YORK – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s recent confirmation of a spotted lanternfly in York County is prompting state Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam) to host an informational seminar about the destructive insect on Thursday, July 25, at 6 p.m. at Flinchbaugh’s Orchard and Farm Market, 110 Ducktown Road in York.
“The spotted lanternfly crossing the river completely changes the conversation, especially with York and Adams County’s rich history of fruit growing and the potential economic impact this insect could have on that industry,” said Gillespie. “This seminar will educate everyone on everything from what to do if you see one of these insects, to the threat it poses to grape, tree-fruit, hardwood, nursery and landscaping businesses.”
Presently, there are 14 Pennsylvania counties - all east of the Susquehanna River - that have been quarantined due to the presence of the spotted lanternfly at what is considered epidemic proportion. Dauphin, Lancaster and Lebanon counties are included in that quarantine.
“A representative from Penn State Extension will lead the seminar and provide information on what can be done to prevent the advance of this insect,” Gillespie added. “Fall is just around the corner, and that is the time of year when these bugs will lay egg masses of 30-50 eggs each.”
For planning purposes, Gillespie is asking anyone wishing to attend the seminar to call his office at 717-840-4711.
Representative Keith Gillespie
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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