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Parrot's Feather

A popular aquatic garden plant that spreads with water currents, animals, boats/trailers and fishing gear. Dense stands can stagnate water, and increase breeding grounds for mosquitoes learn more »

Zebra/Quagga Mussels

These tiny freshwater mussels clog drains, damage infrastructure, and are very costly to control/eradicate learn more »

Giant Hogweed

A towering toxic invasive plant with WorkSafe BC regulations learn more »

European Fire Ant

A tiny ant with a toxic sting learn more »

Purple Loosestrife

An aggressive wetland invader that threatens plant and animal diversity learn more »

Orange Hawkweed

Also yellow, these invasive plants replace native vegetation along roadsides, and threaten areas not yet reforested learn more »

Japanese Knotweed

Grows aggressively through concrete, impacting roads and house foundations learn more »

Spotted Knapweed

A single plant spreads rapidly with up to 140,000 seeds per square metre learn more »

Scotch Broom

An evergreen shrub that invades rangelands, replaces forage plants, causes allergies in people, and is a serious competitor to conifer seedlings learn more »

News on Invasives

Beetle mania: Vancouver wages war against invasive pest

Vancouver Courier, Jessica Kerr, June 8, 2018. Beetle mania: Vancouver wages war against invasive pest. Spraying for Japanese beetle starts Sunday. The war against the Japanese beetle is on. The city started spraying parks and public property in the False Creek area on June 5, starting with the lawn next to Roundhouse Community Centre.

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Brian Minter: Japanese beetle invasion a serious threat to Vancouver

Vancouver Sun, June 1, 2018 - VANCOUVER. Brian Minter: Japanese beetle invasion a serious threat to Vancouver. It will take a coordinated response to eradicate the Japanese beetle that is causing a great deal of concern in the local food, ornamental plant and turf industries. 

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Tatla Lake Elementary students take a stand against weeds completing Invasive-Wise Youth Challenge

Williams Lake Tribune, May. 28, 2018 11:45 a.m, WILLIAMS LAKE - Tatla Lake Elementary is the first school in the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) to complete the Invasive Species Council of BC’s Invasive Wise Youth Challenge. On Wednesday, May 23, 15 elementary students from Grades K-7 gathered with spades in hand to take a stand against invasive species in their schoolyard.

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100in1Day activities include fun, interactive activities for families Saturday

Williams Lake Tribune, Tara Sprickerhoff, May. 29, 2018 - WILLIAMS LAKE. Invasive Species Council to host activities centred around making positive change. Williams Lake will be joining 12 cities across the country in celebrating the 100in1Day, this Saturday, June 2. A global initiative aiming to inspire changes in cities across the county, the goal of 100in1Day is to compel residents to activate 100 innovative, thought-provoking ideas into interventions for their community. Led in Williams Lake by the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia, and powered by Future Cities Canada, there will be plenty to take part in.

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Japanese beetle invades Vancouver and it’s worse than the chafer beetle

Global News Radio 980 CKNW, Emily Lazatin, May 25, 2018. There’s a new pest in town and health officials say it’s much more dangerous than the chafer beetle. The Japanese beetle was first discovered last summer in Vancouver’s False Creek neighbourhood and City officials say more than 7.5 hectares of land and park space need to be treated now with a larvacide to get rid of it. The province’s top veterinary officer, Dr. Jane Pritchard, says the beetle flies and can do a lot of damage.

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Japanese beetle found in False Creek area

City of Vancouver, May 24 2018 - VANCOUVER. Canadian Food Inspection Agency orders restrictions of plant and soil movement and notice to treat public property in affected areas. “This is a risk we are taking seriously and a collaborative approach will ensure green spaces, gardens, lawns, and agricultural land in Vancouver stays healthy and vibrant.” Japanese beetle, an invasive, regulated pest in Canada, has been discovered in the False Creek area of Vancouver. It can significantly damage landscape plants, ornamental plants, fruit and vegetable gardens, nurseries, orchards, and agricultural crops. 

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Invasive species of Japanese beetle discovered in Vancouver

Vancouver Sun, Harrison Mooney, May 24, 2018, VANCOUVER - The Japanese beetle, an invasive pest native to Japan, as its name suggests, has been discovered in the False Creek area. This is the second such sighting of the Japanese beetle in False Creek. The insect was first spotted in the area last August after it was found in a trap. Before that instance, it had only been discovered in Canada’s Eastern provinces.

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‘We are very worried about it escaping the area’: Vancouver launches battle against Japanese beetle

CBC News, May 24, 2018 - VANCOUVER. 'We are very worried about it escaping the area': Vancouver launches a battle against the Japanese beetle. Invasive beetle found in B.C. for the first time last year concentrated in downtown Vancouver. The battle is on to stop the invasive Japanese beetle from leaving downtown Vancouver where it has been found. People in several areas of the city can no longer remove plants and soil, while removing yard trimmings is restricted all summer.

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Invasive Japanese beetle lands in Vancouver; city parks to be sprayed

Vancouver Courier, Jessica Kerr, May 24, 2018 - VANCOUVER. Province orders city to spray 19.3 hectares of public land with larvacide in attempt to eradicate beetle before it spreads. The Japanese beetle, an invasive pest that can significantly damage plants, gardens and agricultural crops, has landed in Vancouver. “This is a very serious pest,” said Dr. Jane Pritchard, director of plant and animal health, and chief veterinary officer, with the Ministry of Agriculture. “We are very worried about it escaping the area.”

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Voracious plant-eating Japanese beetle found in downtown Vancouver

Alaska Highway News, May 25, 2018. VANCOUVER — Plants and soil can't be moved across a wide swath of Vancouver after the discovery of the Japanese beetle. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says plants and soil can't leave an area that includes neighbourhoods in False Creek, Chinatown and Mount Pleasant.

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