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Marat Dreyshner

Marat Dreyshner

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Marat Dreyshner has over 25 years of culinary experience, and a passion for health, wellness, and vital nutrition. This passion lead him to joining Herbalife Nutrition in 2016.

Marat and his wife Ella work together as nutrition and wellness coaches that help people to reach their greatest nutrition goals and achieve unbelievable sustainable, long term health results. Whether it’s weight loss, more energy, aging related affects, sports and pregnancy related nutrition goals, they have an easy to follow plan for you.

Herbalife Nutrition has been in business since 1980 and serves to better the health of people in over 94 countries. 

To get in touch with Marat and to learn more about the Nutrition of Herbalife you can visit his website 
https://www.goherbalife.com/ihealthychef or send him an email Firedupfitcouple@gmail.com

Tom Bearss

Tom Bearss

Tom Bearss, President of the Delta Naturalists’ Society (DNS), leads a weekly outing of casual birders to various destinations, mostly to birding hotspots in the BC lower mainland. He, or another DNS member, writes a report on each outing of these Delta Nats Casual Birders (aka DNCBers) which you can see on this Optimist blog. You can also see past reports, photos and other information on the Delta Nats on their website at: www.dncb.wordpress.com.  DNCB outings are free and open to anyone to participate. They are currently on Tuesday mornings, meeting at and leaving from  Petra's by L'Aromas in Tsawwassen at 7:30 a.m. Future outing destinations and outing changes can be seen on the DNCB website.

 

Bearss is a retired Canadian Trade Commissioner/diplomat who has been a “casual birder” and naturalist for 30+ years. He was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario and has lived in and/or travelled to many parts of the world (e.g. New York, Western Australia, Trinidad & Tobago, South Africa, etc.), but chose to retire with his family in Ladner in 2006. He currently stays active with the DNS, leading bird outings, playing hockey and golf, and especially grand parenting his 2-year-old granddaughter. He lives with wife Sandra of 42 years, and their two children Scott (39) and Erica (36) also reside nearby in Delta.

Randy Bilesky

Randy Bilesky

As a long-time South Delta resident, Go Green Pest Control’s owner Randy Bilesky, a former forester, has always appreciated Delta’s abundant natural environment, the well-being of his neighbours and the healthy lifestyle of West Coast living. He also has experience in home renovation, so he knows where and what to look for when assessing a property for pests and pest damage. Trained and certified, Randy and his team at Go Green Pest Control have first-hand knowledge of the pest problems that local homeowners and business owner's encounter and can provide various solutions to solve and prevent pest problems of any kind. Environmentally-friendly and humane removal techniques are used when possible to control pests and minimize any impact to the surroundings.

  • Blog: Rating the stinging pain of wasps

    The spring is just around the corner now and I was thinking about another year of being stung by wasps and red ants and where they stand of the "ouch that really hurt” scale. Well there is . . .

    Randy BileskyJanuary 23, 2019

  • Blog: Venomous or poisonous, it's all in the delivery

    Bugs and insects use toxins to hunt prey or help evade predators. So are they venomous and poisonous, we often use this interchangeably, but do they mean the same thing? Spiders are equipped with . . .

    Randy BileskyJanuary 22, 2019

  • Blog: Eerie cockroaches send shivers down his spine

    Cockroaches, next to rats, are the nastiest creatures in the pest control business. These eerie crawlies are flat, brown and their shells are greasy to touch. Yes, just writing this sends shivers . . .

    Randy BileskyJanuary 19, 2019

  • Blog: Birders visit Serpentine Fen and Mill Lake Park

    Nineteen, actually 22, DNCBers enjoyed a two destination outing on another sunny Tuesday at Serpentine Fen in Surrey, and Mill Lake Park in Abbottsford. Lighting and weather was super for our . . .

    Tom BearssJanuary 18, 2019

  • Blog: Delta still teeming with rodents

    A longer milder spring and a warmer winter so far has left us with more rats than usual this time of year. The warmer it is the more rodents survive. In Delta, with a substantial shipping industry . . .

