Training for Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Permits
For Truck Routes in Northeast U.S.
If you have trucking operations or routes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware, where there are quarantines, Spotted Lanternfly training is required for drivers and warehouse workers.
February 2019 Update: Delaware added its quarantine and training requirements in early 2019. Pennsylvania and NJ permits also work for Delaware.
Virginia also has a quarantined county, but has not yet mandated training. Several other states, including New York, Maryland and Connecticut have areas where the invasive insect has been found, and roadside inspectors throughout the region are being trained to look for the insect.
ITI provides an online Spotted Lanternfly training course for fleets’ frontline workers, making it simple for managers to issue them permits to operate in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. This will also arm your drivers with the knowledge they need to stop the spread of this potentially disastrous pest.
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.
Manager 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 Feb. 1, 2019, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware are drafting off Pennsylvania’s training plan. As independent businesses, Owner Operators should also take the free course from Penn State.
Fleet 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.
January 2019 Webinar with
Penn Department of Agriculture
Sometimes it's helpful to get the information straight from the source. We interviewed the Dana Rhodes, state plant regulatory officer with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, about the permitting process and training requirements. She also fielded several questions from fleets in attendance.
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, Pennsylvania, and Delaware currently require training, New York and New Jersey are both inspecting for the bug. 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. Pennsylvania's fines range from $300 to $20,000, and anywhere from a civil to a criminal violation.
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.
I'm an Owner-Operator: Can I Take the PRO-TREAD Course for Spotted Lanternfly?
As an independent business, you likely don't have a fleet that assigns you training. If you do, and you they can assign you the PRO-TREAD course on Spotted Lanternfly, great! They'll issue you a permit after you complete the training. If not, you'll need to take the longer, free PSU course to get your own permit. In doing so, you'll be listed on the Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture's list of companies in compliance with the training requirement.
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. Even if you're only stopping for fuel or rest, you should take the training — the bugs hitchhike on vehicles.
If you have questions, you should contact the Agriculture Departments from Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Delaware. 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, New Jersey and Delaware?
The threat is spreading. As of Dec. 2018, there is a second established population in Winchester, VA. Three months later, Delaware declared a quarantine in several zipcodes. Other states will expect you to've taken training and inspected your vehicles if you're bringing a load from any impacted areas.
Additionally, there have been some sightings of the Spotted Lanternfly in 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, New Jersey and Delaware have mandated training for trucking operations. In discussions with agricultural officials, ITI expects further training mandates and more quarantine areas from other states.
By what date do we need to complete training?
Short version: today. New York is inspecting vehicles today. Pennsylvania is ramping up an enforcement team just for the Spotted Lanternfly. New Jersey and Delaware are following suit.
Pennsylvania has had a "grace period" that will expire May 1. However, the bugs will start hatching before then, and you do NOT want to be the company responsible for spreading the infestation.
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:
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).
Phone: 1-833-223-2840 (BADBUG0)
Delaware (Now a Quarantine state: Feb. 28, 2019)
Delaware instituted a quarantine for several zipcodes in early 2019. For businesses, that means obtaining a permit. Luckily, that permit is the same as the Pennsylvania permit.
Phone: (302) 698-4586
firstname.lastname@example.org or NYiMapInvasives.org.
Phone: (410) 841-5920