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Quarantine & Permitting

To protect the state's economy and residential quality of life, Pennsylvania (PA) established a Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) Order of Quarantine and Treatment to stop the movement of this invasive pest to new areas within or outside the current quarantine zone and to slow its spread within the quarantine. The quarantine may be expanded to new areas as further detections of SLF are confirmed. This order and all addendums are published in the PA Bulletin.

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

The quarantine strictly prohibits the movement of any SLF living stage including egg masses, nymphs, and adults, and restricts the movement of articles that may harbor the insect. The following are examples of restricted articles:

  • 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
  • Packing materials such as pots, crates, pallets, etc.
  • Outdoor household articles including recreational vehicles, tractors and mowers, grills and furniture and their covers, tarps, mobile homes, tile, stone, deck boards, mobile fire pits, any associated equipment and vehicles not stored indoors

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

For residents, compliance can be demonstrated through use of a Compliance Checklist (PDF).

For businesses, agencies, and organizations agricultural and non-agricultural an SLF permit is required for those located or working within the quarantine, which move products, vehicles or other conveyances within or from the quarantine. Businesses located in SLF infested areas of other states must also have a permit if traveling or transporting goods into PA. SLF permits are reciprocal between states.

The permit process ensures businesses are trained to inspect articles that may harbor SLF, such as products, packaging, vehicles and other conveyances, prior to transport. The inspections help protect businesses, properties, patrons and communities from SLF infestations. Managers or supervisors should complete the permit course to demonstrate understanding and a working knowledge of the pest and quarantine requirements.

Businesses shipping nursery stock to other states, harvesting logs, producing mulch or processing firewood for distribution outside their quarantined county are required to have a Compliance Agreement. If this description fits your business, please contact your local Bureau of Plant Industry Regional Supervisor.

All residents and businesses must comply with the regulations. To protect neighbors and communities, the agriculture industry and Pennsylvania's business vitality, everyone needs to be aware of the risks and how to utilize best management practices in their daily activities to avoid spreading SLF. Intentional movement of SLF is expressly prohibited and is a serious offense. Violations could result in criminal or civil penalties and/or fines.