Pests / Nuisance Control



Under the Skunk Trap Requests Policy, skunk traps are loaned to County residents out at no cost. There is $75 Deposit (cheque or cash). The traps must be returned in 2 weeks and brought back clean and undamaged.






MagpieThe Alberta Government offers instructions on how to construct your own magpie trap.






Alberta maintains rat free status as a result of a vigilant rat control program that has been in place for many years.

If you think you have seen a rat, try to take a picture if possible and call Lacombe County Agricultural Department or 310-RATS (7287).

Visit Alberta Agriculture & Forestry for more information.





Richardson Ground Squirrels

Richardson Ground Squirrel


Lacombe County, in partnership with Alberta Agriculture and Food, sells 2% Liquid Strychnine for the control of Richardson Ground Squirrels (sold during the spring)

Strychnine Sales happening Thursday mornings during the sales season. $12 a bottle, you must buy a minimum of 6 bottles (maximum purchase is 2 cases of 24 bottles). Try to use strychnine in the spring before the grass greens up, this will force gophers to eat the bait.

pdf Strychnine Sales 2020 (184 KB)

Landowners must: 

  • Provide a legal land location
  • Take a mandatory 10-minute training session
  • Owns the land for which they need the strychnine  

For acreage owners, there are locations that sell lower concentration mixes. Please call Lacombe County for more information.

Northern Pocket Gophers

Northern Pocket GopherThese pests are particularly hard to control. To date, the only effective method has been trapping which is time-consuming. Traps are available at agricultural retail outlets throughout the county.






In some cases we can assist producers with problem coyotes. The Coyote Control Devices and Chemicals Policy provides for the use of registered coyote control products in cases where coyotes have been harassing or there have been confirmed kills of livestock.

It is important to remember that these devices are non-discriminate and will only be utilized in situations where the Manager or Assistant Manager of Environmental and Protective Services feels they are safe to do so. The legislation governing the use of these products is specific to livestock predation and cannot be used in the case of harassing or predation of pets.



Beaver activity in Lacombe County can have a major impact on roads and the associated drainage works. Under the Beaver Flood Control Policy, Lacombe County will carry out control of beavers if there is flooding on county right-of-ways from beaver activity on county land.

If the flooding is from private lands then we will trap on those private lands if there is written permission from the landowner. If there is flooding from beaver activity and is not affecting county property, please call the agricultural fieldman for names of local trappers that can assist you.


Crop Pests

Bertha ArmywormEnvironmental and Protective Services assists both the Provincial and Federal Governments with several pest surveys each year, including Grasshoppers, Bertha Armyworms, Lygus Bugs. In addition, we undertake a Fusarium survey and assist with the Provincial Crop Report each summer.