May 23 Lanternfly Forum Features Ag Secretary

May 23 Lanternfly Forum Features Ag SecretaryCOLLEGEVILLE PA – A panel of experts that includes Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and members of Penn State Extension will visit Perkiomen Valley High School, 509 Gravel Pike, on May 23 (2019; Thursday) from 6:30-8 p.m. to participate in a “Spotted Lanternfly Prevention and Mitigation Forum.”

The event – sponsored by state Reps. Joe Ciresi of the 146th Legislative District that includes Perkiomen Township and the borough of Trappe; and Joe Webster of the 150th District that includes parts of Upper Providence and Skippack townships and the borough of Collegeville – is free to attend and open to the public.

The emergence of spotted lanternfly nymphs is due within only weeks, accompanied by their feasting habits that destroy valuable, productive trees and landscaping. The forum will focus on getting rid of the pest and limiting its spread.

“This insect has the potential to greatly impact agricultural crops such as grapes, hops, and hardwoods,” the state Department of Agriculture reports. “It is also reducing the quality of life for people living in heavily infested areas.”

When the subjects of gardening and property care arose during spring and summer last year, western Montgomery County property owners seemed to talk about little else. The black or red nymphs with white spots, and their transformation into larger adults with black-spotted tan and bright red wings, sucked the sap out of favored vegetation and prompted furor in forests and across suburban lawns.

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Graphic from the state House of Representatives

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