Integrated Pest Management Policy

Insight Community Survey Results

Integrated Pest Management Policy was one of several topics from the September 2018 Mixed Topic survey.   The survey was open from September 11 - 18, 2018. 
At the time the survey was launched survey invitations were sent to 9,497 Insight Community Members.
A total of 2,431 members completed the survey:
  • 2,420 members (or 26% of the invited Insight Community members),
  • 2 individuals from the call to action button on our webpage and 
  • 9 using the anonymous link(s) on edmonton.ca/surveys.  No demographic information was gathered for these 16 individuals.
To view the survey questions, click on the following link:

Question 1:

Respondents were provided with a link and brief outline regarding the Integrated Pest Management Policy. Then respondents were asked to select one response for each item, to the following statement:
"Are you aware the City has programs for:"
  • Controlling mosquitoes                                                                                                                                                                     
  • Controlling pests that threaten trees or cause property damage (such as insects or rodents)
  • Controlling weeds in public spaces/parks/roadways
  • Controlling weeds in sports fields                                                   
  • Controlling weeds with weed-eating insects or animals (e.g. use of goats in Rundle Park)
                                                                                                                                                                

Question 2a:

Respondents were asked to rate their level of satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 5 or I don't know,
"when it comes to the city's management of pests in regards to:"
  • Mosquitoes                                                                                                               
  • Pests that threaten the life of the trees and cause property damage
  • Weeds in public spaces/parks/roadways
  • Weeds on sports fields
  • Use of animals or insects to control weeds (e.g. use of goats in Rundle Park)
                                                                                                                                                                   

Question 3:

Respondents were asked to rate their level of support on a scale of 1 to 5 or I don't know,
"when it comes to the city's current approach to manage:"
  • Mosquitoes                                                                                                                     
  • Pests that threaten the life of the trees and cause property damage
  • Weeds in public spaces/parks/roadways
  • Weeds on sports fields
  • Use of animals or insects to control weeds (e.g. use of goats in Rundle Park)
                                                                                                                                     

Question 4:

Respondents were asked to rate the level of importance on a scale of 1 to 5 or Don't know,
"when it comes to the following aspects of pests and weed management: "
  • Fewer mosquitoes in summer                                                           
  • Fewer weeds on boulevards (e.g. land between the public sidewalk and the street)
  • Fewer weeds on roadways                                                                                            
  • Fewer dandelions or other weeds in parks, sports fields, golf courses and public spaces
  • Protecting edible/food plants in natural spaces for harvesting (e.g. berry/mushroom picking)
  • Protecting agricultural crops                                                                                                                                                           
  • Aesthetic value of parks that host high profile events (i.e. Hawrelak Park, Gallagher Park)
  • Application spread of applied pesticides                                                                                                                                                
  • Protecting native species                                                                                             
  • Health of the public that might be exposed to pesticides
  • Health of pets, such as dogs or cats that might be exposed to pesticides
  • Health of wildlife, including pollinators (e.g. bees) that might be exposed to pesticides
  • Health of aquatic ecosystems (e.g. storm ponds) that might be exposed to pesticides
  • Having information about where pesticides have been applied

Question 7:

Respondents were asked to select all that apply to the following statement:
"Do you belong to any of the following groups."
  • Health Professional (i.e. Public Health, Medical Doctor and Researcher, etc.)
  • Environmentalist (i.e. conservation, ecology, marine health)
  • Naturalist (i.e. bird watching)                                                         
  • Educational programming (i.e using school fields, visiting river valley)
  • Recreation and sports user
  • Industry professional in pest management
  • None of the above


Question 8:

Respondents were asked to select one response only to the following question:
"Would you be interested in further information on how you can help with the integrated pest management policy update?"