The Provincial Rat Eradication Program (PREP) was established in the spring of 2010. Its goal is to promote uniformity and consistency in rat control methods towards the eradication of rats in Saskatchewan. Sask Agriculture funds the program through the Agriculture Fieldworker Policy and SARM administers the grants to rural municipalities. Since 2010, the program has grown with greater funding and RM participation.
Each of the six SARM divisions are represented by an elected Board member and a Regional PCO Supervisor. View the Map for contacts in your area.
2016-17 Program Guidelines and the Statement of Compliance are now available. Farm sites are based on Statistics Canada 1976 Census unless the use of a more recent Census is requested and justified by the RM. A copy of the township and farm site numbers PREP references is available is now avaiable: PREP - List of RM TWPs & Farm Sites by Statistics Canada 1976 & 2006 Census. The deadline to submit the 2016-17 Statement of Compliance to SARM is December 31, 2016.
The Provincial Rat Eradication (PREP) Board would like to extend an opportunity to all active, licensed Pest Control Officers who are members of the Saskatchewan Pest Control Officers Association (SPCOA) and who may be interested in becoming one of the six Regional Pest Control Supervisors, one for each of the SARM Divisions.
The job of the PCO Supervisors is instrumental in the success of PREP. Communication and consistency in shared knowledge has proven a key component in the effectiveness of this program. Within each division, PCO Supervisors are asked to provide services such as assisting to manage major outbreaks in the field, ensure consistency in inspection procedures and baiting processes, assist as needed in bringing rat outbreaks under control and meeting with municipal councils, for technical purposes, when requested.