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Alsace Manor Fire Company

Due to a series of events that have transpired over the past six months, the Supervisors of Alsace Township have taken the necessary steps to de-certify the Alsace Manor Fire Company as the responding Company in the Township.  We want to assure all residents, visitors and property owners that there will be no interruption of responses to emergency situations. We have been in contact with surrounding municipalities and Fire Companies who have pledged their continual support of our Township.

2018-08-17T21:19:24+00:00August 17th, 2018|

SPOTTED LANTERNFLY

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.

Identification:

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

For instructions of Placing Sticky Banks on Trees click on the following link. Management Options for SLF- sticky bands c.pub

2018-03-29T11:58:17+00:00September 25th, 2017|

2019 HERITAGE SOCIETY CALENDARS – NOW ON SALE!

The 2019 Heritage Society Calendars are now on sale.  The cost for each 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
  • Gianotti’s County Manor Restaurant
  • Berks County Chiropractic

 

2018-12-05T12:08:54+00:00September 20th, 2017|