    Randy BileskyJanuary 16, 2019

  • Blog: 2019 and rodent free

    Mice, rats and squirrels are some of the most communal pests that occupy our homes regularly when the weather starts turning cold. Although squirrels, like rats and mice, are in the order of . . .

    Randy BileskyJanuary 15, 2019

  • Blog: Carpenter ants in the winter?

    So we are in mid January now and carpenter ants are popping up around your house, what is up with that? So you ask, are carpenter ants really active in the winter? Well it depends on were they are . . .

    Randy BileskyJanuary 14, 2019

  • Blog: Rodents attacking your car?

    Your car is a warm, dry and undisturbed ideal shelter for feeding, nesting and breeding rodents. Rodents can cause significant damage to the car, damage that could end up costing you thousands of . . .

    Randy BileskyJanuary 13, 2019

  • Blog: Delta birders explore White Rock and Blackie Spit Park

    Twenty DNCBer’s broke in the New Year with our first chilly but dry Tuesday morning outing to White Rock and Blackie Spit Park. It was a particularly good birdy morning with lots of neat sightings . . .

    Tom BearssJanuary 10, 2019

  • Blog: Understanding rodent chit-chat

    Rat language is all about whistling, chirping and bruxing in the form of ultrasonic vocalizations that we need specialized equipment to hear. By understanding their speech we can also understand . . .

    Randy BileskyJanuary 9, 2019

  • Blog: Leaf-cutter ants add to global warming

    A new study has discovered that leaf-cutter ant nests produce thousands of times more carbon dioxide than the adjacent soils do. In Costa Rica on the forest floor, leaf-cutter ant nests, that cover. . .

    Randy BileskyJanuary 8, 2019

  • Blog: Christmas holidays are over, check your luggage for bed bugs

    If you are returning from a trip, you should follow these guidelines to avoid bringing bed bugs home with you. Luggage stands in hotel and motel rooms are a hot spot for bed bug activity as they . . .

    Randy BileskyJanuary 7, 2019

  • Blog: Four simple swaps to make a greener home

    Chances are, there are toxins loitering around the corner in your home, often, when you don't even realize it. Here are four simple steps to make your house greener. Start slowly by replacing just. . .

    Randy BileskyJanuary 5, 2019

  • Blog: Roof rats

    Roof rats, also called black rats or ship rats, get their name from their need to be up high in trees and roofs. Roof rats rarely live longer than nine months, but females may give birth to as many. . .

    Randy BileskyJanuary 3, 2019

  • Blog: It was one night before Christmas

    It was one night before Christmas, and somewhere in the house The attic was squeaking, could it be a mouse We looked throughout the house but no signs were there Could our house is infested, . . .

    Randy BileskyDecember 24, 2018

  • Blog: This beetle is a stored products pest

    The bread bug, biscuit or drugstore beetle is a stored products pest. The name might come from infestations that happened to druggists that user herbs in their potions back in the day. They live . . .

    Randy BileskyDecember 19, 2018

  • Blog: Christmas traveling

    School is almost out for the Christmas holidays and many people will travel to foreign lands seeking the sun and hot weather. Because airline tickets are becoming so cheap many people are . . .

    Randy BileskyDecember 18, 2018

  • Blog: And the Pest of the Year is…

    New statistics released puts bed bugs as the 2018 Pest of the Year for the second consecutive year. Canadians searched for information about these pests an astounding 600,000 times during 2018. The. . .

    Randy BileskyDecember 15, 2018

  • Blog: Birders explore Boundary Bay Regional Park

    I’m baaaaack! About 30 participants, including ten newbies, enjoyed a sunny Wednesday morning walk on our quarterly Birds on the Bay (BOTB) outing in Boundary Bay Regional Park (BBRP). Lots of neat. . .

    Tom BearssDecember 15, 2018

  • Blog: Winter pest-proofing tips

    Pests are often thought of as spring-summer weather issue, but homeowners need to know that old person winter brings with it a ton of likely pest issues. Once the thermometer starts to drop and the. . .

    Randy BileskyDecember 14, 2018

  • Blog: Not your average termite

    Termites, termites, termites. Yes we have them here but not to the extent that they do down south. Why are we so concerned about termites? Well they eat wood or more specifically they like . . .

