Another looper moths outbreak will soon be in full force in Vancouver

Aug 30 2021, 11:12 pm

Large hoards of the western hemlock looper moths may soon find their way to a neighbourhood near you, but don’t freak out. It’s completely natural.

Just before the fall of 2020, people documented the moths in all areas of Vancouver, including downtown.

The City of North Vancouver has been getting a number of calls from concerned residents about these fascinating creatures, as they’re already populating much of the North Shore earlier than expected.

According to the City of North Vancouver, western hemlock looper moths outbreaks typically last about four years.

The bad news is that we’re only in year three.

The District of North Vancouver says there is nothing anyone can do to control the outbreak, and they’re also indicating that this year’s outbreak might be more extreme because of the weather patterns the province experienced this summer.

These outbreaks typically occur every 11 to 15 years.

While humans are safe, trees are the major victims of these moths.

Though many trees are damaged due to these moths and their larvae feeding on them, many will survive. However, this year is a bit of a double-whammy, as the intense heat in the province caused extra damage to the trees.



These moths are hatching now and will soon be out in full force. They will then naturally die off later in the fall.

Your best bet to keep them from your home?

Never turn on the lights again.

Amir AliAmir Ali

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