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Business Profile

Boultbee Pest Control Ltd. (doing business as Boultbee Vegetation Management) is a third-generation company that provides vegetation management services to industrial, commercial, and residential customers. We are a leader in the development of innovative vegetation control equipment and techniques. We employ integrated vegetation management principles and prepare Vegetation Management Plans (VMP). All service employees are certified Integrated Pest Management Technicians.

 

Boultbee Vegetation Management offers a wide array of pest control services, focusing on commercial weed control. We service railroads, pulp mills, saw mills, oil refineries, and utility companies. Sites which we treat include: electrical substations, sales lots, airport runway edges, building perimeters, propane tanks, parking areas, sidewalks, storage facilities, gravel pits and fence lines.

 

The most common type of weed control that we perform is zero-growth vegetation control, previously known as soil sterilent. This application delivers bare ground weed control for approximately one year at a time. The chemical is biodegradable and approved by the Ministry of Environment. Boultbee Vegetation Management is committed to preserving the environment and uses lower-impact methods whenever feasible.

 

Other specialized services include aquatic weed control of effluent lagoons, fire-fighting ponds, and coolant lagoons for power generation facilities.

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  • PRESIDENT OF BOULTBEE VEGETATION MANAGEMENT

    Boultbee Pest Control Limited is operated by Steve Boultbee, who has

    thirty-five years’ experience in industrial vegetation and landscape Vegetation

    management. Steve has tested and developed Vegetation control equipment

    for specialized uses and fine-tuned chemical and biological control treatments.

    He holds Pesticide Applicator certificates in Industrial Vegetation and

    Landscape. Steve has general experience in the preparation of Vegetation

    Management Plans and applications for Pesticide Use Permits.

     

    Applications are performed or supervised by a Certified Pesticide Applicator

    (CPA) as per the Integrated Pest Management Act. There are no more than four

    uncertified Pesticide applicators per CPA. The CPA completes an examination in the Industrial Vegetation category, receives certification by the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection, and has a current certificate number. The CPA is in continuous attendance at the site and has proof of certification on hand. The CPA has copies of the permit and the Vegetation Management Plan on site during all herbicide use.

     

    All personnel involved in the project are notified of the terms and conditions of the permit. Boultbee Vegetation Control possesses a current BC Vegetation Control Service License. One member of each work crew has a valid BC driver's license. Applicators adhere to the requirements of the Worker's Compensation Board (WCB) for the appropriate first aid training and first aid kits. Applicators adhere to WCB regulations for occupational health and safety, covering general safety procedures, hazardous substances, herbicides, confined spaces, protective clothing and equipment, tools, machinery, and equipment.

    Steve Boultbee, President of Boultbee Vegetation Mangement
  • OUR METHOD

    Integrated Pest Management is a decision making process that uses a combination of techniques to suppress vegetation. This includes: planning and managing ecosystems to prevent organisms from becoming pests,

    identifying potential vegetation management problems, monitoring populations of plants and environmental conditions, using a combination of biological, physical, mechanical, behavioral and chemical controls to reduce pest populations, evaluating the effectiveness of treatments and adjusting practices accordingly.

     

    The integration of various methods allows Boultbee Vegetation Management to select the most effective, environmentally conscious methods for each unique customer. We understand the importance of an Integrated Pest Management program that focuses on prevention and maintenance. Setting up proper treatment cycles in a vegetation management program can be difficult and if it is not done correctly, problem vegetation can wreak havoc on substations and facilities. Boultbee Vegetation Management has an excellent track record of delivering high quality, specialized vegetation management solutions as well as comprehensive value-added services, and has played a critical role in assisting the prevention of service interruptions at our clients varied sites.

     

    Over the years, Boultbee Vegetation Management has developed an effective annual schedule of application and follow-up based on experience, materials, and weather patterns. Windows of application for soil bound herbicides change from area to area within the province of British Columbia. For example, for our areas fall is the best time for application. Herbicides are applied from mid-September through mid-October for optimum control.  Microbiological activity is put on hold when soil temperatures dip below 10 degrees Celcius through the winter months.  Follow-up inspection begins in April and May including applications and inspections of sites that could not accessed the previous fall due to construction, maintenance or other obstructions.

