The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has confirmed several new spotted lanternfly (SLF) infestations across the state, including Columbus and Toledo.
In 2021, ODA designated the spotted lanternfly as a destructive plant pest and established regulations aimed at reducing the risk of spread. As a result of new detections, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas, Mahoning, and Muskingum counties will be added to the spotted lanternfly regulated area. In regulated areas, spotted lanternfly infestations have been confirmed and inspections are increased.
Press Release from the Ohio Department of Agriculture announcing Muskingum County added to “regulated area”: Spotted Lanternly Continues to Spread Across Ohio, Aug 4, 2023
OSU Factsheet “Be Alert for Spotted Lanternfly”
Ohio Department of Agriculture Resource Page, with quarentine information and plant pest report tool