Alberta’s Rat Control Program

How we keep Alberta rat-free and what you can do to help.


Albertans have enjoyed living without the menace of rats since 1950 when the provincial 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 are occasionally found in the province. But when found the rats are isolated and eradicated through proven control methods.

Rats can spread throughout Alberta just as easily today as they could in the past. Together, the government and Albertans play a part in making sure that does not happen. 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:

It is illegal to own pet rats in Alberta.

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