Seminar on Ticks, Spotted Lanternfly Set for March 21

To educate local residents about the dangers of ticks and tick-borne diseases, Rep. Oberlander is partnering with experts from Penn State Extension to host an upcoming seminar.

Thursday, March 21
6 p.m.
Trinity Point Church of God
180 W. Trinity Drive, Clarion, which is off Route 68 south of Interstate 80  

Pennsylvania continues to rank among the top states in the nation for cases of Lyme disease, which is a bacterial infection that most people get from the bite of a deer tick. If left untreated, the disease can cause very serious physical and neurological problems that are hard to manage down the road. Lyme disease can infect several different parts of the body making diagnosis difficult. Symptoms often vary from person to person.

The seminar will also include a presentation on the Spotted Lanternfly, an inch-long black, red and white spotted pest that is native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam. Sightings of the invasive insect began in Berks County in 2014. It has since spread throughout 13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania, which the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has designated as a spotted lanternfly quarantine zone.

Reservations are not necessary to attend this educational program.