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 lawns 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 Shannon Pickering, CVRD’s NatureWorks educator. “Throughout the summer the NatureWorks display will be at various community events, including farmers’ markets, so that residents can learn about and ask for advice on ways to treat their lawns and gardens responsibly.”

If homeowners want to dispose of pesticides they can be returned to the hazardous waste drop-off at the Comox Valley waste management centre, 2400 Pidgeon Lake Road, Cumberland – Thursday – Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.    

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