(WFXR) — As agricultural officials expand the Spotted Lanternfly quarantine into several southwest and central Virginia localities, Shawn Jadrnicek from the Virginia Cooperative Extension joined WFXR News’ Amanda Kenney to share all the dirt on this invasive species.
To slow the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) says it has established a quarantine zone in Albemarle, Augusta, Carroll, Clarke, Frederick, Page, Prince William, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Warren, and Wythe counties, as well as the cities of Buena Vista, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Manassas, Manassas Park, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Winchester.
Businesses in the quarantined area are required to obtain a permit from VDACS and inspect all regulated articles leaving the quarantined area to ensure that the articles do not contain any life stage of the spotted lanternfly. Regulated articles are items considered to be a risk for the movement of spotted lanternfly to un-infested areas and include, but are not limited to:
— Any life stage of the spotted lanternfly;
— Live or dead trees; nursery stock; green lumber; firewood; logs; perennial plants; garden plants or produce; stumps; branches; mulch; or composted or un-composted chips, bark, or yard waste;
— Outdoor industrial or construction materials or equipment; concrete barriers or structures; stone, quarry material, ornamental stone, or concrete; or construction, landscaping, or remodeling waste;
— Shipping containers, such as wood crates or boxes;
— Outdoor household articles, including recreational vehicles; lawn tractors or mowers; grills; grill or furniture covers; tarps; mobile homes; tile; stone; deck boards; or
— Any equipment, trucks, or vehicles not stored indoors; any means of conveyance utilized for movement of an article; any vehicle; or any trailer, wagon.Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website
For more information about the implications of this quarantine, follow this link.
The department says it will honor other state Spotted Lanternfly permits, but if you want to obtain your permit through Virginia, you need to submit proof that you completed Spotted Lanternfly Permit Training — or equivalent training — along with the Spotted Lanternfly permit application. Forms and details for permits are available on the VDACS website.