Pest and Weed Control
Agriculture is the backbone of our County, and as such, controlling pests (both animal and plant) that hinder the production of agricultural products is a priority for the Agricultural Services Department.
Common Animal Pests
- Richardson Ground Squirrels
- Norway Rats
We appreciate the public concern with these destructive pests and encourage any pest sightings to be reported to our Agricultural Services Department. We have tips and control options including chemicals, equipment as well as magpie and skunk traps for ratepayers to use. Contact us for more details.
Note: Due to regulation changes, the County of Stettler no longer has strychnine available for sale.
Control of Noxious Weeds
In order to control noxious weeds, brushing and targeted species; the County of Stettler maintains a roadside spraying program along roadside ditches.
All weeds on the restricted and noxious lists are important to take care of and our staff is available to assist staff with control options. Our roadside spraying program begins in June, annually.
The herbicides used are determined by weather, targeted weeds and surrounding vegetation. In some cases, other mechanical controls such as, handpicking may be used.
Sign Up for No Spraying
The County of Stettler begin the annual roadside spraying between May and October. This program sprays undesirable vegetation within the County right-of-ways, in order to control the spread of weeds, prevent large trees and brush from impacting the road’s integrity.
If you do not want the right-of-ways adjacent to your property sprayed, contact the Department of Agricultural Services to fill out a No Spray Form.