The Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle (BSLB) 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 93 locations outside of the Containment Area, each under official control, in Nova Scotia (NS), within the counties of Halifax, Hants, Lunenburg, Kings, Colchester, Cumberland, Pictou, Guysborough, Antigonish, Victoria, and Richmond, as well as one find near a campground within Kouchibouguac National Park in New Brunswick.
A network of BSLB traps, utilizing the spruce-blend host volatile lure and the pheromone fuscumol, is deployed annually to monitor the spread of this pest in Canada. Traps for wood boring insects set throughout Canada under the Canadian Invasive Alien Species program provide additional surveillance for this beetle. Materials such as spruce logs, firewood, bark, and wood chips, which could spread the beetle, are restricted from moving out of the Containment Area, as well as a minimum one-kilometre area surrounding other positive finds.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) continues to work closely with affected stakeholders, other federal departments and agencies, provincial and municipal governments, and industry towards slowing the spread of BSLB.
Under IPPC Standards (e.g. ISPM No. 8), BSLB is considered to be a pest that is present in some parts of Canada and is subject to official control to prevent further spread.
For more information about the BSLB in Canada, please visit the CFIA website at www.inspection.gc.ca.