DDA Extends Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Zones

Delaware Department Of Agriculture Extends Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Zones in New Castle County.

November 2017, the concern of a possible spotted lanternfly invasion was brought up buy the feds and the DDA, now we are having serious issues. Before you even ask why are we talking about this, we do NOT want the spotted lantern fly in our backyard in Sussex county or anywhere else for that matter. Almost all of New Castle County is now under a quarantine above the C&D Canal. Many people come to this area from out of state and up north. Please pay attention to what you bring into our area.
There are people who joke about this, but have no clue how serious this infestation is becoming. Ask any owner of a vineyard or fruit farm and you will get an answer. Even trees are at serious risk. Below is the announcement on the DDA’s website. You can report a Spotted Lanternfly Sighting here, just fill in the details and pictures

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Unhatched Spotted Lanternfly Egg Mass A spotted lanternfly egg mass from the fall before being destroyed.

Delaware Department of Agriculture … ” Expanded Quarantine As of September 18, 2019, the spotted lanternfly quarantine has been expanded to include all portions of New Castle County north of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.
The quarantine can expand if there is reason to believe that the pest has moved to a non-quarantined area. Not sure if you are involved in the quarantine, check our 
Delaware Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Locator.

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Compliance with the Spotted Lantern Fly Quarantine

The spotted lanternfly lays egg masses of 30-50 eggs wherever it chooses, especially on flat surfaces. All other lifestages of this insect, from nymphs to adults, can fly, hop, or drop into a vehicle – meaning that this pest can easily be transported to new areas where it can develop an infestation. Primary tools to demonstrate the individuals, organizations, and businesses comply with the quarantine are described in the emergency rule for spotted lanternfly. Intentional movement of spotted lanternfly is expressly prohibited and could result in civil penalties.

What Does the Delaware Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Mean

  • For Residents: Compliance can be demonstrated through the use of the Compliance Checklist. Completing this checklist indicates that you inspected and know that no living life stage of spotted lanternfly is present on regulated articles you want to move.
    • The egg masses will not start hatching until April. Now is a great opportunity to look for egg masses and destroy them by scraping them off into a container or zipped bag with alcohol or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • For more information about spotted lanternfly, download our Delaware Residential Spotted Lanternfly Factsheet.
  • For Businesses, Municipalities, and Government Agencies: Any person conducting business requiring the movement of any regulated item within or from the quarantine area must have a permit.
    • To obtain a permit, a designated individual from an organization must receive training and pass an online test to demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of the pest and quarantine requirements. Training of other employees, inspection of vehicles and products, and removal of living stages of spotted lanternfly must be completed. The permit demonstrates that you understand how to identify the pest and can ensure the items transported are not carrying the insect.
    • The permit will be issued by the Delaware Department of Agriculture upon successful completion of the spotted lanternfly training and exam.

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