They’re not just a nuisance – Spotted Lanterflys pose a threat to the environment and the economy.
The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) feeds on sap from a myriad of plants and prefer those important to Pennsylvania's economy including grapevines, maples, black walnut, birch, and willow. The industries associated with these plants contribute billions of dollars each year to the economy.
Cranberry Township and all of Butler County are now included in the Spotted Lanternfly quarantine area.
All residents and businesses must comply with the SLF order and regulations, which strictly prohibits the movement of any SLF living stage including egg masses, nymphs, and adults and regulates the movement of articles that may harbor the insect.
The following are examples of regulated articles:
- Landscaping, remodeling or construction waste
- Logs, stumps, or any tree parts
- Firewood of any species
- Grapevines for decorative purposes or as nursery stock
- Nursery stock
- Packing materials such as pots, crates, pallets, etc.
- Outdoor household articles including recreational vehicles, tractors and mowers, grills and furniture and their covers, tarps, mobile homes, tile, stone, deck boards, mobile fire pits
- Any associated equipment and vehicles not stored indoors
Intentional movement of SLF is expressly prohibited and is a serious offense. Violations could result in criminal or civil penalties and/or fines.
How else can you help?
SLF can be controlled by a combination of:
- physical removal at any life stage
- removal of Tree-of-Heaven host trees
- pesticide applications
For more information, visit extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly