Permitted Pesticides

What are Pesticides?

Pesticide refers to any substance that is designed to prevent, kill or repel unwanted organisms. It is a general term which also covers more specific terms such as:

  • Insecticides — for insects.
  • Herbicides — for plants.
  • Fungicides — for fungal diseases.

What are some pesticides I can use?

  • Acetic acid — vinegar-based products like Path Clear.
  • Bti & Btk — mosquito control.
  • Corn gluten meal — use this natural herbicide to prevent turf weeds.
  • Methoprene — an insect growth regulator.
  • Botanically derived pesticides — pyrethrins.
  • Insect bait stations and pheromones.
  • Insecticidal or herbicidal soaps.
  • Iron-based weed killers.
  • Mineral oils.
  • Silicon dioxide — diatomaceous earth.
  • Spinosad — mosquito control and others.
  • Sulphurs, ferrous sulphate — moss killer.

You can see the full list of low-risk pesticides allowed for use in Schedule A of the pesticide bylaw.

Which pesticides are restricted?

You are restricted in the general use of traditional products containing synthetic chemicals. This includes many common products, including:

  • Glyphosate — Roundup, Sidekick, and many more.
  • 2,4-D — Weed n’ Feed, Killex etc.
  • Malathion.
  • Carbaryl — Sevin.
  • Diazinon.
  • Triclopyr (as found in Garlon).
  • Sethoxydim (as found in POAST Ultra).
  • Rotenone.

Remember, the above example product names are only a sample of popular brands that are not on the permitted list. Please check the ingredients of your product for their chemical content.

How can I tell if a product I bought is okay under the bylaw?

You need to be sure that any active ingredient (or “GUARANTEE”) is on the list of permitted low-risk pesticides. If your active ingredient is NOT on the list, then you cannot use the product without a permit.

Pesticide Fact Sheet