Gypsy Moth News

Final Treatment Completed Thursday, May 23rd

The third and final aerial gypsy moth spray for North Surrey began on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at around 5:20 a.m. and was completed at 6:22 a.m. The weather conditions were ideal and no issues were reported.  The only area treated was within the spray boundaries and the potential drift zone identified as the buffer zone on the map (Treatment_Area_Map.pdf).  Pheromone trapping over the summer should determine the effectiveness of this year's treatments and will determine if more treatments are necessary and if so, they will be posted on this web site.  Trapping results and treatment recommendations will be provided in the late fall (Nov. 2019).

Second Treatment Completed on Monday, May 13th

This morning's aerial spray began at ~5:40 AM under perfect weather conditions.  The operation ended at ~6:45 AM.   This is the second of three scheduled treatments of the North Surrey treatment area (Treatment_Area_Map.pdf).  The third treatment is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 23rd but this date could change based on predicted weather and insect development rates.  Excessive wind or the threat of rain will delay or cancel the treatment and it will be rescheduled for the next suitable morning.  Note that the spray aircraft is required to make large turns over residential areas south of the block but the aircraft will not be spraying these areas.  The only treatment will occur within the spray boundaries and the potential drift zone identified as the buffer zone on the map. 

May 1st - First Surrey Aerial Spray Completed

The aerial spray program for Surrey, B.C. (northwest corner of the Fraser Heights neighbourhood (Treatment_Area_Map.pdf) was completed at about 7:15 AM on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.  The treatment took about 45 minutes to complete under ideal conditions. 

An Order in Council has been received from the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia which provides approval for the North American Gypsy Moth Eradication Regulation for 2019.

Pesticide Use Permit #738-0029-19-19 Issued

On March 22, 2019, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy issued the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Pesticide Use Permit #738-0029-19-19 under the provisions of the Integrated Pest Management Act for aerial application of Foray 48B in a 62.2 ha treatment area in Surrey, British Columbia. The Permit can be viewed at: PUP_738-0029-19-19.pdf. The Permit is also posted at Surrey City Hall (13450 - 104th Ave, Surrey, B.C.).

The Permit can be appealed in accordance with Section 14 of the Integrated Pest Management Act. Notice of appeal must (1) be in writing, (2) include the grounds for appeal, (3) be sent by registered mail to PO Box 9425 Stn. Prov. Govt., Victoria, B.C., V8W 9V1 or personally delivered to the Chair, Environmental Appeal Board, 4th Floor - 747 Fort Street, Victoria, B.C., V8W 3E9, (4) be delivered within 30 days from the date of the decision, and (5) be accompanied by a fee of $25.00, payable to the Minister of Finance and Corporate Relations.

The aerial spray program is expected to commence in May 2019. An update on the program start date will be published here in late April and early May.

Aerial Spray Program Open House

The public was invited to attend a community open house and participate in a discussion about the aerial spray program planned for North Surrey in the spring of 2019.  The meeting was held on Tuesday, January 15th from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Erma Stephenson Elementary School gymnasium and approximately 15 members of the public attended.

Members of the B.C. Gypsy Moth Technical Advisory Committee were joined by representatives from Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Ministry of Agriculture, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as well as other experts, to answer questions and provide information about the 2018 trapping results and the planned treatment program for this spring.

Pesticide Use Permit Application Submitted for 62 ha North Surrey Aerial Spray

A pesticide use application has been made to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and the permit application number 738-0029-19/19 has been issued. 

The treatment area is located in the Fraser Heights neighbourhood of North Surrey, adjacent to Highway 1 and the South Fraser Perimeter Road. The area is a mix of private land and municipal park land.

Copies of the permit application and maps of the proposed area may be viewed at:

Surrey City Hall, 13450 – 104 Ave, Surrey, BC V3T 1V8

Anyone wishing to contribute information about the treatment site for the evaluation of this permit application must send copies of the information to both the applicant at the address above and the administrator under the Integrated Pest Management Act within 30 days of the publication of this notice:

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Suite 200 – 10470 152 Street, Surrey BC V3R 0Y3

2018 Trapping Results

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and FLNRORD annual gypsy moth trapping program was completed for 2018.  Pheromone traps were placed across the province in high risk areas and major transportation corridors 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 55moths were caught in 22 different locations, primarily in the Lower Mainland/ Fraser Valley and southern Vancouver Island and one unusual find near Castelgar in the southern interior of the province.     

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).