We wanted to inform residents of the approach the Township is taking to control the Spotted Lanternfly and its host tree Ailanthus Altissima (Tree of Heaven) on Township property near your home. The Township is currently receiving assistance from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to control both the aforementioned insect and its host plant. The State has received a list of Township properties that have been identified as having a Spotted Lanternfly and Tree of Heaven population and have agreed to treat the properties for both pests. The treatment will include spraying, removal and disposal of the trees and insects. Throughout the process you will see paint and ribbon on Tree of Heaven near your property. Blue paint identifies a tree that will be treated with a herbicide and cut down or left standing, red paint will identify a tree that will be kept alive as a “trap tree” and injected with a pesticide to kill any Lanternfly that feed on it, pink ribbon is an estimate as to where the property lines are located.
We understand that the trees being removed create a buffer from the park space, therefore the township is in the process of developing a planting plan to replace the missing trees and re-establish the buffer on the property line. If you would like to see the plan, or are interested in helping through the process including watering the new plant material please contact the Assistant Township Manager, Jim Bobeck directly at 610-929-4727 x264.