    Randy BileskyDecember 13, 2018

  • Blog: Christmas trees and hay fever symptoms

    Yearly, those true believers in real Christmas trees head out to pick out their own tree or cut one down. But, heaven forbid, that real tree can be the source of sneezing and coughing as long as . . .

    Randy BileskyDecember 11, 2018

  • Blog: Synurbic pests adapt to changing environments

    Synurbic pests (living predominantly within an urban ecosystem) have become gradually flexible to changing environments, allowing them to grow in new locations. Many have learnt to live in urban . . .

    Randy BileskyDecember 10, 2018

  • Blog: Winter rodents leave signs that they're visiting

    Some pests like rats and mice are in fact more active in the winter as they search for somewhere to stay - indoors. Rats and mice aren’t hibernators, so they must continuously feed throughout the . . .

    Randy BileskyDecember 7, 2018

  • Blog: Coyote season is here

    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 . . .

    Randy BileskyDecember 6, 2018

  • Blog: How to remove pests from real Christmas trees

    Christmas is coming and if you decided to purchase a real (once live) Christmas tree you should expect to bring in a few unexpected guests into your home, in the form of insects. A rough estimate . . .

    Randy BileskyDecember 3, 2018

  • Blog: Rats in your car?

    Here is an example of a real story I hear far too often. You’re going through your work week morning routine, getting dressed and leaving for work when you see a rat running from your car when you . . .

    Randy BileskyNovember 30, 2018

  • Blog: Winter is coming – are you prepared?

    Just like the notorious saying by the members of House Stark in Game of Thrones, “winter is coming,” this is also a warning to homeowners because your house, townhouse, condo or apartment is likely. . .

    Randy BileskyNovember 29, 2018

  • Blog: Happy grease ant season

    You know that the holidays or Christmas season is almost upon us as the grease ants start coming out. These tiny ants can stay in the walls for months but when the furnaces in homes begin to run a . . .

    Randy BileskyNovember 26, 2018

  • Blog: Fear changes how rodents reproduce

    Rodent females create extra offspring after smelling odours (chemo-olfactory cues) produced by scared males. Fear of being torn apart and eaten can influence the size of populations. A study showed. . .

    Randy BileskyNovember 25, 2018

  • Blog: What are causing all these bites?

    Often the first thing people think when they get itchy bites on their legs, arms or torso is I’ve been bitten by bed bugs. If you're concerned about the potential of bedbugs, knowing what sorts of . . .

    Randy BileskyNovember 23, 2018

  • Blog: Packrats are 'want to be' squirrels

    The bushy tailed woodrat is the only native rat found in B.C. and has been spotted here in Delta. It is a large squirrel-like rodent with long dense fur and a bushy tail. Like all our local rats - . . .

    Randy BileskyNovember 22, 2018

  • Blog: Shape shifting fire ants

    Fire ants are legendary for their skill to swarm together and self-assemble bridges, ladders, and even floating boats. Scientists have now learned the statistical rubrics that rule how fire ants . . .

    Randy BileskyNovember 19, 2018

  • Blog: Can cayenne pepper get rid of rodents?

    Keeping your home clean by getting rid of things that attract rats and mice is the best way to deter them. Rodents are always looking for food, so make sure nothing has been spilled or made . . .

    Randy BileskyNovember 18, 2018

  • BLOG: Venomics - nature's pesticide

    Nature can play a major role in future technologies in agriculture, powerful poisons from a variety of animals and insects are a practical substitute to damaging pesticides used in agriculture. . . .

    Randy BileskyNovember 17, 2018

  • BLOG: Why honey bee colonies are dying off

    Bee populations around the world have been in decline for years now. One of the perpetrators behind this drop is neonicotinoid compounds, one of the most widely used types of insecticide. First. . .

    Randy BileskyNovember 16, 2018

  • BlOG: Introduction to Silverfish

    November is the month of the silverfish, as we get the most call-outs for these creatures than any other month of the year. They are one of the most common household insects in homes throughout . . .

