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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 
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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: Is it a beach ball or a paper wasp nest?

    So you just discovered a beach ball sized paper wasp nest in a tree near your house. Now you think that it was not there last week and most definitely for the last couple months. The reality is . . .

    Randy BileskySeptember 17, 2019

  • Blog: Why Rodents Love Your Car Wires and What You Can Do to Prevent it

    If you park your car outdoors at night, be wary as mice and rats are drawn to warmth of car's engine and the soy bean insulation buffet. If could be looking at hundreds of dollars for rodent damage. . .

    Randy BileskySeptember 11, 2019

  • Blog: Carpenters can destroy woodwork

    Carpenter ants are capable of damaging any wood, yes – solid dry wood as well. Carpenter ant invasion can become devastating when left unchecked as several colonies of ants can develop multiple . . .

    Randy BileskySeptember 7, 2019

  • Blog: Your friendly neighbourhood ants

    Ants aren’t your enemy or at least not in gardens and forests. They are tiny rototillers, tunneling ants turn over as much soil as earthworms do, aerating the soil and redistributing nutrients. . . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 29, 2019

  • Blog: Mosquito season is upon us

    Mosquitoes thrive in warm, damp areas and only need a couple of centimetres of water to breed, turning pools, buckets, wheelbarrows and bird baths into likely breeding grounds. To lessen the . . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 25, 2019

  • Blog: Mild weather sees wasp population grow in Delta

    Wasps play many ecological roles as predator and/or pollinators, whether to forage for themselves or to provision their nests. The solitary wasps parasitize nearly all pest insects, making them the. . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 21, 2019

  • Blog: Eating bugs can be good for you

    Eating ants and other insects could soon be recommended to protect against cancer, and it is believed that us Westerners will be eating them very soon. Experiments have shown that many insects . . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 20, 2019

  • Blog: Here's how to keep raccoons away

    Are you looking for a guaranteed way to get rid of raccoons? Raccoons are pretty smart creatures. Sometimes a personal face-off is often a quick solution that scares raccoons (a single encounter . . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 18, 2019

  • Blog: Weird and wacky facts about bed bugs

    Yes, they feed on us while they sleep (like vampires), they cause itchy, red bumps and they are really hard to get rid of! Here are a few weird and wacky but true facts! 1)They lay a lot of eggs,. . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 14, 2019

  • Blog: How to avoid the business end of a hornet or wasp

    Mid-August onward, wasps are particularly troublesome as they are switching over from carbohydrates to a protein diet and therefore they are more attracted to human foods. So how do you avoid being. . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 12, 2019

  • Blog: Crickets can be more of a nuisance than problem

    Crickets are insects related to grasshoppers. They occur in wide-ranging environments from grassland and forests to marshes and beaches. Crickets are mainly nocturnal, and are best known for the . . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 11, 2019

  • Blog: Delta’s three main rodents

    Rodents are cagey, vigilant and nocturnal animals. To outsmart these Delta residents and protect your home, you need to know what you’re dealing with and here are some helpful hints to help you . . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 6, 2019

  • Blog: Delta birders have glorious morning in South Surrey

    Twenty-nine folk (yes 29) enjoyed another glorious Wednesday morning in South Surrey at Blackie Spit and Elgin Heritage Parks. Check out the beaut photo evidence of the birds, flora and . . .

    Tom BearssAugust 4, 2019

  • Blog: Potential super wasp nests

    A typical wasp and hornet nest can contain as many as 6,000 insects and grow to the size of a beachball. But now, these super nests (16,000 wasps) are cropping up this summer, as a side effect of a. . .

    Randy BileskyAugust 1, 2019

  • Blog: Delta squirrels

    Squirrels feed on seeds, nuts, acorns, tree buds, berries, leaves and twigs but believe it or not will eat meat. But if they have become an issue around or in your house then choosing the right . . .

