Stopping the Spread of the Spotted Lanternfly

Top view of spotted lanternfly sitting on a fence

Have you ever heard of the Spotted Lanternfly? This little insect might not look like much, but their recent presence in parts of Pennsylvania is posing a massive threat to the state’s agriculture. In order to stop the spread of this insect, new regulations have been put in place regarding truck companies operating in quarantine zones. Read on for everything you need to know about the Spotted Lanternfly, how it is affecting the trucking industry, and what is being done to stop it.

What is the Spotted Lanternfly?

The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive planthopper that is native to China, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and other parts of eastern Asia. It was first recorded in the United States in 2014 and has recently become an invasive species in parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Virginia. The Spotted Lanternfly does not attack fruit, but fruit trees. It feeds on the sap in various parts of the tree and then excretes a substance called honeydew that promotes the growth of fungi and mold on the affected plant. This process can quickly lead to the death of the entire plant.

Agricultural Risk

The Spotted Lanternfly is such a threat to PA agriculture because of what it feeds on. This insect targets over 70 plants, and when they are present in large numbers, the damage they cause can be detrimental. For example, in Korea, the Lanternfly caused major disruption and damage to grapes and grape products. Agriculture at risk in Pennsylvania includes tree fruit, hardwood, and nursery industries, which are crucial to the state’s economy, recreation, and biodiversity. In order to fight this invasive pest, quarantine zones have been created in towns where the Spotted Lanternfly has been seen. 


Municipalities under quarantine need to follow simple instructions to stop the spread of the insect, which include guidelines related to the inspection of vegetation, vehicles, and anything else that may be moving out of the area. Quarantine zones are now under control by the US and Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture, taking eradication measures that involve removing the main host tree of the insect and installing “trap trees” to eliminate them.

How the Spotted Lanternfly Affects the Trucking Industry

The trucking industry, which involves moving things from place to place, has been affected by the Spotted Lanternfly because of the need for quarantine zones to control the insect. Trucking companies and other businesses and organizations operating in quarantine zones must have a permit to move equipment and goods in and out of the designated counties in Pennsylvania. The PDA is also requiring truck drivers in these areas to do a full inspection of their equipment during any stops. Drivers should destroy the insect by stomping on it if it is found during any of their inspections. Failure to comply with these guidelines can result in fines up to $20,000, and taking the proper precautions will be crucial in stopping the spread of this insect and protecting Pennsylvania’s agriculture. 


Staying On Top of the Industry at NRS

At NRS, we are aware of the dangers of the Spotted Lanternfly to Pennsylvania’s agricultural sphere, and we have taken the proper actions needed to stay on top of this issue. Two of our representatives have taken the Penn State 2-hour training seminar in order to become the designated employees to receive company-wide permits, and we will be following all PDA regulations to try to limit the environmental impact of these insects. 


Whether you are looking for a career in the Warehousing or Container Freight Station trucking industry or you need someone to handle your third-party logistics, NRS is the right choice for you. We have been providing reliable 3PL services compliant with regulations for over 65 years, and we will work with you to optimize your supply chain with transparency and professionalism. To learn more about NRS and what we can do for you, please contact us today.

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