Pest Control

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2021 Richardson Ground Squirrel Strychnine Program 


Strychnine Update - March 23, 2021.


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, sales ending March 4, 2022 and the product fully banned from use on March 4, 2023.  This means the County will still be distributing strychnine this 2021 spring season.


Due to this timeline, last summer, the County of Vermilion River Ag Department asked landowners to preorder their strychnine for the 2021 season. This spring, once our shipment arrives, we will be contacting all those who placed an order for Strychine last summer. Once contacted we will set an appointment with you to come pick up your order.


If you are picking up Strychnine this 2021 season, the following forms below will need to be filled. Please click below to access the fillable forms. These forms must be completed at the time of pick up. 


Key Requirements and Program Conditons Form

Strychnine Waiver Form 

Liquid Strychnine Use Agreement Form 


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 


Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we manage through these times.


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 the office 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. Pest Control Officers (PCO'S) will inspect the first six miles west of the border in Spring and Fall. If you think you have have a rat and you live outside of Range 1, please call us at 780-846-2244 to schedule an inspection.


Our PCO’ s are required under Alberta’s Agricultural Pests Act to check any areas that could provide potential Norway rat habitat within the Rat Control Zone. These inspections, and management of any rats that they find, are the reason that Alberta is still Rat-Free. Pest Control Officers may enter into your yard, be looking around farm buildings, bale yards, feed bins or grain storage. They may also check grain bags and bale stacks in fields.


PCO's will always be happy to stop and talk to you about what they are looking for and what they are finding, so if they don ’t find you first, feel free to stop and talk. The Ag department wants to work with ratepayers – if you would like us to email or call before we come out for an inspection, please let us know that, and the best way to contact you. 

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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