The spotted lanternfly
is an invasive insect from Asia currently found in southeastern Pennsylvania,
and sightings have been reported in some neighboring states.
The pest threatens
important agricultural commodities, including the grape, hardwood, tree fruit,
landscape, and nursery industries - sectors that contribute nearly $18 billion
annually to Pennsylvania's economy.
This plant hopper
weakens plants by feeding on sap. It
excretes a sticky, sugary substance called honeydew, which attracts stinging
insects, promotes the growth of sooty mold, and causes a messy nuisance for
To help stop the
spread of spotted lanternfly, the state has issued a quarantine order requiring
the inspection of all items moving within or out of the area to prevent the
transport of any living life stage of the pest.
Report a Sighting:
- Check if you're in or out of the quarantine zone by visiting
- Kill and collect the specimen by freezing it or placing it in rubbing
alcohol. If you are able, take a picture
- Report the sighting online at
you cannot access the internet, call 888-4-BADFLY (888-422-3359) toll-free. Please only use this hotline for sighting outside the quarantine zone.
Stop the Spread:
- Destroy all life stages of spotted lanternfly that you find.
- Check your car and outdoor equipment for spotted lanternfly eggs,
nymphs, and adults before moving within or out of the quarantine zone. Don't move firewood.
- Share your spotted lanternfly knowledge with others!
For more information, visit: extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly