August 31, 2011
Brown spruce longhorn beetle confirmed in New Brunswick
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of the brown spruce longhorn beetle (BSLB) near a campground within the Kouchibouguac National Park in New Brunswick. This is the first find of BSLB in New Brunswick and the first outside of Nova Scotia.

It is suspected that the pest was transported to New Brunswick on firewood. This new find is nearly 165 kilometres away from the closest positive BSLB site located in Westchester Station, N.S.

Although BSLB does not pose a risk to human health, it is a highly destructive beetle. Since its discovery in 1999 in Point Pleasant Park in Halifax, it has killed thousands of spruce trees in Nova Scotia, and poses an economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas of North America. Until now, the only location for the pest in North America was in Nova Scotia. The pest has the potential to spread through the spruce forests of North America.

More information can be found on CFIA's website.