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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
May 24, 2018, Vancouver Sun, Patrick Johnston - VANCOUVER. The Japanese beetle has been spotted in Vancouver and the race is on to keep the invasive species from spreading. Here are five things to know about the beetle and efforts to eradicate the half-inch bugs.
StarMetro Vancouver, Wanyee Li, May 24, 2018. VANCOUVER - The invasive Japanese beetle has arrived in B.C. in a big way - about 850 of them were found in Vancouver’s David Lam Park. Inspectors first discovered the beetle in the city last summer, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Adult beetles are voracious feeders and can destroy a wide variety of plants including grass and shrubbery, as well as crops.
May 24, 2018 - CBC News Vancouver at 6 - VANCOUVER. Watch video coverage of Japanese Beetle in Vancouver, what the impact could be, what's being done and how you can help.
BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, May 11, 2018 - VICTORIA. Funding updated May 14, 2018, for clarification. For the first time, the Government of British Columbia is ensuring there will be dedicated, significant annual funding for B.C.'s Invasive Mussel Defence Program, to help protect the province’s waterways from the environmental, economic and social impacts these invasive species can have.
Morning Start Staff, May. 2, 2018 12:30 p.m. WILLIAMS LAKE - Province issues funds to combat invasive plants. Victoria doles out nearly $8 million to 34 provincial municipalities, groups, regional districts. Municipalities and groups will share in $7.7 million in grants provided by the Ministry of Forests to manage the spread of invasive plants in B.C. The grants are part of a multi-year funding program that will see the money distributed to 34 regional invasive species organizations, local governments, environmental groups and researchers, as well as the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia.