Watch out for the following invasive species which have been found in BC but are not yet established in our province. Familiarize yourself with these invasive species, be on the lookout and report any suspected sightings!
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The American bullfrog is the largest frog found in BC. Adults can be up to 18-20 cm long, not including the legs. Bullfrogs were imported to BC for farming by frog leg farms. They have since become established throughout the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island from Victoria to Campbell River, and west to Port Alberni. They have also been found on several Gulf Islands and in the Kootenays.
Apple maggot fly is native to Eastern North America and was introduced to BC in 2006. Apple maggot fly feeds on apples and various stone fruits including cherries, plums, and apricots. Maggot damage makes fruit unsellable. The importance of apple and stone fruit crops to BC makes this a pest of serious concern.
Argentine ants are one of the most prolific invasive insects in the world. Though these ants are not dangerous to humans, they pose a serious threat to other ant species, and can become a serious nuisance pest in human buildings and public spaces.
Also known as Golden clam or Good luck clam, this freshwater clam is native to Southeast Asia, Asia Minor, Australia, and Africa. It has been found on southern Vancouver Island near Sooke, and in the Fraser River, Pitt River, and Coquitlam River systems of the Lower Mainland. They may pose a risk to water treatment facilities, irrigation canals, and dams.
Asian Giant Hornet
Asian giant hornets are the largest hornet in the world. Asian giant hornets were first seen in BC in 2019 in Nanaimo. If they establish in BC, they may pose a serious threat to our beekeeping and commercial pollination industries, creating serious consequences for BC agriculture.
Asian Long-Horned Beetle
Asian long-horned beetle is a highly destructive wood-boring insect native to Asia.In Canada, Asian long-horned beetle has not been found outside of Ontario, but could spread long-distances to other provinces or territories through transport of infested wood products like firewood and logs.
Baby’s breath is very invasive in BC. When Baby’s breath invades grazing land, it reduces native grasses and forage for grazing animals and wildlife. When it develops seeds and matures, the plant breaks off at the ground and rolls long distances across the landscape with the ability to spread the over 10,000 seeds per plant!
Also known as cornflower, Bachelor’s button is common in “wildflower” mixes. This invasive plant produces large amounts of seed and can easily invade dry meadows, fields, and grasslands.
Balsam Woolly Adelgid
The Balsam wooly adelgid is a small, sap-sucking insects that feeds on true firs. It is an established invasive species throughout northwestern North America, including BC.
Black slugs, also known as red or chocolate slugs, are native to Europe and have been introduced to many countries through human activity. This slug has been well established in British Columbia since the 1940s and is common throughout Southern BC and Haida Gwaii.
Blueweed is a noxious weed throughout BC. It is toxic to horses and cattle and thereby reduces forage quality in rangelands and pastures, resulting in economic losses.
Bohemian knotweed is a hybrid between Japanese and Giant knotweed, and resembles both species. Knotweeds were introduced to British Columbia for use in gardens and landscaping due to their rapid growth and attractive appearance. There are now four species established in BC: Bohemian, Giant, Himalayan, and Japanese knotweed.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Brown marmorated stink bugs were first seen in BC in 2016, and have spread throughout the Lower Mainland, to the Okanagan Valley, and Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island. They have become a serious pest in many crops and are considered nuisance pests in human homes.
Bur chervil is considered a noxious weed throughout BC. It can be found in most growing conditions, particularly in moist areas such as ditches and fields. Bur chervil easily out-grows native vegetation.
Burdock is known for its clinging burrs that attach to the manes and tails of horses, cows, and sheep’s wool. This causes the animal to be unhealthy and can lowers the market value of the animal. It is considered a noxious weed in many regions of the province.
Butterfly bush is a semi-evergreen shrub that grows up to 5 m tall. This attractive, fast growing plant has escaped gardens and now rapidly spreads into disturbed, open areas and along coastal forest edges, roadsides, and especially on sunny stream edges and riverbanks where it replaces native plants.
Canada thistle, despite its common name, is native to Europe and N. Asia. It spreads by its creeping roots. Plants form thick infestations that crowd out forage grasses in pastures and rangelands, reducing crop yields and production.
