The Spotted Lanternfly or SLF, Lycorma delicatula (White), is an invasive planthopper native to Asia fist discovered in PA in Berks County in 2014.
SLF feeds on sap from a myriad of plants but has a strong preference for plants important to PA's economy including grapevines, maples, black walnut, birch and willow. SLF's feeding damage stresses plants which can decrease their heal and in some cases cause death.
It's not just our plants at risk, it's our economy.
The SLF can impact the viticulture (grape), fruit tree, plant nursery and timber industries, which contribute billions of dollars each year to PA's economy.
“It is against Pennsylvania’s regulations to bring all types of out-of-state firewood into the state including hardwood, softwood, kiln-dried, seasoned and green….
Pennsylvania’s ... Parks strongly discourage bringing any firewood in from outside of the parks... and the National Park Service doesn’t allow firewood to be brought into campgrounds at Delaware Water Gap.
There are also multiple county and regional quarantines that prohibit the movement of firewood in and around Pennsylvania, including strict restrictions in and around the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania due to the severe infestation of Spotted Lanternfly. "