MAYFIELD - Have you heard of the newest destructive pest, the Spotted Lanternfly? To educate those possibly affected by the Spotted Lanternfly and to combat the spread of this insect, the non-profit Northern Tier Hardwood Association is holding a free “Spotted Lanternfly Informational Meeting” in Mayfield, PA (Lackawanna County) on Tuesday, February 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is a serious threat to the general public, the forest products industry, as well as all commerce in Pennsylvania.
There is currently a quarantine in place for 13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania to try to stop the movement of the invasive pest. The SLF is a native of China, and could possibly work its way into our region. This destructive insect feeds on a variety of over 70 species of plants including hardwood trees, grapes, apples, peaches, ailanthus, hops and certain ornamental plants. There is a serious threat of the SLF spreading due to the fact that it lays its egg masses on any flat surface.

This session will cover general information about the Spotted Lanternfly including: initial detection, biology and life cycle, current distribution, impacts of pest feeding, recorded damage, pathways for spread, and control methods. We will also cover what to do if you find a SLF, quarantine expansion, compliance agreements, etc.

The meeting will be held at the NEET Center, 1300 Old Plank Road in Mayfield, PA 18433. This meeting is free, but reservations are preferred at nthardwoods.org. For more information, please contact NTHA at 570-265-7753 or nthapa@nthardwoods.org.

The Northern Tier Hardwood Association is a non-profit organization serving the wood industry and its supporters throughout Wayne, Pike, Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Bradford, Sullivan, Wyoming, Luzerne, and Tioga counties of Pennsylvania.