Pests and wildlife

Dealing with pests is part of urban living. Vancouver is home to a variety of animals including mice, rats, and chafer beetles.

Vancouver's close relationship with nature can sometimes mean dealing with coyotes, raccoons, skunks, and other wild animals. Learn what to do if you encounter these animals and who to talk to if you have questions.

Environmentally friendly pest management

Inegrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management

The City of Vancouver was the first municipality in Canada to adopt an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to managing pest infestations. The program has allowed us to reduce, and in some cases even eliminate, our dependence on pesticides. Read more about the IPM program.

Pests and wildlife in Vancouver

Use our app to report wildlife issues in Vancouver.

Report wildlife issues online

Use our app to report wildlife issues in Vancouver.

Brown mouse outside

Rats and mice

Rats and mice: learn how to identify them, how to deal with them on your own, and who to contact to get help with them.

Aphids on Trees


Aphids are tiny soft-bodied insects that suck the juices from plant leaves. The City uses Lady Beetles to handle aphid infestations. Learn more about aphid tree infestations, what you can do about them, and how the City is taking action without using chemical pesticides.

Chafer beetle damage

Chafer beetles

Learn how to recognize and manage a European Chafer Beetle infestation on your lawn.

Skunk in the park

Urban wildlife control

Find out who to contact if you have questions or concerns about urban wildlife (coyotes, bears, raccoons, and more), or find an injured animal.

Urban wildlife resources

The City of Vancouver deals with many wildlife issues within its boundaries, and works with other government departments and agencies on wildlife concerns.

Other governmental organizations

Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment Canada

Fish and Wildlife branch of Ministry of Environment 

Fisheries and Oceans branch of Environment Canada 


Species At Risk Act

Wildlife Act 

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