  • OUR EQUIPMENT

    Boultbee Vegetation Management crews use specialized equipment including

    trucks with boomless nozzles and a multi-function state-of- the-art computer

    controlled spray system. A calibrated computer controls the amount of herbicide

    distributed over a certain area based on the speed of the truck and the width

    of the spray pattern so that application is uniform and accurate. As vehicle

    speeds fluctuate, the computer automatically adjusts the amount of herbicide

    being applied. Furthermore, the system works in tandem with a Global Positioning

    System (GPS) that records grid coordinates of where sprays have been

    applied. This information can then be downloaded on a Google Earth map,

    and allows for an accurate record keeping system for customers.

     

    For maintenance and quality assurance, Boultbee Vegetation Management runs a series of quarterly tests on this equipment including measurements of speed, flow sensors and combined read outs. This system is an important component of our commitment not only to the environment, but also to best value for our customers and is unique to Boultbee Vegetation Management.

     

    Our service includes a complete schedule that varies over the wide geographic area and supported through regular inspection procedures. An efficiency that saves time and money for both the contractor and the company.

    Vegetation Control Truck
  • QUALITY CONTROL AND ASSURANCE

    Boultbee Vegetation Management offers a comprehensive quality control program and a full satisfaction guarantee. Boultbee Vegetation Management operates at the highest state of safety and quality compliance. If for any reason a client is unhappy with our service, we are committed to making it right.

     

    Boultbee Vegetation Management employs careful record-keeping practices in order to ensure quality control and assurance is documented. Should any irregularities occur, we are dedicated to discovering the root cause of the problem and supplying follow-up to provide our clients with continual improvement in our services. All applications carry a warranty and should a situation arise where weeds are growing where they shouldn't be, Boultbee Vegetation Management will take corrective measures at no charge. Weather patterns and soil moisture and temperature levels are recorded at the time of each herbicide application so that if mishaps do occur, documentation can be reviewed and amendments can be made so the issue does not arise again.

Vegetation Management

Vegetation management is a form of pest control that deals with the removal of pests (weeds) to provide a safer and better- maintained environment for workers and inhabitants.

 

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  • WHAT IS VEGETATION MANAGEMENT?

    A pest is defined as any injurious, noxious or troublesome organism that should be controlled to ensure the safety and integrity of operating systems for humans and their environment. Weeds are considered pests when they are growing in undesirable locations, and are particularly troublesome on commercial and industrial properties. Vegetation management is a form of pest control that deals with the removal of pests (weeds) to provide a safer and better maintained environment for workers and inhabitants.

  • WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF VEGETATION MANAGEMENT?

    • Zero growth areas are not only aesthetically pleasing, but serve as a fireguard for wildfires, which are prevalent in southern British Columbia.

     

    • Weeds can obscure equipment and are a safety and tripping hazard to workers in substations and other electrical properties.

     

    • Below ground at each substation lays a large copper mesh grid that is connected to the sub by a large copper wire. The grid exists to dissipate electrical current in the event of a lightening strike or other electrical fault. Covered by a layer of gravel, it is essential for the ground grid to remain vegetation free so that the electric current can ground itself and disperse the charge  evenly. Weeds can grow up around the sub and can cause ground grid, retain moisture, and increase step potential resulting in a concentration of electrical charge that can be fatal to workers entering the site.

     

    • Maintenance crews travel all around the province can unknowingly carrying seeds with them on their clothing and equipment, and therefore vegetation management programs are important in preventing the spread of noxious weeds. In accordance with the regulations of the British Columbia Weed Control Act, an occupier must control noxious weeds growing or located on land or premises and on any other property occupied by that party.

     

    • Weeds reduce the stability of ballast, coarse gravel or crushed rock laid to form a stable bed in substations and other properties, which increases the potential for ground fault. The roots of weeds can create drainage problems that support moisture in the ballast. In winter months, this provides frost and ice the opportunity to fill the void left by the root, which perpetuates the problem of structural degradation.

