Asian Longhorn Beetle
The Asian Longhorn Beetle has been found in the Toronto
area and aggressive destruction of trees is taking place to prevent its spread.
Even after taking such drastic measures, it is possible that the beetle may find
its way to other locations. The following press release from the CFIA gives some
idea of the issue.
OTTAWA, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has made a positive identification of the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALHB), Anoplophora glabripennis, in Woodbridge, Ontario.
This is the first confirmed find of Asian Longhorned Beetle attacking trees in Canada. This beetle is an invasive quarantine insect, native to Asia, and is known to kill healthy trees. Broadleaf trees at risk from this insect include all species of maple along with elm, ash, poplars, alder, arbutus, willow, and various fruit trees.
While the insect presents no threat to public health, the beetle poses a significant risk to Canada's trees and forests. The ALHB has no natural controls in North America that would prevent its spread.
The CFIA is implementing an aggressive campaign to control and eradicate this unwanted pest with the full cooperation of the City of Vaughan, the City of Toronto and other federal and provincial partners. There is currently a local infestation in an industrial area roughly bordered by Hwy. 407, Hwy. 400, Finch Ave. W., and Milvan Drive.
The CFIA has implemented strict import policies to regulate wood packaging and wood products. The CFIA also supports the adoption of a recent international standard created by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) to reduce the plant health risks associated with wood packaging used in trade.
Residents of the affected area are asked to help protect Canada's forests by reporting any suspected sightings of this insect to our toll-free line at 1-800-442-2342. For pictures and more information on how to identify signs of the insect and infested trees, please visit the CFIA website at www.inspection.gc.ca
Officials from the CFIA, the City of Vaughan and the City of Toronto will be available to the media at 4000 Steeles Ave. W. in Vaughan between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to view infested trees and answer questions.
For more information, please visit the CFIA website at www.inspection.gc.ca or call our toll free number at 1-800-442-2342 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., local time.