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The Urban Coyote

The fear of coyotes predates social media. The thousand-year history of coyotes in urban areas tells a story of adaptation, predation by humans and co-existence. Coyotes have been living near humans for at least 1,000 years, with rodents being the mutual denominator for both parties. It’s a simple food chain where human trash has a tendency to to attracts rodents, and the rodents attract coyotes. Coyotes, like us, are opportunists and omnivores but they do not survive off a diet of the occasional pet. Humans moved to cities 5,000 years ago to get away from nature but there’s no getting rid of coyotes. Coyotes have amazing adaptability, called fission/fusion, the capacity of a species to either fuse together in groups or fission off as individuals — whatever it takes to survive an environmental challenge. Every year there is a spike in coyote encounters because dogs get too close to the active den site during the spring-summer months. The coyote only wants a safe place to raise young, find enough food, and be mostly left alone.

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Christmas Mice

At this time of year, if you hear scratching noises it maybe a mouse stirring. Mice are looking for some nice Christmas presents as well and you might not know that you are giving them what they want. During the Christmas holidays, your house is most likely to have all the treats mice love, including cookies, cake, bread, rice, pasta, cereal and cheese. As well, rodent infestations in Delta have increased by 25% between October and December this year compared to 2016. Your Christmas tree is like a giant playground for mice. Keep the Christmas tree away from doors or windows to reduce the risk of mice gaining access to your tree. Fill your Christmas stockings with non-edible gifts or food stored in a plastic or metal container. After Christmas dinner, store leftovers in airtight containers in your fridge and dispose of waste in a sealed garbage container. Mice love to gnaw on wrapping paper and cardboard boxes for their nests, so to protect your presents store them in plastic lidded boxes and discard wrapping paper in lidded recycling bins.

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Moles, Why Now?

So it’s mid-December and the phone is ringing off the hook about moles.  Many homeowners in Delta believe that moles hibernate and are not active during late fall and winter months, well no! Their main permanent tunnels and nesting burrows are dug deep underground below the frost line allowing moles to still be active during the cold months. Those tunnels just under the surface of the lawn are made by male moles establishing a territory and looking for females. The females spend their time deeper in the soil in small cavities. Moles dig tunnels and nesting burrows deep into the ground. They also dig shallow tunnels just below the surface of the ground daily as they search for earthworms and insects; these are the tunnels that people can see and generally associate with mole activity.  Moles do not reuse these temporary tunnels and just continuously dig new ones each day in their search for food.  Unfortunately this habit causes extensive damage to your lawn.

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Urban Pests

Pests are animals that we consider to be damaging to us or our goings-on. We create circumstances where populations of these pests exist in much larger numbers than would ever be found in their normal environment and close to us. We provide them with more places for shelter, food supply, for some pests we are the source of food, and fewer predators. Urban pests are those animals that flourish in the human environment and impact on us in a detrimental way, such as carrying disease, damaging buildings, tainting and eating food in our homes, or nourishing on our blood and causing annoying bites.

Urban pests include:

Ants: stings, food pest, damage outdoor areas

Rodents: food pests, damage to buildings and carry diseases

Bed bugs: blood feeding

Fleas: blood feeding and disease vectors

Wasps: stings

Beetles: damage food and wooden structures; foul food

Cockroaches: food pests and carriers of disease

Flies: bites

Birds: mainly pigeons, starlings and sparrows that foul buildings, carry diseases

Lice: blood feeding

Mites: human and animal parasites

Mosquitoes: blood feeding and carry diseases

Moths: food and natural product pests

Ticks: blood feeding and disease vectors

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Delta’s Barred Owls population on the rise

Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society here in Delta has said there is a spike in the population of young barred owls and they can set-up shop basically anywhere they want. Their usual targets are rats, mice, moles, voles and pigeons. Barred owls have been culled in some areas of B. C. in order to reduce competition and protect the endangered spotted owls, which are considered priority species. Barred owls can be also be hurt or killed flying into glass on buildings or being hit by vehicles while hunting. Barred owls’ presence in larger populations isn’t considered to have a negative effect on other owl species. Barred owls are a more docile than other birds so people are able to get relatively close to take pictures.

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Christmas Pharaoh Ants

Every year around Christmas, the Pharaoh ants begin to show up in many houses throughout Delta. It’s the combination of the furnaces running a lot more and food, in form of crumbs, hitting the floor. Pharaoh ants eat food of all types, but particularly sweets with lots of sugar and carbohydrates. If you have seen Pharaoh ants attack food on the ground on or on the counter, they do so in swarms. They build nests in walls, cabinet voids, behind baseboards, refrigerator insulation and other undisturbed dark spaces Pharaoh ants have multiple queens per nest and move their colonies from place to place when disturbed, usually by someone spot spraying them with insecticides. Pharaoh ants begin new colonies by budding: when a small group of workers and a single queen migrate from their colony to start a new colony. To control pharaoh ants, it’s advisable to seek professional help because with these guys rarely go away without a complete crack and crevice spray.

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Casemaking Clothes Moth

This casemaking clothes moth builds a case of silk that it drags around so it can feed on the go. The adult moths stay close to their source of food and are not lively in bright well lite locations. The fabric moths, such as the casemaking clothes moth can easily be confused with food storage moths so if the moths are flying around lights or in well-lit rooms then it’s a food-infesting moth. The larval stage is the destructive period and feeds on wool, cotton and other natural fibers used on carpets, throw rugs and furniture. While the casemaking clothes moth is less common they are a difficult insect to control in storage facilities.

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Carpet Beetle Larvae Damage  

Carpet beetle larvae cause damage to clothing, furnishings, and other natural fibers. The larvae feed on natural fibers but adults feed primarily on plant nectar and pollen. Larvae forage for food in dim and concealed areas. Infestations occur quickly and frequently go unseen until damage is extensive. The larvae feed mainly on animal and plant materials such as skin dander, silk, wool and feathers. They damage clothing, furniture and other household furniture. The larvae will also eat synthetic fibers with oil, perspiration and food stains, grains, spices, nuts, cereals, animal hair, dead animals and insects. The larvae live under floors, behind baseboards, inside air ducts, under furniture and in other concealed areas. They can infest entire homes and cause considerable damage within weeks.

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Ant colonies have personality

A new study has revealed that ant colonies guard their nests more courteously than others, suggesting that ant colonies actually have personalities. Trees that have more lively, hostile colonies have smaller amount of foliage damage, signifying that the colony personality determines if the plant will live or die. Researchers discovered that certain types of ants provide protection to the trees they live on from foraging animals and invading trailing plants. They also found that ant colonies differ in four different behavioral characters: trespasser response, leaf damage response, investigative tendency, and guarding behavior. Host plants of more lively, destructive colonies had not as much of leaf damage, signifying a connection between a colony’s nature and actual defense of its host. The plant’s health also affected colony behavior suggesting that they may be manipulating each other in a feedback loop.

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Termites and Your House

Although we in Delta don’t have a major termite issue, they still do exist here and will cause damage. Termites, like carpenter ants, are often referred to as a silent destructive force. Here is a list of some facts you may not have known about these creatures. Termites will feed on anything that contains wood or cellulose. They will go after your home, books, paintings, and furniture. The saying 24/7 may have come from these guys as they eat all day every day. They can consume an entire wooden door or window frame in about 20 days and take a house down in as little as a couple years. Termites prefer to be in dark and humid environment and this is why you don’t see them eating the surface of wood, they literally eat your house from the inside out. As they make their way through a house they can cause a floors or roof to collapse. Home insurance will rarely cover termite damage. And finally, termites can reduce the property value of a house by 25%.

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