Rats and mice are common pests in the urban environment. Signs of their presence include:
Tracks (foot prints)
Tips to Minimize Rodent Visitors
Take away the places they like to hide, sleep, and nest by removing any clutter or rubbish from your yard and garage. Keep your grass trimmed, don’t let vegetation overgrow and keep bushes and trees away from your house.
Keep them outdoors by sealing all holes and cracks that might provide access to your home or other buildings on your property.
Take away their food and water by:
Composting responsibly. Use a rodent resistant compost bin or use your Green Cart for all food scraps.
Removing any fallen fruits or nuts from your yard.
Feeding your pets indoors and cleaning up any leftover food when your pet is finished eating.
Not putting food outside for stray animals.
Removing bird feeders or having only one bird feeder that is contained and suspended out of reach.
Putting a tray under the bird feeder and removing spilled bird seed daily.
Removing any containers from your yard that might hold water and repairing leaky pipes or taps.
Storing garbage and food waste inside until collection day.
Keeping your BBQ clean.
Keep your garbage and food scraps out of reach and in a secure container and location.
Keep your Carts clean and use your Green Cart for all food scraps.
If rodents or other pests persist, please call a licensed pest control company. Local pest control services can be found in the Yellow Pages or other internet search engines.
It is resident’s responsibility to not attract pests to their property. The Wildlife and Vector Control Bylaw Number 4284, 2012 (PDF) was developed to protect public health by requiring property owners and tenants to prevent their property from becoming infested by pests that may spread disease (vectors).
Residents are responsible for treating insect infestations on their own property. To report a bee or wasp nest on City property, please contact Engineering Customer Service at 604-927-3500.
European Chafer Beetle
The European Chafer beetle is an invasive insect pest. Its larvae feed on the roots of grasses, causing serious damage to lawns. Visit our Chafer Beetle Management page to learn more.
The City has partnered with Metro Vancouver Parks and four other municipalities to deliver a comprehensive Nuisance Mosquito Control Program for reducing mosquito numbers to tolerable levels by hiring a pest control contractor. The contractor provides the following services from May to October each year:
Monitoring river levels, temperature, rainfall and snowpack levels
Monitoring numbers of larval mosquitoes in water bodies
Applying naturally occurring bacterial larvicides
Monitoring numbers of adult mosquitoes to gauge effectiveness of larvicide treatment
Public education and outreach
If you are concerned about nuisance mosquitoes, or would like to request a site visit to investigate standing water for potential mosquito breeding, email the Urban Wildlife Program.
For information about this program or to report mosquito related concerns, please call the Mosquito Hotline at 604-432-6228. This line is monitored by Morrow Bio Science Ltd., the current service provider. Messages will be returned within 24 hours.