Spotted Lanternfly Order of Quarantine and Information

The Spotted Laternfly (SLF) is a threat to Pennsylvania agriculture, including tree-fruit, hardwood and nursery industries.  This invasive pest is also a major threat to homeowners’ trees and properties in general.

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The Spotted Lanternfly attack fruit trees by feeding on the sap in the trunks, branches, twigs, and leaves.  When the insect feeds on sap, it excretes a sweet sticky fluid called honeydew has a lot of remaining sugar and fungi will grow on it.  Growth of fungi is black in color and called sooty mold.

Bucks County is part of the quarantine.  The quarantine is in place to stop the movement of Spotted Lanternfly to new areas within or out of the current quarantine zone and to slow its spread within the quarantine.

There is one generation of SLF per year.  The eggs are laid in the fall and hatch in the spring.  These egg masses are laid on hard surfaces and protected with a mud-like covering.  Some ways to manage the spread of the SLF is to scrape the eggs, brand trees to catch the nymphs, remove the tree-of heaven, and apply insecticides.

Read more about the listed management techniques by reading Penn State Extension’s Guide for Homeowners.

 

Update on the Hometown Hero Banners

By Friday, May 31st, all of the Hometown Hero Banners will be hung along Bustleton Pike from Feeney’s Nursery down toward County Line Road.

A dedication ceremony for the families of these Hometown Heroes will be held during the Board of Supervisors Meeting held on Wednesday, June 12th at 7:30 PM.  The meeting is broadcast live on our TV channel and replays several times throughout the week.

TV Channel – 22 for Comcast, 28 for Verizon

New Policy Regarding the Disposal of Mattress and Box Spring

Effective immediately, J.P. Mascaro has changed their policy regarding the disposal of mattresses and box springs.  Residents may continue to set out bulk furniture, such as sofas for collection at curbside, in most cases, up to one item per week.  Mattresses and box springs must be bagged and sealed in plastic mattress bags when placed at curbside.  Recent infestations of bed bugs have spread from mattresses to employees as they make curbside pickups.

  • Have mattress company remove old mattress/box spring (if applicable).
  • Save wrapping from new mattress/box spring and use that wrapping for old mattress/box spring to set out for bulk trash.
  • All bags must be “encasement bag” (covering all sides of the mattress/box spring) sealed and not vented.
  • Bags can be purchased from any large box store, Walmart, Target, Home Depots, Lowes, Bed Bath & Beyond, and U-Haul stores.  Average cost runs from $5 on up depending on size.
  • A painter’s plastic drop cloth would also work, just be sure all sides are covered, and the seams are sealed with duct tape or packing tape.

Click here for more information.

Hometown Heroes Banner Program

Retired Navy Captain Donald Reid stands next to a banner on South Union Street honoring an Army nurse from World War II.

The Lower Southampton Township Board of Supervisors is proud to announce the inception of a Hometown Heroes banner program, honoring military members that have died on active duty or have passed away. Family and friends can sponsor a 24” x 48” banner for a cost of $134.00. Banners can include a photo, service member’s full name, branch of service, and time/place of service (WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc.). A sample banner appears here.

Banners will be proudly displayed on street/light poles along Bustleton Pike from approximately Memorial Day to Veteran’s Day. We would like to start displaying banners by Memorial Day, 2019. Anyone interested in sponsoring a banner can e-mail Supervisor Ray Weldie at rweldie@lstwp.org or Administrative Assistant Christina Lynn at clynn@lstwp.org.  Please act quickly because the order for the banners has to be placed by the end of March.

Sanitation/Trash Rebate

The Sanitation/Trash Rebates for the 2018 tax year will be given to qualifying residents beginning February 8, 2019 thru May 31, 2019.  The rebate is $50 per household.

To qualify for this rebate, a resident must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be a Lower Southampton Township resident.
  2. Must be a Senior Citizen age 65 years or older.
  3. A Veteran that is 50% disabled or greater with a letter stating % of disability is also eligible for rebate.
  4. Must be owner of the property.

There is only one rebate per household.  Rebate will be given for primary residence only (must match with the address on your drivers license).

To receive your rebate, you must present the following:

  • A County and Township Tax Bill stamped paid by the Tax Collector or a receipt from Tax Collector showing payment.
  • ID showing you are 65 years or older.  Must be 65 by 12/31/18.
  • Must be the owner of the property.

Come to the Township Administration Building during business hours to pick up your rebate check.