What is it...you may ask?
Japanese Knotweed is an invasive plant species native to Asia. It's now growing out of control in parts of the province, including areas of the Lower Mainland, Whistler and Squamish. Not only can this plant cause considerable damage to homes and surrounding properties, it is also a major threat to our environment and native vegetation. The Government of BC recently classified Japanese Knotweed as one of the "noxious provincial weeds" that are regulated under the 2011 BC Weed Control Act. Under this act, an owner has a duty to control noxious weeds growing or located on their land and premises. It is also considered an offence if an owner knowingly fails to do so.
Once in place, Japanese Knotweed is extremely hard to control and eliminate. The only way to get rid of it permanently is with herbicide that should be injected into its stem.
Some municipalities, such as the Districts of North Vancouver and West Vancouver have local strategies in place to deal with invasive species such as Japanese knotweed.
For more information contact:
INVASIVE SPECIES COUNCIL OF METRO VANCOUVER (ISCMV) at 604 880 8358; website: http://www.iscmv.ca/
Sea-to-Sky Corridor Invasive Species Council at 604 935 7665; website: www.ssic.info