Popillia japonica found in Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
In Canada, during official surveys conducted in 2017, Popillia japonica (Coleoptera: Rutelidae – EPPO A2 List) was found in the City of Vancouver, in the area of False Creek (British Columbia). Phytosanitary measures are being implemented to eradicate the pest and include restrictions on the movements of soil, rooted plants with soil and other plant material that is infested or likely to be infested out of the regulated area. A surveillance programme will be carried out and 1500 traps (floral lure and pheromones) will be placed in Vancouver. During spring and summer 2018, larvicide treatments will also be applied in public lands with turf grass in the infested area.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recalls that P. japonica was first recorded in Canada in 1939. The first beetle was found in a tourist's car at Yarmouth, arriving in Nova Scotia by ferry from Maine (US). As of March 2016, the pest was reported in the following Canadian provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. All detected infestations are subject to official control programmes to eradicate the pest or limit its further spread.
The situation of Popillia japonica in Canada can be described as follows: Present, only in some areas (British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec), under official control.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
- Appendix 1: Regulatory status of areas in Canada and the United States for Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica). http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/plant-pests-invasive-species/directives/horticulture/d-96-15/appendix-1/eng/1346826626609/1346826990603
- D-96-15: Phytosanitary requirements to prevent the spread of Japanese beetle, in Canada and the United States. http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/plant-pests-invasive-species/directives/horticulture/d-96-15/eng/1323854808025/1323854908041
- Popillia japonica (Japanese Beetle) - Fact Sheet. http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/plant-pests-invasive-species/insects/japanese-beetle/fact-sheet/eng/1328165101975/1328165185309