Penn State staff reminded to take check vehicles for spotted lanternfly

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With spotted lanternfly hatch now reported across Pennsylvania, officials at Penn State are reminding employees to take the spotted lanternfly training required by the University and inspect their vehicles when traveling within and outside of the quarantine zone.

Shown are spotted lanternfly nymphs. The third instar nymphs are black with white spots, while the fourth instar nymphs are red with white spots. Credit: Joe Keller / Penn State.

Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture added 11 counties to the spotted lanternfly quarantine zone, including Centre County. Along with the addition of Adams, Armstrong, Bedford, Fulton, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Snyder, Union and Washington counties, this brings the total to 45 Pennsylvania counties quarantined. A map of the quarantine zone can be found here.

This recent action reinforces the importance of Penn State employees in helping to stop the spread of the invasive pest, which poses a threat to Pennsylvania’s economy by damaging crops, landscapes and natural ecosystems.

All Penn State employees across the commonwealth whose work duties require travel to, from and within the quarantine zone must take an online class on the spotted lanternfly at

Because Centre County now is in the quarantine zone, this directive applies to all employees physically working at the University Park campus. The content of this course, which employees have to take just once, was created by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in partnership with Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

When traveling within or leaving the quarantine zone, employees must do a quick inspection of the vehicles they are using and document it on an inspection log, according to Lysa Holland, environmental compliance engineer in the Environmental Health and Safety office.

This log and other related materials are part of spotted lanternfly kits, which are available from safety officers and/or spotted lanternfly designated employees in each college/unit at University Park. Those using a short-term fleet rental should request a spotted lanternfly kit when picking up the vehicle.

Additionally, the state Department of Agriculture advises people traveling within the quarantine zone to keep a spotted lanternfly checklist in their vehicles. By signing the checklist, residents indicate that they have inspected their vehicles for the presence of the spotted lanternfly and have removed any present. Download the checklist from the Environmental Health and Safety website.

Penn State has been at the forefront of the effort to stop the spotted lanternfly invasion. College of Agricultural Sciences faculty, Penn State Extension educators, research technicians, and graduate and undergraduate students are engaged in spotted lanternfly studies. Their research objectives regarding the spotted lanternfly are clear — to find sustainable long-term solutions that are effective and environmentally safe.

More information about Penn State procedures for implementing the spotted lanternfly quarantine can be found on the Environmental Health and Safety website.

To learn more about the spotted lanternfly, permitting regulations, management techniques and how to report a sighting, visit the spotted lanternfly page on the Penn State Extension website.

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