Pesticide Use

The City of Kamloops is a leader of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). In our practice of IPM, we only use chemical pesticides as a last resort, and only after following all of IPM steps. 

What Are Pesticides?

Pesticide is a term that broadly refers to all formulations that are used to prevent, destroy, repel, attract or reduce pest organisms. Some of the more commonly known pesticides are:

  • Herbicides (for plants)
  • Insecticides (for insects)
  • Fungicides (for fungus)
  • Miticides (for mites)

Some pesticides are considered higher-risk and others are deemed lower-risk (commonly used by organic farmers). Read our Pesticide Bylaw Resource Guide for more information.

Does the City of Kamloops Use Pesticides?

Ornamental Trees, Shrubs, & Flowers 

The City practices good plant health care to prevent pest problems and follows IPM when a pest problem arises. Only ALLOWED pesticides may be applied on City trees, shrubs, and flower beds.

Turf 

The prohibition does not apply to turf on City lands. The City has a thorough turf health program, and practices IPM. Chemical pesticides are only used on premier Sports Field turf and are only used as a last resort after going through all other steps in the IPM process. 

Since the by-law does not apply to hard landscapes, the City can and does use pesticides on areas such as sidewalks.

History

  • 2001: the City adopts a citywide Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Master Plan. The plan lays out a strategy for responsible pest management in public and private green spaces.
  • 2006: the City forms a pesticide use committee to research pesticide bylaws and alternatives to chemical-based pesticide control. The committee, comprised of various groups and agencies in the community, provides recommendations to Council on the future of pesticide use in Kamloops. 
  • 2008: the City launches the Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Living education campaign.
  • 2010: the Pesticide Use Control Bylaw comes into effect.
  • 2015/2016: New bylaw