Officials add western Pennsylvania counties to lanternfly quarantine zone

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spotted lanternfly

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The invasive spotted lanternfly is continuing its westward march across Pennsylvania.

State agriculture officials are nearly doubling the number of counties in a quarantine zone.

A dozen counties were added to the list Tuesday, including Allegheny and Beaver in western Pennsylvania.

Twenty-six of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties are now under quarantine, requiring businesses that move products, vehicles and other items in and out of the quarantine zone to obtain a permit.

Native to Asia, the large, colorful planthopper sucks sap from valuable trees and vines, weakening them.

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