Spongy moth spray treatment scheduled for May 3


Spongy moth treatment in Esquimalt

The European spongy moth (Lymantria dispar; formerly referred to as gypsy moth) was introduced from Europe to the northeastern U.S. in 1869. The North American strain of the moth was first seen in B.C. in 1978. Spongy moths are defoliators, which means their caterpillars eat the leaves of trees and shrubs. Once spongy moths arrive in an area, they threaten extensive damage to the environment and economy. B.C.'s major trading partners may set quarantine and trade restrictions. 

A small area of Esquimalt is scheduled to receive aerial spray treatment on May 3. 

The spray dates are subject to change, particularly with the recent warm weather and updates will be posted on the Province's information page.

You can also sign up to receive email updates about the treatment schedule on the information page.