Canadian Facts about Pest Control Products
Pest control products keep your family healthy and safe
Pest control products, also known as pesticides, are organisms, chemicals and devices that are designed to control, destroy, attract or repel pests. The benefits of pest control products are twofold: they play an important role in protecting the health of our families and our homes.
- remove noxious weeds like rag weed and poison ivy that can cause allergies
- control wasps and hornets that can cause stings and extreme allergic reactions
- repel mosquitoes that can carry West Nile Virus
- eliminate cockroaches that can carry and spread diseases
- eliminate rodents like mice and rats that can spread diseases
- control carpenter ants and termites that can weaken the structural integrity of your home or cottage
- protect your trees from insects and diseases
- maintain your swimming pool so it is clean and free of green algae
- protect your lawn and ornamental plants from weeds, insects and diseases
Learn more about pest control products
- 2,4-D Facts
- CCSPA’s brochure, A Responsible Approach to Pest Control in and around your Home, is available online.
- Tips for Homeowners
- FAQs about Pest Control Products
- Healthy Lawns: Important to Our Environment (.pdf)
- PMRA’s Healthy Lawns website
- PMRA publication: Regulatory Process Questions and Answers (.pdf)
- The Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility’s Canadian Poisonous Plants Information System is a helpful list of poisonous plants.
- References for more information about pest control products
How pest control products are regulated in Canada
The registration process for pest control products in Canada is considered to be one of the most rigorous worldwide. In 2006, Canada introduced a new Act with many requirements, such as added safety factors and taking into account vulnerable populations.To meet the strict requirements for registration in Canada, industry is required to submit extensive scientific and technical data for screening and review by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) under the Pest Control Products Act. PMRA evaluates the data for the product’s “effectiveness and the potential for adverse impact on human health and the natural environment.” Only products that pose no unacceptable risks to health and environment are approved by Health Canada.