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Province of British Columbia
For Immediate Release
May 16, 2017
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Saanich aerial gypsy moth spray programs begins tomorrow

VICTORIA – Saanich residents are advised that the first aerial spraying treatment, originally scheduled for May 15, to eradicate invasive gypsy moths from land around Elk Lake and Bear Hill Regional Park is now scheduled for Wednesday, May 17, between sunrise (5:20 a.m.) and 7:30 a.m.

Members of the public are encouraged to stay informed on spray activities by signing-up for email alerts:

Poor weather or wind may cause treatments to be postponed with little advance notice. The Province will issue bulletins 24 hours before each treatment and provide up-to-date information at 1 866 917-5999 and online at:

The telephone line will be staffed during business hours and will provide up-to-date spray schedules and recorded information 24 hours a day. Social media will be used to update the public on current spray operations. Follow #Gypsymoth on Twitter for these updates.

People who wish to minimize their exposure should remain indoors with their windows and doors closed during the spraying, and for at least 30 minutes after. Pets and livestock that may be frightened by the aircraft should be brought indoors. Items not to be sprayed should be covered or moved indoors.

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