The City of Edmonton continuously improves its pest management and works on several integrated pest management projects.
Most of our serious weeds are plants that have been introduced from other parts of the world, often leaving their natural enemies behind. Biological control of weeds attempts to restore the natural control of these plants by introducing enemies from their native region. More information on the Weed Biocontrol Project.
The City of Edmonton works closely with community groups to stop the spread of prohibited noxious weeds listed in the Alberta Weed Control Act. Aggressively invasive, prohibited noxious weeds damage natural areas by suppressing native vegetation and negatively impacting habitat for wildlife such as deer, birds and insects. Several of these alien species have spread from private yards to Edmonton's natural areas and must be eradicated before further damage is done. For some species, pulling plants is an effective control method. Currently, the City of Edmonton is organizing weed pulls for two such species, Garlic Mustard and Himalayan balsam.
Weed Identification and Reporting Application
The Weed Identification and Reporting Application for smartphones will enable residents to identify and report Invasive Alien Species that are regulated by the Alberta Weed Control Act. This application is now available for iPhones and is being considered for Android. More information on the Weed Identification Application.