Seasonal Reminder of Pesticide Bylaws

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is reminding residents to familiarize themselves with their municipal bylaws on the use of pesticides (including herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides) before applying them to their lawn and gardens. 

The CVRD developed the “Nature Works” program which provides education and awareness on the use of pesticide alternatives by people in municipalities with pesticide bylaws, and by others who simply want to know more about creating pesticide-free lawns and gardens.  The City of Courtenay, Town of Comox and the Village of Cumberland have bylaws that prohibit the use of pesticides however some applications are exempt from the bylaws.  The following treatments are allowed: 

Insecticidal and herbicidal soap

Insect bait stations

Lime sulphur

BTK(Bacillus thuringienus kurstaki)

Borax/Boran compounds

Ferric phosphate

Nematodes and other biological control organisms

Dormant oils and horticultural oils

Pheromone traps

Injected tree treatments

Bordeaux mixture, sulphur compounds

Diatomaceous earth

“The CVRD encourages the use of pesticide alternatives such as adding beneficial insects, feeding your soil with compost and choosing the right plant for the right place in your garden,” said Patty Rose, Comox Strathcona waste management's compost educator. “Residents are welcome to visit the compost education centre (4795 Headquarters Road, Courtenay) to learn and ask for advice on ways to treat their lawns and gardens responsibly.”

If homeowners want to dispose of pesticides they can be returned in their original containers to a “Product Care” certified facility such as the Courtenay Return-It Depot located at 493 Puntledge Road. 

For more information on pesticide alternatives and to link to the municipal bylaws, visit

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.



Media contact:  
Koreen Gurak
Manager of communications
Comox Valley Regional District
Tel: 250-334-6066