Ministry of Environment
Integrated Pest Management
Summary of Mosquito Provisions Amendments
The mosquito provisions in the Minister's and Administrator's regulation were amended to address the following issues:
Mosquito control activities in response to a BC Centre for Disease Control advisory of a West Nile Virus (WNV) outbreak:
- Allow application of bacterial pesticide to permanent fish bearing waters under a PMP confirmation.
- Allow application of bacterial pesticide or methoprene to a storm drain that drains directly to fish bering waters.
- Allow for reduction in 30 days public consultation period required for a permit if a Medical Health Officer believes that a delay in pesticide use will cause negative impacts to human health.
Requirements relating to all mosquito control activities:
- Treatment of storm drains with methoprene (growth regulator) and bacterial pesticides requires a service licence; no longer requires a permit.
- Requires contact with Drinking Water Officers to determine the locations of water intakes prior to applications of methoprene to storm drains in order to prevent the contamination of drinking water.
- Requires notification to registered bee keepers when adulticiding to prevent bees being exposed to pesticides.
- Include Bacillus sphaericus in Schedule 4 (does not require permit for aerial application).
The amendments are available on the ministry website:
Summary of Mosquito Provisions That Have Not Changed
- Aerial application of adulticides requires a permit.
- Any application to fish bearing waters of pesticide in the absence of WNV requires a permit.
- Application of bacterial pesticide to water bodies other than storm drains and over a hectare must be done under a Pest Management Plan (PMP)/Confirmation and involves public consultation.
- Application of adulticiding from the ground (fogging) must be done under a PMP/ Confirmation and involves public consultation.