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Pesticides, Insecticides & Fungicides

Pesticides, Insecticides, and Fungicides under federal regulation are organized into distinct classes, based on where, when and by whom they may be applied. Relevant to our clientele are:
  • Domestic class products are for personal use in and around the home.

  • Commercial class products are restricted to commercial activities as indicated on the label. These are not available to the general public for use in and around the home.

  • Restricted products can only be used under certain circumstances by specially trained individuals. These are not available to the general public.

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain any license or certification required to use Commercial and/or Restricted products. For your convenience, some of the related federal and provincial web site links are provided below.

Search for labels registered for use in Canada by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA).

Provincial and Territorial Pesticide Certification Programs

Each province or territory has its own certification program for pesticide applicators and vendors. Please contact the appropriate provincial or territorial pesticide regulatory agency for further information.

pesticide use

Pesticides should always be a last-resort solution. They are dangerous chemicals that come with risks to your health and the environment. Before considering pesticides, do the following:

  • Identify the pest you want to control;
  • If it causes only mild damage, think about tolerating it;
  • Try natural solutions first.

Many people prefer the services of a green space maintenance company for their lawns, trees and shrubs, or an exterminator for pest control. These companies have all the expertise needed to help you.

If you decide to personally use a pesticide, make certain that the application process is easy and that no professional expertise is needed. As well, use appropriate personal protective equipment.


Types of Pesticides

Control algae in lakes, canals, swimming pools, water tanks, and other sites

Kill or repel organisms that attach to underwater surfaces, such as boat bottoms

Kill microorganisms (such as bacteria and viruses)

Attract pests (for example, to lure an insect or rodent to a trap)

Biopesticides are certain types of pesticides derived from such natural materials as animals, plants, bacteria, and certain minerals

Kill microorganisms

Kill or inactivate disease-producing microorganisms on inanimate objects

Kill fungi (including blights, mildews, molds, and rusts)

Produce gas or vapor intended to destroy pests in buildings or soil

Kill weeds and other plants that grow where they are not wanted

Kill insects and other arthropods

Kill mites that feed on plants and animals

Microorganisms that kill, inhibit, or out compete pests, including insects or other microorganisms

Kill snails and slugs

Kill nematodes (microscopic, worm-like organisms that feed on plant roots)

Kill eggs of insects and mites

Biochemicals used to disrupt the mating behavior of insects

Repel pests, including insects (such as mosquitoes) and birds

Control mice and other rodents

Kill slime-producing microorganisms such as algae, bacteria, fungi, and slime molds