For issues regarding dogs, please call our contractor Coastal Animal Control Services toll free at 1.888.811.7722. Dog licence information.
Wildlife- Bears and Cougars - links to information.
Bear and Cougar Safety Vancouver Island Reporting Human Wildlife Conflicts Safety Guide To Cougars.
For information on other nuisance fauna, please visit the Ministry of Environment website.
Invasive and Noxious Weed
There are a number of invasive and noxious weeds found around Ladysmith, including Broom, Hogweed and Knotweed. Below are some links to very useful information on getting rid or at least controlling the spread of these and other species.
What are Pesticides & Pests?
“Pesticide” is the general term for any substance designed to eliminate undesired insects, weeds, rodents, fungi, bacteria and other organisms. Pesticides come in many forms and even include house- hold bleach and swimming pool chemicals. Pesticides can be categorized as:
| Insecticides (for insects) || Herbicides (for weeds) || Fungicides (for fungus diseases) |
Although an individual lawn or garden may seem quite small, the combined effect of many lawns and gardens can have a significant impact on your neighbourhood and beyond. Making responsible choices to ensure the health of your small “piece-of-the-pie” will not only benefit you and your family but also the greater community.
Most bugs in your yard aren't all bad – far from it. They pollinate plants, decompose waste material and prey on many of those pesky insects that you don't like. Common yard and garden pests include ants, aphids, moths, cutworms, earwigs, slugs and tent caterpillars. Many insects, parasites and small animals are not pests, but were actually doing all the work in your yard long before you got there. These beneficial creatures include spiders, honeybees, ladybugs, frogs, snakes, bats, mice and moles. Resist any initial “get-rid-of-it” response when you see things in your yard.
Risks of Pesticide Use
Health & Safety Risks
Product labels provide some information on these risks, which range from minor skin or eye irritation, to poisoning and death, depending on the product and type of exposure. Some pesticides can produce noxious and/or explosive gases if combined with other materials or mixed or applied using the wrong type of container.
Some pesticides can pollute the soil or groundwater and can persist for long periods of time. If pesticides are unintentionally washed into storm water collection systems, creeks, streams or other water bodies may become polluted.
Risks To Non-target Species
Some pesticides can cause accidental injury or death to aquatic organisms, birds, mammals and beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies. Microorganisms in your lawn and garden can also be harmed, reducing their ability to enrich the soil and provide nutrients for plants. The more toxic and the more you use, the greater the risk.
A Growing Concern
Many communities across Canada are exploring ways to reduce pesticide use through alternative methods. A large number of municipalities have bylaws limiting the application of pesticides for certain uses. Collectively, these initiatives reflect a movement toward a safer and more environmentally sensitive approach to pest management. The Capital Region, with its reputation for healthy living and a pristine environment, is aptly suited to be part of this growing trend.
Pest and Pesticide information courtesy of the Capital Regional District (CRD).