The red squirrel, Tamiasciurus hudsonicus, is the most commonly seen member of the squirrel family in Edmonton's natural areas. The red squirrel is a feisty rodent; you have no doubt heard the distinct chattering noise made by the red squirrel to announce its presence and defend its territory. 


 The house mouse is a small mammal of the order Rodentia, characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, and a long naked or almost hairless tail. It is one of the most numerous species of the genus Mus.  


 Pocket gophers, commonly referred to as gophers, are burrowing rodents of the family Geomyidae. About 35 species of gophers live in Central and North America. They are commonly known for their extensive tunneling activities.  Known for fan or horse shoe shaped dirt mounds.


 Pigeons and doves constitute the bird family Columbidae and the order Columbiformes, which includes about 42 genera and 310 species. The related word "columbine" refers to pigeons and doves. 



 spiders commonly found in homes include house spiders, wolf spiders, cellar spiders, fishing spiders, and (much less often) black widow spiders. They are usually found in corners of rooms, closets, boxes, dark crevices, basements, garages, and gardens. 


 There are three kinds of ants in a colony: The queen, the female workers, and males. The queen and the males have wings, while the workers don’t have wings.

 Carpenter ants get their name because they build their nests in wood. This pest can cause significant damage to your house. There are many types of carpenter ants throughout Canada measuring in size from one-quarter inch (about the width of a pencil) for a worker carpenter ant to three-quarters of an inch (about the size of a quarter) for a queen carpenter ant. 


 The German cockroach is the most common species in Canada of the cockroach. German cockroaches can breed at a rate of up to six generations per year. The German cockroach can fit through an opening as small as 3/8 inch in width. The brown banded cockroach is less common but also found in some areas.

Carpet Beetle

 Carpet beetles, which belong to the family of beetles known as dermestids, are pests in Households, warehouses,museums, and other locations where suitable food exists.  three species of carpet beetles cause serious damage to fabrics, carpets, furs, stored food, and preserved specimens .

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a wingless insect about 1.6-9mm long. unfed adult bedbugs are brown with an oval shape. a female bedbug can lay 200 or more eggs in her lifetime. Often the first indication of bedbugs is itchy welts on the skin of people. Not all people react this way.


 Yellow jackets are social insects that live in nests or colonies with up to 4,000 workers. These flying insects typically have a yellow and black head/face and patterned abdomen. Many say that the pattern resembles stripes.  

Common home remedies for stings include coating the sting site with a baking soda paste.