Permits required for truckers in insect quarantine area starting May 1st

Truckers without the proper permit could be subject to fines of up to $20,000.

SLF lifecycle photos

On May, 1st authorities in Pennsylvania have started enforcement of a new permit required for truckers who make stops in the quarantine zone for an invasive species of insect in southeastern PA. Enforcement will include random roadside stops conducted by state police and the Dept. of Agriculture to ensure that drivers are carrying the proper permit. Law enforcement officers in neighboring states may also check bills of lading or other records to determine if truck drivers have stopped in a quarantine zone. The 14 counties under quarantine include Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Schuylkill.

Some businesses that operate in one of the Pennsylvania counties that are considered to be Spotted Lanternfly quarantine zones must obtain and carry a permit showing that the company is in compliance with insect inspection and control training. Companies that are based in the quarantine zone, load in the quarantine zone, or that make stops in the quarantine zone all must obtain the permit. Those companies that fail to obtain their Spotted Lanternfly permit could be refused entry or face fines of up to $20,000.

Note: Trucking companies that travel through but do not make any stops in the quarantine area are not required to obtain a permit.

So you are probably asking yourself, what in the world is a Spotted Lanternfly and why should I care?

The Spotted Lanternfly is an insect typically found in far-eastern countries but in 2014 was found in southeastern Pennsylvania. This a new invasive insect, Lycorma delicatula, commonly known as the spotted lanternfly (SLF) has the potential to be harmful to grapevines, hops, tree fruit, and trees. To try to limit the spread of SLF, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) has established a quarantine order in counties where SLF already exists. All residents and businesses must comply with the regulations. PDA has the authority to fine anyone who willfully violates the quarantine order.

Here are some tips to help you avoid spreading SLF and be in compliance with the regulations. Stages of the Spotted Lanternfly

1. Learn about which counties are included in the quarantine order.

The area of the quarantine will continue to change as new discoveries are made. As you move within and out of the quarantined area, you must make sure that you are not transporting any living life stages of the SLF to new areas. If you believe you have discovered SLF, report your discovery online at extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly or call 1-888-4BAD-FLY (1-888-422- 3359). The most recent quarantine map can always be found at extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly.

2. Learn about what SLF looks like in every stage of its development throughout the year.

See images A-F for reference.

3. Avoid parking or storing things under trees in infested areas.

The female SLF often lays eggs on objects that are under the trees she is feeding on. You should try to change your habits about where you park. Park vehicles in open fields, away from tree lines, or in a closed garage if possible. You should not store things that you might need to move outside of the quarantined area under infested trees. These things include firewood, tools, construction supplies, equipment, or any other solid object.

4. Inspect all items that you need to move from within the quarantined area to areas outside the quarantined area.

You should remove and destroy any SLF that you find before you move the item. Also check all vehicles, trailers, campers, and equipment, including around windshield wipers, grills, wheel wells, and truck beds. Inspect plant material, woody debris, lawn furniture, construction supplies, tools, and all solid objects. Destroy mobile stages of SLF by crushing them. Destroy eggs by smashing them or scraping them into a container of rubbing alcohol.

5. All businesses should get a permit issued through PDA.

A permit provides evidence that you have completed training about how to follow the rules of the quarantine order and you agree to do all you can to ensure the items you transport are not carrying SLF. You will receive documentation for your vehicles to show that you have obtained the SLF permit from PDA. To obtain a permit, take the training online at extension .psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly. This is a “train the trainer” course to train designated employees (usually an owner, manager, or supervisor) within a company on how to comply with the quarantine regulations. The designated employee must then train fellow employees. In-person training and questions may be directed to SLFPermit@PA.gov.

6. Use the checklist for residents if you need to move items that are not included in a permit through a business.

This checklist is a legal document to show that you have inspected the item, removed and destroyed any living life stages of SLF, and are in compliance. You can print the checklist, fill it out, sign it, and take it with you when you move the item(s). The checklist is available at extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly.

 

Call the SLF hotline at 1-888-422-3359 with questions on spotted lanternfly management or to report a sighting. You may also report a spotted lanternfly sighting from the SLF website.

Sources and Related Material:

SLF – How to comply fact sheet

SLF Lifecycle Infographic

SLF vehicle inspection sheet