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In Kirkland: We do not touch pesticides!

In Kirkland, By-law No. 2015-52 concerning the use of pesticides is 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:
Alexandre Gervais
Section Head, Environment
514 694-4100 ext. 3414

Major Infestation

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.

Alternative Solutions

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
1 onion
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.

Lawn Care

For advice on ecological lawn care, please contact our eco-counsellor by phoning the Green Line or visit the Ecological Lawn Care page. You can save time and money… while protecting your health and that of your children as well as your environment!