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

thuringienus kurstaki)

Borax/Boran compounds

Ferric phosphate

Nematodes and other biological control   organisms

Dormant oils and horticultural oils

Pheromone traps

Injected tree

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 Nature Works educator. “This spring the Nature Works display will be set up at various outdoor gardening retailers so that residents can learn about and ask for advice on ways to treat their lawns and gardens responsibly.”

Come to the Anderton Nursery (2012 Anderton Road, Comox) this Sunday, between 10 am and noon, visit the Nature Works display and enter a draw to win a hanging basket.       

For more information on the use of pesticide alternatives and to link to the municipal bylaws, visit Homeowners wanting to dispose of pesticides can return them in their original containers to a “Product Care” certified facility such as the Comox Valley waste management centre (3699 Bevan Road, Cumberland).  The collection of these products occurs during the operational hours of the household hazardous drop-off station, Thursday – Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.    

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