    Randy BileskyNovember 15, 2018

  • BLOG: Not 1, not 2 but 3 kinds of bed bugs

    So if you thought that there was only one kind of bed bug out there, you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that there are actually three types of bed bugs that like people. Being able to identify . . .

    Randy BileskyNovember 14, 2018

  • BLOG: Horseplay for rats

    Similar to human teenagers, young rats like to play fight. Researchers have found that immune cells in the rat’s brains help transition the adolescent horseplay to solemn adult behavior. Young . . .

    Randy BileskyNovember 10, 2018

  • BLOG: Going squirrelly?

    Yes, squirrels are just large rats with fuzzy tails, or are they? Unlike their cousins the rat, squirrels are not a nocturnal creature, spending the daylight hours collecting seeds and nuts, and . . .

    Randy BileskyNovember 9, 2018

  • BLOG: What is a raccoon - cocoon?

    So what is a raccoon cocoon, well it’s a crocheted and embroidered raccoon cocoon onesie for infants but…. Now if you are still reading let’s chat about regular old cocoons, most people probably . . .

    Randy BileskyNovember 7, 2018

  • BLOG: Northwest Flower and Garden Festival excitement begins

    I am excited to announce that I will be speaking at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival in February of 2019. I love attending the garden festival to get inspired about new trends in . . .

    Kristin CrouchNovember 6, 2018

  • BLOG: Insect armageddon

    Around the globe there is a significant change in populations’ of butterflies, bees, beetles, and other insects and arthropods (invertebrate animal having an exoskeleton). Many people tend to . . .

    Randy BileskyNovember 5, 2018

  • BLOG: Bees, Bumblebees and winter vacations

    Although bumblebees are thought to be the big brother to honey bees, their winter behavior and their protection devices are not. A colony of honey bees will keep their nest warm and safe . . .

    October 31, 2018

  • BLOG: Halloween - creepy, crawly, spooky and scary

    It’s no wonder that Halloween haunted houses are decorated with phony rats, neoprene bats, elastic spiders and sinewy spider webs - they are all creepy, crawly, spooky and scary. Imagine having . . .

    Randy BileskyOctober 31, 2018

  • BLOG: Jack-o-lantern and rodents –Trick’em or Treat’em

    Well we are bearing done on Halloween now and if you haven’t purchased your pumpkins yet - you best get on it. This year’s crop of pumpkins seems to be plentiful yet the prices seem to be higher . . .

    Randy BileskyOctober 30, 2018

  • Blog: How do ants communicate?

    How do ants communicate? And why do they crawl in lines? Ants use pheromones (a chemical substance produced and released into the environment by an animal or an insect, affecting the behaviour or . . .

    Randy BileskyOctober 27, 2018

  • Blog: Do you have cockroaches?

    Cockroaches are normally nocturnal, active at night, unless you have an infestation - when overcrowding and a lack of food sources can cause them to brave the daylight in order to survive. The . . .

    Randy BileskyOctober 24, 2018

  • Blog: False widow spiders, what not to fear?

    The false widow spider (Steatoda Nobilis) can be spotted this time of year (autumn) as the weather gets wet and colder. This widow has some likenesses to the black widow spider, but is clearly . . .

    Randy BileskyOctober 18, 2018

  • Blog: Mice looking to warm up... in your house

    Those inquisitive petite mice that spent the summer scavenging outside are now looking for a warm home to hide, eat and nest in while the weather turns to rain and dark days. Mice are attracted to . . .

    Randy BileskyOctober 17, 2018

  • Blog: It’s a tough life for silverfish

    The average lifespan of silverfish is between three months and eight years. Their survival includes avoiding predators, surviving without food and producing a lot of little silverfish. These little. . .

    Randy BileskyOctober 16, 2018

  • Blog: These animals stock up for winter

    In this business, we occasionally get called out to a house, for a pest issue, that happens to be a hoarder house. Now the definition of a hoarder is roughly anyone that feels the need to find, . . .

    Randy BileskyOctober 15, 2018

  • Blog: Rodent bumper crop

    Delta homeowners should steady themselves for an assault of lethal and filthy animals as the cold wet weather sets in. This time of year is when hordes of rodents look to leave the fall chill by . . .

