Official Pest Reports

Official Pest Reports are provided by National Plant Protection Organizations within the NAPPO region. These Pest Reports are intended to comply with the International Plant Protection Convention's Standard on Pest Reporting, endorsed by the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures in March 2002.

Canadian Flag Update on the Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle (BSLB), Tetropium fuscum (Fabricius), in Nova Scotia, Canada / Le point sur le longicorne brun de l'epinette (Tetropium fuscum (Fabricius)) en Nouvelle-Escosse (Canada).
Date posted: 01/28/2010
Contact: Gregg Cunningham, A/Plant Health Emergency Program Lead, Plant Programs, Atlantic, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada (Gregg.Cunningham@inspection.gc.ca).

The Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle Containment Area was expanded under the 2nd Revision of the Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle Infested Places Order in May of 2007. Trapping surveys have since detected the beetle in 46 locations outside of the Containment Area, each under official control, within central Nova Scotia (NS), within the counties of Halifax, Hants, Lunenburg, Kings, Colchester, Cumberland, Pictou and Antigonish, and one positive site has been found within Victoria County, Cape Breton, NS.

A network of 1341 BSLB traps utilizing the spruce-blend host volatile lure and the pheromone fuscumol, have been deployed throughout eastern Canada. Traps for wood boring beetles set throughout Canada under the Canadian Invasive Alien Species program provide additional surveillance for this beetle. Tetropium fuscum has not been detected outside of the Province of NS. The CFIA will post a summary and map of the finalized 2009 BSLB survey results at www.inspection.gc.ca where further information regarding historical survey records and the regulatory program to slow the spread of BSLB can be found.

Under IPPC Standards (e.g., ISPM No. 8), the BSLB is considered present (only in some parts of Nova Scotia) and subject to official control in Canada.