Alsace Township is currently in the quarantine area for the Spotted Lanternfly. The Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula (White), an invasive planthopper, has been discovered in Berks County, PA. It is native to China, India, Vietnam, and introduced to Korea where it has become a major pest. This insect has the potential to greatly impact the grape, hops and logging industries. Early detection is vital for the protection of Pennsylvania businesses and agriculture.
The Spotted Lanternfly adult is approximately 1” long and 1/2” wide at rest. The forewing is grey with black spots and the wings tips are reticulated black blocks outlined in grey. The hind wings have contrasting patches of red and black with a white band. The legs and head are black; the abdomen is yellow with broad black bands. Immature stages are black with white spots, and develop red patches as they grow.
Signs & Symptoms:
Trees, such as tree of heaven and willow, will develop weeping wounds. These wounds will leave a greyish or black trail along the trunk. This sap will attract other insects to feed, notably wasps and ants. In late fall, adults will lay egg masses on host trees and nearby smooth surfaces like stone, outdoor furniture, vehicles, and structures. Newly laid egg masses have a grey mud-like covering which can take on a dry cracked appearance over time. Old egg masses appear as rows of 30-50 brownish seed-like deposits in 4-7 columns on the trunk, roughly an inch long.
What to do:
If you see egg masses, scrape them off, double bag them and throw them away. You can also place the eggs into alcohol or hand sanitizer to kill them. Please report all destroyed egg masses on our website.
Collect a specimen: Specimens of any life stage can be turned in to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Entomology lab for verification.
Take a picture: A photograph of any life stage (including egg masses) can be submitted to Badbug@pa.gov.
Report a site: If you can’t take a specimen or photograph, call the Automated Invasive Species Report Line at 1-866-253-7189 and leave a message detailing your sighting and contact information.
For a list of available insecticide products containing the most effective ingredients click on the link. Effective Insecticides for Spotted Lanternfly
The 2018 Heritage Society Calendars are now on sale. The cost is $10. The calendars can be purchased at the following locations:
- Alsace Township Municipal Building
- Bonnie Landis Beauty Shoppe
- Chatty’s Restaurant
- Spayd’s Greenhouse
A free paper shredding event will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Representative Jozwiak’s office located at the Reading Regional Airport – 2501 Bernville Road, Reading.
The event, which will feature an on-site industrial paper shredder, will provide the opportunity for household to shred up to five packing boxes of materials. The boxes will be returned to residents; the shredding company will not keep nor shred boxes. All shredding takes place onsite.
For more information, contact Representative Barry Jozwiak’s office at 610-378-4407 or at www.repjozwiak.com.
- The next meeting of the Alsace Township Heritage Society will be held on
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm
- at the Township Municipal Building located at 65 Woodside Avenue.
Please join us to offer your thoughts and knowledge regarding the history of Alsace Township. Please think about volunteering your time for the future of those who are yet to come. Bring your ideas, photos and other artifacts from Alsace Township’s history!
Len Jones’s – Garage, motel, and luncheonette.
Guess the location…hint…you can still get gasoline there!
Open burn permitted
Call Alsace Manor Volunteer Fire Company at 610-921-9372 for more information.