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A coordinated response to eradicate Japanese beetle in Vancouver

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, City of Vancouver, 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.

This co-operative effort is required because 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.

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Response activities

Movement controls

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.

Until further notice, the movement of plant material and soil out of the regulated area is restricted. A revised regulated area came into effect on February 7, 2019.

  • The movement of rooted plants and soil out of the regulated area is restricted all year round.
  • The movement of above-ground plant parts out of the regulated area is restricted between June 15 and October 15, which is the flight period of the adult beetles.

The CFIA is restricting the movement of soil, rooted plants with soil and other plant material that is infested or likely to be infested with Japanese beetle out of the regulated area. These restrictions are intended to reduce the risk of human-assisted spread of the beetle.

Japanese Beetle – Regulated Area (Vancouver). Description follows.
Description of map – Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica) regulated areas of Vancouver, British Columbia

This map shows the boundaries of the Japanese beetle regulated area in the City of Vancouver in British Columbia. The regulated area includes downtown Vancouver, the West End, Stanley Park, and False Creek and extends east to Clark Drive, south to 12th Avenue and west to Burrard Street, including Kits Point.

Learn more about the CFIA's movement controls before you move plant material or soil out of the regulated area.


Enhanced trapping plan for Japanese beetle

Japanese beetle traps

As a result of the 2017 finding of Japanese beetle in the False Creek area, the CFIA is carrying out enhanced surveillance for Japanese beetle in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

Traps will be concentrated in the areas where Japanese beetle has been found. The surveillance program will provide the CFIA and its partners with more information about the presence and distribution of Japanese beetle in BC.

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. Anyone who sees a trap is asked not to tamper with it.


Province of British Columbia

Given the damage that Japanese beetle can do to parks, lawns, golf courses, landscapes and the B.C. agriculture industry, the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture (BCMoA) is leading a coordinated effort to eradicate the pest.

The British Columbia Plant Protection Advisory Council (BCPPAC) provided science-based recommendations that included the treatment of both public and private lands with turf grass in the treatment zones.

There is no requirement for the mandatory treatment of private property. The British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture (BCMoA) is working with the City of Vancouver and the landscaping industry to establish voluntary treatment options for the priority private properties in the area where Japanese beetle has been detected.

The products used to treat for this pest are approved for use in Canada by the Government of Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). The products are applied according to label instructions and the adult Japanese beetles and larvae contact or ingest the chemical while they are feeding.

City of Vancouver

The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation will treat public lands with turf grass in and around where Japanese beetle has been detected. Treatment will be carried out during the spring and summer.

Partners, stakeholders and industry associations

These groups are participating in the planning and implementation of the ongoing response to Japanese beetle.

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