What is the Spotted Lanternfly?
The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive planthopper native to China, India, Vietnam. It was first discovered in Pennsylvania in Berks County and has spread to other counties in the southeast portion of the Commonwealth. The insect has the potential to greatly impact agricultural crops such as grapes, hops and hardwoods. It is also reducing the quality of life for people living in heavily infested areas.
Who needs a permit?
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 zone.
- No cost to business 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: https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-permit-training
Enforcement Start Date May 1, 2019
How Can CNS help?
As required, all employees that drive company vehicles will need to be trained on identifying and stopping the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly. CNS is trained on the trainer requirements from the PA Department of Ag. CNS can train your drivers. This is a 35- 45 min course. Please note that a supervisor from your company will still be required to take the course from the Penn State Extension.