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2021 Weekly Updates

The Japanese beetle eradication program was in the news!

CBC Conducted an interview with Sophie Dessureault, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator with the Vancouver Parks Board, on the current status and successes of the eradication program.

“Eradication efforts to keep a voracious plant-eating invasive insect from establishing itself in British Columbia appear to be working.

Japanese beetles were discovered in downtown Vancouver in 2017 and immediately recognized as an invasive species that, if allowed to proliferate in the province, could devastate plants and commercial crops.”

Read the full article here.

Using BeetleGONE!, Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. galleriae, for Japanese Beetle Eradication

The biological insecticide, BTG (Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. galleriae) targets European chafer and Japanese beetle and can be used in landscapes, urban areas, and backyards.

BTG products will be used as a supplementary tool in addition to the current treatment plan to eradicate Japanese beetle. BeetleGONE! Was selected due to its favourable health and environmental profile, and does not impact people, pets, mammals, birds, bees, butterflies or other animals.

How will BTG be used?
BeetleGONE! will be mixed with water and the solution will be applied as a foliar spray to landscape plants in and around David Lam Park, which is the known epicenter of the Japanese beetle incursion. When adult beetles feed on the treated foliage they will ingest the bacterium. The treatment will be applied up to five times during beetle flight, as determined by pheromone traps in the area. All treatments will be carried out by licensed applicators, and will generally occur at one-week intervals
For more information on BTG and its usage in the Japanese beetle eradication program, view the BeetleGONE! Q&A from the BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.

What Happens to Green Waste from the JB Regulated Area?

Green waste from either the temporary transfer station or the homeowner’s green waste bins are both collected in enclosed bins and then moved to Burnaby’s big incinerator. Burning the green waste ensures that the pests are killed, which would not be the case if the green waste was composted. Disposal companies who are private carriers for green waste also must follow the regulations.

After October 15, science tells us that JB has moved back into the soil and there are no adults remaining on green foliage. The result is that landscapers can move green waste out of the area after October 15 safely.

With the pest burrowing into gardens and turf, soil is considered to be regulated for movement 12 months of the year. Whether it is summer or winter, there is a risk of moving JB larvae when soil is moved, requiring that soil either stays within the regulated area, or a Movement Certificate must be accessed from CFIA to move it to a Landfill for deep burial.

The Temporary Transfer Station will be open for the season until October 15, 2021.
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Japanese Beetle Traps

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting enhanced trapping across Metro Vancouver as part of the coordinated response to eradicate Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) from Vancouver.

The traps are used to track when and where the beetles are found and if they are spreading. The data collected provides valuable information which is vital to the eradication efforts. It is extremely important that these traps are left alone. Please do not touch them!

  1. Please leave the traps alone!!! Do not touch, move or tamper with the traps. Traps are checked regularly by CFIA staff.
  2. Report any knocked down or vandalized traps! Send an email to [email protected] and include the location and a picture of the trap or call 604-292-5742.
  3. Report any suspect Japanese beetles to the CFIA! Send an email to [email protected] and include the location and a picture, if possible, or call 604-292-5742.

Hosts and Feeding Damage

As Japanese beetles take flight, the adult beetles will begin to feed on the foliage and fruit of many different plants. Host plants include roses, fruit trees, woody and herbaceous ornamentals, and shade trees. It is very important to be on the lookout and report any suspect beetles.

Signs of damage include:
  • Beetles will start feeding at the top of the plant most exposed to sunlight, and work its way down the plant
  • Chewing on the tissue between the leaves results in Skeletonized leaves
  • Declining health of plants
Report suspect Japanese beetles to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

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2021 Guidelines for Collecting Suspect JB or Submitting Photos of Suspects

  • Japanese beetles are extremely active between 10 am and 2 pm on sunny days where the temperature reaches or exceeds 21 ͦ Celsius
  • The suspect beetle may not stay still long enough for you to take a photo and so you may want to collect the beetle and then take photos
  • Take multiple photos under good light
  • Photos should be clear, high-resolution and close-up to the suspect beetle(s)
  • Note the address/area details of where the suspected JB photo was taken
  • Submit photos to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency: [email protected]

Tips from the Trade for Landscapers Working in the Regulated Area

Follow these tips to ensure that your daily operational practices are positively contributing to the JB eradication effort which is critical for our landscape, our livelihood, and our industry.
  • Know the boundaries! Keep a Regulated Map in all work trucks so that employees are clear about the movement of plant material.
  • Plan your operations and routes in advance. Map it out on paper, test it and revise if necessary.
  • Know the location and hours of operation for the Temporary Transfer Station!
  • Be consistent with your loads, post this City of Vancouver Green Waste Estimate page in each company vehicle working in the Regulated Area.
  • If possible, designate crew members that live in or near the Regulated Area for any work within the boundaries to minimize movement and time spent cleaning and washing down vehicle.

