Insect Management Program
Insect Management Technician
570-622-3742, ext. 5
Schuylkill County Mosquito-Borne Disease Control Program
The Schuylkill Conservation District is participating in the Mosquito-borne Disease Control Program, run by PA Department of Environmental Protection. The program's surveillance and control activities run from April to September. This program aims to reduce the risk of West Nile Virus (WNV) by implementing an Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM) strategy. This IMM strategy includes public education, surveillance, mosquito habitat reduction, natural controls, and treatment of both larval and adult mosquitoes.
What You Can Do
The best way to help prevent the spread of mosquito-borne disease is to eliminate standing water around your house or yard. Household items such as buckets, toys, tarps, tires, pots, and items as small as bottle caps can hold enough water to breed mosquitoes. By removing these items from around your house or yard, you are eliminating the areas where mosquitoes can breed. Cleaning the water in your birdbaths and wading pools on a weekly basis can break the mosquito breeding cycle and help protect your family. Following these simple steps can help reduce the number of mosquitoes in your backyard.
Schuylkill County Spotted Lanternfly Control Pilot Program
The Schuylkill Conservation District is also participating in the Spotted Lanternfly Control Pilot Program in conjunction with the PA Department of Agriculture. This program aims to educate the public and assist in control efforts to eradicate this pest. The spotted lanternfly has the potential to greatly impact local grape, hops, and logging industries. Please use the link below to report a spotted lanternfly sighting. Understanding how this pest is moving is vital to controlling it.
Where to Look for Spotted Lanternfly
The spotted lanternfly (SLF) can often be found feeding on the invasive Tree-of-Heaven. SLF has also been found feeding on willows, maples, grape vines, and fruit orchards. Often a black sooty mold can be found at the base of trees where the insects were feeding. In the fall, adults lay egg masses on host trees and smooth surfaces nearby such as stones, vehicles, and outdoor furniture. Freshly laid egg masses have a grey mud-like coating, which will eventually take on a dry and cracked appearance.
What to Do If You Find a Spotted Lanternfly
If an adult specimen is found, it should be killed immediately and reported using the link below. If an egg mass is found, a stout object such as a credit card or stick can be used to scrape the egg masses into a bag. The bag should then be doubled and thrown away. You can also place the eggs into a bag filled with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer. The egg mass location should also be reported using the link below.