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MDA adds Baltimore County to spotted lanternfly quarantine zone

ANNAPOLIS, MD—The Maryland Department of Agriculture on Friday expanded its spotted lanternfly quarantine to include the following counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, and Washington, as well as Baltimore City. This quarantine is effective immediately, and restricts the movement of regulated articles that might contain the spotted lanternfly in any of its life stages, including …


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Maryland Department of Agriculture issues warning about seed packets from China

BALTIMORE, MD—Officials in several states have said that residents are reporting that they’ve received unsolicited packages of seeds in the mail that seem to have some from China.  Authorities are urging the public not to plant them. Officials say the seeds may be invasive or otherwise harmful to local plants or livestock, according to USA Today. Some of the packages …


Maryland Department of Agriculture confirms first spotted lanternfly hatch of 2020

UPDATE: The spotted lanternfly quarantine has now been expanded to include Baltimore County. Original story below… —— ANNAPOLIS, MD—The Maryland Department of Agriculture on Thursday confirmed the first spotted lanternfly hatch of 2020. The first instar nymph of the season was reported by a department employee while surveying for the pest in the upper northeast corner of Cecil County near …