    Randy BileskyOctober 14, 2018

  • Blog: The growth of soldier ants

    In most ant colonies, the ratio of worker ants to soldier ants remains constant at 90 to 95 per cent worker ants to 5 to 10 per cent soldiers. Ant colonies maintain the balance between soldiers and. . .

    Randy BileskyOctober 13, 2018

  • Blog: Evict unwanted pests this fall

    Along with the cooler wet weather, autumn tends to generate an upsurge in the amount of pests and other rodents in your yard and but even worse, into your home. The normal suspects we find this . . .

    Randy BileskyOctober 11, 2018

  • Blog: We are all athletes

    Life can often feel like a race, or a triathlon, and yet other times like a gymnastics routine. Parents have real challenges. There is no play by play parent handbook that prepares us for the . . .

    Marat DreyshnerOctober 9, 2018

  • Blog: Why are dead cockroaches always belly-up?

    Have you ever noticed that most insects that you find dead in your house are belly up, or more specifically cockroaches? In the wild, outside of your house, it is not to likely that you will ever . . .

    Randy BileskyOctober 6, 2018

  • Blog: A little batty in your attic?

    So you hear noises in your attic... OK you have squirrels, rats or mice. But after it’s been checked out there are no rodents in the attic, then it's most likely bats. Bats don’t usually seek out . . .

    Randy BileskyOctober 5, 2018

  • Blog: Stink bugs have eerie ability to slip into homes

    Well now that autumn has set in, you may have noticed that stink in the air around or in your house. Fall is the time that stink bugs surround your house and want to get in and overwinter. Stink . . .

    Randy BileskyOctober 4, 2018

  • Blog: Cat–rat quandary

    So does having a cat reduce the incidence of rats on your property? Well, almost every homeowner that I talk to say it does and that they rarely see or hear rats, until they actually do. Studies of. . .

    Randy BileskySeptember 29, 2018

  • Blog: Just in time for school, booklice

    Booklice are tiny insects, not true lice, usually found around old books and paper products in the home. Booklice prefer warm environments with plenty of moisture (moisture content level of at . . .

    Randy BileskySeptember 28, 2018

  • Blog: Delta birders visit Iona Regional Park

    About 25 DNCBers enjoyed another beautiful, and productive, Wednesday (Sept. 19) morning at Iona Regional Park. Check out the photo evidence on our Flickr site at: https://www.flickr.com/search/?. . .

    Tom BearssSeptember 28, 2018

  • Blog: Taking the sting out of wasps

    Yes it is fall now but those nasty wasps have not given up yet. We are potentially going to have them stinging around until late October. So, what do you do to take the itch and pain out of a wasp . . .

    Randy BileskySeptember 27, 2018

  • Blog: Gut health is important, don't neglect it

    I have been in the hospitality and food business as a chef for over 20 years. It has always been my passion to make food not only super delicious, that combines technique and seasonal foods to . . .

    Marat DreyshnerSeptember 25, 2018

  • Blog: Why we dislike wasps

    Now that fall is almost upon us, the remaining wasp nests are at a break neck speed to finish-up for the summer. The queen will produce new males and queens – these will fly away from the nest, . . .

    Randy BileskySeptember 22, 2018

  • Blog: Weird locations for wasp nests

    There were an extraordinary number of wasps' nests in Delta this summer. We had to deal with almost three times as many service calls as last year. Delta was buzzing this summer – but not always in. . .

    Randy BileskySeptember 20, 2018

  • Blog: Fall for fruit flies

    Fall means ripe peaches, apples, pears, figs and other fruit in Delta. Regrettably, it also means exploding populations of fruit flies heading right for that ripe fruit. Also known as vinegar flies. . .

    Randy BileskySeptember 19, 2018

  • Blog: Making your home spider proof

    There are some simple approaches you can try to spider-proof your house. Keep your house clean and airy by vacuuming and dusting regularly, and don’t allow clutter to build up. Keep your house . . .

