March 29, 2019 - Williams Lake, BC. The mobile Report Invasives BC app, which is available free of charge for iPhone, iPad, and Android platforms, has been updated to include Japanese beetle. Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) was first introduced to Eastern North America from Japan in 1916. Japanese beetle is now an invasive, regulated pest in Canada and was detected in BC in July 2017 in Vancouver's David Lam Park. The beetle is currently under eradication with treatment and containment efforts ongoing in parts of Vancouver. The public is asked to report all suspect Japanese beetles. Downloading the Report Invasives BC app makes recognizing and reporting Japanese beetle simple!
The Report Invasives BC app can be used online or offline to create submissions. When you are out of service, the report will be sent as soon as you are back in cell coverage.
The app's user-friendly features also include:
- Search for species first by species category; then by common name, scientific name, or by flower colour in the case of plants
- View multiple image galleries for over 340 species on the list
- Stats tab with a clickable map of BC that displays the 500 most recent submission details, and
- Statistics on the number of locations reported for each species
To use the app, simply take a picture, indicate the approximate infestation size from one of four options, and add your contact info (this will only be necessary the first time you make a report).
Your invasive species sighting will be reviewed by an invasive species specialist who will coordinate follow-up activities.
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