ARCHIVED - Notice to Industry - Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle detected in New Brunswick

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July 17, 2014: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the detection of a single brown spruce longhorn beetle (BSLB) in Westmorland County in Memramcook, NB.

As a precaution, the CFIA is prohibiting the movement of spruce materials (including spruce logs and firewood) from the property where the beetle was detected. The Agency is also working with its partners to gather more information about this detection and survey the area for signs of infestation.

Although BSLB is established in central Nova Scotia, there is no evidence the insect has spread widely outside of that province. This is only the second time BSLB has been detected outside of Nova Scotia. In 2011, a single beetle was detected in Kouchibouguac National Park in New Brunswick.

BSLB poses no risk to human health, but it can damage or accelerate the death of spruce trees that are already stressed due to other factors.

Since its discovery in Point Pleasant Park in Halifax in 1999, BSLB has affected thousands of spruce trees in Nova Scotia, and has posed an economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas of North America.

The most important way to limit the spread of this invasive beetle is to avoid transporting spruce materials such as spruce logs and firewood. Firewood should be bought locally, burned on-site and never transported.

The public and industry can also help control the spread of BSLB by not moving potentially infested materials, such as spruce logs or firewood, from regulated areas without written authorization from a CFIA inspector.

For more information, visit the CFIA website at www.inspection.gc.ca.

For media inquiries

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
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