    Randy BileskySeptember 17, 2018

  • Blog: Birders explore Boundary Bay Regional Park

    Twenty-five folk enjoyed another beautiful Wednesday morning wandering around Boundary Bay Regional Park (BBRP) on our quarterly Birds on the Bay (BOTB) outing. The tide was high, the weather was . . .

    Tom BearssSeptember 16, 2018

  • Blog: Late summer - spider season

    It would seem that we are experiencing one of the worst spider seasons that we have seen in years. People ask me "why are there so many more spiders this year than usual," something I've . . .

    Randy BileskySeptember 15, 2018

  • Blog: How long do ants live?

    Generally, ants have a short life cycle, but some colony members can live from as little as a few days to as long as a few decades. Male ant adults live for only a few days and die after mating . . .

    Randy BileskySeptember 13, 2018

  • Blog: Blister beetles and warts

    Blister beetle, sometimes known as oil beetles (Spanish fly), secretes an irritating substance called cantharidin produced as a defensive secretion. The beetle does not have a stinger and cannot . . .

    Randy BileskySeptember 12, 2018

  • Blog: Does your furniture have dandruff?

    Powderpost beetles leave wood peppered with pinholes when the larvae produce fine wood powder as they tunnel through the wood. There are three beetles that chew through wood: lyctid, bostrichid and. . .

    Randy BileskySeptember 11, 2018

  • Blog: Delta birders travel to Mt. Baker

    Fourteen DNCBers enjoyed spectacular scenery on a beautiful Wednesday on our annual all-day outing to Mt. Baker in Washington State. And we saw some gorgeous wildflowers and a few neat birds as . . .

    Tom BearssSeptember 10, 2018

  • Blog: A healthy lifestyle isn’t always popular

    It’s a funny statement but in some circles it’s quite true. Certain habits that we have such as drinking spirits are quite popular around holidays, and often many more times throughout the year. . . .

    Marat DreyshnerSeptember 10, 2018

  • Blog: Spider beetles – almost nothing to be afraid of

    There is little to fear about spider beetles, they really are beetles that look very much like tiny spiders.They have six legs and a round body with a smooth outer shell, which makes them look like. . .

    Randy BileskySeptember 9, 2018

  • Blog: Cockroaches - prevention is better than cure

    Just the sight of a cockroach in a TV show is enough to turn most people’s stomach, now imagine walking into your kitchen at lunch time and seeing a half a dozen skittering across your countertop -. . .

    Randy BileskySeptember 7, 2018

  • Blog: Ants optimized division of labour

    Ants work together to dig intricate tunnel systems underground. Traffic engineers study ant colonies as mock-ups for learning how thousands of ants avoid creating traffic gridlocks while working in. . .

    Randy BileskySeptember 6, 2018

  • Blog: Not attracting rodents to your house

    Rodents are clever animals that love clutter, thrive in unkempt conditions (the more cluttered the better) and they are filthy - carrying many diseases. Mice and rats have great memory skills, if . . .

    Randy BileskySeptember 5, 2018

  • Blog: Diets don’t work, so what does?

    Most people are super excited about starting some sort of a nutrition and wellness plan, but pull away as soon as a plan is set in motion. I totally get the importance of planning good nutriton . . .

    Marat DreyshnerSeptember 5, 2018

  • Blog: Delta birders explore Sidney Spit National Park

    Fourteen DNCBers enjoyed a fantastic, well-organized, all-day outing to an exciting new destination, Sidney Spit, a Gulf Islands National Park off Vancouver Island. We saw lots of neat birds too; . . .

    Tom BearssSeptember 4, 2018

  • Blog: Mosquito repellents - lavender and lemongrass

    Many people would prefer to try natural mosquito control remedies rather than the heavy deet products. But do all those natural herbs, spices and oils really work? Should you be stocking up on . . .

    Randy BileskySeptember 2, 2018

  • Blog: Fleas ? Try this first

    Good old Google has hundreds of DIY solutions to get rid of almost any bug or rodent. Unfortunately, very few work on a consistent basis and do not meet the scientific standards for foundational . . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 30, 2018

  • Blog: Coping with wasps and hornets

    This summer we have seen twice the number of wasp call outs than in the previous four years. The dry spring and hot summer has led to a substantial rise in wasp (and hornet) nests and an increase . . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 29, 2018

  • Blog: Our beliefs can change our lifestyles

    Can you commit to your journey of new beliefs? For change to happen you’ll have to make a few personal habit changes. Talk different. Read different material. Walk in a different direction. Be . . .

