UK Risk Register Details for Ips typographus

This record was last updated on 20/04/2020

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 pest free area pest



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 Status Notes
Europe Present
Austria Present
Bosnia-Herzegovina Present
Belgium Present
Bulgaria Present
Switzerland Present
Czech Republic Present
Germany Present
Denmark Present
Estonia Present
Finland Present
France Present
United Kingdom Absent Under eradication
Greece Present
Croatia Present
Hungary Present
Italy Present
Lithuania Present
Luxembourg Present
Latvia Present
Netherlands Present
Norway Present
Poland Present
Romania Present
Serbia Present
Russia Present
Sweden Present
Slovenia Present
Slovakia Present
Turkey Present
Ukraine Present
China Present
Georgia Present
Japan Present
North Korea Present
South Korea Present
Tajikistan 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 pest free area pest (whole UK and other parts of Europe)

Actions Indicated

  • show / hide


Statutory action against findings.

General Comments

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

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