Animal & Pest Control

Animal 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

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.

Wildlife Concerns

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.

Pest Control

Mosquito Control Program

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. State mosquito control staff conduct adult mosquito surveillance and, if certain state-mandated thresholds are met, they will conduct spraying operations. Out of an abundance of caution, residents are advised to stay indoors, close their windows, and bring in pets when that occurs.

Sign up for spraying notifications by emailing the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

Reporting a Problem Area
In order to prevent and monitor mosquito borne diseases, residents are still encouraged to report problem areas by using this form. Please try to complete as much of the form as possible.

Note - spraying is not effective against the Asian Tiger Mosquito (black with white legs and white stripe), which are prevalent in the City of Hyattsville. Community cleanups do control the pest when residents empty and/or rinse any containers where water can collect on a weekly basis, including tires, wading pools, wheelbarrows, canoes, tarps, flower pots, saucers, birdbaths, and gutters.

Filing an Exemption
You may request an exemption from adult mosquito control services on a yearly basis.

For additional questions and concerns, please call our Department of Public Works at (301) 985-5032.

Natural Mosquito Control
Visit our Environmental Education web page to learn about pesticide free ways to control local mosquito populations!

Other 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.