Learn more about spongy moth and how the provincial government is eradicating this invasive pest.
The European spongy moth (Lymantria dispar, formerly referred to as gypsy moth), a serious pest of broad-leaf trees and shrubs, has been spotted in Surrey. Spongy moth caterpillars feed on tree leaves and can damage forests, farms and orchards.
Spongy moth management in Surrey is handled by the provincial government.
Learn more about spongy moth treatment programs. For questions or concerns, call the provincial spongy moth 24-hour info line at 1-866-917-5999.
Preventing Spongy Moth
Help keep BC spongy moth-free by becoming aware of the signs and symptoms of this regulated pest. Find out more about what to look for by reviewing the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) Lymantria Moth Fact Sheet.
If you think you've found spongy moths contact the CFIA at the site above or by phone at 604-292-5640.
You can help prevent spongy moth from establishing permanently in BC by inspecting your outdoor plant waste for egg masses and ensuring all green waste goes in your green bin.
If you are a resident of Surrey and have large green waste items that do not fit inside your green waste bin, call the City of Surrey waste collection hotline at 604-590-7289.
Find out more about pesticide use in Surrey, including permit information and site locations.