Brown spruce longhorn beetle found in New Brunswick
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of the brown spruce longhorn beetle (BSLB) near a campground within the Kouchibouguac National Park in New Brunswick. This is the first find of BSLB in New Brunswick and the first outside of Nova Scotia.
It is suspected that the pest was transported to New Brunswick on firewood. This new find is nearly 165 kilometres away from the closest positive BSLB site located in Westchester Station, Nova Scotia.
“The CFIA is committed to working closely with other federal departments and agencies, provincial and municipal governments, and industry towards slowing the spread of BSLB,” said CFIA President George Da Pont.
Materials that could spread the beetle will be restricted from moving in and out of a minimum one-kilometre area surrounding the find-site in the park. Restricted materials will include spruce logs (including spruce firewood), bark and wood chips (larger than 4 centimetres). Further restrictions may be required.
Although BSLB does not pose a risk to human health, it is a highly destructive beetle. Since its discovery in 1999 in Point Pleasant Park in Halifax, it has killed thousands of spruce trees in Nova Scotia, and poses an economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas of North America. Until now, the only location for the pest in North America was in Nova Scotia. The pest has the potential to spread through the spruce forests of North America.
The most important way to limit the spread of this invasive beetle is to avoid transporting spruce materials such as spruce firewood. Firewood should be bought locally, burned on-site and never transported. In June 2008, the CFIA launched an ongoing Don’t Move Firewood awareness campaign in an effort to slow the spread of all invasive pests.
Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency
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