Spotted Lanternflies Now in Central Maryland

Spotted Lanternflies on a Red Maple, Delaware County, PA. Rkillcrazy – Own work. Wikipedia

According to Morning Ag Clips, all of Central Maryland is now in the spotted lantern fly quarantine zone. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) expanded its spotted lanternfly quarantine to include the following counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery and Washington, as well as Baltimore City.A map of the new quarantine zone can be found here.

While they are not known to pose any serious human or animal health concern, the spotted lanternfly is a destructive invasive species that has negatively impacted agriculture operations throughout the mid-Atlantic region,” said Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “

The spotted lanternfly poses a major threat to the region’s agricultural industries as it feeds on over 70 different types of crops and plants, including grapes, hops, apples, peaches, oak, pine, and many others.

Announcement condensed from an article by jason Schellhardt, MDA

An article on the Spotted Lanternfly is also featured on the University of Maryland’s Extension page.