BE AWARE of the Spotted Lanternfly
20 September 2019
Our conversation today with Mark Sutphin from Virginia Cooperative Extension‘s Frederick County office was all about the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF). He told us about it’s short history in our area, the potential damage it could cause, and what to do if you suspect you have an egg mass or any variation of the pest. Below are links and photos that we discussed during the show along with information regarding the current quarantine in place.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced on May 28, 2019, the establishment of the Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine for Frederick County and the city of Winchester, effective immediately. The purpose of the quarantine is to slow the spread to uninfested areas of the Commonwealth.
Spotted Lanternfly feeds on more than 70 plant species, including grapes, apples, stone fruits, hops and Ailanthus altissima (Tree of Heaven), which is its preferred host. It poses a threat to Virginia’s peach, apple, grape and wine industries. It can also be a nuisance pest to homeowners when numbers are high.
To ensure it is not being moved out of the quarantined area, the quarantine requires businesses to obtain a permit from VDACS and inspect those articles that are considered a risk for movement of SLF to conduct an inspection and complete an inspection statement when moving out of the quarantined area.
Articles considered to be at risk (regulated articles) include
- industrial or construction materials and equipment,
- shipping containers (for example, wood crates or boxes),
- outdoor household articles (examples: grills, mowers and outdoor furniture),
- recreational vehicles and any means of conveyance.
To obtain a Spotted Lanternfly permit, businesses must complete the training and submit their training credential and completed SLF Permit Application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on Spotted Lanternfly in Virginia, including SLF training, permit application and inspection statement is at vdacs.virginia.gov/plant-industry-services.shtml. Landowners may also contact their local extension office at ext.vt.edu/offices.html.
Do you have a Spotted Lanternfly specimen?
Take a specimen to your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office.
Do you have a picture?
If you only have a picture or would rather submit a picture, please use this link: https://ask.extension.org/groups/1981/ask
* Be sure to include a street address and email address.
More information from Virginia Cooperative Extension: https://ext.vt.edu/agriculture/commercial-horticulture/spotted-lanternfly.html
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