The Department of Agriculture has announced that 12 more counties in Pennsylvania are being added to the lantern-fly quarantine zone. The lanternfly destroys trees and vines that they attach to. Farmers producing grapes are often hardest hit by the insect.
"This can cause hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars in losses for farmers. If this is not addressed and certainly some of our farmers especially in Berks County, Lehigh County have definitely experienced some major loss," one official said.
Counties under quarantine include Schuylkill, Carbon, and Monroe. The USDA advises to kill any lanternfly immediately.