Updated situation of Anoplophora glabripennis in Canada
In September 2013, the presence of Anoplophora glabripennis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae – EPPO A1 List) was detected again in Canada, near Mississauga in Ontario (EPPO RS 2014/022). Based on the number of infested trees and degree of attack, the NPPO of Canada concluded that the Mississauga finding of 2013 was a small and isolated infestation. Official control measures were immediately put in place to eradicate the pest. All host trees located within a 800 m radius around infested trees were cut down and ground to a chip size of less than 1.5 cm (5/8”). Intensive delimitation surveys were also carried out. All hosts located within 2 400 m of infested trees were inspected using ground survey and tree climbing methods. Further ground surveys up to 10 km from infested trees were conducted on a 750 m grid interval. In addition, the movement of specified regulated articles out of the demarcated area has been placed under official control. An information campaign has been launched to raise the awareness of all stakeholders, including the general public, and to encourage reporting of all sightings. As a result of these actions, no new infested trees have been detected. Follow-up surveys will be continued for the next 5 years before eradication can be officially declared, as was the case with the Toronto-Vaughan infestation of 2003 (EPPO RS 2013/076).
The official pest status of Anoplophora glabripennis in Canada is officially declared as: Transient, actionable, under eradication.
NPPO of Canada (2015-07).