     

    • Buildings with weeds around them retain humidity that can damage equipment and lead to corrosion. Increased humidity enhances the possibility of electrical current grounding, and as these types of buildings house emergency lines of communication, the reliability of the electrical equipment is essential for public safety.

     

    • Bare ground discourages the movement of small mammals. Rodent control is a critical measure in reducing the spread of deadly Hantavirus as well as preventing damage to facilities caused by rodents chewing on wires and equipment.

     

    • A comprehensive vegetation management program reduces the risk of blackouts, which ultimately generates customer and employee satisfaction.

     

    • Vegetation can contribute to humidity around buildings that contain electrical equipment. When this happens, there is a possibility that electrical current will be grounded. As these buildings house emergency lines of communication, the reliability of the electrical equipment is essential for public safety.
  • WHAT ARE REASONS FOR VEGETATION MANAGEMENT?

    • To reduce fire hazard
    • To control noxious weeds and prevent their spread
    • To prevent loss of equipment hidden by vegetation
    • Worker and public safety
    • Reduction of hazard from electrical equipment
    • An aid to small mammal control
    • Prevent or reduce the spread of hantavirus
    • Aesthetics
    • Allowance for rapid drainage
    • Reduce the humidity in the area of sensitive electrical equipment
    • Provides a suitable surface for the movement of equipment and vehicles
Vegetation Management
Vegetation Management
Vegetation Management
Vegetation Management

Weeds

Weeds (pests) grow in a variety of ecological environments, have a variety of characteristics and cause a variety of potential hazards and dangers to the land and it's inhabitants. Our vast knowledge of weeds and their potential dangers allow us to properly assess your site and plan the proper vegetation management protocol.

 

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  • WHAT ARE WEEDS?

    A pest (weed) is any undesirable organism (plant) that should be controlled to ensure the safety and integrity of operating systems for man and his environment. Weeds are plants growing where they are not wanted. Noxious weeds such as Canada thistle and Knapweed growing on a commercial property must be controlled to reduce their nuisance and prevent their spread. Once weeds infest an area and produce seeds, they are difficult and costly to control. Prevention is the best cure. A single plant has the potential to cause a widespread infestation. The enormous production of seeds per plant is typical of many weed species. Weeds need to be controlled for reasons of safety.

     

  • WHAT POTENTIAL DANGERS DO WEEDS PRESENT?

    • Include trees if growing into overhead electrical equipment
    • Can become fire hazards
    • Can cover and hides fences, increasing the risk of unauthorized entry and theft
    • Lead to corrosion of steel equipment
    • Increase risk of tripping and slipping
    • Reduce water drainage from sites
    • Interfere with equipment access and safety inspections
    • Provide food and shelter to rodents, ants, termites and other pests
    • Degrade the appearance of sites
  • BROAD-LEAF WEEDS (DANDELION)

    Broadleaf weeds, like dandelions, are among the most pervasive and difficult to  control lawn weed. They are aesthetically negative and have the potential to create hazards. They do not stand up to foot traffic and leave bare ground once they die. With irrigation and wet fields, foot traffic through the bare ground pushes away the soil resulting in a depression which collects water and in a short period of time deepens into a hazardous hole. This hole has the potential to injure people using the lawn or playing field. Physical removal (pulling) is ineffective due to the risk of spreading the seeds to additional areas of the lawn and due to the fact that it does not fully remove the taproot. Shrouded booms that provide a wide-swatch application of herbicides leaves behind lush grasses while taking care of the broadleaf weeds.

    Dandelion
  • CANADA THISTLE

    Canada Thistle is a root-creeping perennial which crowds out forage grasses in pastures and rangelands, reducing crop yields and productivity. The BC Weed Control Act considers it a noxious weed. It is commonly found on roadsides, cultivated fields, pastures, logged forests, riverbanks and other disturbed areas. It spreads rapidly through horizontal roots which produce large infestation patches and out-compete native plants. This root system stores food energy to survive the winter and fuels the plants reproductive drive the following season. It reproduces through root regeneration and seeds which are dispersed primarily by wind but also by water, animals, clothing, equipment and vehicles.

