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Conestoga Wood and the Spotted Lanternfly

The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula (White), is an invasive planthopper native to China, India, and Vietnam. It was first discovered in Pennsylvania in Berks County and has spread to other counties in the southeast portion of the state. The SLF can greatly impact agricultural crops, including hardwoods.

Certain counties in Pennsylvania are under a Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) quarantine – Lancaster being one of those counties. Therefore, our East Earl site is currently within the quarantine area in PA. SLFs are currently found in PA, New Jersey, Delaware, and northern VA. The SLF hasn’t yet been observed in NC, so our Kenly and Conestoga West locations are not yet fully impacted. At our two other sites in PA, Beaver Springs and Beavertown there is awareness of the SLF – educational posters have been provided identifying the SLF lifecycle and what to do if SLF are found in their area.

Businesses operating in the quarantine zone must have permits to move equipment and goods within and out of the quarantine zone. Conestoga Wood has received a SLF permit through the Penn State Extension Spotted Lanternfly Permit Training for Businesses.  Our truck drivers are required to have the permit with them and internal training is conducted for all drivers. Training is also provided for some employees in the East Earl warehouse. This training provides the life cycle of the SLF and addresses the inspections for SLF upon receipt of goods and prior to shipping goods.

SLF inspections are required April through December. In addition to the warehouse inspections, drivers are required to inspect the vehicles for SLF and document the inspections.

A few of the best management practices, in addition to killing any Spotted Lantern Flies are found below:

  • Park vehicles as far away from a tree line as possible and leave windows closed.
  • Inspect vehicles for the presence of any life stages of SLF and kill them before leaving the parking lot.
  • Train impacted employees to recognize all life stages of SLF and egg masses. We also provide posters throughput the plant and a company-wide email – Spotted Lanternfly Alert – for those that don’t get the formal training.
  • Look for signs of SLF egg masses or insects throughout the property, including on equipment or other property outside. Watch for eggs masses on rusting metal and other smooth surfaces such as siding, vehicles tires, and pallets.
  • Thoroughly inspect the inside and outside of containers for egg masses in addition to any life stages of SLF.
  • If possible, don’t stop in an area of swarming SLF.