Treating City property

Our treatment plan, about the larvicide used, and treatment schedule and map.

How safe is the treatment?

The larvicide, Acelepryn, is not harmful to you, your pets, other animals, or pollinators like bees and butterflies.

It is sprayed directly on the soil and targets root-eating grubs.

Acelepryn is approved for use in Canada by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Health Canada and is permitted under our Health Bylaw Section 2.10 (f)

On June 5, we began treating parks and public property in the False Creek area, beginning with the lawn next to the Roundhouse Community Centre.

On Sunday, June 10, we will begin treatment in David Lam Park where Japanese beetle was first found in 2017. Treatment work will take place between 8am and 4:30pm.

Treatment will continue throughout June in various parks.

Watch for signs

Signs will be posted in and around the parks notifying you of upcoming treatment.

 Click or tap your area for dates

Date Area
Tuesday, June 5 Roundhouse Community Centre
Sunday June 10 David Lam Park
Monday, June 11 David Lam Park
Wednesday, June 13 Emery Barnes Park
Thursday, June 14 May & Lorne Brown Park
Friday, June 15 Thornton Park
Sunday, June 17 Charleson Park
Monday, June 18 Charleson Park
Wednesday, June 20 Coopers Park
Thursday, June 21 George Wainborn Park
Friday, June 22 Sutcliffe Park
Wednesday, June 27 Crab (at Portside) Park

Treatment areas

We are treating 19 hectares of public land.

This includes all lawns within a 200 metre buffer zone around where Japanese beetle was trapped by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in 2017.

Parks are open

We’re not closing parks, but you should stay off the grass for 24 hours post-treatment to give the larvicide a chance to take effect.

There will be parks staff on site during treatment to explain procedures and answer questions.

Private property

You are not required to treat private property.

However, if your property is in the treatment zone and you want treatment done, it must be applied by a certified pesticide applicator.

More about the treatment

The Vancouver Park Board is applying the treatment in public land and several parks.

The BC Ministry of Agriculture made the decision to eradicate the Japanese beetle and is overseeing the treatment program.

The treatment locations were identified by the CFIA and BC Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the British Columbia Plant Protection Advisory Council. 

The CFIA places traps for invasive pests around Southern British Columbia each summer. This is the first time the beetle has been detected in British Columbia.

It is important to contain the pest before it spreads. 

The beetle can cause significant damage to parks, lawns, golf courses, landscapes, and the agriculture industry. It can also affect the beauty and health of Vancouver's ecosystem.

If left untreated, the beetle poses a serious risk to plants and trees in Vancouver and neighbouring municipalities. 

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) 


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