Gypsy Moth News

2017 Treatment Plans

All treatments have been completed for 2017.  Pheromone trapping results will be available in late fall and if necessary, followed by an announcement of treatment plans.  Updates will be posted on this web site, the 24 hour gypsy moth information line (1-866-917-5999), a listserv message, social media and a formal government information bulletin to all local media.  

26 ha Ground Spray - Port Mann/Guilford, Surrey

A population of gypsy moth appeared to be establishing itself in the NW corner of the Guilford neighborhood in Surrey, B.C. Trapping results for the last three years have shown gypsy moth surviving in this residential area that is bordered by the former Surrey Landfill and the southern approach of the Port Mann Bridge. Ground application of Btk was recommended for eradicating this gypsy moth population to prevent them from becoming established. Treatment began on May 10th and concluded on May 31st. Three applications were required. These treatments occurred during daylight hours and residents were given notice prior to treatments commencing..  

First Treatment:  COMPLETED on Wednesday, May 10th ~8AM to 2:30 PM. 

Second Treatment:  COMPLETED, Tuesday, May 23rd - 8AM to 2 PM

Third Treatment: COMPLETED, Wednesday, May 31st - 8 AM to 12:30 PM

All ground spray operations have been completed and pheromone trapping will be done this summer to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment.  Trapping results will be made available in November and any follow up treatment plans will be announced shortly thereafter.   Thanks to residents for the cooperation and tolerating the inconvenience. 


OPEN HOUSE - April 6, 2017 3:30 to 7:30PM, Fraser Heights Recreation Centre

An information session for the public was held on Thursday, April 6th where representatives of the B.C. Gypsy Moth Committee were available to answer any questions about the upcoming ground spray in the NW corner of the Guilford neighborhood in Surrey.  About 13 members of the public participated.



182 ha AERIAL SPRAY - Elk Lake/Bear Hill Regional Park, Saanich

Three successive years of male moth catches at this location has resulted in the decision to treat using Btk applied from an aircraft.  Aerial treatment was the only practical means of applying the product due to the size and terrain of the treatment area. 

A Pesticide Use Permit application (No. 402-0669-17/17) required to authorize this aerial treatment was approved and issued by the Ministry of Environment for review on March 28, 2017  The 30 day public review period has ended for the public to comment about this application to the permit administrator under the Integrated Pest Management Act.  

First Treatment:  COMPLETED.  5:30 to 7:19 AM,  Thursday, May 18th, 2017. 

Second Treatment:  COMPLETED on Friday, May 26th (5:20AM to 6:36 AM)

Third Treatment:  COMPLETED on WEDNESDAY, June 7th (5:30 AM to 7:10AM)


Open House - Elk Lake/Bear Hill Regional Park Project

A public open house was held on Monday, January 16, 2017 from 3-8PM at the Howard Johnson's 4670 Elk Lake Drive, Saanich.  Representatives from the BC Gypsy Moth technical advisory committee were in attendance to answer questions about the proposed treatment.  About 25 members of the public attended the event. 

2016 Gypsy Moth Trapping Results

Provincial and CFIA trapping across the province during the summer of 2016 resulted in 36 moths being trapped in 12 locations in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island. 



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).