Home and Garden Pest Management Guide for British Columbia

Last updated on February 24, 2021

The Home and Garden Pest Management Guide provides information on identification and management of pests, diseases and weeds in the home and garden, with emphasis on pest prevention and Integrated Pest Management. 

This publication:

  • Includes information on over 400 common pests and diseases of fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants, and lawns, and how to manage them;
  • Contains hundreds of photographs of plant pests and weeds to aid with identification;
  • Provides information on new invasive pests and weeds that may threaten agriculture, forestry and the environment;
  • Provides tips on composting, fertilizing, lawn care and safe use of pesticides.

Table of contents

  1. Introduction (PDF)
  2. Identification of Plant Problems (PDF)
  3. Invasive and Regulated Pests (PDF, 1.8 MB)
  4. Integrated Pest Management (PDF)
  5. Prevention and Cultural Methods for Pest Management (PDF)
  6. Beneficial Organisms and Biological Control Agents (PDF, 1.2 MB)
  7. Soil Management and Composting (PDF)
  8. Using Pesticides to Manage Pests (PDF)
  9. Plant Disorders Not Caused by Pests (Abiotic Disorders) (PDF)
  10. Nematodes in the Home Garden (PDF)
  11. Pests of Berries (PDF, 1.8 MB)
  12. Pests of Grapes (PDF)
  13. Pests of Fruit Trees (PDF, 2.3 MB)
  14. Pests of Nut Trees (PDF)
  15. Pests of Vegetables (PDF, 2.5 MB)
  16. Pests of Ornamentals (PDF, 2.2 MB)
  17. Pests of Lawns (PDF, 1.0 MB)
  18. Pests of House Plants (PDF)
  19. Insects Around the Home (PDF, 1.9 MB)
  20. Birds and Mammals Around the Home (PDF)
  21. Integrated Weed Management (PDF, 2.9 MB)


  1. Home and Garden Pesticides (PDF)
  2. Aids to Calculation and Measurement (PDF)
  3. Glossary (PDF)

Print versions of the Home & Garden Pest Management Guide for British Columbia can be purchased here.

Plant Health Laboratory

1767 Angus Campbell Road
Abbotsford, B.C. V3G 2M3

Phone: 604-556-3003
Toll free: 1-800-661-9903

E-mail: PAHB@gov.bc.ca
Plant Health Laboratory Website

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