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

What we're doing

Treating City property

Tips for residents

Get more information from the CFIA.


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

Have questions?

Send questions to us about the treatment plan for public land using our online form.

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)


Phone: 604-292-5742

  • 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