Anoplophora glabripennis not found during the 2016/2017 survey in Finland
In October 2015, an isolated outbreak of Anoplophora glabripennis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae – EPPO A1 List) was found in the municipality of Vantaa (near Helsinki) in Finland and eradication measures were immediately implemented (EPPO RS 2015/184). Official annual surveys are being carried out in accordance with Commission Implementing Decision 2012/138/EU. From April 2016 to April 2017, 174 inspections were carried out in public parks and gardens, forests and other sites. In Vantaa, 78 inspections were carried out, using pheromone traps, tree climbers and sniffer dogs. In other sites, such as stone importers and industrial areas, 79 inspections were carried out. During these inspections, the pest was not found. In addition, several samples (4 from Vantaa, 3 from other sites, 3 from wood packing material) were collected and tested but all gave negative results. Results of the pheromone trapping programme in Vantaa and other sites were also negative. In conclusion, the 2016-2017 survey for A. glabripennis did not detect the pest; eradication continues.
NPPO of Finland (2017-04).