Pesticide Use

The City of Courtenay has a bylaw in place regulating the use of pesticides within City limits. The goal is to reduce the amount of pesticides used in our gardens and green spaces.

What treatments are allowed?

Here is a partial list of allowed treatments.

  • Insecticidal and herbicidal soaps
  • Btk (Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki)
  • Nematodes and other biological control organisms
  • Injected tree treatments
  • Insect bait stations
  • Borax / Boron compounds
  • Dormant oils and horticultural oils
  • Bordeaux mixture, sulphur compounds
  • Lime sulphur
  • Ferric phosphate
  • Pheromone traps
  • Diatomaceous earth

For a complete list of allowed treatment, view the Pesticide Bylaw [PDF - 42 KB].  

How do I know if a product is a pesticide?

The best way to tell if a product is a pesticide is to check its label. Any product that has a Pest Control Product or PCP number near the list of ingredients is a pesticide.

Where to bring old pesticides

Proper disposal of pesticides is important. Don't pour them down drains or onto the ground. For return locations, visit the Product Care Association website.

Penalties for using pesticides

Anyone who violates the pesticide bylaw could receive a visit from a bylaw enforcement officer, as well as a fine.

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