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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: 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

  • 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

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The premier is hinting at a twin-tunnel plan. Is that what you'd like to see for the George Massey crossing?

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