    Randy BileskyJuly 12, 2019

  • Blog: I just got stung by a what!?

    As the days continue to get hotter, wasps and hornets continue to prosper. Wasps live in colonies and yes you guessed it; attack in swarms and sting repeatedly. To avoid this perilous encounter, . . .

    Randy BileskyJuly 10, 2019

  • Blog: What makes a good squirrel-proof bird feeder?

    When it comes to selecting between the best squirrel-proof bird feeder brands, research and creating designs with better technology, finishes and makes is very important. No matter whether you are . . .

    Randy BileskyJuly 8, 2019

  • Blog: Fire ants

    So where did these nasty ants come from because they surely didn’t come from here. It is believed that they came to North America on a shipment of cargo back in the 1930s. So, how did they get in . . .

    Randy BileskyJune 30, 2019

  • Blog: Rodent droppings and HPS

    Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a severe, respiratory disease that can be lethal and is spread through infected rodent droppings, urine or drool. A person can contract the virus by breathing. . .

    Randy BileskyJune 29, 2019

  • Blog: Non-toxic pest control

    Recently, numerous serious issues have motivated the pest control industry towards non-toxic solutions. Businesses are reacting to consumer concerns about adverse effects of the overuse of . . .

    Randy BileskyJune 26, 2019

  • Blog: Honeybees have big winter die-off

    A recent survey on honey bees reveals that the 2018/2019 winter resulted in a extremely large die-off - as upwards of 40 per cent of their population was lost over the winter. Fewer honeybees is an. . .

    Randy BileskyJune 25, 2019

  • Blog: Moles, voles, shrews and pocket gophers vs your lawn

    What really is going on down under? If you are one of those people that like your lawn to look like a golf course, then here is a collection of rodents that try very hard to make your putting . . .

    Randy BileskyJune 23, 2019

  • Blog: Six interesting things about our ants

    The ants of Delta are among the most successful of all existing insects. There are approximately 8,800 described species of ants in the world of which approximately 570 species are found in North . . .

    Randy BileskyJune 21, 2019

  • Blog: Flying squirrels? Just the facts

    The flying squirrel is a type of squirrel known for its ability to glide through the air. Usually found in deciduous, coniferous or mixed type of forest they are thankfully not endangered. Males . . .

    Randy BileskyJune 19, 2019

  • Blog: Oh - those summer time ants

    Small black pavement ants, thatching ants and the large black carpenter ants seem to be everywhere this year and some of the mating ants with wings have already been out. They are flourishing in . . .

    Randy BileskyJune 17, 2019

  • Blog: Declining insects change our ecosystem

    Insect numbers are declining at an extraordinary rate and this is not a result of all the pests Go Green pest control deals with daily. Most insects are undeniably vital for the existence of many . . .

    Randy BileskyJune 15, 2019

  • Blog: Tick sightings are surging

    This year has seen a surge in tick sightings and another pest is indirectly to blame. With rising temperatures and land development we are seeing more rodents like rats, mice and squirrels coming . . .

    Randy BileskyJune 13, 2019

  • Blog: A ladybug bloom

    “Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home” (children’s nursery rhyme). A amazing phenomenon was seen in San Diego last week, a giant rain cloud that turned out to be a swarm of lady beetles that measured . . .

    Randy BileskyJune 11, 2019

  • Blog: What to do when a honey bee swarm ends up in your yard

    It's that time again when new honey bee queens kick the old queens out and there is a swarm on the run. So what do you do if a swarm ends up in your yard? It is more important than ever that honey . . .

    Randy BileskyJune 10, 2019

  • Blog: Delta birders visit Colony Farm Regional Park

    With a partially overcast day and rain showers predicted the undaunted DNCB birders set out in three vehicles from Petras and arrived at Colony Farm Regional Park (CFRP) far before the 8:30 meeting. . .

