I’m shocked at how long it’s been since I last updated this blog! Pretty sure I sat down to do it at least once or twice over the summer, but apparently I got distracted before I actually finished. My bad. In my defense though, I’ve had a lot on my plate.
Teaching in Barrie, hanging out with the grandson(s) regularly, and solving people’s pest problems – it all eats up a lot of time! But I’m still having fun, so….. guess I’ll keep on keeping on.
Ross is doing well. Pretty much all healed; now just old LOL He turned 70 last month so I suppose he’s allowed to stay retired. Although he definitely still keeps busy! He’s built and insulated a shed for me, moved bunches of stuff around, and cleaned out the house we owned on John St so we could sell it. So glad that is done!
So – pest control! The LDD /gypsy /spongy moths seem to be all done for the time being; hopefully, for the trees’ sake, it’ll stay that way for awhile – but if/when they do make their return, this time we’ll be ready for them.
We started doing mosquitoes & ticks this summer – only a small number so that I could make sure I was pricing things fairly and that our environmentally responsible works as well as I’d hoped. That when quite well, so we’ll do it again next year. Hopefully in 2023 we’ll have enough people signed up in closer proximity that we can lower our prices a bit. Even more if there are multiple people in the same area. Although many other companies are spraying pesticides at every visit, we prefer to limit that to only when it’s absolutely necessary. Not only is it better for the earth and the water, it means there’s still food for the birds and frogs /toads, etc. So those stick around, as do butterflies and bees.
Over the winter, of course, it will mostly be mice and rats, bedbugs, and possibly some bats that didn’t get the memo that they were supposed to leave for the winter. We’ve become really persistent about figuring out where mice / rats / squirrels are getting in and whenever possible, we fix it so they can’t. Much quicker the more we do it, too.
The other task for the winter is to learn the new program I bought to manage jobs, invoicing, etc. I was dithering about spending the money but while I was looking at it, several people emailed me to ask if I might send them one at some point because I hadn’t. I figure for everyone that emails me and asks, there’s probably someone else that doesn’t – so can’t really lose, can I? Hopefully being more organized will mean that I’ll be able to spend more time in my kayak in 2023. At least that’s the plan.
Anyway, time for me to crawl off to bed before I get sucked into another TV show or marking or reading or…. still so much to do, but maybe I’ll find some time while proctoring tests tomorrow. Ha!! Like that’s going to happen.
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.
And if you had / have mice or other unwanted pests, please do give me a text or call @ 705.534.7863 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We cover most of Simcoe County and Muskoka, Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny and Tay Townships. Happy to stop in to check cottages over the winter as well, by the way.