Since Coquitlam City Council adopted the Pesticide Use Control Bylaw Number 4254 (PDF) on April 23rd, 2012, many pesticides can no longer be used for garden and lawn beautification or maintenance on residential and City land, even if they are legally allowed for sale.
As per the bylaw, retailers of pesticides in Coquitlam must display the Schedule B notice where banned pesticides are for sale. Failure to post Schedule B may result in a $300 fine.
Almost 90% of flowering plants need pollinators to reproduce, according to the Pollination Ecology Lab at Simon Fraser University. Although bees are the most frequent pollinators, any insect or animal that visits a flower can be a pollinator, including hummingbirds, butterflies, flies, moths, beetles and bats. Gardening with safe alternatives helps to protect our natural habitat.
Want to learn more about gardening? Visit the Inspiration Garden page for hours of operation, information on upcoming classes and details about the City’s teaching garden conveniently located off Pipeline in Town Centre Park.
For information on nematodes which are a safe alternative to treat an infestation of European Chafer Beetle, visit the European Chafer Beetle page.
Imidacloprid (Merit®, Bayer Advanced™ Grub Control
MCPA (2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid)
There are many effective alternatives exempt from the bylaw that are safe and effective. Using these applications may take a bit more time but it’s healthier for everyone - people, pets and the environment.
Animal repellents except thiram
Antisapstain wood preservatives
Asphalt solids (pruning paints)
Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki (BTK)
Bactericides used in petroleum products
Boron compounds with up to 5% copper for insect control and wood preservation
Corn gluten meal
D-trans-allethrin (also referred to as d-cis-trans allethrin)
Hard surface disinfectants
Insect bait stations, pheromones and repellants
Laundry additives (e.g. borax)
Mineral oils for insect and mite control
N-octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide
Naphthalene for fabric protection
Paradichlorobenzene for fabric protection
Pesticides in aerosol containers
Pesticides registered under the Pest Control Products Act (Canada) for application to pets
Plant growth regulators
Polybutene bird repellents
Silica aerogel also referred to as silica gel, amorphous silica and amorphous silica gel
Silicon dioxide, also referred to as "diatomaceous earth"
Sulphur, including lime sulphur, sulphide sulphur and calcium polysulphide