Pa. officials have begun spraying insecticide to control the invasive spotted lanternfly

Written by on June 3, 2021

Pa. officials have begun spraying insecticide to control the invasive spotted lanternfly

By Susan Phillips / StateImpact Pennsylvania

June 3, 2021

The insect arrived in the state from Asia seven years ago and can destroy trees and vines.

The pest has spread to 11 states on the east coast.

Seven years of enlisting the public’s help in scraping egg sacks, along with stomping and swatting the plant-hopping, sap-sucking pest has not deterred its spread.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture says it will be spraying along highways and railways to halt its migration to other states.

The insecticide, bifenthrin, is highly toxic to fish and aquatic life. It also kills pollinating bees. State officials say spraying will not occur near waterways and flowering plants.

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