    Canada Thistle
  • KNAPWEED

    Knapweeds are biennial to short-live perennials and considered regionally noxious under the BC Weed Control Act. Knapweed infestations are causing major environment deterioration in the southern interior of British Columbia for ranchers and recreational users. The noxious weed is highly competitive and able to invade grassland sites to the exclusion of native vegetation. An individual plant produces up to 140,000 seeds per square metre which make their way into hay, recreational vehicles, animals, birds, machinery and logging trucks, people and wind allowing for new infestations over great distances.

    Knapweed
  • JAPANESE KNOT WEED

    Knotweeds are invasive perennials which can cause extensive damage. They are found along roadside ditches, low-lying areas, irrigation canals, wetland areas and other water drainage systems. It out-competes and out-crowds native vegetation and is extremely difficult to control once it has established itself in an area. It spreads quickly and is extremely aggressive and persistent. Knotweeds have rhizome root systems that may extend laterally up to 20 metres from the parent plant and up to 3 meters deep. Stream banks, river banks and shore-lines are at risk of erosion and exposed knotweed roots break off and float downstream to form new infestations. Infestations can reduce sight lines along roads, fences and right-of-way. Knotweeds threaten biodiversity and disrupt the food chain by reducing available habitat and increases soil erosion potential. Knotweed can drill through asphalt and break house foundations making is a huge concern in terms of infrastructure and safety. It can grow through 3 metres of concrete and through a pipeline making is a serious public safety concern.

    Japanese Knot Weed
Various weeds treated and controlled by Boultbee Vegetation Management
Various weeds treated and controlled by Boultbee Vegetation Management
Various weeds treated and controlled by Boultbee Vegetation Management
Various weeds treated and controlled by Boultbee Vegetation Management

Herbicides

Herbicides are used in vegetation management to control weeds (pests) by stopping the production of chlorophyll within the plant.

 

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  • WHAT ARE HERBICIDES?

    Herbicide is the term for a pesticide used to control plants. A pesticide is a substance used to control pests, such as weeds.

  • HOW DO HERBICIDES WORK?

    The products which Boultbee Vegetation Management uses in vegetation control are known as photosynthetic inhibitors. The chemical in these products impedes or stops the production of chlorophyll within the plant.

  • WHOM DO HERBICIDES AFFECT?

    Herbicides used by Boultbee Vegetation Management react only to organisms that have chlorophyll, and are practically non-toxic to non-chlorophyll organisms. The chemical is very effective against plants but does not adversely affect other living things such as fungi, insects, reptiles, birds, other animals or humans. Almost all of the products we employ are used for agricultural purposes such as apple orchards, asparagus farms and wheat farms.

     

    All products are rated to a specific number as it applies to their toxicity. In more technical terms, the products that we are using use a rating system called LD50.  The LD 50’s scale starts at .001 and run to 10,000. The lower the number, the higher or more toxic the product. The herbicides that are used on one of our sites starts at 1000 and goes as high as 7500. To give us something to compare this to, Aspirin has an LD 50 of 1,000, table salt 3,320, and automotive anti-freeze 3,460.

  • WHAT HAPPENS TO PESTICIDES?

