Japanese beetle on a leaf
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Japanese beetle treatment and containment

We are treating public property in the False Creek area for Japanese beetle. Learn about the beetle, get tips, see the area affected, and report beetle sightings.

What is the beetle?

Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) is an invasive plant pest that was first introduced to Eastern North America from Japan in 1916.

Japanese beetle, an invasive, regulated pest in Canada, has been found in the False Creek area.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued an order for Vancouver which restricts moving plant and soil materials from outside a movement-control zone .

Visit the CFIA website  for a complete list of plant and soil materials that can and cannot be moved.

Disposal rules

Plant and soil waste

Beetle sightings

Report to the CFIA  

What we're doing

Treating City property

How you can help

Get tips from the CFIA  

Tips for residents

  • Report sightings to the CFIA through their website .
  • Remove as many adult Japanese beetles as possible by hand and put them in soapy water to kill them.
    • It’s easier to capture them in the early morning because the dew makes it harder for them to fly.
    • Keep the dead beetles and notify the CFIA about the findings. 
  • Attract birds by putting out a birdhouse and food.

Get more tips from the CFIA. 

 

How they cause damage

Japanese beetle larvae feed on the roots of lawns and other plants. 

Adults are heavy feeders, attacking the flowers, foliage, and fruit of more than 250 plant species, including roses, blueberries, and grapevines.

The damage they cause is significant compared to other pests like European chafer beetles.

Have questions?

Phone 3-1-1 for questions about the treatment plan for public land.

View all other topics below to see which organization to contact.

  • Identify regulated area
  • Restrict plant, soil, and landscape waste movement
  • Permits for moving restricted waste
  • Place traps for beetles
  • Intake reported beetle sightings

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) 

BCPF.Japanese.Beetle
@inspection.gc.ca

Phone: 1-800-442-2342

  • Eradication effort
  • Decision to eradicate Japanese beetle
  • Treatment product being used

BC Ministry of Agriculture  

  • Beetle education and awareness

Invasive Species Council of BC 

Phone: 1-888-933-3722 

  • Impact on landscape business

BC Landscape & Nursery Association 

Disposing of green wasteTreating City property