How to Tarp Your Load – A video from the Invasive Species Council of BC

As of Monday, June 15, all green waste is regulated in the Japanese Beetle regulated zone in Vancouver. The 2020 ISCBC Japanese beetle ambassadors and a landscaping professional describe the steps to safely and securely tarp your green waste load for transport in the Vancouver area, as it could be potentially infested with Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica). Ensuring your green waste is carefully secured will greatly reduce the risk of inadvertently spreading Japanese Beetle around Vancouver.

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Any day now……

Japanese beetle begins flying mid-June. Watch for, and report, any Japanese Beetle sightings, including a photo, if possible, the time and the address where it was found. Put the beetle in a jar so CFIA can make positive ID if necessary. Submit your findings to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

As of June 15, until Oct 15, 2021, all green waste is regulated in the Japanese Beetle zone in Vancouver. This means that any green waste from the regulated area must be disposed of inside the regulated zone, or taken to the temporary transfer station at 1st and Wylie in Vancouver.

For more info about the movement of plants, plant parts and soil leaving the regulated area click here.

Temporary Transfer Station for Green Waste
Opens June 14th in False Creek

Location: 301 West 1st Avenue
Dates: June 14 to October 15, 2021
Hours: Monday to Friday 2 pm to 6 pm

Payment Method *New!*
Invoicing is back! Payments can be made on-site using debit, Mastercard, VISA, or corporate account with the City of Vancouver. Cash not accepted on-site.

Accepted Materials
Green waste and small amounts (one wheelbarrow limit) of plants mixed with soil, including root balls and sod, from within the regulated area.

Site Users
Commercial landscapers and gardeners can drop off small (pickup truck) quantities. Larger quantities (more than one pickup truck) require a movement certificate from the CFIA by calling 604-292-5742 or emailing [email protected]. Homeowners should continue using their green bin first. However, any green material in excess of regular green bin quantities should be brought to the temporary transfer station. Food waste is not accepted.

Fees for Services
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For more information about the temporary transfer station, visit the City website. For details about the Japanese beetle and the movement restrictions in place, visit the CFIA website.

Good news!

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has extended the current remission in place for certain plant protection fees for Japanese Beetle in Vancouver until March 2025.

What does this mean?

Movement certificates required to move articles from the regulated area will continue to be of no cost to the applicant.

For a refresh on the movement of articles from within restricted area, please reference the CFIA’s Guidance for the movement of plants, plant parts and soil leaving the Japanese beetle regulated area in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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The results are in!

Japanese beetle survey trapping, conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), concluded on November 16, 2020. 2,507 traps were placed throughout the province, with the highest density of traps placed within the City of Vancouver. A total of 214 beetles were caught in 39 traps, resulting in a 82% reduction from 2019.

Read the full notice from the CFIA here.

The BCLNA would like to thank the all landscapers that have been working within the regulated area within Vancouver and for complying with regulations. Eradication efforts still continue, and your help and cooperation are still required for the success of the eradication program.
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It's that time of year again to begin preparing for another season of Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) eradication. Equip yourself with the latest information by watching the BCLNA's annual Japanese Beetle Landscape Technical Session.

BCLNA hosted the Landscape Spring Technical Session on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

This informative webinar provided updates on the 2021 eradication program and everything landscapers, arborists, and professional horticulturalists need to know for working in the regulated area. Presentations included:

  • Pest biology & 2020 beetle numbers, presented by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
  • Movement control guidelines - Presented by the CFIA
  • 2021 private and public lands treatment plan - Presented by the BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Fisheries
  • Temporary Transfer Station information - Presented by the City of Vancouver

Contacts and Resources

Professional Landscaper Technical Information:
BCLNA at 604-575-3513 or [email protected]

CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 or
[email protected]

Eradication Effort:
BC Invasive Species Council at 1-888-933-3722 or
the BC Ministry of Agriculture at 604-556-3001

Regulated Area & Movement Restrictions:
CFIA at 1-800-442-2342

Movement Certificate:
CFIA at 604-292-5742 or [email protected]

Tracy Hueppelsheuser with the BC Ministry of Agriculture at
[email protected]

General Coordination and Outreach:
Contact the ISCBC at 1-888-933-3722

This project was funded in part by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Government of British Columbia through programs delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C.