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Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine in Effect for Frederick Co.

31 May 2019 Winchester Frederick County News

A Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine has gone into effect for Frederick County and the city of Winchester.

The announcement came Tuesday (5/28/2019) from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The purpose of the quarantine is to slow the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly in the Commonwealth; it requires that businesses obtain a permit from VDACS and inspect articles like plants, lumber, construction materials, and outdoor household equipment that are considered a risk for movement of the pest. The department will hold an informational meeting on the quarantine at the Frederick County Public Safety Building on June 6 from 3 to 7 p.m. The Spotted Lanternfly was first detected in Winchester in January 2018, and poses a threat to many of Virginia’s fruit industries.

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