What is a Pest?
A pest is defined in the Federal Pest Control Products Act as "an animal, a plant or other organism that is injurious, noxious or troublesome, whether directly or indirectly, and an injurious, noxious or troublesome condition or organic function of an animal, a plant or other organism."
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
The City of St. Albert has developed its IPM plan, which is used to prevent and manage all pest problems within St. Albert. It promotes healthy vegetation and guides pest control activities on all public land and within civic structures and facilities.
One of the goals of this policy is to keep pests at acceptable levels through effective, economical and environmentally sound methods.
The City's pest control program monitors pest populations and responds to concerns about pests on City property. Public Works offers advice to residents that may be having a problem with pests on their property. Pest Control activities may include chemical treatments to reduce populations of some damaging pests.
For more information
Residents with medical conditions can join the Pesticide Registry, where they can receive pre-notification if pesticides are being sprayed within 100 metres of their property.
To join this registry, please download and complete the form below and email to Kevin Veentra, Weed & Pest Team Lead at firstname.lastname@example.org
For any questions regarding this program, please contact Public Works at 780-459-1557.
Trapping For Residents
The City of St. Albert currently does not trap any pests on private property for residents. However, Public Works can provide advice on how to remove wildlife from their property, as well as tips on where to purchase specific traps and how to use them effectively.
To help deal with an excessive magpie and gopher population, Public Works is making available magpie and gopher traps for residents with these pest problems. If you would like to obtain one or find out more details, please contact Public Works at 780-459-1557. They will gather your information and have someone from the City’s Pest Control department respond to your call.
For wasp nests/swarms
- The City of St. Albert will only remove those found on public lands, such as parks, schoolyards, playgrounds, around City buildings, etc.
- Should you have a problem with a nest or swarm, please consult the Yellow Pages to contact a private pest control company (the City does not endorse any specific companies).
For bee nests/swarms
- The City of St. Albert will gather the information, inspect the area, and forward the information to a private beekeeping company that will resolve this problem. This applies to private and public lands.
To report a nest or swarm on public property, please contact Public Works at 780-459-1557.
- St. Albert typically see's two 'hatches' of the Aedes genus mosquito per summer. They are largely considered a nuisance species. The intensity of the hatches are directly related to how much moisture is around the City.
- The City of St. Albert did conduct a study of mosquito population in 2004 and 2005. The study found that mosquito larvae are largely found in small, temporary bodies of water such as puddles in construction areas or fields. There were limited numbers of larvae found in permanent water bodies such as our storm ponds, Lacombe and Grandin Lakes or the Sturgeon River. Spraying for mosquito populations was discontinued two decades ago as it impacted many beneficial insects such as bees and dragonflies.
- The City of St. Albert did a pilot using a bacteria-based granule, but found that it is not effective. This City is also surrounded by open fields, forests, open bodies of water and wetlands that we do not have control over.
- Eliminate any sources of stagnant water in your yard such as old tires, kids toys or garden tools. Encourage mosquito predators such as birds and bats to visit your yard by growing native plants or putting up nesting or roosting boxes in your trees. Avoid going out at dawn and dusk which is prime mosquito time.
At this time the City of St. Albert does not do any pest control on private property. Should you have a problem with a pest in your yard or in your house please consult the Yellow Pages or contact a private pest control company for removal. The City does not recommend any companies specifically for hire.
In terms of weed and pest control, the City of St. Albert follows the guidelines set by Alberta Environment. Visit Alberta Environment for more information about environment and pesticide issues and regulations.
Alberta Fish & Wildlife
To contact the Government of Alberta’s Fish & Wildlife department please visit the Fish and Wildlife website or call them at 310-0000.
Last edited: June 4, 2020