Pest Control

Agricultural pests and nuisances are defined under the Alberta Agricultural Pest Act as any animal, bird, insect, plant or disease which negatively impacts agricultural production.

The County of Wetaskiwin is responsible for protecting the agricultural productivity of the municipality by controlling native and introduced pests. Private landowners are also accountable for controlling pests on their properties.


The Agricultural Pests Act directs that declared Agricultural Pests must be controlled, while Agricultural Nuisances may be controlled. Some problem pests in the county could include:

Agricultural Pests

Agricultural Nuisances

Pests of Concern

While all agricultural and nuisance pests are targeted by Agricultural Services for control in the county, the main pests of concern are:
  • Virulent Black Leg and Clubroot of Canola
  • Wild Boar
  • Rats
  • Grasshoppers
  • Fusarium Graminearum

Control Techniques

The County will provide control techniques and information on the following:

Additional Resources

Fish & Wildlife

Any other wildlife or pests are handled by Fish and Wildlife, this list may include:
  • Badger
  • Cougar
  • Wolf
  • Bear (black, grizzly)
  • Fox
  • Coyotes
  • Owl
  • Eagles
  • Elk
  • Moose
  • Deer