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A hotly-debated class of pesticides, which are toxic to bees, will no longer be allowed to be used in the City of Vancouver to improve the look of lawns ravaged by chafer beetles.
City council voted unanimously [July 12] to ban neonicotinoids, which includes imidacloprid, an insecticide marketed and sold to kill the grubs.
“What we’re saying is within the City of Vancouver, you cannot use this, regardless of what Health Canada says or the province has said,” said Counc. Andrea Reimer.
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In Vancouver, their use has “dramatically increased to combat chafer beetle infestations,” according to a city report that recommended the ban.
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The practice drew criticism from scientists and environmentalists that a pretty lawn didn’t justify the risk of introducing chemical pollutants, especially when an organic alternative — nematode worms — is also available. (The chemicals are also used in agriculture, but staff noted within city limits their primary use is on turf grass.)
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