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Avoiding Pesticides: Pesticide Alternatives

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Grow a healthy lawn without pesticides to help Surrey become part of a Pesticide-Free BC. The City of Surrey has a Pesticide Bylaw, that states that you must not use pesticides on City lands or on residential lots in Surrey.

After you've read the bylaw, see what other pesticide bylaw details you should be aware of.

We have our bylaw because many people consider pesticides to be harmful to people, pets and the environment. Also, pesticides from your property may end up in our streams and other waterways.

Controlling insects and plant diseases

Use a natural gardening solution for controlling pests without pesticides. If you know which pest is on your property, find out how to handle it in the pest management notes.

Or, just get guidance on keeping your lawn healthy and avoiding pests with the help of The National Coalition for Pesticide-Free Lawns. There are many safe ways to control pests, so find the solution that works for you and your family. 

Managing weeds

Replace pesticide use with a natural approach. Find your alternative to chemical pesticides.

Avoiding fertilizers

Use a natural fertilizer made of organic compost. This will increase the health of your soil and lead to a healthier lawn, which will be more likely to choke out weeds. There are many natural lawn care solutions to keep your lawn healthy and green, without fertilizers.

Read the label on the product under the GUARANTEE, and avoid products that contain ingredients like 2, 4-D, mecoprop or dicamba.

Pesticide examples

A pesticide is a product that prevents, destroys, repels, or mitigates any pests, plants, insects or plant diseases. Pesticides used on lawns and gardens include

  • herbicides (which kill plants)
  • insecticides (which kill insects)
  • molluscicides (which kill slugs and snails) and
  • fungicides (which kill fungi).

Contact Information

For questions regarding the City’s mosquito control program, contact Mosquito Control Hotline 604-872-1912 or the City mosquito control program online.

For questions regarding pesticide applications in City parks, contact 604-501-5050.

For questions regarding pesticide applications on City road allowances, contact 604-591-4152.