Maryland Quarantine for Spotted Lanternfly

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Maryland Quarantine for Spotted Lanternfly


The Maryland Department of Agriculture has expanded its spotted lanternfly quarantine to include a total of 17 counties and the city of Baltimore. The pest can destroy many crops, including grapes, hops, apples, peaches, plus oak and pine trees.

The invasive pest known as the spotted lanternfly — which can devour crops like grapes and hops and devastate maple and walnut trees — continues to spread and state officials have expanded a quarantine zone for 2023.

Last year, the quarantine included 10 counties plus the city of Baltimore.

On Monday, the Maryland Department of Agriculture expanded its spotted lanternfly quarantine to include a total of 17 counties and the city of Baltimore. Those jurisdictions are: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Washington and Wicomico counties, as well as Baltimore City.

The quarantine is effective immediately, and restricts the movement of regulated materials that might contain the spotted lanternfly in any of its life stages, including egg masses, nymphs, and adults.

“The spotted lanternfly continues to be a destructive invasive species that has negatively impacted agriculture operations throughout the mid-Atlantic region,” said MDA Secretary Kevin Atticks in a news release. “The department continues to take steps to expand the quarantine zone out of an abundance of caution as we remain vigilant in controlling the spread of this destructive insect.”

Read more here:  Gaithersburg Patch


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Comments (22)

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Oh this is one pest I am not familiar with, but it looks like Maryland is ready to tackle the situation!

Mar 24, 2023 04:22 AM
Roy Kelley

They are also found in New York.

Mar 24, 2023 05:25 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. May the restrictions help aid the remediation and elimination. Enjoy your day.

Mar 24, 2023 04:25 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I never heard of the spotted lanternfly - I hope the quarantine works!

Mar 24, 2023 04:57 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I hope it doesn't get in this area as I love my sunset red maple trees.

Mar 24, 2023 05:18 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 

Spotted lanternfly populations are currently found in 14 states including: Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Mar 24, 2023 05:22 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Roy... never heard of this particular pest. Sounds like it can do an awful lot of damage.

Mar 24, 2023 05:27 AM
Roy Kelley

They are found in North Carolina.

Mar 24, 2023 05:28 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

One of the best ways to get quick control on lanternflies is vinegar. You can use white vinegar filled in a spray bottle to kill lanternflies almost instantly. Another effective ingredient is neem oil. You can spray this oil on these bugs to kill them on contact.

Mar 24, 2023 05:28 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good grief Roy! I've never heard of this pesky pest! Sounds like some good restrictions have ben put in place to stop this from critter from advancing..certainly hope it works!

Mar 24, 2023 05:30 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

How did lanternflies get to America?

Spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula, an invasive planthopper native to China, is thought to have arrived as egg masses on a stone shipment in 2012. That first infestation was found in Berks County, Pennsylvania, in 2014 in a wooded area of Ailanthus altissima, or Tree of Heaven.

Mar 24, 2023 05:30 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

What eats the spotted lanternfly?

According to a study from Penn State University, the public has aided them in finding several predators for the bug. Chickens, cardinals, praying mantises, ants, wasps, and spiders have all been reported and captured eating the invasive species.

Mar 24, 2023 05:33 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Do lantern flies bite?

The spotted lanternfly is not known to bite humans. You can kill spotted lanternflies mechanically, by swatting or crushing them. However, when you threaten them, they are able to quickly jump far away from you, so mechanical control is not easy to achieve.

Mar 24, 2023 05:35 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The spotted lanternfly is such a neat-looking creature, too bad it wreaks so much havoc, haha.

Mar 24, 2023 05:40 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, have never heard of this pest, but is rather pretty, but does some damage it sounds like.

Mar 24, 2023 05:47 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Roy and never believe I knew of this one before but sure that it is serious.  Hope it is taken care of.


Mar 24, 2023 09:23 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I hope Maryland can contain this pest before it does much damage.  

Mar 25, 2023 01:13 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to receive your feedback.

Mar 27, 2023 09:56 AM