Asian Gypsy Moth
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The Asian gypsy moth is an invasive insect. It poses a significant threat to Canada's forests, biodiversity and economy. These moths can feed on a wide range of economically important tree species, as well as other important plants.
Ships and cargo including containers and used vehicles can carry the egg masses of these moths to Canada from China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea and Russia (Far East region). In the right conditions, caterpillars hatch from these egg masses and they can go great distances with the wind to find food.
What information is available?
- Marine Vessels
- Pest Fact Sheet
- Policy Directives
- D-08-04: Plant Protection Import Requirements for Plants and Plant Parts for Planting: Preventing the Entry and Spread of Regulated Plant Pests Associated with the Plants for Planting Pathway
- D-02-12: Import requirements for non-processed wood and other non-propagative wood products, except solid wood packaging material, from all areas other than the continental United States
- D-01-12: Phytosanitary Requirements for the Importation and Domestic Movement of Firewood
- D-98-08: Entry Requirements for Wood Packaging Materials Produced in All Areas Other Than the Continental United States
- D-96-12: Greenhouse Certification Program for Export of Greenhouse-Grown Plants to the United States (U.S.)
- D-95-08: General Import Requirements for Fresh Temperate Fruits from the World
- D-95-03: Plant protection policy for marine vessels arriving in Canada from areas regulated for Asian Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar, Lymantria albescens, Lymantria postalba, Lymantria umbrosa)
Additional government and industry information
- Australia - Australian Quarantine and Inspections Services (AQIS)
- New Zealand - Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
- United States - United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
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