PODS Gypsy Moth and Spotted Lanternfly Form

Help prevent the spread of pests

If your move requires you to check for spongy moths and spotted lanternflies, we’re here to help. Fill out your Spongy Moth and Spotted Lanternfly Form.
Gypsy Moth

Invasive Species

Spongy moths and spotted lanternflies are damaging and invasive, capable of destroying important crops, shrubs, and trees. That’s why the State of California requires all incoming residents to inspect their belongings as they’re preparing for their upcoming moves. All PODS customers must submit a Spongy Moth and Spotted Lanternfly Form to comply with this mandate and help protect the environment from these invasive species.
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Important note about your Spongy Moth and Spotted Lanternfly Form deadline

  • This form must be completed at least 5 days before your PODS container is transported to or through California

  • If you’re moving to Hawaii, this form must be filled out since your container will be entering California

  • If the mandatory form isn’t submitted by the deadline, transit will be canceled, and rescheduled service dates are subject to availability

What they look like

Use these photos as a visual guide.

Have questions? We have answers.

What happens if I don’t complete my form within 5 days before transit to or through California?

Transit and delivery of your container will be cancelled, and rescheduled service dates will be subject to availability.

I don’t live in an infested area. Do I still need to complete the form?

To ensure compliance with California’s mandate, all customers with containers traveling into the state must submit the form at least 5 days before their scheduled transit to or through California.

What happens after I submit my form to PODS?

Once you’ve submitted your required form to our team, you’re done. Now you can focus on other details of your move.

How do I inspect my items for evidence of spongy moths and spotted lanternflies?

Carefully inspect all the items listed on the checklist and your PODS container. Don’t forget to closely check all cracks and crevices, and be sure to keep your PODS container closed when not actively loading it. If you see any signs of pest activity, destroy them immediately.

How do I remove spongy moth and spotted lanternfly egg masses?

Scrape them off with a putty knife or similar hand tool and dispose of them in hot, soapy water, or place them in a sealed plastic bag and set it in the sun.

What are the signs and symptoms of spongy month infestations?

If you notice tree defoliation on your property, holes in leaves, and egg masses on tree trunks and/or outdoor household items, you may have a spongy moth infestation.

What do moth egg masses look like?

Spongy moth egg masses have a fuzzy texture and are yellow in color. Please see images above.

What are the signs and symptoms of spotted lanternfly infestations?

If you notice plants that ooze or weep and have a fermented odor; a buildup of sticky fluid on the ground underneath infested plants; or egg masses, you may have a spotted lanternfly infestation.

What do spotted lanternfly egg masses look like?

Spotted lanternfly egg masses are typically light gray in color and look like cracked spots of mud or cement. Please see images above.

How can I learn more about spongy moths and spotted lanternflies?

For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s site to learn more about spongy moths and spotted lanternflies. You can also contact your local USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service office.

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