Invasive Insects & Plants

Invasive insects and plants are those that are not native to our area, they are brought to the area either deliberately, for example for use in our landscaping like the butterfly bush, or by accident like for example the brown marmorated stink bug which entered the country in packaging and actually was first identified in Allentown PA in 1998.

Not all non-native plants are invasive, only those that outcompete the local native plants. There are a large number in our area, see this website for more information.

Currently, there are two high priority invasive insects currently in our region — the Emerald Ash Borer and the Spotted Lanternfly, click on the words for more info. (Hard copies of fact sheets are available in the Township building)

Image credit: Nick Sloff, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences