Animal & Pest Control
The City of Hyattsville passed a new animal control ordinance in December 2022.
The Prince George’s County Animal Services Division has primary responsibility for the capture and impounding of loose animals in the City of Hyattsville. You can report loose animals; sick, vicious, or nuisance animals; or concerns about animal cruelty or neglect to (301) 780-7200. Please have the following information ready when you call:
- Name, address, phone number (this information will be kept confidential)
- Address where last seen
- Animal's physical condition
- Color of animal
- Type of animal
Animal Control Liaison
The City of Hyattsville has a part-time Animal Control Liaison who can assist residents when additional support is needed from the Prince George’s County Animal Services Division or the City of Hyattsville’s Police and Code Departments. Contact the Animal Control Liaison by calling (301) 985-5000 or emailing email@example.com.
Please note that the City’s Animal Control Liaison is not responsible for responding to active animal control issues, including reports of sick or injured wildlife. If you need emergency assistance with an animal incident, please call 911. All other incidents should first be reported to the County Animal Services Division at (301) 780-7200.
The Prince George’s County Animal Services Division does not address concerns with sick or injured wild animals, including deer. Please instead call the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Services: 1-877-463-6497 (available Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). If there is a wildlife emergency outside of these business hours, contact the Natural Resources Police 24-hour dispatch number at 410-260-8888.
For more information on what to do if you see a sick or injured wild animal, please visit the Department of Natural Resources wildlife resources page.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture, through the Mosquito Control Program, performs all mosquito control activities in the state. The City participates in the Mosquito Control Program, which begins in late May/early June and continues through September.
There are also simple and cost-effective ways you can control mosquitos in your yard using proven, natural techniques! Learn more about all things mosquitoes on our Mosquito Control page.
Rats are a common part of an urban landscape, but you can take precautions to make your property less attractive to rat habitation. Check out our guide "7 Ways to Keep Rats Away".
We're here to help! Report problem areas at hyattsville.org/requests or via the MyHyattsville mobile app. Please note that the City cannot conduct pest control operations on private property, but we can assist with rat control issues in the public right-of-way or work with residents and business owners to suggest proper rat control strategies.
Common City wildlife
Many native animals live in Hyattsville and the surrounding forested areas. The City encourages residents to keep animals like opossums, raccoons, squirrels, foxes, and deer from pesky behaviors by properly disposing of waste in secure bins. Many of these animals are helpful in reducing other pests like mosquitos and ticks!
Please always use caution around wild animals, particularly those displaying signs of rabies like aggressive behavior or excessive drooling. Seek immediate medical attention if you believe you or one of your pets has been exposed to rabies.
For more information on what to do if you see a sick or injured wild animal, please visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources wildlife resources page.