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Quarantine

On May 26, 2018, an updated Spotted Lanternfly Order of Quarantine and Treatment was published in the PA Bulletin. The quarantine is in place to stop the movement of Spotted Lanternfly to new areas within or out of the current quarantine zone and to slow its spread within the quarantine. The quarantine affects a variety of vehicles and other conveyances, plant, wood, and stone products.  

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 for those located or working within the quarantine, who move vehicles, products or other conveyances within or out of the quarantine. 

The permit process:

    • There is no cost to obtain a permit.
    • The permit process requires managers and/or supervisors to complete the online permit course to demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of the pest and quarantine requirements. 
    • The online course and exam are located on the Penn State Extension website.
    • The course includes resources that may be printed if applicable and helpful to your group.
    • Each manager/supervisor taking the course enters the number of permits he/she will be responsible for overseeing during the registration process.  
    • 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. 
Individual employees should not take the online permit course.

    • The online certificate of completion may be printed and used as a temporary permit. Official permits will be mailed in 2-3 weeks.


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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 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, including 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