Agricultural Pests & Nuisances

The Beaver County Agricultural Service Board (ASB) strives to fulfill its duties under the Agricultural Pests Act.  As such, it endeavors to allocate sufficient resources for the purpose of controlling designated agricultural pests and nuisances and to apply those resources efficiently, so as to maximize the benefits derived by the agricultural sector.

Some of the agricultural pests that are detected, monitored, and if required, managed by the Beaver County ASB include:

Vertebrate Pests - Listed under the Agricultural Pest Act

Vertebrate Pests - Not listed under the Agricultural Pest Act

Crop Pests

Insect Pests

  • Grasshoppers
  • Bertha Armyworms

Gophers

While it is registered for use by the Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency (PRMA), Beaver County may dispense 2% Liquid Strychnine to qualified agricultural producers for the control of Richardson Ground Squirrels. A maximum quantity will be available to each customer per week. Persons whose farming status is unknown to the County will be required to produce documentation that supports their farming operation.

Persons wanting to purchase strychnine should ensure availability by calling the Beaver County office at 780-663-3730. Strychnine will be sold by appointment only.


Coyotes

Beaver County will investigate the coyote complaints of livestock producers located within the County. Proof of predation must be obtained before authorizing issuance to control material and devices. Coyote Predation Control Activity will be provided on a first come first serve basis. 

Complaints of predation of livestock by all other wild predators, such as wolves, foxes, and cougars are to be directed to the lock office of Alberta Sustainable Resources, Fish and Wildlife office. Complaints of livestock predation and other problems by domestic dogs should be directed ot the local RCMP office.

Please call 780-663-3730 to speak to the Agricultural Services Department for more informaiton or for a predation investigation. 

Skunks

Beaver County will provide skunk traps for short term use. Skunk trap requests can be made through the County office at 780-663-3730 (Agricultural Services Department). 

Traps are provided on a first come first servce basis with a $100 deposit.

Wild Boars

Over the past few years the Agricultural Service Boards (ASBs) and Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) have been working together to control, with the hopes of eradicating, wild boars at large throughout the province. When running at large, these animals pose a threat to the safety of people and property and as such have declared a pest under the Agricultural Pests Act.

Beaver County has entered into an agreement with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development whereby individuals submitting wild boar at large ears will be reimbursed $50 per pair of ears. Individuals will be required to complete a declaration before payment will be made.

Individuals wishing to participate in this program should contact Mike Bates, Agricultural Fieldman, Beaver County at (780) 663-3730. This program will be reviewed on an on-going basis to ensure that the program is meeting the needs of the municipalities and is being effective in controlling the spread of wild boars at large.


Beavers

Beaver County carries out beaver control and flood management activities to ensure the integrity of municipal infrastructure, agricultural production and residents' property. 

Our Commitment

  • Control beaver populations within the County
  • Prevent damage to the municipal road network (i.e. roads, culverts and bridges) to ensure resident safety
  • Mitigate the effects of flooding on agricultural land and other properties

Safety is a Priority

Beaver County's Landflood Control Officer uses various methods to control beaver activity, including trapping and dam removal (i.e. removal with hand tools, machinery, explosives).

For your safety and ours, please do not approach the Landflood Control Officer or his/her vehicle at any time during these activities - doing so could put you at risk for serious injury and even death.

If you have questions or concerns about the current beaver or other pest control activities in your area, please contact Aimee Boese, Agricultural Fieldman at (780) 663-3730.

You may also contact the Agricultural Fieldman to submit a beaver-related complaint so a proper investigation can be conducted.

Maintaining a safe, resilient community is a priority for Beaver County. We look forward to your ongoing cooperation.


Blackleg


Beaver County's Agricultural Service Board strives to prevent Blackleg from establishing within the County and to control any existing infestations. If Blackleg is found a Notice to Control Pests will be issued under the Agricultural Pest Act. 


Please click here for more information on Blackleg. 

Clubroot

Beaver County's Agricultural Service Board strives to prevent Clubroot from establishing within the County and to control any existing infestations. Currently, the County conducts field surveys to detect infestations as per Alberta Agriculture surveying protocols. Sanitation practices are used while County employees are sampling fields.

Beaver County also encourages producers to sample their own fields. Sampling tips may be found at www.clubroot.ca. With early detection, growers, custom operators and others who visit the field can take steps to contain the spores and protect their own fields and those of their neighbours.

If Clubroot is found while sampling, please contact the Agriculture Department at (780) 663-3730.


Insect Pests

Interested in learning the status of insect pests in the province such as Wheat Midge, Bertha Armyworms, Grasshoppers and Wheat Stem Sawfly? Why not check out the Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network webpage developed by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. 

The Network provides timely information on:

  • insect forecast maps
  • what to scout for 
  • economic thresholds
  • and a pesticide selector

Click here to access the Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network.

Beaver County does complete sampling for these species and provides data to the Pest Monitoring Network to be included on the provincial map.