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Let’s face it -- as much as we love nature -- no one wants a mouse in their house. The same thing goes for armies of ants, moths that make their way into your wardrobe and spiders who seem to magically appear just about everywhere. Follow our earthkind® blog for the latest information on natural alternatives that will help you keep your home pest and poison free.

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Getting to Know the Kitchen Ant and The Secret That Drives Them Away

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jul 28, 2015 11:23:16 AM

No one really wants ants in their kitchen, but from their perspective -- there really couldn’t be a cozier place to call home. It’s all a matter of understanding their point of view. Imagine for a moment that an ant could tell you her favorite food, or how she always seems to know where to find your stash of sweets. It would be so easy to keep them out of your kitchen if only you knew what made it so attractive. Since pavement ants are common kitchen invaders, we’ve done the imagining for you, and profiled this pest so you can know the best way to keep them out.

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Topics: Pest Control

What’s in my yard: Could you be extending an invitation to ants?

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Jul 24, 2015 12:25:07 PM

Now that summer is here in full force, and the kids have gotten a little bigger, I decided it would be a good time to teach them about ants. Being little boys, they are always curious about bugs and like to (purposely) drop their ice cream or freeze pops on the ground. It doesn’t take long until they get what they’re waiting for, or should I say “baiting” for?

I thought it would be a fun idea, to conduct a little science experiment, to figure out just what an ant’s favorite treats are.

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Pest of the Month: Kitchen Ants – What attracts them and how to make them stay away.

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jul 21, 2015 11:17:00 AM

“The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah,

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah.”

In nursery school, this children’s counting song is a fun way to pass some time while working on numbers one through ten. In your kitchen, a line of ants marching across your countertop is a clear call to action -- you need to know how to get rid of ants and fast! When you know what it is that the ants are after, you’ll know how to send them marching in the opposite direction. 

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Topics: Pest Control

Ant-Man is a Superhero in Theaters, but at home, Ants Seem More like Super Villains

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jul 17, 2015 2:41:46 PM

Fighting crime is tough, but fighting an ant infestation is even tougher! So it’s not surprising that one of this summer’s most anticipated superheroes has adopted the ant’s amazing abilities -- we’re talking about Ant-Man of course. On the big screen, he can be seen breaking into a secured building by crawling up a water pipe and flying on the back of a winged carpenter ant, but ants are most noticeable at home when they’re marching along your countertop. 

Comic books, superheroes, and summer blockbusters have found inspiration from household pests in the past too -- think about the many incarnations of Spiderman, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in The Avenger films, and even Mighty Mouse.

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Topics: Pest Control

Spiders Don’t Like Music or Light. Sneaky Tips That Keep Spiders Out.

Posted by Kari Warberg Block

Jul 11, 2015 11:36:00 AM

Summer is spider season, and by now, most of you have probably had your first creepy crawly sighting. We’re hoping that’s all it was and that spiders haven’t taken a bite out of your summertime fun.

Throughout June and July, we posted a series of #SpiderBites on our Facebook and Pinterest pages -- natural solutions that will help you keep spiders from making their way into your home. Just in case you missed any, we’ve got them all right here. Here’s to a summer filled with sunshine, backyard barbeques and a spider-free home!

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Topics: Pest Control

Pets and Parties: Could your outdoor buffet be a danger to your dog?

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Jul 10, 2015 8:57:00 AM

This past weekend, one of the biggest annual softball tournaments was hosted in our town. Since my husband has a team that plays in the yearly event and we are rocking a brand new deck in our yard, it only seemed fitting to host our own get together. After Saturday's win, the team came over to our house and we grilled, played yard games, and stayed up way past (my) bedtime.

Our yellow lab, Pabst, was pretty excited to have people over. You know, because they obviously came over to hang out with him all night! And while I love to see him enjoying all the company, I was a little worried about what our friends might offer him.

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Topics: Pest Control

Some bug bites do more than make you itch. When to call the doctor.

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jul 7, 2015 8:46:00 AM

Sitting on a beach, drinking something with a little umbrella in it, hearing nothing but the sounds of waves lapping at the shore. That is what I visualize when I think of summer vacation. Not itching, swelling, scratching or worrying about whether or not we need a doctor.

As a mom of four, spending time outside during the summer is non-negotiable, and it’s never quiet enough to hear waves on the shore. Kids never pay attention to the little things, like a fire ant mound near the playground. Most of the time, these things are just a harmless annoyance, but in some cases, they can be more serious.

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Topics: Pest Control

Surviving Summer Camp: Prevent Bugs From Bugging Your Kids -- Naturally.

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jul 1, 2015 11:28:00 AM

Dear Mom & Dad,

Summer camp is lots of fun! We stay up super late every night, and no one cares if I don’t eat my peas. I’m learning tons of new things, but it’s hard to remember what right now because I can’t stop itching. 

See you soon!

Sending your child to summer camp is a rite of passage, but don’t let bug bites, sunburns, or poison ivy ruin this experience of a lifetime. Remember to include these natural remedies when packing.

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Topics: Pest Control

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