Dealing with pests is part of urban living. Coquitlam is home to a variety of pests including rodents and insects, such as:
Visit our Injured Animals, Wildlife and Animal Abuse page for information on injured animals, animal cruelty or abuse of domestic animals.
Bats are protected under the Wildlife Act and cannot be disturbed from May 1 - Sept 1. For more information, please contact the Community Bat Programs of BC at 1-855-922-2287.
Rats and mice are common pests in the urban environment. Their presence can be determined by a number of signs including:
If you have a rodent problem, you will need to combine prevention and control methods to get rid of the rodents. There are several options to consider.
Snap traps and electronic traps are recommended as an effective and humane way to get rid of rats and mice. Live traps and glue traps are alternatives that can be used, but not recommended as they can cause stress and suffering to the animals caught.
Rodenticides should only be considered as a last resort because they are highly toxic pesticides and pose a significant risk to people, children and pets. Rodenticides can also indirectly poison wild animals and birds such as hawks and owls if they prey on a rodent that has ingested rodenticides.
As of July 2021, the province has placed an 18-month ban on the sale and use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) that contain the active ingredients brodifacoum, bromadiolone or difethialone with an exception for services deemed essential by the province and only when applied by a licensed pest control company.
For more information on the rodenticide ban, visit the Government of B.C. website.
It is resident’s responsibility to not attract pests to their property. Doing so could result in a $150 fine as per the the Wildlife and Vector Control Bylaw Number 4284, 2012 (PDF) which 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).
For more information, please see our Rodents in Urban Environments brochure (PDF).
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.
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:
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.