Jerseys From China Low Risk Pesticides

What's Banned?

"How do I know
if a pesticide is
restricted or permitted?

Read the label.

Common active ingredients
in most conventional
pesticides, such as
2,4-D, Mecorprop,
Dicamba, Glyphosate,
Carbaryl and Malathion
are now restricted
under the Bylaw."

BC's 39th bylaw community
(a precautionary one!)
City of Coquitlam
Pesticide Use Control Bylaw info
April 23, 2012.

Low Risk Pesticides

For excellent info on
landscaping problems,
low risk
"environmentally friendly"
pesticide products,
see Revelstoke's
Environmentallly Friendly
Pesticides brochure

Read Pesticide Label

"GUARANTEE states 
the common name 
of the active ingredient(s) 
in the product.

The active ingredient 
is the part 
of the pesticide product 
that controls the pest".

"How to Read the Label"
City of Nanaimo's
Go Natural Go Pesticide Free

Ont Ban Reduces Risk

"We are reducing
the risk to our health
and to the environment,
and protecting
the most vulnerable
of our citizens,
our children."

Minister of the Environment's
April 21, 2010 News Release
on Ontario ban's first

Help BC go Pesticide Free!

The Canadian Cancer Society
continues to lead BC's
health and environmental
groups' advocacy for a
province-wide ban.

See Coalition's Feb 3, 2012
ban statement.

Review ban legislation
given to BC's Environment
Minister in 2010.

Join the CCS's "Pesticide Free
BC" Facebook discussions.

Take action! to help BC
go pesticide free.
Low Risk Pesticides

There are many safer, less toxic and low risk alternatives to traditional chemical cosmetic pesticides like Killex, Weed N Feed and RoundUp.

Low risk pesticides are safer than traditional cosmetic pesticides because they . . .  

  • do not persist in the environment.
  • have a non-toxic mode of action.
  • have a low toxicity to non-targetted organisms.
  • do not cause significant exposure ie are pre-mixed.
  • have been widely available to the public for other uses for some time.

Source: Pesticide Free? Qui! 2011 Progressive report: A comparison of provincial cosmetic pesticide bans.
David Suzuki Foundation and Equiterre. May 2011. Page 6.

Low risk pesticides are on Nova Scotia's allowable products list and in Ontario's Class 5 and Class 6 for homeowners and Class 11 for exterminators. (For Ontario's classification database, click here). 

In BC, low risk pesticides are known as “Excluded Pesticides” under Schedule 2 of BC’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Act and include:

  • acetic acid 
  • asphalt solids (pruning paints) 
  • bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki (Btk)  
  • boron compounds 
  • boron compounds with up to 5% copper for insect control and wood preservation 
  • capsaicin 
  • corn gluten meal  
  • ferric phosphate 
  • ferrous sulphate 
  • insect pheromones 
  • methoprene 
  • mineral oils for insect and mite control 
  • pyrethrins  
  • silicon dioxide, aka "diatomaceous earth".
Some BC bylaws refer to these low risk products as “Permitted Pesticides” as their use is allowed or “permitted”.

See left sidebar "Low Risk Pesticides" for Revelstoke's exemplary lower risk approach.

Home owners and landscaping applicators do not need a permit to use lower risk pesticides. 

Some of these low risk pesticides and products are listed below.

Be cautious when using these products . . . like traditional cosmetic pesticides, they are toxic and kill. However, these products are less toxic than banned ones.

Low Risk Pesticide Ingredients and Products*
Pesticide Ingredient(s)*
Product Names*
Acetic acid (vinegar)
President's Choice Weed Controller Herbicide
Scott's EcoSense Weed Control
Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) and nematodes Environmental Factor Grub Busters
Natural Insect Control Lawn Guard Nematodes
Safer's BTK Biological Insecticide
Boric or boracic acid (borax) Raid Liquid Ant Killer
Safer's Attack Ant Killer
Wilson Liquid Antex
Corn gluten meal Environmental Factor Turf Maize
WOW Without Weeds
Diatomaceous earth (Silicon dioxide) Bugout Insecticide
Chemfree Insectigone
Crawling Insect Killer
Green Earth Dio Bug and Slug Killer
Raid Earthblends Ant and Earwig Dust
Fatty acids Environmental Factor Zap Insecticidal Soap 
Scott's EcoSense Insecticidal Soap
Ferric phosphate Safer's Slug and Snail Bait
Scott's EcoSense Slug and Snail Bait
Sluggo Slug and Snail Bait for Gardens
Mineral oil - dormant or horticultural oil Green Earth Horticultural Oil Insect Spray
Later's Dormant Oil Spray
Plant Products Dormant Oil
Pyrethrum or pyrethrins Raid EarthBlends Vegetable Bug Fogger
Safer's Vegetable Garden Insecticide
Soap Green Earth Insecticidal Soap
Safer's Trounce Yard and Garden Insecticide
Wilson Pro Insecticidal Soap Concentrate
Sulphur (lime sulphur and other sulphur compounds) Green Earth Garden Fungicide
Later's Garden Sulphur Fungicide
Safer's Defender Garden Fungicide
*This is not a complete list and does not endorse any product.


Check out the six other topics in this section including  . . .

  • For more on sustainable, pesticide free organic land care, click here.
  • For tips for a healthy and sustainable garden, click here.
  • For tips for a healthy and sustainable lawn, click here.
  • For over 100 Pesticide Free initiatives in BC, click here.

For more info . . .

  • Why pesticides are killers and a list of banned cosmetic pesticide ingredients and products, click here.

  • Why BC needs a strong "no IPM" ban (like Ontario, Nova Scotia and Quebec) and why this won't happen under the BC Liberals, click here.

  • To advocate for strong ban legislation in BC, click here.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 09:09

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