Pest Alert: Asian Giant Hornet
Three Asian Hornets (Vespa mandarinia) were found in the Nanaimo area on Vancouver Island in mid-August of 2019. The identification has been confirmed by Canadian and international experts. This is the first time this insect has been found in British Columbia. Please report it if you see it:
- Residents along Zero Avenue — the 16-km-long east-west street that frames the Canada-US border — are being asked to report sightings of the invasive species, as they could emerge from their nests over the coming weeks and months as the weather becomes progressively warmer.
British Columbians who think they may have seen one are asked to take a photo and GPS location if possible and report the sighting to
The Invasive Species Council of B.C.:
The Asian Giant Hornet PDF is available by clicking here.
An article with videos of the Asian Giant Hornet by Daily Hive Vanouver is viewable by clicking here
Please make sure you are aware of the differences between our Bald- Faced Hornet, etc, and the Asian Giant Hornet.
Asian Giant Hornets are large, and have noticeably large orange heads and black eyes. Worker hornets are approximately 3.5 cm in length and queens can be up to 4-5 cm in length with a wingspan of 4-7cm.
Grow me instead – This Grow Me Instead Brochure profiles BC’s most unwanted horticultural plants, along with their recommended alternatives
Japanese Beetle: PEST ALERT: Japanese Beetle We have been seeing the traps around greater Vancouver, now CFIA has confirmed that Japanese Beetle has been found in False Creek. This small shiny green beetle causes major devastation. If you have not read the letter from Gary Lewis of Pheonix Perennials please view it here.The Japanese Beetle is an invasive species which feeds on the roots of grass and more than 300 plant species. It has been found in Vancouver and a regulated area haas been established to restrict movement of soil, leaves and plant parts from moving out of the infested area. for more information on what is being done, click here. Report any insect that you suspect could be a Japanese beetle to the CFIA or call 1-800-442-2342
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