As of December 3, 2013, following the recent detection of Asian long-horned beetle in an industrial area near Pearson International Airport, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has established a regulated area in Mississauga and Toronto as part of its plans to eliminate the pest.
The beetle, which is native to Asia, attacks and kills healthy deciduous trees, especially maple. Their larvae feed within the trunk and branches of trees and eventually fill the trees with holes, causing the trees to die. Adult beetles feed on the leaves, bark and branch tips.
With the regulation of this area, there are now restrictions on the movement of nursery stock, trees, logs, lumber, wood, wood chips and bark chips from certain deciduous trees identified as hosts of the ALHB. and firewood of all species.
Moving firewood or other restricted wood products, even just a few kilometres, is a common way for invasive insects and diseases to spread.
For a map of the new regulated area and more details about the restrictions, please visit the CFIA web site.