Unfortunate news has confirmed that the Japanese beetle, a voracious and extremely damaging pest to landscape and forest plants, has been detected in the False Creek area of Vancouver. According to CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency), people need to be on high alert as to not spread this invasive pest further across Metro Vancouver. The biggest risk for transporting this pest to other areas is through moving plant or plant debris. The economic impact on BC trade and exports would be devastating should this pest makes its way to forests or nursery greenhouses.
Japanese Beetles are half an inch in length with metallic blue-green heads, copper backs, tan wings, and small white hairs lining each side of the abdomen. They typically feed in small groups and can devour most of the foliage on favoured plants like roses. Look for leaves that are “skeletonized” (only have veins remaining) as this is a telltale sign they are present. The beetles lay eggs in the soil during early summer, which develop into tiny white grubs that overwinter and cause serious damage to lawns the following year.
How We Can Help:
At Para Space, we care about your landscape and the environment. Our pest control methods are environmentally sound and sustainable. We are actively engaged in the research and development of innovative and alternative pest control practices. Our knowledgeable and accredited staff can help provide a thorough plant health management program specific to your landscape needs.