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Spotted Lanternfly Update – LERGP Podcast #136

Welcome to this week’s podcast. My name
is Tim Weigle. I’m the statewide grape and hops IPM specialist with the New
York State IPM program and also with Lake Erie Regional Grape Program.
And today is the second week of September and I want to talk to you
about Spotted Lanternfly once again. We’re getting to the point, we’re at the
point, where Spotted Lanternfly has moved through the four instars and is
in the adult stage. And the adult, if you’ve been listening to any of the
podcasts about Spotted Lanternfly or heard any of the information, the adults
are excellent hitchhikers. So if you’re heading down to Southeast Pennsylvania
into New Jersey, and just a little alert New Jersey has added five more counties
to their quarantine because they found infestation, so it’s basically all the
counties that are along the Pennsylvania border in that southeast section are now
quarantined areas. So the New York State external quarantine, if you’re driving
down into that area, you’re stopping into the quarantined area, you must have a
permit if you’re a business. So you go online, the Pennsylvania or Penn State,
has a nice web site you can do the permit training there. New York state
doesn’t have its own permit training so you’re allowed to use the one from Penn
State. Go on there. Do your permit training. Basically you’re going to get
trained on what to look for, how to identify the Spotted Lanternfly, and
some of the little key concepts to keep you from bringing it back with you. So
what are some of the concepts? If you’re driving down into the area and you stop
for any reason other than getting gas or if you have a breakdown, you have to have
that permit. But let’s say you go down and you stop, you’re delivering a
load of grapes, and you go down and you stop. You want to make sure that your
windows are rolled up. Don’t stop under trees because the Spotted Lanternfly
are often in the trees. Don’t park it right next to vineyards. Right now
they’re heavy in vineyards as seen by these pictures. They’ve been spraying
for Spotted Lanternfly in the vineyards and they’re still coming in, so be very
careful about that. So before you leave, check your vehicle make sure there’s no
Spotted Lanternfly adults on the vehicle, inside the vehicle. If you have a
box truck or a pickup truck that has a lid on the back, make sure that you keep
that closed -the doors closed, the lids down when you’re going inside or you’re
shifting things around don’t leave it open because the Spotted Lanternfly
adults are great at going in there. If you’re picking up bins make sure that
you’re checking the bins out that you’re not bringing any hitchhikers with you. So
if you have friends that are coming up from any of the quarantine areas,
make sure that you check their cars as well. It’s really important even if they
know what they’re doing. We just had a report from Westchester County over in
eastern New York, that a Master Gardener who had gone through all the trainings,
knew about Spotted Lanternfly, they had gone down to the quarantine zone, they
thought they checked everything out, when they got back they found a Spotted
Lanternfly adult. So it goes to show even if you have all the training in the
world, sometimes these guys are so good at hitchhiking they’re going to sneak in. And that brings up an excellent point, if you’re purchasing anything from the
quarantine area – in either Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, there’s one county
in Virginia that has an infestation – if you’re purchasing anything from anywhere
that has an infestation, don’t just think that the person who’s bringing it to you
has already checked that out. They’re going to try their best but it’s up to
you to check out the shipment that comes up. Make sure you look at their truck.
Look at whatever they’re using to bring that up to you to make sure that there’s
no Spotted Lanternfly that’s hitchhiking because we really don’t want
it up here. Heather Leach who is the spotted lantern
fly coordinator with Penn State Cooperative Extension sent me some
pictures. We were talking and it looks like they really like vineyards. So the
first year of a heavy infestation – heavy feeding. The following year you don’t
have a crop. So there’s no return crop the next year. And if you have heavy
feeding the following year – so the second year – that can lead to vine death. So we
really do not want to have Spotted Lanternfly come up to any of the grape
regions in New York. So stay vigilant, keep your eyes out. If you have any
questions about Spotted Lanternfly please feel free to contact us. If you
have any questions or you have suggestions for a future podcast please
leave them in the comment section below.

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