Gypsy Moth News

April 23, 2018 - Updated First Treatment Date

A revised gypsy moth development model projections based on actual weather data has made some minor changes to the first treatment dates. 

All treatment dates for the communities listed below are dependent on weather conditions (cooler or warmer temperatures will affect the date). Updates to these dates will be available on this website, the gypsy moth listserv message system, and the 24 hour information line (1-866-917-5999).

Agassiz Ground Spray - Monday, May 7th - (View the ground spray treatment map)

Surrey Ground Spray - Thursday, May 10th (View the ground spray treatment map)

Courtenay Aerial Spray - Wednesday, May 16th - (View a map of the treatment area)

Campbell River Ground Spray - Friday, May 18th - (View the ground spray treatment map)

April 13, 2018 - Order In Council Issued

An Order In Council (pdf) which makes the 2018 North American Gypsy Moth Eradication Regulation has been issued by the Province of British Columbia, by the Order of the Lieutenant Governor In Council.

April 12, 2018 - Tentative First Spray Dates Announced

All treatment dates for the communities listed below are dependent on weather conditions (cooler or warmer temperatures will affect the date). Updates to these dates will be available on this website, the gypsy moth listserv message system, and the 24 hour information line (1-866-917-5999).

Agassiz Ground Spray - May 6th - (View the ground spray treatment map)

Surrey Ground Spray - May 9th (View the ground spray treatment map)

Courtenay Aerial Spray - May 15th - (View a map of the treatment area)

Campbell River Ground Spray - May 19th - (View the ground spray treatment map)

April 10, 2018 - Open Houses Completed

The public was provided the opportunity to talk to the members of the BC Gypsy Moth Technical Advisory Committee about the gypsy moth eradication projects in their areas.   The table summarizes the details about these open house sessions.

Gypsy Moth Open Houses
Locations Dates Number of Public Attendees
Courtenay - Tsolum Building January 24, 2018 12
Agassiz - Community Recreation and Cultural Centre April 4 ,2018 10
Surrey - Erma Stephenson Elementary School April 5, 2018 16
Campbell River- Campbell River Sportsplex April 10, 2018 50-60

March 22, 2018 - Courtenay Aerial Spray Project Update

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy has issued Pesticide Use Permit No. 402-0673-18/18 for the aerial spray program in Courtenay, B.C. that will commence in early May 2018.

View the Pesticide Use Permit at: 2018 Permit (PDF)

An open house for the aerial spray project 2.5 km north of Courtenay was held on January 24th, in Courtenay at the Tsolum Bldg in Lewis Park. 

February 8, 2018 - Ground Spray Project Open Houses Announced

Agassiz

Date: Wednesday, April 4 ,2018

Time: 3:30 – 7:30 pm

Location: Community Recreation and Cultural Centre; 6660 Pioneer Avenue; Multi-Purpose Room B

 

Surrey

Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Time: 3:30 – 7:30 pm

Location: Erma Stephenson Elementary School; 10929 – 160 St; Gymnasium

 

Campbell River

Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Time: 3:30 – 7:30 pm

Location: Campbell River Sportsplex; 1800 S. Alder Street; SP Room 2

 

Members of the B.C. Gypsy Moth Technical Advisory Committee will be available to answer any questions about the planned ground treatment project in your community.  Learn about the biology of the insect, their impacts, the detection methods, treatment options, and specific information about the ground spray operations. 

 


 

December 13, 2017 - 2018 Treatment Plans Announced

2017 pheromone trapping conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) revealed four sites with growing populations of gypsy moth that were recommended for eradication treatment in 2018.  Three will be treated using ground spray equipment while the fourth will be treated from the air.    The four treatment areas are as follows:

62 hectare Ground Spray - Port Mann/Guildford, North Surrey

A population of gypsy moth appeared to be establishing itself in the northwest corner of the Guildford neighborhood in Surrey, B.C. Trapping results for the last four years have shown gypsy moth surviving in this residential area and in undeveloped city land bordering the former Surrey Landfill and the southern approach to the Port Mann Bridge. A 24 hectare ground application of Btk was conducted in May 2017.  However, trapping results in the summer of 2017 revealed that the population continues to thrive, likely within the dense vegetation along the slopes below the residential area.  A second, more intensive ground application will be conducted in the spring of 2018 that will target the previously untreated vegetation below the subdivision.  An expanded treatment of residences that could potentially have received dispersing larvae will also be conducted at that time. Three applications are required and the treatments will be conducted during daylight hours.  Residents will be given notice, prior to treatments commencing,  to close windows and vents, and to cover or move indoors any items not be sprayed.  

41 hectare Ground Spray - Agassiz

A single trap containing two moths was collected in 2016 and follow-up trapping at a higher density revealed another four moths collected in four traps in the same area in 2017.   A decision to treat the area with Btk was made and a boundary was drawn that includes the area where there is a high probability that gypsy moth are thriving.  

45 hectare Ground Spray - Campbell River

A single trap containing two moths was collected in 2016 and a higher density trapping grid placed in 2017 found another eight moths in two traps located very close to the 2016 find.  The treatment boundary covers the area where the moths are likely to be found and will be treated with ground spraying equipment in April through June, 2018.

 


 

94 hectare Aerial Spray - Courtenay

After three successive years of male moth catches at this location, the decision has been made to treat the area using Btk applied from an aircraft.  Aerial treatment is the only practical means of applying the product due to the size and terrain of the treatment area. 


2017 Trapping Results

During the summer of 2017, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and FLNRORD staff placed pheromone traps to detect the presence of male gypsy moths that have been brought into B.C. from infested parts of eastern North America.   A total of 68 moths were caught in 30 different locations, primarily in the Lower Mainland/ Fraser Valley and southern Vancouver Island.  The very first moth was caught on Haida Gwaii near Queen Charlotte City.  One of the moths has been identified as being an Asian gypsy moth and the site where it was caught near Cowichan Bay will be intensively trapped next summer.    

Green Waste Information for Surrey & Delta Residents

Help Keep B.C. Gypsy Moth Free! Gypsy Moth has been located and is under eradication in Surrey and Delta. You can help prevent Gypsy Moth from establishing permanently in B.C. by inspecting your outdoor plant waste for egg masses and ensuring all green waste goes in your green bin.

If you are a resident of Surrey and have large green waste items that do not fit inside your green waste bin, call the City of Surrey Waste Collection Hotline at 604-590-7289. If you are a resident of Delta, ensure that all green waste is contained in green cans or kraft paper bags. Delta residents can drop off large quantities of green waste, free of charge, at Enviro-Smart Organics (4295 72 Street).