Effective April 5, 2013, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is declaring successful eradication of the Asian Long-horned Beetle (ALHB) in the Ontario cities of Toronto and Vaughan, and thereby repealing the Asian Long-horned Beetle Infested Place Order defining the regulated area for ALHB. The successful eradication of ALHB is based on five (5) years (2007-2012) of negative survey results within the ALHB regulated area.
The Asian Long-horned Beetle Infested Place Order prohibited the movement of any tree materials out of or through the regulated area unless authorized by a Movement Certificate issued by the CFIA. The eradication of ALHB in Canada and the repealing of the Asian Long-horned Beetle Infested Place Order allows for unrestricted movement of tree materials from the regulated area.
There are four (4) states within the United States that are currently being regulated for the presence of ALHB and the CFIA has recently put in place import requirements to prevent future introductions of ALHB from these areas. These import requirements can be seen in the CFIA Policy Directives D-11-05 and D-11-01. Furthermore, the CFIA will continue to conduct general surveys for ALHB across Canada to ensure early detection in the event it ever gets introduced again.
Lumber, wood and bark chips from tree species targeted by ALHB must be certified to be free of the insect when imported from the areas in the United States where this beetle is present. Trees affected by the Asian long-horned beetle include birch, elm, hackberry, horsechestnut, maple, mountain ash, plane (sycamore), poplar, white silk and willow.
Under IPPC Standards (e.g. ISPM No. 8), ALHB is now considered eradicated from Canada. For more information, please visit the CFIA website at www.inspection.gc.ca.