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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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Ant Life Cycle - Exploring the Different Stages of an Ant’s Life

Posted by Rita Stadler

May 25, 2017 8:04:48 PM

What is the lifespan of an ant? How come you never see baby ants? What is the life of an ant like? These are just a few of the endless questions an inquisitive preschooler might ask after spotting ants in the kitchen.

Being interrogated by a curious kid (or anybody else) while trying to deal with an ant infestation is pretty darn stressful, so we’ve broken down the answers to all your burning questions about the life cycle of an ant. 

Life cycle stages of an ant

Of the at least 12,000 different species of ants in the world, just a few hundred are found in the United States. Less than half of those ant species are known to be pests to homeowners. All of that means there is a wide variety in ant life cycles depending on species and habitat. The following information provides a general summary of the types of ants you are most likely to encounter.

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Topics: Kitchen Ants

Ant Habitat – Where Do Ants Live in and Around Your Home?

Posted by Rita Stadler

May 17, 2017 2:00:00 PM

How can you tell when it’s summer? For some, it’s the longer days filled with sunshine, or the sound of children on break from school, but for me, it’s the ants.

As soon as the weather warms up in the spring and the moisture increases, so does the ant activity. I see them in the parking lot, on the sidewalk, and sometimes I see them in my house. While most ants are harmless, like most other people, I still don’t want them in my house!

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Topics: Pest Control

Why are Spiders Important & What’s Their Purpose?

Posted by Rita Stadler

May 4, 2017 4:10:00 PM

 Arachnophobia is the 3rd most common of all phobias in America. Considering that there are at least 4,000 known spider species living in the United States, it’s not hard to see why so many people get  upset about finding a spider in the house.

Understanding the purpose of spiders, and a few fun facts about spiders can help ease some nerves and make them less scary. Find out more below!

What do spiders do?

There are many benefits of spiders. First and foremost, spiders eat insects. While, the details can seem a little gruesome if you think about an unsuspecting insect being caught in a sticky web and consumed by an eight-legged arachnid, the fact is that spiders keep the numbers of bloodsucking, disease spreading, crop destroying pests under control. That is something we can all appreciate.

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Topics: Pest Control

Common House Spiders: Identification & Facts

Posted by Lisa Dingeman

Apr 25, 2017 4:00:00 PM

If you’re anything like me, you can appreciate spiders from a distance, far from your home. I can admire those individuals who have no fear of arachnids, but I cannot tell you how many times a spider has fallen on me while sleeping, reading, walking into my garage, etc.

Those brave souls who have no fear of eight-legged intruders will never know the anxiety felt each time you shake out a blanket before crawling into bed, or banging your shoe on the floor before putting it on, you know, just in case.

Fortunately, for those of you like myself, there is hope. The more information we can gather about spiders, the less scary they seem. It's beneficial to learn about the different types of spiders, spider identification and which are dangerousYou might be surprised to find out that they can even benefit us!  


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Topics: Stay Away

Where Do Spiders Live? Habitat of Common House Spiders

Posted by Rita Stadler

Apr 14, 2017 3:29:00 PM

There aren't a lot of people who like the idea of living alongside spiders, but the only place in the world where you won't find any eight-legged neighbors is in Antarctica. Before you pack your bags and start looking for an igloo, consider the fact that most spiders are harmless (though there are some dangerous types of spiders you should be aware of). They actually do you a big favor by eating other bugs and insects that may cause more serious problems.  

There are only a few types of spiders that are commonly found inside a home, and finding them isn't always easy. Spiders, and spider habitats can be hard to spot, as they are generally unobtrusive and blend into their surroundings. Find out more about where spiders live in and around the home and what, if anything, you should do about it. 

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Topics: Pest Control

Where do Pantry Moths Come From?

Posted by Rita Stadler

Mar 24, 2017 3:00:00 PM

If you've ever noticed weird clumps in an old bag of flour, webbing along the corners or edges of food packaging, or rice that appears to be moving, you've seen pantry moths.

If you've managed to avoid this unsettling experience, we'll tell you what causes pantry moths, where they come from, and the life cycle stages they go through. 

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Topics: Pest Control, Stay Away Moths

Pantry Moths in Dog Food & Other Pet Food - What to Do

Posted by Lisa Dingeman

Mar 16, 2017 3:00:00 PM

How do moths get in pet food and why are they there?

The moths that you find in pet food, as well as other dry goods and foods, are typically Indian meal moths. These moths and other pantry pests are usually brought into the home through food packages. Most likely, the bag or box of food they came in became contaminated while it was at the factory or warehouse. Spoilage may also happen while sitting on a shelf in an infested environment such as a storage facility or during transportation.

Pantry moths are attracted to dog food and other dry pet food because their eggs can be hidden easily. As soon as the moth eggs hatch into larvae, their feeding stage, the scavengers are right where they need to be – close to a food source.

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Topics: Pest Control, Stay Away Moths

How to Get Rid of Pantry Moths Naturally - Tips & Advice

Posted by Rita Stadler

Mar 9, 2017 7:17:18 AM

Pantry moths are winged insects that cause problems for homeowners and food storage facilities. Indian meal moths are the most common type of pantry moth, but others include:  Angoumois grain moths, Mediterranean flour moths, almond moths, tobacco moths, raisin moths, meal moths, rice moths, and miscellaneous house moths.

 

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Topics: Pest Control