Sustainability & Environment

Pesticide Reduction

Overview

Esquimalt has adopted a Pesticide Use Reduction bylaw, which bans the non-essential use of pesticides on residential properties. The municipality hopes to educate residents about safer alternatives to pesticides and will be imposing fines for pesticide use, which are outlined in the bylaw, beginning July 14, 2009. An information sheet has been prepared to explain the purpose and regulations of the bylaw.

What are pesticides?  

Pesticides are insecticides, herbicides, or fungicides designed to eliminate undesired insects, weeds, rodents, fungi, bacteria and other organisms. Pesticides pose health risks to humans and risks to the environment and non-target plants and animals.

Pesticide disposal

Find out about safe pesticide disposal.

Visit the CRD’s website for:

Five Steps to a Healthy Lawn

1. Mow on a high setting

2. Leave grass clippings on the lawn

3. Water wisely - only 1" (2.5 cm) per week

4. Aerate and de-thatch as needed

5. Take leftover pesticides to an authorized dealer More   

 

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Pesticide Bylaw Click here for an INFORMATION SHEET describing the Pesticide Use Reduction Bylaw