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Delaware now fully quarantined

Invasive spotted lanternfly lands in Sussex

Invasive spotted lanternflies have moved into Sussex County. Established populations of the destructive insect have been found in Georgetown, Milford, Seaford, Ocean View and Rehoboth, according to the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

Sussex is under quarantine effective immediately, making the whole state a spotted lanternfly quarantine zone. The red, black, white and gray bug first showed up in New Castle County in 2017. The northernmost county was quarantined in 2019 and Kent County in 2020.

Quarantine in this case means "any person conducting business for a commercial company, a municipality, or a government agency that requires movement of any regulated item within or from the quarantine area must have a permit," the statement said. Permits are obtained by training and passing an online test.


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