BCLNA Japanese Beetle First Update for 2021


It's that time of year again to begin preparing for another season of Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) eradication. Equip yourself with the latest information by watching the BCLNA's annual Japanese Beetle Landscape Technical Session.

The Results Are In!

Japanese beetle survey trapping, conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), concluded on November 16, 2020. 2,507 traps were placed throughout the province, with the highest density of traps placed within the City of Vancouver. A total of 214 beetles were caught in 39 traps, resulting in a 82% reduction from 2019. Read the full notice from the CFIA here. 

The BCLNA would like to thank the all landscapers that have been working within the regulated area within Vancouver and for complying with regulations. Eradication efforts still continue, and your help and cooperation are still required for the success of the eradication program.

BCLNA hosted the Landscape Spring Technical Session on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.  This informative webinar provided updates on the 2021 eradication program and everything landscapers, arborists, and professional horticulturalists need to know for working in the regulated area.


Presentations included:

- Pest biology & 2020 beetle numbers, presented by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
- Movement control guidelines - Presented by the CFIA
- 2021 private and public lands treatment plan - Presented by the BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Fisheries
- Temporary Transfer Station information - Presented by the City of Vancouver


Japanese Beetle in Vancouver

Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) was found by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) during routine monitoring in Vancouver, BC in August 2017. The CFIA is continuing to monitor for JB throughout the Fraser Valley up to and including Hope.

For 2021, the collaborative eradication response continues with:

BC Ministry of Agriculture
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
City of Vancouver
City of Vancouver Parks Board
Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC)
BC Landscape and Nursery Association (BCLNA)
BC Plant Protection Advisory Council (BCPPAC).
Metro Vancouver
Western Canada Turfgrass Association
BC Agriculture Council

Japanese Beetle Causes Environmental & Economic Harm

Japanese Beetle has the potential to cause significant damage to parks, lawns, golf courses, landscapes and BC’s local food producers and horticulture-agriculture sectors.

During the larval stage, it feeds on the roots of plants and strongly prefers turf. During its adult flying phase from June 15 through October 15, it consumes over 300 types of plants, skeletonizing the leaves and affecting the production and quality of fruits and vegetables, as well as plants such as maples and roses.

In its adult phase, Japanese Beetle is not a particularly good flyer but will hitchhike on vehicles and is quite resilient. To counter the potential for this pest to move, those working within the regulated zone as well as the public are asked to check their vehicles for beetles during the flight season and to ensure their trailers and equipment are clear of any Japanese Beetle adults.

Thank you for your Cooperation

- Work respectfully with City officials, the CFIA and other government officials.
- Inform your clients and business associates about the efforts and regulations to eradicate this pest. Advise them of the potential for added fees for disposal of soil and green waste.
- Please report any non-compliance of green waste and/or soil being removed from the area by sending the license plate and/or company name of the offender to the CFIA at wstjb-sj.acia@canada.ca

Contacts and Resources

Professional Landscaper Technical Information:
BCLNA at 604-575-3513 or info@bclna.com

CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 or cfia.wsjb-sj.acia@canada.ca

Eradication Effort:
BC Invasive Species Council at 1-888-933-3722 or
the BC Ministry of Agriculture at 604-556-3001

Regulated Area & Movement Restrictions:
CFIA at 1-800-442-2342

Movement Certificate:
CFIA at 604-292-5742 or cfia.wsjb-sj.acia@canada.ca

Tracy Hueppelsheuser with the BC Ministry of Agriculture at tracy.hueppelsheuser@gov.bc.ca 

General Coordination and Outreach:
Contact the ISCBC at 1-888-933-3722