The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will be focusing on two open space parcels near the intersection of Porter and Sanatoga Station roads, one of which borders the east side of former Occidential Chemical Corp. property. The land also is near U.S. Route 422. The department made its offer to the township because it fears the lanternfly can spread elsewhere in the state and beyond by hitching a ride on trucks and other vehicles traveling the four-lane highway.
The heavily-wooded properties, bisected by Sanatoga Station Road, is where Sprogel’s Run empties into the Schuylkill River. They have long been a haven for walkers and hikers. Montgomery County hopes the site can be developed into a park, through which it can complete one of the unfinished sections of the lengthy Schuylkill River Trail between Philadelphia and Schuylkill Haven PA.
The department first plans to apply an insecticide spray to kill visible lanternflies. It will then create “bait trees” to attract remaining insects. Those trees will be treated with a different chemical mixture that poisons tree saps on which lanternflies feed, killing them. Workers will cut down infected and dying trees but leave them on the site, rather than remove them, also to prevent lanternflies from migrating to another area. Lanternfly egg masses, when found, will be removed.
The township has already obtained descriptions of the materials to be used in the program, and state assurances that natural resources will be protected. MSDS Sheets are available here MSDS Sheet for Transtect, MSDS Garlon, MSDS Chemtrec, MSDS Aervoe or at the Township Administrative Office.