Catasauqua Press

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Catasauqua added to insect quarantine

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by MARK RECCEK Special to The Press in Local News

Catasauqua Borough has been placed on the Spotted Lanternfly quarantine.

The Press recently spoke to borough Manager Gene Goldfeder, who said he believes someone in the borough spotted the fly around late September. The exact location the fly was seen is unknown.

“We didn’t get that information first (who spotted it),” he said. “It’s around, to an extent.”

The quarantine’s purpose, Goldfeder noted, is to protect against further spreading of the insect.

According to Goldfeder, he is not certain of how long the fly lives.

“I don’t know if it has a life expectancy,” he said, “or if they fly off and go dormant or hang around.”

The fly is an inch-long, black, red and white spotted insect native to Southeast Asia and an invasive species in Korea, where it has attacked 25 plant species that also grow in Pennsylvania. The insect had not been found in the United States before its detection in Berks County in fall 2014.

In addition to Catasauqua, the Spotted Lanternfly has been spotted in Whitehall, Heidelberg, Lower Macungie, Lower Milford, Lowhill, Salisbury, South Whitehall, Upper Macungie, Upper Milford, Upper Saucon and Weisenberg townships; Coplay, Alburtis, Coopersburg, Emmaus and Macungie boroughs; and Allentown and Bethlehem cities.