Chinese Mystery Snail
Chinese mystery snail is a freshwater aquatic snail. They were introduced to California in the late 1800s and have since spread to water bodies around North America. In BC, these snails have been reported in various lakes in Southern Vancouver Island, including the Victoria region, and around Mission.
Common bugloss invades disturbed areas such as pastures and hay fields, which reduces the yield of these crops. It is considered regionally noxious in the Kootenay-Boundary region.
Common comfrey is a popular perennial for herb and permaculture gardens, but it is a weedy pest that is extremely difficult to eradicate! It has large, pointed oval leaves and purple or white flowers that hang like bluebells.
Common periwinkle was an ornamental groundcover popular for its fast growth, dense coverage, shiny evergreen leaves, and showy purple flowers. However, it has since escaped captivity and become a pest in forests, choking out native plant species.
Common Snapping Turtle
Common snapping turtles are invasive to BC. They are much larger than any other turtle species found in BC, and may displace native turtles from their habitat or outcompete them for food.
Common tansy is often found growing in sunny, disturbed areas such as roadsides or pastures. It is considered a noxious weed in the may regions of BC.
Cypress spurge was grown as an ornamental but has since escaped into the wild. It prefers sun but tolerates shade as well. It can be found growing in open, disturbed sites like meadows, pastures, and roadsides.
Daphne was a popular ornamental in gardens at one time due to its glossy, rhododendron-like leaves and fragrant flowers. It is tolerant of both sun and shade and rapidly takes over native vegetation by forming dense thickets in a range of ecosystems.
Diffuse knapweed plants can produce up to 18,000 seeds per year that can remain dormant in the soil for a long time. Seeds can be spread by wind, livestock, and people.
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
Eastern cottontail rabbits were introduced to BC in Sooke in 1964 and have since spread throughout Eastern Vancouver Island from Victoria to Campbell River. They are considered a serious threat to sensitive Garry Oak habitats on Vancouver Island and are also known to feed on several at-risk plant species.
Eastern Grey Squirrel
Eastern grey squirrels compete with native squirrel species and birds for habitat, and feed on bird eggs and nestlings. They have established in the deciduous woodlands of the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, and the Southern Interior, primarily in the South Okanagan.
English holly is known for its shiny berries and dark green, spiny evergreen leaves. English holly has become a serious invasive because of its adaptability to grow in shade or sun, and how easy its seeds are spread by birds.
English ivy is commonly planted to provide quick cover for walls and buildings, and as ground cover in commercial landscapes. Unfortunately, it quickly forms a dense mat that suppresses native plants.
Eurasian Collared Dove
Eurasian collared doves are an invasive species throughout the United States and Western Canada, including BC. Eurasian collared doves nest in areas where people live and food is readily available.
Eurasian watermilfoil is an aquatic plant which has been let loose from aquariums. It can quickly take over waterways, causing sluggish water that attracts mosquitos and reduces the recreational potential of the waterway such as swimming and boating.
European Brown Garden Snail
European brown garden snail is present in Southern BC and Vancouver Island. This snail eats a wide variety of ornamental and agricultural crops and will compete with native snail and slug species for food and habitat.
European Chafer Beetle
European chafer beetle was first introduced to BC. in 2001, likely through infested turf. They are a nuisance pest to homeowners, as they infest lawns and attract predators such as crows, skunks, and raccoons that damage lawns as they dig for larvae.
European Fire Ant
This is a stinging insect. When their nest is disturbed, ants may emerge, swarm and deliver irritating stings. If you encounter a European fire ant nest DO NOT attempt to remove it yourself. In rare cases, European fire ant bites have led to allergic reactions.
European Green Crab
European green crabs are a highly invasive species in many parts of the world, including along the BC coast. They are known to outcompete native crabs for food and habitat and could pose a serious threat to many other marine species.
European rabbits have been introduced to every continent except Antarctica. In BC, they are established on Southern Vancouver Island, Triangle Island, and in isolated patches around the Lower Mainland. European rabbits are herbivores and compete with native species for food and habitat.
European starlings were introduced to North America in the late 1800s and are found throughout BC. They compete with native birds for food and space and cause agricultural damage.
European Wall lizard
European wall lizards were introduced to Southern Vancouver Island in 1967 and have slowly been spreading. The lizards are thought to spread by hitchhiking on vehicles, shipments of produce and plants or released by people who keep them as pets.
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