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

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 (available until spring of 2022 or while supplies last) 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 of control materials.

Complaints of predation of livestock by all other wild predators, such as wolves, foxes, and cougars are to be directed to the local office of Alberta Sustainable Resources, Fish and Wildlife office. Complaints of livestock predation and other problems by domestic dogs should be directed to 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 served basis with a $100 deposit.

Beavers

Beaver County carries out beaver control and flood management activities to ensure the integrity of municipal infrastructure, in accordance with the current policy. 

For more info on water management click here.

Our Commitment

  • Prevent damage to the municipal road network (i.e. roads, culverts and bridges) to ensure resident safety

Safety is a Priority

Beaver County may use various methods to control beaver activity, including trapping and dam removal (i.e. removal with hand tools, machinery).

For your safety and ours, please do not approach any County staff 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, regarding municipal infrastructure, so a proper investigation can be conducted.

Beaver Control Incentive Program Beaver County is encouraging landowners to participate in mitigation measures on private land through an incentive for beaver control

Here are a couple of things that you need to be aware of if you are interested in the program:

  1. You must notify the County of all the locations that you are removing beavers from PRIOR to submitting the tails.
    1. This can be done by calling the office or sending an email to me once you know the locations that you will be trapping on.
  2. ‘Beaver Control Incentive Program’ form is used when the tails are being submitted.
  3. ‘Beaver Control Incentive Program – Landowner Form’ must be signed by the landowner of the property, if they wish for you to receive payment for the tails.
  4. Tails must be frozen when submitting and you must call Aimee at 780-663-3730 to arrange a time for drop off.  Bring in the entire tail so that is can be marked.
    1. Beaver tails that are less than 7.62 centimeters or 3 inches in length will not be accepted for payment.
  1. All regulations regarding hunting and trapping must be followed.
  2. Payment is $20/tail: No cash or cheque will be given out at the time that beaver tails are dropped off.  Payment information will need to be signed by the person designated to receive the funds and by the Agricultural Fieldman before payment will be processed.
    1. Payment will be by check or EFT following the County’s Policy and Administrative Procedures for Payment of Account
  1. The program will be run year round or until the budget has been used for the program. 

 

Again, in order to drop off tails for payment, please call Aimee at 780-663-3730 to arrange a drop off time and submit the appropriate paperwork.

 

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.