How Truck Fleets are Working to Halt the Spotted Lanternfly Invasion.

Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula. Photo courtesy of PennState Extension.

The Spotted Lanternfly is a new invasive insect in southeastern Pennsylvania which poses a substantial threat to agriculture with a potential economic impact in the billions of dollars. The bugs can quickly spread to other areas by hitching a ride on trucks, in trailers or even on the driver.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Dana D. Rhodes, the trucking industry will play a vital role in helping to halt this invasive bug. States along the East coast, including New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Connecticut, are working together to find solutions, such as training and roadside inspections, to help contain the bugs.

Spotted Lanternfly training is already mandatory for trucking operations and routes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and is recommended by agricultural officials for all drivers and warehouse workers who are moving goods along the east coast.

“A Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Permit may be required for “any business or group moving vehicles, equipment or goods into or out of the quarantine zones”

— Pennsylvania Agriculture Department.

Quarantines, already in place in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia, can result in a vehicle or trailer being placed out of service or delayed to decontaminate if bugs are found. Training helps drivers become aware of what they need to look for to ensure they’re not inadvertently spreading the bugs to other areas. It also helps them know what they can expect at roadside inspections in these areas.

To help truck fleets better understand the risks and regulations of the Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine, Instructional Technologies (ProTread), is offering an informative webinar on January 24, 2019 at 1pm EST.

The webinar, featuring Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture’s Dana D. Rhodes, will address how the Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine is impacting trucking fleets and what is needed to remain in compliance. Topics covered include the Spotted Lanternfly Permit, training requirements, regulatory programs and quarantines.

Register for the regulatory webinar, BAD BUGS: SPOTTED LANTERNFLY QUARANTINE WEBINAR here.


Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula. Header photo courtesy of PennState Extension.


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1 Comment

  1. A. Both the U.S. and Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture are working on control and eradication measures in the quarantine zone. Primarily, this involves removing their preferred host (an invasive plant called tree-of-heaven), and leaving “trap trees”, which are trees baited with insecticides to kill the spotted lanternflies.

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