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.
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.
- 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