To prevent the spread of spotted lanternfly, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) issued a quarantine for counties where the presence of this pest has been confirmed. Businesses and organizations conducting business in the quarantine zone must have permits from PDA to move vehicles, equipment and goods in and out of the zone.
Counties in the quarantine area currently include Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Schuylkill
Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture have partnered to provide businesses an opportunity to train designated employees how to comply with the quarantine.
The training will take place on April 25, from 9 to 11 a.m. at 14 locations across the state, including the York County Annex, 112 Pleasant Acres Road in York.
This course will teach the employees what they need to know about the SLF through a live, in-person webinar. They will learn the SLF lifecycle and how to identify each life stage, what it likes to eat, and where it likes to lay its eggs. They will also learn how to find and destroy SLF and their egg masses, best practices for working in the quarantine zone, and the best ways to eliminate SLF from their property.
Presentations will be given by Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture after which a permit exam will be given. Participants will need to achieve a score greater than 70 percent in order to pass.
Once a designated employee passes this course, his or her company will receive SLF permits for company vehicles. The designated employee must train fellow employees to work in the quarantine zone without inadvertently spreading these insects and endangering agriculture and commerce.
Sign up for this free course by phone at 1-877-345-0691 or online at https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-permit-training-for-businesses, and indicate which of the 14 locations you will attend. Capacity at the York location is 50 people.
The course is also offered for free online at https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-permit-training.
If you have questions about the permitting process, email the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at email@example.com.