If you see a Spotted Lanternfly, please report it!

The Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula (White), an invasive planthopper, has been discovered in Berks County, Pennsylvania. It is native to China, India, Vietnam, and introduced to Korea where it has become a major pest. This insect has the potential to greatly impact the grape, hops and logging industries. Early detection is vital for the protection of Pennsylvania businesses and agriculture.

If you live outside of the current (quarantine area) in Pennsylvania and find a spotted lanternfly, report it! Use this interactive Plant Pest Quarantine Search to see if you're in the spotted lanternfly quarantine area.


The Spotted Lanternfly adult is approximately 1” long and 1/2” wide at rest. The forewing is grey with black spots and the wings tips are reticulated black blocks outlined in grey. The hind wings have contrasting patches of red and black with a white band. The legs and head are black; the abdomen is yellow with broad black bands. Immature stages are black with white spots, and develop red patches as they grow.

Signs & Symptoms:

Trees, such as tree of heaven and willow, will develop weeping wounds. These wounds will leave a greyish or black trail along the trunk. This sap will attract other insects to feed, notably wasps and ants. In late fall, adults will lay egg masses on host trees and nearby smooth surfaces like stone, outdoor furniture, vehicles, and structures. Newly laid egg masses have a grey mud-like covering which can take on a dry cracked appearance over time. Old egg masses appear as rows of 30-50 brownish seed-like deposits in 4-7 columns on the trunk, roughly an inch long.

The PA Department of Agriculture is asking you to do the following to help minimize the spread.

What to do:

If you see egg masses, scrape them off, double bag them and throw them away. You can also place the eggs into alcohol or hand sanitizer to kill them. Please report all destroyed egg masses on our website.
Collect a specimen: Specimens of any life stage can be turned in to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Entomology lab for verification. Submit samples with the Entomology Program Sample Submission Form.
Take a picture: A photograph of any life stage (including egg masses) can be submitted to Badbug@pa.gov.
Report a site: If you can’t take a specimen or photograph, call the Automated Invasive Species Report Line at 1-866-253-7189 and leave a message detailing your sighting and contact information.

Sullivan County Health Fair Coming October 28, 2017

The Sullivan County Health Fair will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 7:00am until 12:00pm at the Sullivan County Elementary School in Laporte, PA. There will be over 55 exhibitors offering a variety of services!

The Sullivan County Health Fair will offer the following free services and screenings:

  • Free seasonal flu and tetanus vaccines while supplies last.
  • Hearing
  • Oral Exams
  • Glaucoma
  • Eye Health
  • Depression
  • Blood Glucose
  • Skin Cancer
  • Grip Strength
  • Blood Pressure
  • Weight Management
  • Foot Health
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Ultrasound
  • Free Mammograms (*See below)
  • Breast Exams

Children and kids activities include:

  • Crafts
  • Face Painting
  • Child Fingerprinting Rock
  • Climbing Wall
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Cooking Demonstration
  • Great Prizes
  • Grand Prize - Model Train

Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital will offer blood screenings at a reduced cost.

  • Multiphasic $42
  • TSH $25
  • PSA $25
  • Lipid $20
  • Blood Type and Rh $7
  • Glycohemoglobin A1C $15
  • CRP $8
  • Hemoccult (fecal occult blood test) $5

Please call Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital at 570-268-2259 prior to health fair to register for these screenings. Walk-ins accepted, if time permits.

* - Free Mammograms Requirements

  • Be a Pennsylvania resident
  • Age 40 - 64
  • Have no insurance; limited insurance, or a high deductible
  • Have low to moderate income - example: family of one $30,150; Family of two $40,600; Family of three $51,050; Family of four $61,500, etc.
  • Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Call or text 570-772-1697 or email sullivancountyhealthfair@gmail.com to register or request more information.

FEMA Call For Hurricane Assistance

On behalf of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security's Director, Glen Woodbury

As you are all very much aware, our Nation has sustained severe flooding and damage as a result of Hurricane Harvey, and we are anticipating major impacts from Hurricanes Irma and possibly Jose. This is the peak of the hurricane season and it is far from over; to this end, we are reaching out to you to help in response and recovery efforts.  FEMA is looking to recruit personnel, with an expected deployment of 30 days, in the following areas:

  • Program Area: Skillset Required
  • Individual Assistance: Survivor outreach and communication, case management
  • Logistics: Load and unload trucks; coordinate and deliver resources; track inventory
  • IT: Establish connectivity for facilities; install, track, and manage equipment; configure communications equipment
  • Disaster Survivor Assistance: Engage directly with survivors; demonstrate understanding of available programs; case management
  • Hazard Mitigation: Floodplain management, mitigation strategies for the built environment, flood insurance, FEMA’s grant programs and authorities
  • Disaster Emergency Communications: Set up, operation, and shut down of communications vehicles; installation of voice and data cables; knowledge of radio protocols
  • External Affairs: Communications, Congressional and intergovernmental affairs, media analysis, media relations, tribal affairs, private sector relations
  • Environmental and Historic Preservation: Knowledge of environmental, historic, and floodplain management processes and regulations
  • Human Resources: Human resources specialists and managers
  • Finance: Travel arrangements and budget controls
  • Acquisitions: Contracting officers, purchasing specialists, and procurement specialists

If you are available to serve in one or more of these areas, please send your résumé to FEMA-CAREERS@fema.dhs.gov, and please put “Higher Ed” in the subject line.  Feel free to also share this request throughout your networks.  This is a great opportunity to serve the Nation and support our survivors in this time of need.

Heather Issvoran Director, Strategic Communications Contract Support for The Center for Homeland Defense and Security
Cell: 831.402.4672
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Monterey, CA 93943