Pesticide Definition






Definitions employed by the Coalition for a Healthy Calgary.

Pesticides:
synthetic chemical substances used to control pests. This includes herbicides (for killing plants), insecticides (for killing insects), fungicides (for controlling fungus on plants), and rodenticides (for killing rodents).

Note: Exceptions to the pesticide definition include synthetic derivatives of natural substances, such as pyrethrins.

Pests:
any injurious, noxious or troublesome insect, fungus, weed, rodent, or other plant or animal.

Cosmetic use of pesticides
or cosmetic pesticides:
the use of pesticides on lawns, gardens and green spaces for aesthetic purposes. This does not include pesticide use:
  • for agriculture, or if pests pose a threat to local agriculture
  • for pests that pose a health threat

Aesthetic:
concerned with the appreciation of beauty

Private lands:
land that is privately owned.

Public lands
:
land that is owned by the City of Calgary.

Synthetic chemical:
a chemical produced by artificial synthesis.

Active Ingredient:
that ingredient of a pesticide that actually controls the targeted pest.