As of mid-August the eggs have hatched and adult insects have been seen throughout the Township.
The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect that was first discovered in Berks County, PA, in September 2014. It has the potential to destroy high value crops including grapes, tree fruits and lumber.
Washington Township is within the quarantined area. The quarantined area continues to grow well beyond our local area. The quarantine means that any item that could hold Spotted Lanternfly egg masses may not be moved outside the quarantined area. That includes firewood, outdoor household items or any items stored outside during the fall, building materials, and plants or plant parts.
The PA Department of Agriculture and Penn State Extension are working with the affected townships. The main Department of Agriculture SLF information page is located here: http://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Protect/PlantIndustry/spotted_lanternfly/Pages/default.aspx
The Penn State Extension has a page outlining steps residents can take to help control the insect here: http://extension.psu.edu/pests/spotted-lanternfly/news/2016/what-to-do-if-you-find-spotted-lanternfly
Residents are urged to scrape and destroy in alcohol any eggs masses found. The egg masses will primarily be located on the Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) trees. Once the insects hatch please feel free to crush or swat as many as you can. The Penn State Extension link also details the use of insecticides and other control methods.
A recently released Penn State Extension information sheet, “How to Eliminate or Control Spotted Lanternfly Adults” can be found here.