Where has Japanese beetle been found in BC?
Japanese beetle was found in the False Creek area of Vancouver in 2017.
Why is Japanese beetle in BC a concern?
Japanese beetle is an invasive, regulated pest that feeds on the roots of turf grass and above ground parts of more than 300 plant species including roses, fruit trees, grapevines, and other common landscape and food plants. If this pest spreads it could cause damage to lawns, landscapes, golf courses, gardens and parks, and harm BC’s agricultural sector. It could also affect the beauty and health of Vancouver’s ecosystem.
What are the potential impacts of Japanese beetle to BC?
Japanese beetle is not a risk to human or animal health or food safety. Should Japanese beetle become established in BC, it could result in significant damage to the beauty of the local parks and landscapes and neighbourhood greenspaces and lawns. Additionally, if the beetle’s population spreads there is the potential to harm BC’s agriculture and horticultural sector. To date there have been no trade impacts as a result of this detection.
What is being done about Japanese beetle in BC?
A coordinated response is underway to eradicate Japanese beetle in Vancouver. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, City of Vancouver, the Invasive Species Council of BC and other industry and non‐governmental stakeholders are working together to respond to the detection of Japanese beetle in the False Creek area of Vancouver in 2017.
A regulated area has been set up in Vancouver.
As part of the coordinated response to the detection of Japanese beetle, the CFIA has established a regulated area for Japanese beetle around the False Creek area of Vancouver.
The CFIA has implemented movement controls for rooted plants and soil out of the regulated area year-round to prevent further spread of the pest. Additional restrictions (for example, landscape waste with above-ground plant parts) will be in effect from June 15 to October 15.
Enhanced trapping plan for Japanese beetle
The CFIA has also enhanced its JB surveillance activities in the False Creek area of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. The trapping data will provide the CFIA and its partners more information about the size and scope of the incursion and will help to evaluate the success of eradication measures. It is anticipated that 2018 data will show a significant increase in beetles captured, as the treatment applied in the spring of 2018 primarily targets larvae laid in the 2018 season. Reductions in pest numbers would therefore not be expected until 2019.
The traps contain a Japanese beetle attractant which is a combination of a floral lure and a pheromone. The traps and lures do not pose a risk to animals or humans.
Japanese beetle treatment
Given the damage that Japanese beetle can do to parks, lawns, golf courses, landscapes and the BC agriculture industry, the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture is leading a coordinated effort to eradicate the pest.
The City of Vancouver and Vancouver Parks Board will treat public lands with turf grass in and around where Japanese beetle has been detected during the spring and summer of 2018. The larvicide used to treat for this pest is approved by the Government of Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) for use in Canada. The product is applied once per year directly to the soil and is ingested by the larvae of the beetle. The larvicide targets root-eating grubs, and will not impact people, pets, mammals, birds, bees, butterflies or other plants and animals, including any mammals or birds that eat the treated grubs. The treatment will be applied manually by trained and licensed pest management specialists to soil and will be as unobtrusive as possible.
- The City commenced treatment on June 5, 2018.
- On June 5, the City began treating parks and public property in the False Creek area, beginning with the lawn next to the Roundhouse Community Centre.
- On Sunday, June 10, treatment began in David Lam Park where Japanese beetle was first found in 2017. Treatment work will take place between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.
- Treatment will continue throughout June in various parks.
The public is asked to look out for and to follow signs placed in treated areas.
How You Can Help, Learn More
Working together, we can help to eradicate Japanese beetle from BC.
Additional Resources from CFIA
- Regulatory Status of Areas in Canada and the United States
- Japanese beetle regulated area in British Columbia
- Facilities Approved in a Japanese Beetle Certification Program