TUNKHANNOCK – An awareness seminar focusing on the spotted lanternfly is being hosted by state Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) this Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m. at the Triton Hose Company, 116 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.
“This destructive insect’s appearance has yet to be verified in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming counties,” Boback said. “Nearby Carbon and Monroe counties, however, are on the quarantine list, and we’re trying to be proactive due to the potential damage that can be inflicted by the spotted lanternfly.”
Declared a “public nuisance” by the Department of Agriculture, the spotted lanternfly poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania’s economy. The insect feeds on - and can destroy - more than 70 varieties of plants, including hardwood trees, grapes, apples, peaches and hops. Local officials are bracing for impact, should that status change.
This event is contingent on sufficient pre-registration. If you plan to attend, please reserve your seat by contacting Boback’s Tunkhannock district office at (570) 836-4777.
Representative Karen Boback
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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