    Tom BearssJune 9, 2019

  • Blog: Ants 101

    Here in Delta we have roughly six distinctly different ants all going about their business in different fashions. As different as they are in their activities - they all are basically ants, adult . . .

    Randy BileskyJune 8, 2019

  • Blog: Summer and the stinging pests

    Stinging pests come in a variety of shapes and sizes that span numerous insect species. While the main issue is a stinger - body types, colours, and legs vary usually between insects such as bees, . . .

    Randy BileskyJune 6, 2019

  • Blog: Bed bugs can be found anywhere

    As spring comes to a close and summer travel season begins, you are reminded about Bed Bug Awareness Week. It's an important reminder that bed bugs can wreak havoc if brought home after traveling. . . .

    Randy BileskyMay 30, 2019

  • Blog: Carpenter bees - building a home in your home

    Carpenter bees are large, fuzzy bees that look a lot like their cousin the bumble bee, with its yellow and black coloring. They are pollinators to native plant and crops as they pick up and . . .

    Randy BileskyMay 28, 2019

  • Blog: The Japanese Giant Hornet is here

    A giant Japanese hornet was discovered here in the Lower Mainland which is thought to have arrived on a container ship from Asia. It is extremely dangerous to both humans and bees. The Japanese . . .

    Randy BileskyMay 18, 2019

  • BLOG: the grey long tailed silverfish is here

    Lately, a new variation of a regular household pest has been identified, the grey long tailed silverfish (Ctenolepisma longicaudata). Although they are often found in modern buildings they are . . .

    Randy BileskyMay 10, 2019

  • BLOG: Pollen, grass and pests can trigger your allergy symptoms

    May is the peak season for allergy sufferers and is Allergy Awareness Month. About 2.5 million Canadians suffer from allergies, or about 7.5 per cent of the population or one in 13. So how do you. . .

    Randy BileskyMay 9, 2019

  • BLOG: Gypsy Moth and the B.T.K. insecticide

    The Gypsy moth caterpillar consume tremendous amounts of leaf material in the spring, as much as one square foot of leaves per day. A solution to the Gypsy moth problem emerged in Europe in 1938,. . .

    Randy BileskyMay 7, 2019

  • BLOG: Birders explore UBC’s Botanical Gardens

    Twenty-three birders from the Delta Naturalists Society enjoyed another gorgeous outing recently to UBC’s Botanical Gardens in Vancouver. Some left Petra’s at 7:30 a.m. drove smoothly to UBC, and. . .

    Tom BearssMay 6, 2019

  • BLOG: Swarming Bees: What is really going on?

    The sight of swarming bees can alarm just about anyone, but it is a normal life cycle of honey bees. At the end of winter there are fewer bees in the colony than there were during the summer, you. . .

    May 1, 2019

  • BLOG: All you need to know about growing tomatoes this spring

    I get a lot of questions about tomatoes so here are a few things you need to know to get started. Before buying your plants think about what you will be doing with your tomatoes. Will you be . . .

    Kristin CrouchApril 30, 2019

  • Blog: Climate change – rats are the winners

    Warmer winters allow rats to breed into the previously too-cold months. Climate change is what is making rats tougher, meatier, bigger and more present. It's a losing battle, experts now say . . .

    Randy BileskyApril 27, 2019

  • Blog: And so another wasp season begins

    The most familiar wasps we encounter live in large cooperative nests, like bald-faced hornets, yellowjackets and other wasps, yet the majority of wasp species are solitary and focused only on their. . .

    Randy BileskyApril 23, 2019

  • Blog: The common house fly

    House flies are major carriers of disease transferring ailments, including food poisoning, typhoid, tuberculosis, cholera and dysentery that can be harmful to both humans and pets. They breed and . . .

    Randy BileskyApril 19, 2019

  • Blog: Delta birders explore Queen Elizabeth Park

    About 26 folk spent Wednesday morning on a colourful DNCB outing in Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver. Check out the beaut photo evidence of flora and birds on our Flickr site. Some left . . .