    When a pesticide is released into the environment many things happen to it. Sometimes what happens is beneficial. For example, the leaching of some herbicides into the root zone can give you better weed control. Sometimes, releasing pesticides into the environment can be harmful, as not all of the applied chemical reaches the target site. For example, runoff can move a herbicide away from target weeds. The chemical is wasted, weed control is reduced, and there is more chance of damaging other plants and polluting soil and water Many processes affect what happens to pesticides in the environment. These processes include adsorption, transfer, breakdown and degradation. Transfer includes processes that move the pesticide away from the target site. These include volatilization, spray drift, runoff, leaching, absorption and crop removal. Degradation or Breakdown Processes Degradation is the process of pesticide breakdown after application. Pesticides are broken down by microbes, chemical reactions, and light orphotodegradation. This process may take anywherefrom hours or days or months, depending onenvironmental conditions and the chemicalcharacteristics of the pesticide. Pesticides thatbreak down quickly generally do not persist in theenvironment or on the crop. However pesticidesthat break down too rapidly may only provide short-term control. Microbial breakdown is the breakdown of chemicals by microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria. Chemical breakdown is the breakdown of pesticides by chemical reactions in the soil. Photodegradation is the breakdown of pesticides by sunlight. All pesticides are susceptible to photodegradation to some extent. The rate of breakdown is influenced by the intensity and spectrum of sunlight, length of exposure, and the properties of the pesticide. Boultbee Vegetation Management understands and employs these properties of microbiological degradation, keeping the environment in mind while always maintaining effectiveness. The products that Boultbee Vegetation Management uses for vegetation control are known as photosynthetic inhibitors. More specifically, the active chemicals impede or stop the production of chlorophyll within the plant. Because the herbicides react only to those organisms that produce chlorophyll, they are very effective against plants but do not react to other non-chlorophyll producing organisms such as fungi, insects, reptiles, birds and other mammals. Boultbee Vegetation Management uses pesticides that are biodegradable, are approved by Environment Canada and the Ministry of Environment and are registered and labeled by the manufacturer in accordance with the Pest Control Products Act Canada.

  • WHAT MATERIALS DO WE USE?

    Boultbee Vegetation Management’s many years of experience have allowed the company to develop unique compilations and understandings of complex biodegradable weed control products that are optimal for the varied geographical regions of our clients. Because there exists no single product that works for all areas, it is important to utilize products together to cover the spectrum of control. By using two or three different products at lower rates, the products will degrade faster than one product at one cumulative rate. This is because each compound has a different complex of microorganisms in the soil that bring about its decay. Boultbee Vegetation Management understands and employs these properties of microbiological degradation keeping the environment in mind while always maintaining effectiveness.

     

    The products that Boultbee Vegetation Management uses for vegetation control are known as photosynthetic inhibitors. More specifically, the active chemicals impede or stop the production of chlorophyll within the plant.  Because the herbicides react only to those organisms that produce chlorophyll, they are very effective against plants but do not react to other non-chlorophyll producing organisms such as fungi, insects, reptiles, birds and other mammals.  Boultbee Vegetation Management uses products that are biodegradable and approved by Environment Canada and the Ministry of Environment and are registered and labeled by the manufacturer in accordance with the Pest Control Products Act Canada.

Treated Commercial Sites
Treated Commercial Sites
Treated Commercial Sites
Treated Commercial Sites

Commercial Services

Our Commercial Services cover airport runways, equipment storage areas and pasture renovation. It is crucial for airport runways to manage their weeds as they impose many risks to the operation of the airport. Weeds impose risk of rust and fire potential to storage areas. Pasture spraying allows for a weed free pasture.

 

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  • AIRPORT RUNWAYS

    There is an extremely low tolerance of root mass that can be dealt with in the paved area of an airport runway. Control of weeds reduces the degradation of pavement and pavement edge and therefore reduces the potential for the breakup of the runway. The presence of plants can create drainage problems and support moisture on the runway, inhibiting the movement of water off the landing area. Roots that grow into the pavement creates voids. In winter months the voids collect frost, water and ice, causing further expansion and degradation of the pavement. Snow removal can be inhibited by frozen clumps of weed and root mass. Removing weeds reduces fire hazards by providing a neutral buffer of soil at the pavement edge.

