Spotted Lanternfly are detected and confirmed. Intentional movement of the Spotted Lanternfly is expressly prohibited and is a serious offense. Violations could result in criminal or civil penalties and/or fines.

 The quarantine restricts the movement of certain articles. Industries and regulated articles under the quarantine that are not to be removed/moved to a new area are:

  • Any living stage of the Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula.  This includes egg masses, nymphs, and adults.
  • Brush, debris, bark, or yard waste
  • Landscaping, remodeling or construction waste
  • Logs, stumps, or any tree parts
  • Firewood of any species
  • Grapevines for decorative purposes or as nursery stock
  • Nursery stock
  • Crated materials
  • Outdoor household articles including recreational vehicles, lawn tractors and mowers, mower decks, grills, grill and furniture covers, tarps, mobile homes, tile, stone, deck boards, mobile fire pits, any associated equipment and trucks or vehicles not stored indoors.