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Delaware Expands Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine

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Spotted lanternfly ( Flickr) Spotted lanternfly ( Flickr)

DOVER, Del.- Delaware's Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday the new expansion of the spotted lanternfly quarantine, which includes all portions of the New Castle County north of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. 

The new expansion arose after detections of established populations outside of the initial quarantine zone enacted in February 2019, which included 11 zip codes. 

Spotted lanternflies are destructive invasive plant hoppers that attack several host which include trees, shrubs, orchards, grapes and hops. The insect is detrimental to Delaware's agriculture industry, forest and residential areas. 

According to the DDA, due to quarantines in other states, interstate commerce will be impacted if the pest are transported out of the Delaware quarantine area. 

The department shared that the quarantine can expand if there is reason to believe any pest have moved to a non-quarantine zone. Quarantine areas were enacted to prevent any pest from moving and spreading. Adult lanternflies can fly, hop and drop on moving vehicles causing easy infestations in non quarantine locations. 

According to DDA Plant Industries Administrator Jessica Inhof, simply stomping on one lanterfly can make a difference.

"We want to decrease the number of female spotted lanterfly available to lay egg masses, which will directly impact the population that hatches out in the spring," Inhof said. 

Toward the end of September, female spotted lanternfly begin to lay their egg masses on flat surfaces and their eggs will survive and hatch in the end of April 2020. 

The department said residents can assist removing any laid eggs by scrapping and placing them into a bag containing rubbing alcohol based hand sanitizer and crushing the eggs to destroy any egg masses. 

 

Spotted lanternfly egg masses on lamp post ( flickr)

 

According to the DDA, any commercial business, municipality or government agency that requires movement within or from the quarantine zone must have a permit. All permits are available through the DDA spotted lanterfly website. 

In order to obtain a permit, training and the passing of an online test is required. 

For more information on the quarantine, permits, treatments or to report a sighting of a latternfly, click here. 

 

 

 

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