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Safely Control Lawn and Garden Pests

Starting date:
April 29, 2016
Posting date:
April 29, 2016
Type of communication:
Information Update
Outdoor Living
Source of recall:
Health Canada
New safety information
General Public
Identification number:


April showers bring May flowers (and lots of weeds too). If you have a lawn and/or garden, preventing weeds and other pests is the best approach to maintaining a healthy yard.  

If you choose to use a pesticide to control a pest problem, it is important to always use them safely by following the label directions. To check for the most recent product information, use Health Canada's new pesticide label search mobile app.

What you should do

Believe it or not, a healthy lawn and garden can be achieved without using any pesticides at all. Through proper weed management, improving the general condition of your lawn and garden, and doing some occasional hand weeding, you can avoid the need for pesticides.

If preventative measures are not enough, and you decide to use a pest control product, you should follow Health Canada's advice to protect the health and safety of those around you, as well as the environment:

  • When using a pesticide for the control of home garden pests, be sure to wait the amount of time directed on the label before harvesting any garden crop.
  • Never spray a pesticide outdoors if wind speed is more than 8 kph (5 mph), if the air temperature is above 30°C (86°F), or if it is raining. Check your local weather forecast for up-to-date temperature, wind, and rain information.
  • Post warning signs to notify neighbours of pesticides being used. They may want to keep children and pets away from the treated area.
  • Wear protective clothing or other equipment specified on the label.
  • Only apply pesticides at the rate stated on the label.
  • Make sure that the pesticide label says the product is for use on lawns, and lists the insect or weed you want to control.
  • Follow all label directions.

If you are unsure how to best manage a particular lawn or garden pest problem, visit our website for more information or consider hiring a licensed pest control operator. Also, remember to observe any provincial or municipal restrictions that may apply.

Report health or safety concerns

Report any adverse events from a pest control product to the manufacturer, who is required by law to report it to Health Canada. You may also report an incident directly to Health Canada by completing an incident report form.

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