Gypsy moths ‘surviving’ in residential area of Guildford, trapping results show

Community open house set for April 6 at Fraser Heights rec centre

  • Mar. 27, 2017 6:00 a.m.

Gypsy moths.

SURREY — A population of gypsy moth appears to be establishing itself in the northwest corner of the Guildford area of Surrey.

So say B.C. environment and agriculture officials, who plan to host a community open house to let people know about the 2017 gypsy moth ground-spray treatment program.

“Trapping results for the last three years show the gypsy moth surviving in this residential area bordered by the former Surrey Landfill and the south approach to the Port Mann Bridge,” officials say in an information bulletin released today (Monday).

“If left untreated, the moth could threaten trees and farms in Surrey and spread to new areas of the province via vehicles and the movement of household goods and other materials.”

The gypsy moth is an introduced pest species, officials say. The caterpillars feed on tree leaves and can damage forests, farms and orchards. In recent years, large gypsy moth populations have defoliated sections of forests and residential areas in Ontario and the eastern United States.

The subject will be covered at a community open house on Thursday, April 6 at Fraser Heights Recreation Centre, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., at 10588 160th St., Surrey.

Members of the B.C. gypsy moth technical advisory committee, representatives from the ministries of Environment and Agriculture, and other experts will be in attendance to answer questions and provide information about the 2016 trapping season and the proposed 2017 treatment areas.

Now staff.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

UPDATED: Surrey RCMP make multiple arrests after reports of fight in Newton

Huge police response to reports of fight, possibly a gun, in the area of 82nd Avenue east of Scott Road

Surrey youth protest throne speech as part of Global Day of Action

Group marched to Liberal MP Randeep Sarai’s constituency office

Father hopes journey to aviation-safety program inspires hope

Former South Surrey resident Greg Sewell hasn’t given up on quest to mandate older-plane retrofits

Panorama Ridge Secondary reports third COVID-19 exposure

Fraser Health has created a new webpage listing COVID-19 cases in schools

Surrey home has ‘extensive damage’ after fire

‘Heavy smoke’ caused some visibility issues

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

VIDEO: COVID won’t dampen Lower Mainland woman’s Halloween spirit

Langley’s Tanya Reid posted video offering suggestions of how trick-or-treating might look for her

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

$250K reward offered as investigation continues into Sea to Sky Gondola vandalism

Police also asking for specific footage of Sea to Sky highway around time of incident

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Trudeau ‘disappointed’ by RCMP treatment of Sikh officers over mask issue

World Sikh Organization of Canada said taking Sikh officers off the front lines constitutes discrimination

Liberals reach deal with NDP on COVID-19 aid bill, likely averting election

NDP and the Liberals have reached an agreement on COVID-19 sick-leave

VIDEO: Mounties looking to catch Chilliwack bike-riding teen groper

Man caught on video slapping the backside of girl near CSS riding a bicycle

Most Read