Pests and wildlife

We are treating some parks, boulevards, and medians for Japanese beetle. Get details

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

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

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

Japanese beetle

We are treating parks, boulevards, and medians in and around where Japanese beetle has been detected. Updates and how you can help.

Rats and mice

How to identify rats and mice, prevention, who to contact for help, and hiring a pest management company.


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 beetles

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

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.

Report wildlife issues online

Use Van311 to report dead or injured wildlife in Vancouver.