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A Japanese beetle

Park Board set to begin treating parks for invasive Japanese beetle

April 4 2019 –

The Vancouver Park Board is set to begin treatment for the invasive Japanese beetle in certain city parks beginning on April 7. On behalf of the BC Ministry of Agriculture, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) served the City of Vancouver and the Park Board with a Notice of Requirement to Treat last week.

Parks to remain open

Similar to 2018, parks will be kept open. However, residents are asked to avoid turf areas while during treatment. There will be Park Board staff and signage at each site advising people of what’s happening and to ensure they and their pets keep off the grass. 

The CFIA, Province of BC, City of Vancouver, Park Board, Invasive Species Council of BC, and BC Landscape and Nursery Association have been working together on a response to the Japanese beetle incursion since 2017 when the insects were first discovered in False Creek. Japanese beetles can significantly damage turf, landscape plants and ornamental plants, fruit and vegetable gardens, nurseries, orchards, and agricultural crops. 

Treatment will begin on April 7 at David Lam Park and continue into May at parks in the West End, Downtown, Strathcona, Mount Pleasant, Fairview and Kitsilano neighbourhoods. Staff will treat large turf areas and small strips of grass around flower beds, shrubs and trees. Other public turf areas such as medians and boulevards will also be treated. 

Treatment process

The treatment product poses no risk to people, pets, mammals, birds, bees, butterflie, or other animals. It consists of applying Acelepryn directly to the soil. This larvicide is then ingested by the larvae of the beetle. The product beetleGONE! will be applied to landscape plants and tree foliage to control adult beetles feeding on the plants. beetleGONE! is based on a naturally occurring bacteria found in soil that becomes toxic once ingested by beetles. 

Both products are approved for use by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Health Canada and are also permitted under the City of Vancouver’s Health Bylaw. All treatments will be applied manually by trained pest management specialists and will be as unobtrusive as possible.

Approximately 70 hectares of City and park lands will be treated. It is anticipated that treatment will continue for several more years.

The CFIA has established a regulated area for Japanese beetle around False Creek. Until further notice, the movement of plant material and soil out of the regulated area is restricted to prevent movement of the beetles to new areas. Residents living in the regulated area can continue to use their municipal green bins to dispose of permitted materials. For more information and a map of the regulated area, visit inspection.gc.ca/jb

Temporary transfer station

Again this year, the City will be opening a temporary transfer station at West 1st Avenue and Wylie Street where residents and commercial landscapers working in the Japanese beetle impacted neighbourhoods can deposit green waste, prunings and lawn clippings, and small amounts of soil and plants with soil. The station will be open June 15 to October 15. Larger amounts of soil or plant material must be issued a CFIA movement certificate before being transported for disposal outside the regulated area.

View the treatment schedule and learn more