Thursday, 7 February 2019

Michael Lapham, BSc. Integrated Pest Management Officer Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy was asked a number of questions at our recent conference. He responded with the answers below which are of value to all applicators in BC. If you require further clarification or have questions about the IPM regulations please contact Michael Lapham at:

Environmental Protection Division
102 Industrial Place
Penticton, BC V2A 7C8
(250) 490-2292
1.    I am having treatment notice signs made for the 2019 season. Can you provide me a list of all the requirements that need to be on the treatment notice sign? 

Answer: Under section 63 (1) and 63 (2) of the Integrated Pest Management regulation, treatment notice form and content, information regarding treatment notices are stated.

The Explanatory Notes for Landscape Managers found on our website also have a good summary of these requirements starting on page 9:
2.    I completed a course at a university pertaining to my Landscape Certificate. I wanted know where  I receive credits for that course that will extend my landscape certificate duration.  

Answer: Please contact your credit coordinator from IEPMA. He will contact  Lauren Hall at the Victoria Office where she will be able to determine whether the course that you took may be applied to your landscape certificate.
3.    The spray distance that must be maintained between a well is 30 meters. Are there any circumstances were the distance may be reduced with certain pesticides?  

Answer: Under section 71 (3),  except as provided in subsections (4) and (12) and 79 (2), a person described in subsection (1) must maintain a 30 m no-treatment zone around a water supply intake or well used for domestic or agricultural purposes, including water for livestock or for irrigation of crops.  

The answer here is that generally no, you cannot spray pesticides within 30 meters of a well. However there are some exceptions that apply. The exception, under subsection 71 (4) of the Regulation, which states that a licensee may reduce the 30 m no-treatment zone around a well or water supply intake if reasonably satisfied that the smaller zone will ensure that pesticide from the use will not enter the water supply intake or well.  However, if an applicator decides to reduce this 30 m, the applicator must record the information under which they made the decision (this is a requirement under Section 35 (l) of the Regulation), and the decision must be a reasonable one that takes into the type of product used, the soil type, weather, soil saturation, slope, etc. to ensure that pesticide will not get into the water. 

These exceptions should be taken with caution. If an issue occurs with the well due to applying within 30 meters and an unreasonable adverse effect occurs, the applicator would be responsible for causing that and could be considered out of compliance under Section 3(1)(a) of the Act – ``a person must not use a pesticide in a manner that causes or is likely to cause an unreasonable adverse effect 

4.     Where do I take old backpack sprayers or other pesticide application equipment that I want to dispose of?  

Answer:  In general, if you want to get rid of an old backpack sprayer or other pesticide application equipment that is worn out, please triple rinse the spray equipment and take them to the landfill.  If you have any equipment that you are particularly concerned about with respect to the pesticide residues, an applicatory can always call a ministry IPM Officer to discuss disposal options.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Fertilizer 101 & Drip Irrigation Training

For those that can attend, SiteOne is hosting a free one day training session on Jan 23 2019 at their Kelowna site for anyone interested in learning more about fertilizer and drip irrigation basics. Excellent opportunity to interact one on one with leading industry experts. Lunch will be provided.

Get a printable copy here

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Thursday, 23 March 2017

April 20 2017


In cooperation with the PMRA, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture you are invited to a dinner meeting and presentation on April 20 at Fore Restaurant and Lounge (Formerly Duffer's Pub) Kelowna.

Pest Management, products and application techniques in the tree fruit industry are becoming increasingly more complicated and require better understanding of application methods. 

This meeting is meant to generate discussion and improve professionalism amongst applicators, companies and various government agencies. It is also an excellent opportunity to have one on one interaction with leading pest management experts in the tree fruit industry. 

Dinner and presentations start  at 5:30.

Participants are responsible for their drink and food.

2 CEC credits available for those that attend the approx. 2 hrs of presentations

Guest speakers will have a short presentation followed by an open forum and Q&A session.

Cherry fruit fly and Spotted Wing Drosophila -

Susanna Acheampong Entomologist BC Ministry of Agriculture Plant Health Unit

Gayle Jesperson - Ministry of Ag Plant Pathologist

Open Forum Q&A 
Topics include:
Spotted wing drosophila
Cherry fruit fly
Woolly apply aphids
Walnut husk fly
Powdery mildew
Pear trellis rust
Verticillium wilt
and more....

Location: Fore Restaurant and Lounge (Formerly Duffer's Pub) 1959 KLO Rd, Kelowna, BC Kelowna, BC

Please respond by April 17 via email to if you will be attending this informative session.

There is no cost other than the dinner which is not mandatory to attend. There will be a sign up sheet at the session for you to register and for credit tracking.

Space is limited so book now. Please pass this on to other applicators and companies that would benefit by this session. 


Thursday, 10 November 2016

Thursday & Friday, January 26 - 27, 2017
An Educational & Informational Event Held in Kelowna, B.C.

• This 2-day event offers you face-to-face contact with quality speakers on a wide range of topics. Expanding your knowledge will enable you to be a better problem solver and will help you to understand and choose best practices for the proper plant management of turfgrass, ornamentals, and trees.
• The IEPMA believes it is important to keep as up to date as possible when maintaining commercial, municipal, or private landscapes.  Attending our annual conference is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to do so.  This conference should not be missed!

Keynote Speakers

Dr. François Tardif studied at Laval University, Québec City, Canada, where he obtained his B. Sc. in Agriculture, his M. Sc and his Ph. D. In 1991, he moved to Australia working as a Research Associate at the University of Adelaide. There he conducted research on the biochemistry, physiology and genetics of herbicide resistance in annual ryegrass. He was appointed at the University of Guelph, Canada, in 1996. He has supervised more than 15 graduate students and published more than 70 peer reviewed papers. He conducts research on weed management with a particular interest on herbicide resistance and invasive weeds management.

2 One hour presentations will cover herbicide resistance and vegetation management, management of giant hogweed

Chris (Christine) Fulkerth, Plant Science Instructor in the School of Agribusiness, Land and Fashion at Olds College. Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from University of Alberta, a Diploma in Integrated Pest Management from Olds College and a Master’s Degree in Plant Science from the University of Alberta, my interests are really plants and pests! I have been teaching full-time at Olds College since 2001.I am originally from a mixed farm near Peers, Alberta, where my family still runs the operation.  Prior to teaching I worked in a number of areas of research including the Alberta Research Council, Forestry Canada, Canola Council of Canada, West Central Forage Association and the Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre.   

 2 One hour presentations will cover pest management

Those wishing to attend should register as early as possible, since space is limited and attendees are being invited from throughout Western Canada
▪ British Columbia Applicators
▪ Alberta Applicators
▪ International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) members
§  Education Credits to be posted when confirmed

A hot lunch is provided for attendees both days. If you can’t attend you can help the IEPMA with a coffee break sponsorship or display table contact us for more information.
• $275 for first registrant
• $225 for each of second or more registrants from the same company/organization
(B) ONLY Day 1 (Thursday)
• $225 for first registrant
• $200 for each of second or more registrants from the same company/organization
(C) ONLY Day 2  (Friday)
• $225 for first registrant
• $200 for each of second or more registrants from the same company/organization
Please Note: Cancellations after January 15, 2017 may result in a 50% cancellation charge
For More Information Contact: 
Paul Visentin, President, 1-250-919-9512 or email

Paid attendance includes (at no extra cost) a 1-year membership in the IEPMA, subject to Executive approval 

     Mail cheque/money order to:    IEPMA of Western Canada,
PO Box 32102 London PO PO
Westbank, B.C.  V4T 3G2