    Marat DreyshnerAugust 28, 2018

  • Blog: Delta birders visit Maplewood Flats

    Twenty DNCBers enjoyed a very pleasant Wednesday morning wandering the trails and mudflats of Maplewood Conservation Area in North Vancouver. Check out some beaut photos on our Flickr site at: . . .

    Tom BearssAugust 27, 2018

  • Blog: What do barn owls really eat?

    A pair of barn owls can consume over 2,000 native or invasive mammals per year. It has long believed that barn owls diet consisted of rats and mice but new research has found that their diet is . . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 27, 2018

  • Blog: Earwigs!

    With their pincers or abdomen forceps, earwigs are somewhat intimidating, yet they do not produce poison or spread disease. The pincers are actually for defense and fighting other earwigs. There is. . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 26, 2018

  • Blog: Mischief – a group of rats

    Your home is your fortress, except when it comes to rats and mice. These trespassers attack your roof, inhabit walls and attics, tunnel under foundations, loot all available food sources, and start. . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 24, 2018

  • Blog: Parasitic love vine mummifies parasitic wasps

    Scientists have discovered the first example of a parasitic plant attacking a parasitic insect on a common host plant. Love vine, a parasitic plant, feeds off oak trees as it climbs and then . . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 23, 2018

  • Blog: Auto companies not responsible for wires attracting rodents

    Several lawsuits have been dismissed, alleging that the soybean-based coating causes rodents to gnaw through the wires and that rodent-inflicted damage to the soy wiring can debilitate the vehicles. . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 22, 2018

  • Blog: Delta birders walk through Boundary Bay Regional Park trail

    About 20 DNCBers enjoyed another beautiful Wednesday morning in Delta, walking along the Boundary Bay Regional Park (BBRP) trail from 104th St. to the Mansion. Check out the photo evidence on our . . .

    Tom BearssAugust 21, 2018

  • Blog: Behind results is hard work, and it’s worth it

    Why do we put so much importance into “things” and much less importance into our daily habits that are inevitably related to our health? I think it’s because we are not looking at ourselves all . . .

    Marat DreyshnerAugust 21, 2018

  • Blog: Vineyards using bats as pest control

    Wine growers are installing bat roosts around vineyards to get bats to feed on grapevine moths. The moths and their larvae have insatiable craving which can clear out half of the grapes in some . . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 20, 2018

  • Blog: The invasive and aggressive electric ants

    OK, just when you thought that you had heard it all, here comes something really new, electric ants. Although the ants are not really electric, they are known to like devices that are, your . . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 18, 2018

  • Blog: Hybrid pest control

    Interested in green or earth-friendly pest controls? Well most so-called green products haven’t been proven to work consistently and effectively as pesticides that have gone through the rigorous . . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 15, 2018

  • Blog: Calories should not be a mystery

    When you make changes in your eating habits, one of the struggles you may face is that the little, unconscious calories you consume throughout the day add up. Whether it’s the candy jar at the . . .

    Marat DreyshnerAugust 14, 2018

  • Blog: Bald-faced hornet

    AKA - bald hornet, white-faced hornet, white-tailed hornet, spruce wasp, blackjacket and bull wasp. Colonies can contain 400 to 1,000 workers and builds a characteristic large hanging paper nest up. . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 12, 2018

  • Blog: Delta birders pay visit to Burnaby Lake Park

    Fifteen DNCBers enjoyed a hot Wednesday morning wandering the trails at Burnaby Lake Park. Check out the beautiful photo evidence on our Flickr site at: https://www.flickr.com/search/?group_id=. . .

    Tom BearssAugust 12, 2018

  • Blog: Ants vs Wasps – and the winner is!

    Army ants, known for their aggressive foraging techniques, will go to long lengths to get what they want. The name army ant or legionary ant are named for their foraging groups, known as ". . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 9, 2018

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