    Tom BearssApril 18, 2019

  • Blog: Aphids can explode to save their nest

    The colonial aphid fixes its house in a stunningly fatal fashion – they will fix a hole in its nest by exploding and the result is coating its bodily fluids over the openings. These aphids live . . .

    Randy BileskyApril 16, 2019

  • Blog: Delta Nats take part in fish release at Watershed Park

    Your Delta Nats participated again this year in Delta’s 17th annual Fish Release at Watershed Park in North Delta. Terry Carr and his team of Roger Myer, Joyce & Boudi, and Syd & Vivian . . .

    Tom BearssApril 15, 2019

  • Blog: Mango coconut mousse

    Looking for a dessert that is lactose-free and gluten-free? Try this delicious mango coconut mousse! This is a really easy dessert to make that is perfectly presentable on its own, or it can be . . .

    Lara VictoriaApril 13, 2019

  • Blog: Why we hate rats

    The rats that reside in Delta for the most part are Norway rats, thanks Norway. These rats hitched a ride to the Americas on ships. So why do we loathe them, well it all goes back to the great . . .

    Randy BileskyApril 12, 2019

  • Blog: Delta gets ratted out!

    Now that we are weeks into spring and the rain has forgotten to leave, perhaps we should address Delta’s rat issues – or lack of. A U.S.-based pest control, ha-ha, has deemed Delta to be the . . .

    Randy BileskyApril 11, 2019

  • Blog: Let baby animals leave your shed on their own

    As the season for spring cleaning, gardening, lawn cutting and general maintenance is in full swing there is always a chance that you may find baby wild animals in a shed or garage. Because these . . .

    Randy BileskyApril 8, 2019

  • Blog: Fleas vs. ticks

    No they are not super heroes or villains but they are both parasitic creatures that live on hosts much larger than themselves. Ticks and fleas feed on the blood of their preferred hosts and spread . . .

    Randy BileskyApril 7, 2019

  • Blog: Delta birders cross the border into Point Roberts

    Fifteen DNCBers visited several spots in Point Roberts on Wednesday joining thousands of birds as Spring migration continues. Check out some amazing photos, including several species in gorgeous . . .

    Tom BearssApril 6, 2019

  • Blog: How do you de-funk after a skunking?

    Skunk season is here again and words of wisdom about the polecat is "spray first and ask questions later." So the question is how do you do a de-funking after a skunking. Skunks are . . .

    Randy BileskyApril 3, 2019

  • Blog: Delta birders pay a visit to Stanley Park

    Fifteen DNCBers were surprised by the relatively decent weather on our outing to Stanley Park last Tuesday morning. The forecasted rain held up and the photogs were happy with some magnificent . . .

    Tom BearssApril 1, 2019

  • Blog: Raccoons are coming

    The raccoon is a native animal to Delta, and is one of the most successful animals in our urban environment (next to rats of course). Raccoons have adapted well to rummaging through human garbage . . .

    Randy BileskyApril 1, 2019

  • Blog: Delta’s most hazardous spine-chilling insects

    Spring has sprung and the biting and stinging insects are out. Any one of these scary crawlies can ruin your day, should they attack you. Wasps: White hot pain - they build small to large nests. . .

    Randy BileskyMarch 25, 2019

  • Blog: Ultrasonic deterrent for rodents

    A new gadget has been designed to prevent damage in vehicles where rodents chew through electrics and wiring, under the engine hood. It works by releasing an ultra-high-frequency noise that is . . .

    Randy BileskyMarch 23, 2019

  • Blog: Delta birding group visits Iona Regional Park

    Twenty-eight DNCBers enjoyed a record warm (24C) Tuesday morning at Iona Regional Park. There were tonnes of birds around on this gorgeous walk, many in beautiful breeding plumage; check out some . . .

