Evidence of the spotted lanternfly in Harrisburg doesn’t necessarily mean the city or Dauphin County will be added to an area quarantined to slow the spread of the invasive insect.
Eggs were found on a tree in the ABC27 News parking lot on Thursday after the USDA received a report of a dead spotted lanternfly.
Thirteen Pennsylvania counties are under quarantine because the insect is a threat to fruit trees, hardwoods, grapevines, and hops.
Agriculture spokeswoman Shannon Powers said areas are added to the quarantine zones only when an established population is found.
“When we do find evidence that a spotted lanternfly has been there, say one isolated insect or a mass, that’s not enough to expand a quarantine,” Powers said.
If you live outside of the spotted lanternfly quarantine zones and believe you may have seen the spotted lanternfly, a hotline has been set up for you to call. It’s 1-888-4-badfly.