The Spotted Lanternfly and the Trucking Industry

Source: Penn State Extension

No, it’s not the name of the latest mystery novel, TV series, or movie, but an insect that’s the cause of major problems for the trucking industry.

The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect native to Asia that was first discovered in Southeast Pennsylvania. It has the potential to greatly impact the agriculture industry, including grapes, hops, and hardwoods.

If allowed to spread in the United States, this pest could seriously impact the country’s grape, orchard, and logging industries.

It spreads quickly with the assistance of vehicles, trailers or any outdoor item moving in and out of the quarantined zones. 

Complying with the regulations and inspecting your vehicle can help minimize their movement.

Penn State University and Extension, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the PA Department of Agriculture (PDA) have joined forces to control and contain the spread of SLF. 

Penn State University is leading the research efforts currently underway to answer the many questions we have about the insect’s biology, pesticide studies, and the ability of the insect to adapt to the environment in Pennsylvania.  

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will begin enforcement of a new permit required for trucks and shippers on May 1, who are located or work in a quarantine zone for Spotted Lanternflies.

The enforcement will include roadside stops by the State Police and Department of Agriculture in Pennsylvania, as well as nearby states who will be checking logs and bills of lading.

The quarantine region includes 13 counties in Eastern Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Berks, Lancaster, Lebanon, Bucks, Schuylkill, Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, and Monroe.

Several New Jersey counties, as well as the Winchester, Virginia area, are also currently subjected to the provisions.