Training for Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Permits

For Truck Routes in Northeast U.S.

An adult spotted lanternflyThe Spotted Lanternfly: An invasive species that could do $18 billion in economic harm in Pennsylvania alone, may be “the most devastating species in 150 years,” and “eats nearly everything.

If you have trucking operations or routes in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, where there are quarantines, Spotted Lanternfly training is required for drivers and warehouse workers. Virginia also has a quarantined county, but has not yet mandated training. Several other states, including New York, Delaware, Maryland and Connecticut have areas where the invasive insect has been found, and roadside inspections throughout the region are being trained to look for the insect.

ITI provides a Spotted Lanternfly training course for fleets’ frontline workers, making it simple for managers to issue them permits to operate in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This will also arm your drivers with the knowledge they need to stop the spread of this potentially disastrous pest.

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Two Steps to Compliance: Train-the-Trainer and Spotted Lanternfly Driver Training

It's a two-step process to get a permit showing the driver has been trained in quarantine procedure.

 

step1Manager Takes Spotted Lanternfly Permit Training from Penn State Ag Extension

To get the permit, a fleet manager must take the “Train-the-trainer” course from the Penn State agriculture extension services. This course allows them to issue permits to trained drivers in your fleet. It's a free online course, and it takes two+ hours. As of Dec. 1, 2018, New Jersey seems to be drafting off Pennsylvania’s training plan, and Virginia seems likely to follow suit. ITI hopes to offer this manager course early in 2019 to simplify record-keeping for your fleet.

 

step2Fleet Assigns Spotted Lanternfly Training to Drivers and Warehouse Workers

Once Step 1 is complete, your manager can assign to your drivers and workers the 10-minute Spotted Lanternfly course for drivers and warehouse workers via PRO-TREAD. The manager can then verify the training was completed in your Sentix LMS, and issue them permits.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Businesses Need a Spotted Lanternfly Permit?

The Pennsylvania Agriculture Department has an excellent article answering the question: “Who needs a Spotted Lanternfly permit?”, but the short version is: Any business or group moving vehicles, equipment or goods into or out of the quarantine zones.

While only New Jersey and Pennsylvania currently require training, Virginia also has a quarantine. The bugs have been found in large numbers from Virginia north to upstate New York, and as far west as Ohio.

A quarantine means that vehicles and trailers will be inspected and logged, and if bugs are found, put out of service, denied access, or substantially delayed while the vehicle and trailer are thoroughly inspected and decontaminated.

To keep the flow of goods running and your fleet from delays, agriculture officials recommend all drivers and warehouse workers who are moving goods on the east coast take the training to know what to look for.

 

What If Our Vehicles Are Just Passing Through the Area?

If your vehicles pass through the area with no stops other than normal traffic, then your business probably won’t need the permit. But if you’re stopping, loading, or unloading, you almost certainly will. If you have questions, you should contact the Agriculture Departments from Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Virginia. See the state-level info below.

 

Our Fleet Doesn't Haul Plants or Food — Do We Still Have to Take the Training?

If your vehicles are in and out of the quarantine areas or in counties where the insect has been found, making stops to drop or pick up loads, or even to fuel up, then yes.

The Spotted Lanternfly will hitch a ride on trucks, in trailers, and even on your drivers. They will lay eggs wherever they can. It's your duty to help prevent the spread of this invasive pest.

 

Is the Spotted Lanternfly Threat Confined to Pennsylvania and New Jersey? 

The threat is spreading. As of Dec. 2018, there is a second established population in Winchester, VA, which has now added a quarantine.

Additionally, there have been some sightings of the Spotted Lanternfly in Delaware, New York, Maryland, Ohio, and Connecticut. These states are monitoring the encroachment of the Spotted Lanternfly into their borders. If you have goods or vehicles coming from any of those areas, expect extra scrutiny during inspections. 

Currently, only Pennsylvania and New Jersey have mandated training for trucking operations. In discussions with agricultural officials, ITI expects further training mandates and more quarantine areas from other states.

 

Where Can I Get More Information about the Spotted Lanternfly Crisis?

To help prevent the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly, the following states have set-up informational websites, email, and phone numbers to help inform the public and to provide the public with the means to report Spotted Lanternfly sightings. ITI will also keep training up-to-date as new regulations and quarantines are added, or until the mandatory Spotted Lanternfly training is lifted.

 

USDA Invasive Species website:
https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/resources/pests-diseases/hungry-pests/slf/spotted-lanternfly

 

Pennsylvania: Penn State has the most comprehensive amount of information about both the Spotted Lanternfly and the permits needed. If you are outside of the quarantine area, report any sightings to the Pennsylvania State University Extension at extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly  or call 1-888-4-BADFLY (1-888-422-3359). 

 

New Jersey:  
Email: plantindustry@ag.nj.gov
Phone: 1-833-223-2840 (BADBUG0)

 

Virginia:  https://ask.extension.org/groups/1981/ask

 

Delaware:

Online https://agriculture.delaware.gov/plant-industries/spotted-lanternfly/
Email HitchHikerBug@state.de.us
Phone: (302) 698-4586

 

New York:  
spottedlanternfly@dec.ny.gov or NYiMapInvasives.org.

 

Maryland:
Phone: (410) 841-5920
Email: DontBug.MD@maryland.gov

 

West Virginia:
Email: bugbusters@wvda.us.