earthkind® Blog

At earthkind we know a lot about mice, rats, rodent behavior and natural products. Check out our blog for all those...and watch for the fun blogs thrown in with recipes (these do not include rodent meat:), our employees' stories, rodent jokes and much more.

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Car Safety Tips for Kids

Posted by Rita Stadler

Nov 21, 2014 3:00:00 PM

Did you know November is Child Safety and Injury Prevention Month? This month is sponsored by the National PTA and aims to protect our children from harm through education and awareness. This fits in with our desire to preserve the good and prevent the rest, so we wanted to take a moment to review child safety guidelines for cars and motor vehicles. According to NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association), the risk of injury to front seat occupants (age 5 and older) is reduced by 50% when lap/shoulder belts are worn. Child safety seats for children less than one year old reduce fatal injury by 71% and by 54% for children ages one to four. Clearly, a few small precautionary measures can make a big difference and save lives.

Additionally, all 50 states have laws regarding child passenger safety, but the laws do vary by state so it's important to stay informed on the rules for your state. Check the most current guidelines on the Governors Highway Safety Association website.

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Topics: Pest Control, Home

The Importance of Preventing Rodent Related Diseases

Posted by Rita Stadler

Nov 19, 2014 3:00:00 PM

 

Diseases carried by animals can be scary. We may feel like we have some control of things spread from person to person. After all, we can avoid sick people, or crowded public spaces, or just practice good hygiene and frequent hand washing. Animals are another story. Wild animals will come and go as they please, they never wash up with hot, soapy water, they urinate and defecate wherever they see fit instead of only going in appropriate places, they don't cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze and they can spread all kinds of germs.

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Topics: Pest Control, Pest Coverage

Tell Pests to Take a Hike!

Posted by Rita Stadler

Nov 17, 2014 3:00:00 PM

November 17th is Take a Hike Day. Hiking is an activity that brings together the beauty of nature and the health benefits of a good workout all in one. Going for a hike doesn't require much; you can do it pretty much anywhere without any specific equipment. Of course there is a wide variety of awesome gear for the most avid hikers, along with social clubs built around the common interest of hiking and niche publications dedicated to this great activity. (Visit the American Hiking Society's page for hiking tips.)

Whether you are a hiking expert or beginner, we hope you'll take advantage of the great outdoors and get outside for a hike today. But before you do, we want to remind you to tell pests to take a hike first. Getting rid of household pests can be quick and easy, so you'll still have plenty of time for fun.

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Topics: Pest Control

earthkind® Participates in National Clean Your Fridge Day

Posted by Rita Stadler

Nov 15, 2014 9:35:11 AM

The purpose of a refrigerator is to preserve your food and prevent it from spoiling. Since our purpose at earthkind® is to preserve the good and prevent the rest, this was a holiday we couldn't ignore - and neither should you. Most people take their fridges for granted until something goes wrong, I know I do. I'm also not too proud to admit that I've had to play a few rounds of "What's that smell?" The answer has been found in my fridge more than once.

A quick inventory of the current situation in my fridge was not reassuring. There are bowls filled with half eaten leftovers and sippy cups that are only half drank after dinner, not to mention the fresh veggies I bought in a bout of ambition at the grocery store which ended up getting shoved behind some pizza delivery boxes not too much later.

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Topics: Pest Control, Home

Proud to be an American…Business!

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Nov 11, 2014 9:59:09 AM

 

November 11th is an important day for the United States and its military service men and women and has been an official United States holiday honoring those who have served in the Armed Forces since 1938 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an Act making it a legal holiday.

As an American business, earthkind® is grateful for the brave men and women that serve, and have served, our beautiful country. In honor of our past, present and future veteran's, we believe in spending the day shaking hands, spreading thanks, and celebrating these courageous people.  One of the greatest thanks a veteran can get is seeing a proud American, sharing the red, white, and blue for the entire world to see.

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Topics: Home

Chaos Never Dies Day

Posted by Rita Stadler

Nov 9, 2014 11:41:00 AM

There seems to be a special day set aside for just about anything that you can think of, and today is no exception. The origins of this unofficial holiday are unclear, but November 9th is widely recognized on the internet as Chaos Never Dies Day and as I'm sure you know, if The Internet says so, then it must be true!

How should this unique day be observed? I'd recommend letting go of all your stress and accepting, perhaps even embracing the fact that chaos never does die. We've just survived Halloween and time change and now you'd better get busy stocking up on all of your Thanksgiving groceries because have you ever tried to go pick up just one more can of pumpkin pie filling the day before Turkey Day? That is some serious chaos that no one wants to face!

Cut the Chaos; Here's How...

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Topics: Pest Control

Coming Soon to a Dryer Vent Near You: Mice

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Nov 6, 2014 6:28:00 PM

Dropping temperatures may have you reaching for your warmer clothes and digging Christmas decorations out of storage. Think about how good it feels to pull a comfy sweater fresh and warm out of the dryer; that toasty warm dryer is just as comforting to rodents as it is for you. What better of a place for a mouse to take shelter than your dryer vents? They are warm and they provide a highway right into your home. Most people forget about this rodent entrance until they have to fish out a smelly, dead rat. If you have not mouse-proofed your dryer vents yet, take note and get to know your local hardware store, as they will have all of the rodent-proofing essentials you will need.

Rodent proof dryer vents in 4 steps:

  1. First, look for signs of rodent activity in and around the dryer vent. Clean out any nests, droppings and/or rodent remains as these are vectors for diseases and pose a fire risk.
  2. Place Fresh Cab Natural Rodent Repellent pouches anywhere you have seen rodent activity or signs of mice.
  3. Wait a few days for Fresh Cab to send mice running away. The balsam fir scent of Fresh Cab is safe for humans but highly offensive to rodents.
  4. Cover any entry points rodents have used or might try to gain entry through. The outside opening of the dryer vent is especially vulnerable, but can be covered with a wire mesh cover available at most hardware stores. Use silicone caulk around the edges and to fill other small cracks or openings you may find.

If your local hardware store isn't already in your GPS, you should make room on your best friend's waiting list for these fine retailers. They will help you every step of the way, from preventing rodent run-ins to making sure they never happen again!

Fresh Cab and these other pest prevention supplies can be found at numerous stores near you, check out our list to find the most convenient location.

Have you ever found a mouse in your house?

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Topics: Rodent Control

Housewife's Day - Celebrate the One Who Makes Your House a Home

Posted by Rita Stadler

Nov 3, 2014 7:23:00 PM

There was a time not so long ago when it was a man's job to 'bring home the bacon' and frying it up was women's work. The stereotype of a housewife has persisted despite women's lib movements and the fact that in about 40% of households, women are the primary breadwinners. Pop culture perpetuates the housewife stereotype through TV shows (Mad Men anyone?), advertisements (how many men do you see peddling steam mops or bleach wipes?) and whole slew of other media popping up in front of our eyes and ears each and every day.

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Topics: Pest Control, Home

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