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City of St.Albert

Pest Control

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)


City of St. Albert Integrated Pest Management Plan
(PDF)

The City of St. Albert has developed its own 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.

Following this plan, the City's Pest Control program is largely reactive in nature monitoring pest populations and responding to concerns about pests on City property. Pest Control crews at 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 to the removal or relocation of unwelcome animals.

For more information please download the City's IPM Plan and visit Environment.

2017 Pest Management Programs - Activity Plan

The following table provides the City of St. Albert's 2017 Integrated Pest Management Plan, including the application of pesticides.

Pest Management Programs

May

June

July

August

September

 
Weeds

Weeds in shrub beds

X

X

X

X

X

Weeds in industrial areas

X

X

X

X

X

Weeds in turf and hard surfaces

X

X

X

X

X

Invasive weeds

X

X

X

X

X

Weeds on school grounds

   

X

X

 

Other Pests

Rodents

X

X

X

X

X

Insect pests of trees

X

X

X

X

 

Yellow-jacket wasps

 

X

X

   

Pesticide Registry

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 kveenstra@stalbert.ca

Medical Alert Pesticide Program Registry Form

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, school yards, 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 a public property please contact Public Works at 780-459-1557.

Private Property

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.

Alberta Environment

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 their website at www.aep.alberta.ca/fish-wildlife or call them at 310-0000.

Additional Resources

Last edited: April 9, 2018

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