By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is canvassing western counties for spotted lanternfly business permitting compliance.

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The department added eight counties to the state’s quarantine zone in March. Businesses in those zones are required to get a free permit that the department says comes with the responsibility of maintaining a “trained, engaged workforce.” Violators could face up to $300 per violation.

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The canvassing program aims to raise awareness about how to slow the spread of the invasive pest.

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You can learn more about spotted lanternflies and how to stop the spread on the Department of Agriculture’s website.