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Spotted lanternfly expands in state

Blair, Cambria in quarantine zone

UNIVERSITY PARK — The spotted lanternfly has expanded its reach in Pennsylvania, prompting a reminder to Penn State employees about their role in stopping the spread of the pest.

“Containing this horrible insect while longer-term management solutions are found is important, and every person in Pennsylvania plays a role,” said Lysa Holland, environmental compliance engineer in the Environmental Health and Safety office. “A small investment of time by our staff in learning how to help stop the spread of this pest will have a big impact.”

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that first arrived in the United States in 2014 in Berks County. The planthopper, native to Asia, has the potential to harm the state’s economy by damaging crops, landscapes and natural ecosystems, including the grape, hardwood and nursery industries.

Pennsylvania’s recently expanded spotted lanternfly quarantine zone encompasses 34 counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Wayne, Westmoreland and York.

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