     

    Some notes on reasons for the treatment of the edge of airport runways:

    • There is an extremely low tolerance of root mass that can be dealt with in the paved area of a runway.
    • Herbicide application would reduce the degradation of pavement and pavement edge and therefore to reduce the potential of breakup of the runway.
    • The presence of roots can create drainage problems that support moisture on the runway and inhibit the movement of water off the landing area.
    • Roots that grow in the pavement create voids that degrade structure.
    • In winter months these voids provide frost, water and ice the opportunity to fill the space left by the root, thereby creating greater expansion and therefore greater potential degradation of pavement.
    • Snow removal can be inhibited by the frozen clumps of weed and root mass.
    • To reduce the hazarded of fire and to provide a buffer of soil should a fire ever be able to encroach on the asphalt.
    • To reduce trip hazard in a work related hazardous environment.
    • Therefore, Herbicide application is required for reasons of safety
    • Other means of vegetation control have been tried and have proven to be unsuccessful.
  • EQUIPMENT STORAGE AREAS

    Weeds that grow in and around equipment and storage facilities retain high humidity, which accelerates rust and increases fire potential. Weeds have the ability to increase labour cost because of essential tool and small parts loss, tripping hazards, and rodent control.

  • PASTURE RENOVATION

    Pastures are sprayed for total take-out of all vegetation. The pastures are then immediately replanted with alfalfa or pasture seed mixture. This specialized process enables your pasture to be weed-free.

Commercial Services
Commercial Services
Commercial Services
Commercial Services

Industrial Services

Industrial Services manage the vegetation of industrial areas which need to consider fire control, drainage, structural integrity, degradation, small mammal control and employee safety among many other risks imposed by the presence of overgrowth of weeds.

 

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  • RAIL ROADS

    Controlling weeds on rail ballast reduces the hazard of fire, reduces trip

    hazards in a sensitive or hazardous work environment; reduces the

    degradation of rail ballast and ultimately reduces the potential for derailment.

    There is an extremely low tolerance of root mass that can be dealt with in

    the rail ballast. The presence of root can create drainage problems that will

    support moisture on the track. A functional rail ballast permits water to

    percolate out of the gravel bed without interference. Root mass within the

    rail ballast reduces the ability of water to move out of the ballast quickly.

    Root that grows in ballast degrades structure and in winter months provides

    frost, water and ice the opportunity to fill the void left by the root, thereby

    creating greater expansion and therefore greater potential degradation of

    rail ballast that could lead to derailment. Other means of vegetation control have proven unsuccessful.

     

    Our herbicide application unit is equipped with hydraulic high-rail capabilities. All spray booms are linked to computerized application system that controls the rate of application. This provides a consistent rate of herbicide application regardless of vehicular speed. It allows us to apply at 15 km/hour, which gives our clients a short entry/exit period. We also apply herbicides in shunting and maintenance areas.

    Servicing a Railroad
  • ELECTRICAL SUBSTATION / UTILITY COMPANIES

    Substations are areas of high electrical transmission where total vegetation management is essential. The ground grid within the area must be vegetation-free. An electrical fault or lightning strike could cause current to flow through the structure, into the ground and ultimately to adjacent weeds, creating step-and-touch potentials for injury or death to workers. Where several facilities are serviced over a wide geographical area, employees may inadvertently disperse weed seeds on their clothing, footwear or from their service vehicle. Aggressive vegetation management at each site affords preventive protection to other sites an employee might visit.

    Major utilities often have compounds or gated equipment sheds in various and remote areas. We have been accessing sites of major utilities to provide weed control for many years.

     

    Reasons for the treatment of Electrical Sub Stations

    •          To reduce fire hazard

    •          To control noxious weeds and prevent their spread

    •          To prevent loss of equipment hidden by vegetation

    •          Worker and public safety

    •          Reduction of hazard from electrical equipment

    •          An aid to small mammal control

    •          Prevent or reduce the spread of hantavirus

    •          Aesthetics

    •          Allowance for rapid drainage

    •          Reduce the humidity in the area of sensitive electrical equipment

    •          Provides a suitable surface for the movement of equipment and vehicles

    •          Ground grid

     

    Noxious weeds must be controlled. A utility company, with several facilities spread over a wide geographical area, has a huge potential to assist the dispersal of weed seeds. Specialized employees often maintain facilities separated by large distances, so that a weed occurring in one part of the service area could potentially be introduced to another. Thus aggressive vegetation management practices at such sites afford preventive protection to the regions they serve.

