Now that winter is almost upon us, people can expect to see more coyotes in the coming months. This is the time when coyote’s parents give their young ones the boot and expect them to forage for themselves. Also come January, breeding season starts for coyotes and they become more mobile. Coyotes are common to Delta, in both rural and urban areas. They prosper near us because their main prey is rodents and rabbits - that also happen to thrive near people. So, coyotes are an important part of Delta’s ecosystem, as they help to control rodent populations. Although rodents and rabbits are their main diet, they are very similar to raccoons as they will just about eat anything, from fruit to bugs and pet food to household garbage, so as always, keep garbage can lids secure and bring your pet food inside at night. As I have mentioned on several occasions in these blogs, bird feeders are really rodent feeders so if you see a coyote in your area it’s being attracted by the rodents that eat fallen bird food, so remove that bird feeder for a couple of months.
Go Green Pest Control owner Randy Bilesky is a long-time South Delta resident. Trained and certified, Bilesky has first-hand knowledge of the pest problems that local homeowners and business owners encounter.