Preventing the Spread of the Spotted Lanternfly
9/22/2017
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Preventing the Spread of the Spotted Lanternfly

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Penn State Extension have provided a fact sheet with recommendations on how to kill or control adult spotted lanternflies. The fact sheet includes a list of consumer insecticide products containing the most effective ingredients against this invasive species that have been studied to date (dinotefuran, imidacloprid, carbaryl, and bifenthrin).

Please remember that pesticides are registered for use in specific settings. Always read the pesticide label and follow the directions, including application rates, methods, and appropriate protective clothing and equipment. You can read the fact sheet here.

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect species that can damage a number of economically important plant species, including grapes, fruit trees and hardwoods. Most of the 131st District is in the spotted lanternfly quarantine area. Learn more here.
                
         
Opioid Awareness Seminar Set for Thursday

Just a reminder about the Opioid Awareness Seminar I am hosting on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 6-8 p.m. at the Southern Lehigh Middle School auditorium, 3715 Preston Lane in Center Valley.

A panel featuring experts from various fields will discuss how to deal with the opioid crisis in everyday situations. Parents, individuals who have loved ones dealing with this epidemic and those who would like more information about this important issue will be especially interested. Reservations are not required.

In the spirit of helping the community, anyone attending the seminar may also bring new school supplies to be donated to the Open Link and Angel Network back-to-school drives. Residents of the 131st District can also drop off school supplies donations for these organizations at my district offices now through Friday, Sept. 29.
                  
         
Celebrating Community Spirit

I had a great time on Saturday at the 26th annual Coopersburg Community Day. I said a few words to help kick things off and presented organizers with a state citation in recognition of the event. They invite me every year and I am honored to take part.
                  
         
Check That New Car for Signs of Hurricane Damage

With hundreds of thousands of vehicles damaged recently by hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, consumers should take caution when purchasing a new or used vehicle.

After major flood events, some flood-damaged vehicles are cleaned and taken out of state to be sold to unsuspecting customers as new or used, but not identified as flood damaged.

These damaged vehicles can legally be sold as long as they are titled as such, but owners of these vehicles will likely get lower payments on insurance claims than for non-flood damaged vehicles.

As always, if something sounds too good to be true, research the vehicle further. For tips on finding out if the car you’re interested in purchasing has been damaged, click here and click on “Auto” under “Insurance Coverage Resources.”
                  
         
Decreasing the Stigma of Suicide

With September designated as Suicide Prevention Month in Pennsylvania, House Resolution 401 seeks to raise awareness that suicide is preventable, improve education about suicide, spread information about suicide awareness and decrease stigmatization regarding suicide.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 1,800 Pennsylvania lives are taken by suicide annually. For every person who dies of suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives.

Suicide is a serious public health problem that affects people of all ages, and is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. Learn more here.
                  
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