     

     Vegetation can contribute to humidity around buildings that contain electrical equipment. When this happens, there is a possibility that electrical current will be grounded. As these buildings house emergency lines of communication, the reliability of the electrical equipment is essential for public safety.

    Reducing vegetation discourages small mammals by removing cover for hiding. They can carry Hantavirus, which would present a hazard to employees. Also, small mammals chewing on wires could interfere with the function of the facilities.

     

    Ground Grid is a circumstance whereby power can come from the sub to the ground. Within the fenced site of a substation, there is a large copper mesh that is buried several inches of ¾ minus gravel below the sub, and is connected to the sub by a large copper wire. The object of this grounding is to dissipate electrical current in the event of a failure or an otherwise electrical event. The copper mesh is covered by a layer of ¾ minus gravel. This is to aid in the drainage of water, and to get water off the site. Large amounts of water around the sub can be a significant hazard to workers entering the site. Should weed be allowed to grow up around the sub, the vegetation could bypass the copper wire attachment. An electrical event could possibly not be distributed and then be allowed to concentrate in a smaller area, thereby increasing the charge. Root mass of plants growing in the gravel can also retain water, and therefore do the same.

  • PULP MILLS, SAW MILLS, LUMBER YARDS AND LOG YARDS

    Large pulp and saw mills have rail yards, electrical sub stations, effluent ponds/firefighting lagoons, earth damns and spillways that need weed control management. Zero growth vegetative management keeps the weeds at bay. This reduces tripping hazards, fires, and structural integrity of the ballast in and around building structures. Weed control keeps the liners of ponds intact, enabling the effluent in treatment to stay contained. Keeping the yards free of weeds is crucial for fire control as well as pest and rodent control.

     

  • REFINERY AND TANK FARMS

    Fire suppression is the greatest need for weed management control. This will greatly reduce the hazard of fires for refineries. Weed management control will keep the integrity of burns.

Industrial Services
Industrial Services
Industrial Services
Industrial Services

Municipalities and Regional District Services

Services for Municipalities and Regional Districts deal with everything from aesthetics to serious fire risks. Employees and citizens alike need to be kept safe from the potential dangers that unkept vegetation poses whether on a cracked sidewalk or from transformers and substations.

 

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  • GRAVEYARDS

    The greatest need for weed management control is aesthetic for cemeteries. We have two types of weed control for this area. There is the selective broad-leaf control of weeds in lawns or the residual non-selective control. The first will eliminate all broad-leaf weeds and leave the lawn unaltered, while the second will be a total takeout or zero vegetative result.

     

  • TURF / FENCE LINES

    Broadleaf weeds (like dandelions) do not stand up to traffic. This means that a soccer field that has dandelions will eventually have exposed dirt where the weed originally was. With use, the bare dirt becomes a hole. This hole has an enormous potential to injure a person using the field. Boultbee Vegetation Management uses shrouded booms that provide a wide-swath application of herbicides which leave behind lush grasses.

     

    The need to have fence lines sprayed for weed control is mainly a safety issue. Using a mower you cannot get close enough to the fence line to control the weeds, while a weed eater can hit the fence and break the trim. A weed eater also has the potential hazard of flinging dust and debris into the air. This could potentially get into your eyes or damage surrounding vehicles. Boultbee Vegetation Management will only have to apply a single treatment yearly.

  • EFFLUENT LAGOONS / RAPID INFULTRATION PONDS

    Weeds have the effect of impeding the flow of primary, secondary and finishing ponds. If the weeds are left unchecked, the roots have the capability of penetrating the liners in these ponds. If the integrity of these liners is compromised, the possibility that raw effluent could flow into the water system of the municipality is high. The aquatic weed control that Boultbee Vegetation Management uses isn’t harmful to fish or aquatic life, but will control chlorophyll-based organisms. Controlling algae blooms and duck weed stops the aerobic environment transforming into a foul smelling anaerobic one.

