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.
Find out about safe pesticide disposal.
Visit the CRD’s website for:
Tips for a healthy garden
Information about how to identify common pests and how to control pests in your lawn and garden using safe alternatives to pesticides.
Download a brochure, “Playing It Safe: Healthy Choices to Control Lawn and Garden Pests” for more information about alternatives to pesticide use.
Five Steps to a Healthy Lawn
- Mow on a high setting
- Leave grass clippings on the lawn
- Water wisely - only 1" (2.5 cm) per week
- Aerate and de-thatch as needed
- Take leftover pesticides to an authorized dealer More