    Tom BearssMarch 22, 2019

  • Blog: Mason bee season begins now

    It's officially mason bee season and it's time to get last year's bee cocoons out or buy a bunch. I hung my mason bee house outside in a covered southerly exposed location and within a couple hours. . .

    Randy BileskyMarch 18, 2019

  • Blog: Neat sightings during Birds on the Bay

    A large group of 35, including several Newbies, participated in our quarterly Birds on the Bay outing in Boundary Bay Regional Park on Wednesday. It was a bit overcast but a very pleasant walk in . . .

    Tom BearssMarch 16, 2019

  • Blog: The malodorous duo – the skunk and the striped polecat

    Here we have two somewhat similar looking stinky creatures that use foul malodorous spray to fend off things they don’t like. Both striped polecats and skunks have coarse black fur with white spots. . .

    Randy BileskyMarch 16, 2019

  • Blog: Carpenter ants have become a widespread problem

    Carpenter ants have become a widespread problem throughout Delta. They make their nests in damp, rotting, dead or perfectly dry wood and create passageways so they can easily circumnavigate through. . .

    Randy BileskyMarch 15, 2019

  • Blog: The odorous ants

    These insects create nests in wall or floor voids when indoors and target kitchen pantries and cupboards. They also nest outside and may crawl indoors through cracks and crevices in the foundation . . .

    Randy BileskyMarch 14, 2019

  • Blog: Delta birders head to De Boville Slough and Pitt Meadows

    It was another cool but gorgeous Tuesday morning when 18 DNCBers walked the dike trail along De Boville Slough in Coquitlam, then drove somewhere in Maple Ridge to see the Northern Hawk Owl. Check . . .

    Tom BearssMarch 8, 2019

  • Blog: Carpenter ants - yikes

    It's almost spring and your ants are about to come back to visit, oh yes, the carpenter ants. Next to the termite, the carpenter ant is the next most destructive insect that will invade the . . .

    Randy BileskyMarch 6, 2019

  • Blog: Wasps taking a bite out of Delta's honeybee population

    In Delta, honeybees contribute millions of dollars to the economy each year but now some beekeepers are reporting massive losses due to wasp attacks - as much as 75 per cent have been wiped out. . . .

    Randy BileskyMarch 4, 2019

  • Blog: Meringues pack an explosion of flavours

    A simple treat with an explosion of flavours that are anything but simple! Enjoy them on their own or serve them alongside desserts like a Lemon Tart or Chocolate Ganache for added texture. . . .

    Lara VictoriaFebruary 26, 2019

  • Blog: Big spike in grease ant cases

    Well I’m calling this year a total epidemic of unseen proportion with regards to grease ants. Never have we seen so many cases of grease ants in peoples homes as we are in 2019. Call outs for these. . .

    Randy BileskyFebruary 23, 2019

  • Blog: Delta birders visit Blaine and Semiahmoo Par

    Twelve DNCBers saw a lot of neat birds in relatively miserable weather on our Tuesday outing to Blaine and Semiahmoo State Park in Washington, USA. Check out the photo evidence on our Flickr site.. . .

    Tom BearssFebruary 22, 2019

  • Blog: Silverfish – bite like sharks or sting like eels?

    Silverfish are the same length as the carpenter ant, these nocturnal insects prosper in bathrooms, kitchen and damp crawl spaces in almost everyone’s home. These dinosaur-like, alligator-shaped . . .

    Randy BileskyFebruary 21, 2019

  • Blog: Some insect species could be disappearing

    Insects are at the bottom of every food chain yet at the top of the ecosystem because they’re are pollinators - therefore they are absolutely critical. Insects also play an important roles in our . . .

    Randy BileskyFebruary 20, 2019

  • Blog: A sweet Valentine

    Valentine’s Day brings out the sweet expression of love. Relationships we otherwise tend to take for granted are celebrated. I cannot help myself therefore to show some love to the sweet . . .

