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Officials Work To Stop Spread Of Spotted Lanternfly

PA Dept. of Agriculture
Spotted lanternflies were first detected in Pennsylvania in 2014, according to the state Department of Agriculture.

Pennsylvania agriculture officials are working to control the spread of the spotted lanternfly.

WHTM-TV reports the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Monday explained the containment plan Monday in Harrisburg. According to officials, $3 million in state funds and $17.5 million in federal funding will go towards education and research. The state will conduct a $1.9 million survey to make sure the insect isn't spreading.

The invasive species was first spotted in District Township in 2014. It has since spread to 12 counties and threatens the state's $18 billion grape, orchard and logging industries.

Counties including Lancaster and Lebanon have been quarantined this summer to slow the spread. Residents in quarantined areas should keep their windows rolled up and avoid parking under trees.