In Kirkland: We do not touch pesticides!
In Kirkland, By-law No. 2015-52
and Amendment No. 2015-52-1
concerning the use of pesticides are currently in effect. This By-law is aimed at reducing the local use of pesticides by prohibiting its application outdoors, with the exception of bio-pesticides, insecticidal soaps and mineral oils or in the case of major infestation.
For more information on the Kirkland Pesticide By-law:
Section Head, Environment
514 694-4100 ext. 3414
In the case of major infestation, a temporary permit is required. Please call Public Works at 514 630-2727 and an employee will come onsite to evaluate the situation and issue a permit valid for 10 days from the issue date. Major infestations include the presence of insects, mold or other harmful agents, except for weed, that have spread over 50% of a property or more than 5 m2 of a garden's surface. Infestations must be a human safety or health hazard, or pose a threat to the survival of trees and shrubs or animal life.
Recipes for natural insecticides and herbicides:
For fine gourmets... on the menu this summer:
Natural insecticide #1, Garlic and dish soap sauce:
1 clove garlic
15 ml cayenne pepper
1 L water
Mix in blender. Let stand for 1 hour then pass through a coffee filter. Add 15 ml of dish soap. Pour into a sprayer.
Natural insecticide #2 with its biodegradable soap coulis:
30 ml (2 tbsp.) biodegradable soap or insecticide soap
1 L very hot water
Mix well and pour in a sprayer. Spray on plants and leaves.
Natural insecticide #3 with its fungicidal effect on white & rust:
10-30 ml baby oil
10-20 ml liquid soap
10-20 ml baking soda
1 L water
Spray early in the morning. If later in the day, wash the leaves with water 15 minutes after the application.
Natural herbicide and its destructive effect on dandelions:
1 part vinegar
1 part apple cider
Heat and spray on weed.
Borax soup to keep ants away:
3 cups water
1 cup white sugar
4 tsp. boric acid
Mix well and lay on the ant trail or close to the nest.