    Lara VictoriaFebruary 15, 2019

  • Blog: Rats and mice - what really is the difference?

    You are watching TV in your living room and something catches the corner of your eye, you quickly look over and see a rodent scurrying across the floor. Was it a rat, a mouse, a gremlin – do you . . .

    Randy BileskyFebruary 14, 2019

  • Blog: Bird feeders – a neighbourhood smorgasbord

    If you own a bird feeder (we call them rat feeders in the pest world), you’re likely to encounter some of these common problems. It’s difficult to attract birds to a feeder and not squirrels, mice,. . .

    Randy BileskyFebruary 13, 2019

  • Blog: Rum balls - delightful little morsels

    Ever wonder what to do with the cake trimmings when you are decorating a layered cake? When baked, light and airy cakes tend to “dome” up. If you plan to use it to layer a cake, or wish the surface. . .

    Lara VictoriaFebruary 7, 2019

  • Blog: Are you ready for mouse season?

    Mice reproduce at an disturbing rate; a litter of six to eight every couple months. Although infestations happen year-round, it’s in the winter that we notice them most. These vermin can cause all . . .

    Randy BileskyFebruary 7, 2019

  • Blog: Spider mites - a winter epidemic

    Spider mites can be a winter epidemic in the Lower Mainland because our homes are warm and dry. They seem to be a February thing on houseplants and they can do serious damage to anything they . . .

    Randy BileskyFebruary 6, 2019

  • Blog: Subterranean termites are here

    The new evasive insect to hit the Lower Mainland is the subterranean termite. It has been an issue in the Okanagan for the last several years. They build their nests underground usually in wood . . .

    Randy BileskyFebruary 5, 2019

  • Blog: Silverfish update

    Go Green Pest Control is warning that there has been a massive increase in the number of infestations lately, with the company recording a 55 per cent increase in call-outs from last January. Delta. . .

    Randy BileskyFebruary 1, 2019

  • Blog: Birders head south to Point Roberts

    Twenty-one DNCBers enjoyed a gorgeous sunny Tuesday morning roaming around Lighthouse Marine Park and other spots in Point Roberts, USA. Check out the spectacular photo evidence on our Flickr site.. . .

    Tom BearssFebruary 1, 2019

  • Blog: Meet the new pollinators: cockroaches, crickets and wasps

    Wasps, crickets and cockroaches play a dynamic part in the cross-fertilization of the non-photosynthetic plant (a plant mostly lacking in chlorophyll or a functional photosystem). As we all know, . . .

    Randy BileskyJanuary 31, 2019

  • Blog: Oh, the smell of skunk mating season

    As mating season approaches, we’re more likely to find and smell skunks around our homes. In mating season, like us humans, males don’t necessarily make the best choices and sometimes will shoot . . .

    Randy BileskyJanuary 29, 2019

  • Blog: Skunk and raccoon latrines

    Believe it or not, skunks and raccoons actually have terrestrial toilets called latrine sites, a communal location to routinely expel their urine and feces. The animals use latrine sites as . . .

    Randy BileskyJanuary 27, 2019

  • Blog: Earth-friendly mole control options

    There are several earth-friendly mole control options for our customers, with moles issues being one of the most prevalent calls me take through-out the year. While some people believe that heavy . . .

    Randy BileskyJanuary 26, 2019

  • Blog: It’s Garden Show ticket giveaway time

    It’s that time of year when gardeners can’t wait to get in the garden. January is a great month to start planing your garden, sketching out new gardens and buying seeds. It’s also a good time to . . .

    Kristin CrouchJanuary 25, 2019

  • Blog: Birders brave the tunnel to visit Richmond's Iona Regional Park

    Fifteen DNCBers enjoyed a typically wet Tuesday morning, with some brilliant sightings at Iona Regional Park in Richmond. You too can enjoy some of our photogs' beaut shots on our Flickr site.. . .

    Tom BearssJanuary 25, 2019

  • 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

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