Department Of Agriculture Expands Spotted Lantern Fly Quarantine Zone
BALTIMORE COUNTY - The Maryland State Department of Agriculture has expanded the quarantine areas for the Spotted Lantern Fly, effective immediately.
Counties subject to the quarantine are highlighted in the map below:
The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is an invasive species native to eastern Asia. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it is considered destructive to agriculture and feeds on grapes, orchards, and wood.
The species was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2014 and Maryland in 2018. Since its initial detection in Cecil county, the bug has spread to Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Caroline, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George's, Queen Anne's, Talbot, Wicomico, and Washington counties and Baltimore city.
Within the quarantine area, which now encompasses almost all of Maryland, individuals transporting "regulated articles" are required to obtain a permit before moving from or within the zone.
Anyone found transporting regulated articles without a permit will be subject to a civil penalty from the Department of Agriculture.
The list of regulated articles, the definition of persons required to obtain permits, and the parameters of the civil penalty can be found in the text of the Secretary of Agriculture's quarantine order here.
Additionally, If you find a Spotted Lanternfly, submit your findings with a photo here.