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Delaware declares emergency quarantine to fight invasive bug

March 2, 2019

DOVER, Del. (AP) — State agriculture officials have declared an emergency quarantine for several areas in northern Delaware in an effort to combat the spread of an invasive, vegetation-munching bug called the spotted lanternfly.

Under the quarantine announced Friday, members of the public are prohibited from moving regulated articles — including any vehicle — within or from 11 zip codes in New Castle County unless they have signed, and are carrying, a state-issued checklist.

People who live outside the quarantine area but work or visit there also would be required to have a checklist or risk a civil penalty of no less than $100 nor more than $1,000 per violation.

Businesses, meanwhile, must have permits in order to move regulated articles, which include plants, lumber, mulch, outdoor equipment and construction materials.