Jan 30, 2024

Spongy moth management planned for Colwood

The BC Ministry of Forests reports that Spongy Moths (formerly called gypsy moths) have been found in our area. 

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.

The Ministry's 2023 eradication program was successful in all areas except the Belmont (Colwood) treatment area. Due to weather delays, three timely treatments were not completed in Belmont and the establishing population was not eradicated and expanded. The area will be treated again in spring 2024.

Join a virtual open house to learn more

The B.C. Plant Protection Advisory Council's Spongy Moth Technical Advisory Committee will be holding a virtual open house to answer questions about spongy moth and the planned eradication projects:

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 5:30-7:30 p.m. for North Saanich, Esquimalt, Gorge-Tillicum and Belmont/Langford residents:
  • Click here to join the meeting, Meeting ID: 276 466 231 541, Passcode: z5xGWv
  • Or call in (audio only): +1 778-401-6289,,522981548#, Phone Conference ID: 522 981 548#, Toll-free (audio only): 1-888-600-3289

More details

Get all the details about The Ministry of Forests monitoring and management of Gypsy Moths at www.gov.bc.ca/SpongyMoth