The province is taking steps to make sure the gypsy moth is under control in parts of Surrey.
Next week, helicopter crews will spray a chemical treatment to get rid of the invasive species over three days.
Tim Ebata with the Ministry of Forests says the areas will be sprayed with BTK, an ingredient found in many kinds of soils.
He says it’s the most effective way to get rid of the moths, and has the go-ahead from Health Canada.
“They have found no ingredients in the product that pose any significant health risks so that we’re allowed to treat urban areas and water bodies.”
The gypsy moth is seen as a direct threat to fruit producers, feeding on more than 300 kinds of trees and shrubs.
It starts Wednesday, April 15, from 5:20 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. in areas including 64 Avenue and 168 Street and 172 Street and 56 Avenue in Surrey, as well as the Delta Golf Course.