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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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How to Protect Your RV from Mice and Other Pest Problems

Posted by Rita Stadler

May 27, 2016 10:11:01 AM

Summer vacations are supposed to be the stuff memories are made of, but with stories about superlice and bedbug infested hotels, traveling might seem extra stressful. Considering the mild weather this past winter, a season of camping out in an RV has never looked better. Unfortunately, household pests don’t limit themselves to houses. RVs are very attractive to rodents, insects, and other uninvited stowaways.

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Topics: Pest Control

Pest of the Month: The Carpenter Ant

Posted by Rita Stadler

May 20, 2016 10:11:33 AM

Most people think termites are the biggest danger to their homes, but carpenter ants can cause serious damage too. You might think a little ant is no big deal, but these household pests want to make your home their own. While most ants are a harmless nuisance, there are even a few types that can bite or sting. Keeping ants out of your home is the first step in preventing exposure to painful bites, and preserving your home from the costly structural damage carpenter ants can cause. 

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Topics: Pest Control, Pest Of The Month

What's in your garden shed? Learn how to prevent pests, naturally.

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

May 13, 2016 10:59:06 AM

Have you ever tiptoed into your garden shed -- slowly inching your way past the spider webs, swatting them away as soon as you realize there are no actual spiders in them?

This is especially true after a long winter of being closed up, leaving the tiny critters to a season-long celebration. If you are as lucky as I am, then you have a husband that will take the first step into the unknown, even if that means a spider falling on his head (true story)! Take it from me; there are a lot of creepy crawlers hiding out in your garden shed, regardless of season. Make sure to watch for these signs to prevent mess, and frustration.

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Topics: Pest Control

A Few Cool Hardware Stores Coloring New Life into DC/Baltimore Communities

Posted by Kari Warberg Block

May 7, 2016 1:04:21 PM

A lesson in how to build a powerful retail brand that defies all odds.

A small hardware store in Baltimore sells more Fresh Cab® Botanical Rodent Repellent than any other retailer in its category. Even though Fresh Cab got its start in rural America, in the hands of farmers and on the shelves of farm and home stores, this urban neighborhood hardware store is breaking the mold. I wondered why.

So, while in Baltimore for a Women’s Presidents Organization conference awarding the Fifty Fastest Growing Female led enterprises, I spent an afternoon visiting this small, woman-owned hardware store. I had to find out why this store outsold all others, when our product costs 3x more than its closest competitor, and local cash on hand was half the national average. Clearly the local spending pie was being sliced differently.

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Topics: Kari's Point of View

How to pest-proof your home like a pest control pro.

Posted by Rita Stadler

May 6, 2016 9:48:27 AM

There’s no place like home, but it takes a little work to make your house a happy, healthy pest free home. Something small, like a mouse in the house, or ants in the kitchen, can wreak havoc in the place where you rest and relax. Setting traps or spraying a can of bug killer doesn’t exactly add to the harmony you desire in your home. Find out how you can prevent household pests and infestations by pest proofing your home with a few simple steps.

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Topics: Pest Control

Pest of the Month:  The Asian Lady Beetle -- Beneficial Bug or Pesky Problem?

Posted by Rita Stadler

Apr 29, 2016 11:31:27 AM

Is it a ladybug, or a lady beetle? Though they may look alike, these spotted insects have some significant differences.

How to tell ladybugs and lady beetles apart

Beetles can be beneficial pests. They eat aphids and scale insects, which can threaten houseplants, home gardens, and agricultural crops. However, while ladybugs are usually considered cute and can even be a sign of good luck, lady beetles can be a nuisance congregating in large numbers, emitting a foul odor, and even biting.

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Topics: Pest Control, Pest Of The Month

What’s in your Windows? It's Box Elder Bug Season!

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Apr 22, 2016 10:28:18 AM

A couple days ago, on one of our mysteriously warm March days, I thought it was pleasant enough to pop open the back of our SUV and watch the boys play in the yard while I took advantage of the unexplainably hot sun that us North Dakotans had been missing out on.

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Topics: Pest Control

DIY Pest Control Tips To Help Your Organic Garden Grow

Posted by Rita Stadler

Apr 15, 2016 9:21:49 AM

Getting your hands dirty, growing something that can nourish the human body, bringing joy to someone you love, or even just making the world a more beautiful place -- all reasons that can make gardening seem almost magical. Truthfully, anyone can do it. But as Michael Garofalo said, “Despite the gardener’s best intentions, nature will improvise.”

From snails to slugs, beetles to bugs, and all kinds of animals, a garden will attract attention -- some insects are considered beneficial pests while other creepy crawlies wear out their welcome before your seeds sprout. Try these natural tips to get rid of pests and help your garden grow.

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Topics: Pest Control

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