The deadline for Kelowna residents to register with the city’s pesticide notification registry is fast approaching.
City residential property owners, who want to be notified about the spraying of pesticide on abutting property, must register by Friday, March 15.
The city encourages residents to register online at kelowna.ca/environment, providing their name, street address, postal code, phone number, email address, preference for same-day or day-before notification and reasons for registering.
Alternately, residents can register by calling the commercial pesticide notification registry hotline at 250-469-8556, faxing 250-862-3314 or mailing applications to the City of Kelowna development services department at 1435 Water Street, Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 1J4.
Meanwhile, this year marks the fifth year of the city’s pesticide use regulation bylaw and its pesticide free education campaign.
“The pesticide free campaign helps residents make healthier yard maintenance choices,” said Althea Livingston, marketing and communications coordinator with the city.
“The education campaign is designed to assist with the implementation of our pesticide bylaw that regulates the use of cosmetic, non-essential pesticides on residential properties. The bylaw came into effect on Jan.1, 2009.”
The city will host four, free workshops April 27, May 25, June 12 and Sept. 18 to ensure that information is provided directly to residents.
The City’s website, kelowna.ca/environment also features a number of different information brochures and fact sheets, answers to some frequently asked questions, plus helpful external links. Topics covered include managing pests, weeds, aphids, powdery mildew and fruit pests in residential yards. Another pamphlet explains how to read a pesticide label and determine which less toxic pesticides are permitted under the bylaw.
A pesticide expert is also available to answer questions from residents who are dealing with a pest or weed problem and need advice. Residents can email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail on the pesticide free hotline at 250-469-8881.
The city’s parks department has reduced its pesticide use over the last 12 years, with the majority of pest management activity now being done through proper design and the use of horticultural practices, as well as through mechanical, biological and cultural controls.
Provincial regulations currently allow cosmetic pesticides to be sold by retailers. However, some local retailers have opted to voluntarily take them off their shelves to support the numerous pesticide bylaws in Canada, says city hall.
There are some exemptions to Kelowna’s bylaw, including certified pesticide applicators, backyard fruit trees, pests that transmit human diseases, noxious weeds, noxious insects, City of Kelowna lands and less toxic pesticides such as acetic acid, dormant oil and safer soaps.
Year-round disposal of pesticides and other hazardous materials with a corrosive, poison or flammable symbol on the label is available at the Battery Doctors at 1972 Windsor Road. For more information about hazardous waste disposal, call Battery Doctors at 250-860-2866, or visit www.regionaldistrict.com/recycle.