  • CRACK AND CREVICE SIDEWALK WEED CONTROL

    The emergence of weeds in sidewalk crevices causes thousands of dollars of damage annually. Weeds break up concrete over time, causing irregular surface walking hazards. As well, a weed-free sidewalk is aesthetically pleasing, and gives the area a clean look. Our specialized equipment applies herbicide directly to the problem area. The products used break down in the soil contained within the crevice that provides the breeding ground for the herbaceous growth. Sidewalks remain weed-free with an annual application.

     

    Major roadway curbs and meridians running through Municipalities are another specialty for our company. Cracks and crevices provide areas for weeds to take hold. Weeds can cause drainage problems and are an unsightly welcome upon entering a City or Village.

     

  • HIGHWAY MEDIUMS

    Highways need a deer and small animal barrier. Having a zone of low to zero vegetative growth helps prevent vehicles from colliding with these animals. A zone of high visibility before the highway helps animals and humans react sooner to possible impact with each other.

  • FIRE HYDRANTS

    Weeds emerging in the area surrounding fire hydrants can cause delays in locating and/or accessing the hydrant. Weeds also retain moisture, causing wooden poles to rot prematurely. Our specialized equipment applies a weed free circle around fire hydrants, poles and signs. Again, this requires only one annual application.

  • ELECTRICAL POLES / SUBSTATIONS / CITY YARDS

    Transformers receive low voltage electricity from generators in the hydroelectric powerhouse. Transformers in the sub stations convert this low voltage electricity into a higher voltage, which is moved over large distances via transmission lines to substations. Having vegetation growing adjacent to a facility can serve as a seed source. This vegetation can contaminate the crushed rock base at electrical facilities.

     

    If a lightning strike occurs or there is an electrical fault, electrical current can flow through the structure and into the ground. Vegetation can cause potentials (step and touch) that can lead to worker electrocution. Electricity can also be transmitted outside the fenced facility into adjacent areas, increasing the risk to people in these areas to unacceptable levels. Vegetation management objectives are to prevent the growth, or control unwanted vegetation which restricts electrical system operations and reliability, increases the fire hazard potential, compromises public and employee safety, promotes the spread of noxious and invasive weeds, and alters the aesthetics of the landscaped areas around the facilities, especially in urban areas.

     

Areas serviced for municipalities and regional districts
Areas serviced for municipalities and regional districts
Areas serviced for municipalities and regional districts
Areas serviced for municipalities and regional districts

School Board Services

School Boards have to maintain the integrity of their playing fields not just for aesthetics but for the safety of the students. Broadleaf weeds when not controlled can eventually lead to hazardous holes in the playing field.

 

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  • PLAYING FIELDS

    Weeds on a playing field are aesthetically negative and have the potential to create hazards. Broadleaf weeds like dandelions and plantain do not stand up to foot traffic. It is these weeds that leave bare ground once they die. With irrigation and wet fields, foot traffic through the bare ground pushes away the soil resulting in a depression. The depression then collects water, and much like a rutted road, the depression becomes deeper and in a short time there can result a hazardous hole. It is this resultant hole that has the potential to injure people using the playing field. Boultbee Vegetation Management uses shrouded booms that provide a wide-swath application of herbicides which leave behind lush grasses.

     

  • FENCE LINES

    The need to have fence lines sprayed for weed control is mainly a safety issue. Using a mower you cannot get close enough to the fence line to control the weeds, while a weed eater can hit the fence and break the trim. A weed eater also has the potential hazard of flinging dust and debris into the air. This could potentially get into your eyes or damage surrounding vehicles. Boultbee Vegetation Management will only have to apply a single treatment yearly.

Treated playgrounds and playing fields for schools
Treated playgrounds and playing fields for schools
Treated playgrounds and playing fields for schools
Treated playgrounds and playing fields for schools

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Boultbee Vegetation Management

PO Box 94

Penticton, BC V2A 6J9

 

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or email: steve@weedmanager.com

 

 

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