UK Risk Register Details for Ips typographus

This record was last updated on 07/01/2021

Common Names

  • Eight-spined engraver
  • Eight-toothed spruce bark beetle
  • Larger eight-toothed European spruce bark beetle
  • Spruce bark beetle

Scenario and Pathways

Scenario for Risk Register

  • show / hide
  • Pest is introduced

Pathway Assessed for Entry to UK

  • show / hide
  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)
  • Non-squared wood
  • Wood packaging material

Common Pathways

  • show / hide
This section is currently being developed as part of the next phase of the Risk Register.

Risk Ratings and Current Mitigations

Unmitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 5
Spread [1 - 5] 4
Impact [1 - 5] 5
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 5
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 25
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 125

Current Mitigations

  • show / hide

Key mitigation for pest

Regulated quarantine pest (Great Britain, Northern Ireland may differ)



Industry Scheme

Contingency Plan



Mitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 2
Spread [1 - 5] 4
Impact [1 - 5] 4
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 5
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 8
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 40

Proposed Actions

Proposed Actions



Management By Industry

Targeted Survey


Contingency Plan



Distribution and Pest Details


Country / Territory Status Notes
Sweden Present
United Kingdom Absent Under eradication
Bosnia-Herzegovina Present
Russia Present
Norway Present
Serbia Present
Switzerland Present
Turkey Present
Ukraine Present
Austria Present
Belgium Present
Bulgaria Present
Croatia Present
Czech Republic Present
Denmark Present
Estonia Present
Finland Present
France Present
Germany Present
Greece Present
Hungary Present
Italy Present
Latvia Present
Lithuania Present
Luxembourg Present
Netherlands Present
Poland Present
Romania Present
Slovakia Present
Slovenia Present
China Present
Japan Present
South Korea Present
North Korea Present
Tajikistan Present
Georgia Present

Type of Pest

  • Insect (Coleoptera)

Host or Industry at Risk

  • show / hide


Major Hosts

  • Abies Miller
  • Coniferous trees
  • Larix Mill.
  • Picea A.Dietr.
  • Picea abies (L.) H. Karst.
  • Pinus L.
  • Pseudotsuga Carr.

Threats to Protected Cultivation

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

  • Coniferous

Further Information

PRA Availability

PRA not available

Regulation and EPPO listing

  • show / hide

Regulated quarantine pest (Great Britain, Northern Ireland may differ)

Actions Indicated

  • show / hide


Statutory action against findings.

General Comments

Regulated beetle pest of conifers .UK has regulated this pest for years, and this effectively mitigated against entry for some time. In 2018 an outbreak was discovered in the south of England, and is currently the subject of an eradication campaign.

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