The Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) is a highly invasive pest that can damage lawns and over 300 plant species, including roses, fruit trees and other food plants. The BC Ministry of Agriculture estimates that, if this pest becomes widespread, it could cost BC’s agricultural and horticultural sectors about $25 million per year.
To stop the spread of the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) requires that
plants with soil or soil-related matter attached (e.g. plants for planting, turf grass, sod, ornamental grasses, annuals, perennials, bulbs, shrubs, bedding plants, patio plants)
must not be moved out of the regulated areas (see map below).