Albertans have enjoyed living without the menace of rats since 1950 when the Rat Control Program was established. Alberta’s rat-free status means there is no resident population of rats and they are not allowed to establish themselves. It does not mean we never get rats. Small infestations occasionally occur, but when found, the rats are isolated and eradicated through proven control methods.

Find out how we keep Alberta rat-free and what you can do to help.


Is it a rat?

How to identify Norway and roof rats, and tell the difference between rats and Alberta rodents commonly mistaken for rats.

History of the program

Since 1950, Albertans have been safe from the destruction rats cause and the diseases they carry.

Prevention and control

Prevent rat infestations around your property through food source and rat shelter removal, and rat proofing.

Report a rat

If you see a rat, safely take a picture, note the location, and send us the information one of these ways:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

It is illegal to own pet rats in Alberta.

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