Notice for Nursery Growers
& Landscaper Plant Suppliers

Japanese Beetle Considerations for Growers

The number of Japanese beetle found in the Vancouver area continues to climb. Please use precaution to avoid spreading the beetle beyond the Regulated Area or onto your property.
Restricted Movement Area
Be aware of where your delivery trucks are going. Plan your delivery route to make the restricted zone the last stop. The Japanese beetle is a notorious hichhiker. If you're making deliveries in the Regulated Zone, practice extra caution that a pest isn't climbing aboard.
Delivery Trucks
Plants should be covered and/or in an enclosed truck during the June 15 – October 15 flying season. If tarping is used make sure tarp is cleaned off before leaving restricted movement zone. Drivers should check trucks for any hitchhiker beetles. If you would like a Japanese Beetle identification card please contact [email protected]
JB - Restriction of Movement
Plant Returns – VERY RISKY
Plants with soil cannot be removed from the restricted zone without a Movement Certificate from CFIA, which requires a week’s notice to get.

If it’s observed that restricted product was taken out of the regulated area without obtaining a CFIA movement certificate fines can be as high as $10,000

You may want to review your return policy. If you didn’t deliver, do you know where the plants have been? At least one retail nursery has already posted a No Return policy on their Facebook page for deliveries in and around the restricted area.
Pot Returns
During the June 15 – October 15 fly-time pot returns should not be accepted from the restricted zone
Webinar: Japanese Beetle - What You Need to Know
Invasive Species Council of BC's webinar, Japanese Beetle - What You Need to Know (54 minutes), is available for download. The webinar was presented by Shannon Derksen and Melissa Cook, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, joined for questions and answers by Tracy Hueppelsheuser, Entomologist, Plant and Animal Health Branch, British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture on July 25, 2018. The webinar provides up-to-date information on the Japanese beetle eradication efforts and answers questions posed by concerned industry members.
Report Any Potential Japanese Beetle Sightings to CFIA
  1. You must provide a close-up and clear photo of the pest.
  2. Note the time and the precise location.
  3. Note how many were found.
  4. Roses are most susceptible so check there first!
  5. Send it to [email protected] along with your contact information.
  6. CFIA will call you to verify your submission only if you have sent a photo.

Stay informed


  • Regulated Area & Movement Restrictions: Contact CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 or inspection.gc.ca/jb
  • Movement Certificates (Permits): Contact CFIA at 604-292-5742 or [email protected]
  • Disposal Within the Regulated Area: Contact City of Vancouver or Vancouver Parks Board at vancouver.ca webpage or 311 for public within Vancouver
  • General Coordination and Public Outreach: Contact: ISCBC at 1-888-933-3722 or bcinvasives.ca/japanesebeetle

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.