Pest Control

Click here for information on Provincial regulations regarding PESTS & NUISANCE animals


2020 Richardson Ground Squirrel Strychnine Program - We are currently sold out.

Attention Farmers: Strychnine Update

We received an update from AgroMax Distributers Inc, the manufacturer for 2% Liquid Strychnine Concentrate.  The ingredients they need to produce 2% strychnine comes from India, and that county has extended their COVID-19 lockdown until the end of June.  Further lockdown extensions are still possible. 


We still anticipate being able to buy strychnine for Spring 2021 sale to producers, but that will be the last year strychnine will be available for purchase.  The County will bring in only the amounts ordered in advance by producers.  If you want to purchase strychnine for 2021, please complete the Order Form and return it to the County.  


Farmers needing immediate solutions for Richardson Ground Squirrel control should contact their Agricultural Product Retailers for registered alternative control options such as Rozol RTU proucts.


For more information, contact Cathie Erichsen Arychuk, Director of Agriculture and Environment at 780-808-6163 or 


Health Canada has cancelled the registration of 2% liquid strychnine used to control Richardson's Ground Squirrels, with final production ending on March 4, 2021 and the product fully banned from use on March 4, 2023.


Strychnine Pre-Order Form 2021 - fillable PDF

Strychnine Pre-Order Form 2021 - Word doc.


BEAVERS & DAMS CVR may remove beaver dams to protect municipal infrastructure

For dam removal on private lands, fees will apply. 

See here for trappers you may contact.

Contact our AG team if you have beaver concerns.


CVR participates in the Alberta Rat Control program as we strive to maintain Alberta's "Rat Free" status.  Annually, we inspect over 1500 sites along the AB/SK border looking for rat activity (click here for more details on our process).
Did you know that rats....

  •  Do not hibernate
  • Reproduce as early as 6 to 8 weeks of age
  • Can have 12 babies per litter
  • Can have 10 litters per year
  • Can vertically climb several stories
  • Can fall 8 meters without sustaining injury

More information on the provincial program.
SKUNKS A limited number of skunk traps are available to landowners.  A deposit may be required for using a trap. Arrangements must be made in advance with the AG team. 
The Biology and Control of Skunks – Alberta Agriculture
RACCOONS  Are not handled by CVR pest control officers Monitor your grain storage bags for signs of raccoon damage 
MAGPIES  Are not handled by CVR pest control officers Plan to make your own trap (landowners will need to appropriately euthanize magpies)

PORCUPINES  Are not handled by CVR pest control officers   More information on porcupines
DOGS & LIVESTOCK  Outside villages, subdivisions, and hamlets, dogs are allowed to be at large providing they stay on owners' property.  If dogs leave owners' property, the dog could be at risk.    Livestock owners are empowered under provincial law (Stray Animal Act) to destroy dogs that threaten their herd, however, all residents need to work together to resolve any issues so that extreme measures are not necessary.  
WILD BOARS  Wild boar at-large are a pest under Alberta’s Agricultural Pests Act.  .If you see wild boar at large, or evidence of wild boar, please contact Alberta AG 310-FARM or our CVR Ag Team at 780-846-2244 
More information on wild boars



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