You may be seeing these destructive bugs on your property. They may look pretty; however, they are destructive and the State as well as the USDA are working diligently to eradicate them. Your help is needed. Keep in mind there is no need to take photographs of the bugs you find or call the Dept of Ag., just kill what you can, use neem oil as recommended below by the Penn State Extension; and, scrape any egg masses from trees, rocks, or other stationary items into a bag with some alcohol and place in your trash. Questions may be answered through the PA Dept. of Agriculture at http://www.agriculture.pa.gov/protect/plantindustry/spotted_lanternfly/Pages/default.aspx
Helpful Tips & Info: SLF Flyer
What kills the Spotted Lanternfly?
To kill SLF with a contact spray, Penn State Extension is currently recommending Neem Oil. Neem Oil is an oil based product derived from a plant. Research at Penn State has shown that Neem Oil effectively kills SLF, if used according to the label. Neem is a biorational insecticide and considered the least toxic and most effective option at this time.
In Pennsylvania, pesticide regulations require that an insecticide be used only on sites listed on the label of the product. For example, if you want to spray to kill SLF on an ornamental tree, the insecticide you use must list ornamental trees as an allowed site on the label. You may find other insecticides labelled for use on ornamental trees to be effective. Penn State extension is currently conducting experiments to test the efficacy of several additional insecticides.
Information provided by your Township Officials comes by recommendation of the Penn State Extension. Recommendations made by the Penn State Extension can only be made through proven research.
If you have further questions regarding products that will kill the SLF, please contact the Berks County Penn State Extension at 610-378-1327, and speak to a Master Gardener.
Berks County Conservation District (BCCD) is now accepting applications from residents and community associations who would like to be considered for 2018 gypsy moth spraying. This is a state program, run by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) with cooperation from Berks County. Any person who would like to be evaluated for possible inclusion in this program must submit an application. The funding has not yet been established by the State; and, this program is contingent upon the County receiving necessary funding.
Please help us win funds to make improvements at our Parks. Dallas Data Systems, our software vendor, is holding a contest and we have entered Lake Drive Park Playground into this contest. You can visit their website at: http://dallasdatasystems.com/2017-commitment-community-entries
Please vote for Amity Township’s entry every 24-hours from each device you own (cell phone, tablet, laptop and desktop). We are currently in second place and could use your help!! The voting continues until October 15th.
The Berks County Conservation District will conduct mosquito surveillance and West Nile Virus monitoring throughout the County again this year. These services will be provided monthly, between May 1st and October 31st. Trapping will occur using the traps you see below.
- All traps make a slight buzzing noise due to a small fan motor.
- The gravid trap (top) is filled with water that has a strong, foul odor.
- The light trap (bottom left) is filled with dry ice and emits a slight visible fog.
- The BG Sentinel trap (bottom right) also has a container of dry ice and produces fog.
In the event a high population is encountered in any given location, larval mosquito control will be conducted on the spot with bacterial-based larvicides. Adult mosquito control will be conducted as needed, based on the level of virus in the area and/or populations of mosquitos capable of transmitting disease. All adult mosquito control operations will be announced at least 48 hours prior to the spraying event. Dead birds will continue to be tested for West Nile. In the event you encounter a large mosquito population and or experience a dead bird in your area, you may report the same to Evan Corondi, WNV/Vector Control Coordinator at the Conservation District (610) 372-4657, ext. 212. You may also report dead birds through the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection’s West Nile Virus webpage: http://www.westnile.state.pa.us/
Dog Licenses required in PA – The Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement will be canvassing Berks in April to ensure License & Current Rabies Vaccine.
All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation, plus court costs.
An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities.
The small license fee helps protect the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement.
Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents.
Reasons for dog licensing:
• It’s the law. All dogs three months and older must have a current license.
• If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify your dog and get him back home safely.
• The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog.
• License fees support animal control. The annual fee you pay to license your dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations.
Effective Wednesday, March 1st, Recycling will be collected on Wednesdays. Please be sure to place your containers by the curb Tuesday evening or prior to 7:00 AM on Wednesday morning. On windy days, please be sure your container is secure to prevent the materials from blowing around your neighborhood. Please note, on Holiday weeks, if Independence Day or Christmas Day fall on or before Wednesday, your materials will be collected on Thursday. This is also true for the week of Memorial Day and Labor Day. The 2-page flyer below gives you more details about the changes as well as what to recycle. If you experience any issues with this transition, please call us at (610) 689-6000, ext. 221. The more you recycle, results in higher state grant funding to help support the effort. Thank you for your cooperation!
2017 Amity Township Recycling Flyer
Testing Your Home for Radon
As part of national Radon Action Month in January, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reminds residents that radon – a colorless, odorless, and radioactive gas — is a known human carcinogen and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
Radon occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks and enters homes through cracks in the foundation or other openings. Due to its geology, Pennsylvania is prone to high radon levels, and has been detected in all 67 counties, with about 40 percent of homes having levels above national safety standards.
Winter is an ideal time to test, because doors and windows are generally closed, producing the most conservative results. High levels of radon tend to be found in basements, but the gas can be found anywhere in the home. Simple radon test kits are inexpensive and available at home improvement and hardware stores.
Amity Township has Radon testers available for use by Township residents. These units are calibrated prior to each use and left in your home for seven (7) days to ascertain if there is radon and record the level. There is a $200 security deposit to use the unit; and, we also ask for a copy of your driver’s license. Upon return of the unit, we return your check and shred your license copy. Should you be interested in using one of these units, please call Kathie Benson at the Township, (610) 689-6000, ext. 221. Be advised, there is currently a waiting list.
For more information on radon, testing and daily tips, visit the Department of Environmental Department website.
Amity Township now offers a place for buyers and sellers from Facebook, Craigslist or any other means to meet when you don’t know the other party. The area is under video surveillance so your transaction will be recorded. The area is by the Myron Wheeler ball fields in the back of Police Department.
In November of 2015, Amity Township was added to the quarantine for the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), a pretty but destructive and invasive pest. This quarantine restricts the movement of objects and materials stored outdoors. Printed information on the SLF is available at the Township Building, and can be found online at www.agriculture.pa.gov (search Spotted Lanternfly).
Residents disposing of wood waste during the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) quarantine may continue to bring their wood waste to the Township building, located at 2004 Weavertown Road. The Township provides two 40-yard containers and has contracted with a wood waste facility within the SLF quarantined areas to handle and treat the wood waste.
If you think you see the SLF, in any stage of life, send a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call 1-866-253-7189 to report details of your sighting.
To Learn more – consider attending on of these event: Spotted Lanternfly public meetings spring 2017 flyer
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