Maryland Department of Agriculture expands spotted lanternfly quarantine zone

The department expanded its spotted lanternfly quarantine zone to include two new counties: Charles and Garrett.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture has taken a step in its ongoing efforts to control the invasive spotted lanternfly. The department expanded its spotted lanternfly quarantine zone to include two new counties: Charles and Garrett.

This quarantine restricts the movement of regulated articles that might contain the spotted lanternfly in any of its life stages, including egg masses, nymphs and adults. Examples of regulated articles include landscaping, remodeling or construction waste packing materials like wood boxes or crates, plants and plant parts, vehicles and other outdoor items. Businesses, municipalities and government agencies requiring any regulated item’s movement within or from the quarantine zone must have a specialized permit. The permit may be obtained by taking a free online training course and exam through PennState Extension.

Managers, supervisors, or employees of a business or organization operating in the quarantine zone must receive the training and pass the exam to demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of pest and quarantine requirements. Training for other employees, inspection of vehicles and products and removal of living stages of spotted lanternflies is also required.

“As we continue to be vigilant in our approach, we understand the negative impact that spotted lanternflies have on agriculture operations,” said Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Kevin Atticks. “As a result, we are taking steps to expand the quarantine zone out of an abundance of caution. We remain committed to controlling this destructive insect’s spread and protecting our agricultural community’s interests.”

The original quarantine order from 2019 included Cecil and Harford counties, which have established spotted lanternfly populations. In early 2022, the quarantine zone expanded to nine additional jurisdictions based on the confirmed existence of known spotted lanternfly populations in these areas, these included Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Kent, Montgomery and Washington counties and Baltimore City.

In 2023, seven more counties were added, including Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, Talbot and Wicomico. A map of the new quarantine zone is available. Those living within the quarantine zone are encouraged to be vigilant in containing the spread of spotted lanternflies.

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