(WTXF) - The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has added 26 municipalities in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties to the areas quarantined after confirming the presence of the Spotted Lanternfly.
Officials say the invasive species threatens a number of agricultural products and plant species. The quarantine was already in effect in other areas of the six counties.
The quarantine now covers the following municipalities. Newly added locations are listed in bold:
- Reading City; Albany, Alsace, Amity, Centre, Colebrookdale, Cumru, District, Douglass, Earl, Exeter, Greenwich, Hereford, Longswamp, Lower Alsace, Maiden Creek, Maxatawny, Oley, Ontelaunee, Perry, Pike, Richmond, Robeson, Rockland, Ruscombmanor, Union and Washington townships; and Bally, Bechtelsville, Birdsboro, Boyertown, Centerport, Fleetwood, Kutztown, Lyons, Mt. Penn, St. Lawrence, and Topton boroughs
- Bedminster, Haycock, Hilltown, Milford, New Britain, Plumstead, and Richland townships; and Chalfont, Dublin, New Britain, Quakertown, Richlandtown, Silverdale and Trumbauersville boroughs
- East Coventry, East Pikeland, East Vincent, North Coventry, South Coventry, Warwick, and West Vincent townships; Phoenixville and Spring City boroughs
- Allentown and Bethlehem cities; Heidelberg, Lower Macungie, Lower Milford, Lowhill, North Whitehall, Salisbury, South Whitehall, Upper Macungie, Upper Milford, Upper Saucon, Weisenberg and Whitehall townships; and Alburtis, Catasauqua, Coopersburg, Coplay, Emmaus and Macungie boroughs
- Douglass, Franconia, Hatfield, Limerick, Lower Frederick, Lower Pottsgrove, Lower Providence, Lower Salford, Marlborough, New Hanover, Salford, Shippack, Towamencin, Upper Frederick Upper Hanover, Upper Pottsgrove, Upper Providence, Upper Salford, and West Pottsgrove townships; and Collegeville, East Greenville, Green Lane, Hatfield, Lansdale, Pennsburg, Pottstown, Red Hill, Royersford, Schwenksville, Souderton, and Trappe boroughs
- Bethlehem city, Allen, Bethlehem, East Allen, Hanover, Lower Nazareth, Moore, and Upper Nazareth townships; Northampton and Nazareth borough
The department encourages anyone who finds the insects outside quarantined areas to report sightings to email@example.com. Please include photos, if possible, to help us confirm your sighting.