Catasauqua Press

Monday, December 10, 2018

Spotted Lanternfly class planned

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Penn State Extension is offering a class for interested individuals to provide the latest information regarding control of the Spotted Lanternfly and what the public can do to help. The event will be held 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Berks County Agricultural Center Auditorium, 1238 County Welfare, Leesport.

The Spotted Lanternfly is an extremely invasive insect that affects gardens and landscape plants as well as important Pennsylvania commodities. This past fall, the quarantine for Spotted Lanternfly expanded to include 13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania.

The class is available to all members of the public and will include updates from Penn State Extension, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Berks County Conservation District. It is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Spotted Lanternfly regardless of home county and quarantine.

Those planning to attend are invited to bring questions and join in the discussion on the current status of this invasive insect, information on the quarantine, preparation for insect control in the 2018 season and how individuals and communities can help stop the spread of this insect.

Lunch and handouts are included.

There is no cost for this event; however, seating is limited and pre-registration is required by Jan. 18. Register online at extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-public-meeting.

If you cannot register online, call for assistance at 1-877-345-0691 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, For more information, contact Amy Korman at amk6396@psu.edu or 610-813-6613.