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 External web site, opens in new tab .
Visit the CFIA website External web site, opens in new tab for a complete list of plant and soil materials that can and cannot be moved.
What we're doing
How you can help
Tips for residents
- Report sightings of Japanese beetle to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) External web site, opens in new tab
- Do not remove, relocate, or interfere with Japanese beetle traps.
- Do not transport soil or plant parts out of the regulated area (as described under movement controls) without permission from the CFIA. You can also assist the CFIA by reporting all illegal movement of regulated materials.
How they cause damage
Japanese beetle larvae will feed primarily on the roots of lawns, but they will attack the roots of other plants as well.
Japanese beetle adults are heavy feeders, attacking the flowers, foliage, and fruit of more than 300 plant species, including roses, blueberries, grapes, maples, and elms.
The potential damage to urban landscapes and agricultural crops is significant compared to other pests like European chafer beetle
Send questions to us about the treatment plan for public land using our online form.
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- Identify regulated area
- Restrict plant, soil, and landscape waste movement
- Permits for moving restricted waste
- Place traps for beetles
- Intake reported beetle sightings
- Eradication effort
- Decision to eradicate Japanese beetle
- Treatment product being used
- Beetle education and awareness
- Impact on landscape business