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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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Turn Toasted Marshmallows Into Date Night

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Aug 30, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Can I get a shout out to toasted marshmallows? That’s right, toasted marshmallows.  Apparently they are so awesome that somebody decided to devote an entire day to them.  Fine with me!  National Toasted Marshmallow Day is August 30th, it's sister holiday, otherwise known as National S'mores Day was on the 10th.  Too bad they aren't back to back days so we can have one big, continuous s'more to last us all 48 hours!  Although, it is always a possibility that we just mash all 20 in-between days into a s'more and toasted marshmallow fest.  All situations have a bright side - even pest infestations, but that is a story for another day. 

 

  • There are various ways to toast a marshmallow.  Almost any heat source will get the job done. One way is popping it in the microwave, but, using the microwave should be the last resort, as it will not be as good as it could be.  A stove burner, leftover charcoal flame from the grill, a fire, naturally, and if worse comes to worse use a lighter!  On a more romantic note, you can try toasting a marshmallow over a candle.  Make a date night out of it!When I think of toasted marshmallows the first thing that comes to my mindis, of course, a s'more.  But, there are other ways of eating a toasted marshmallow that we should allow into our sacred recipe boxes.  Try this awesome Toasted Coconut Marshmallow recipe.  It looks great, if you have the time to make it, that is.
  • Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake anyone!?  What would life be without an amazing milkshake recipe!?
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Topics: Home

Why Mice Will Make You Question EVERYTHING

Posted by Rita Stadler

Aug 25, 2014 4:49:00 PM

You know those days when everything goes wrong?  Those days when you've faced so many struggles before lunch that you are constantly on edge, waiting for the other shoe to drop.  It's always on one of those days that you find a mouse in the house.  Finding mouse droppings or other signs of rodent infestation, or seeing a rat run across your path can make you reevaluate your life and your choices.

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Topics: Rodent Control

Flying Spiders Celebrate Ride The Wind Day

Posted by Rita Stadler

Aug 23, 2014 9:00:00 AM

What would you do if you were one of 1,500 brothers and sisters born at the same time?  If you were a baby spider, the answer would be simple:  spin a silk "balloon" and ride the wind away!  Please allow me to drop some knowledge on you in honor of Ride the Wind Day.

"Ballooning" or "kiting" is a method of air borne dispersal used by spiders to move between locations.  After emerging from the egg sac, spiderlings will engage in this behavior to reduce competition and increase genetic diversity.  After all, sharing the same space with hundreds of your closest relatives could lead to problems more serious than just a little sibling rivalry!  Ballooning isn't limited to spider babies, but spiders weighing more than 1 milligram are likely to have trouble defying gravity.  Spiders also face the risk of death while flying, so adults are less likely to engage in this behavior. 

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Topics: Pest Control

What Does National Senior Citizens Day Have to Do With Pest Control?

Posted by Rita Stadler

Aug 21, 2014 4:16:00 PM

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared August 21st Senior Citizens Day.  Older citizens are vital to our society and deserve our utmost respect and appreciation all year long.  Reagan noted how they not only set an example for younger citizens, but also fulfill needs in our communities by volunteering or embarking on second careers.  

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Topics: Pest Control

Discover the Health Benefits of Essential Oils in Air Fresheners and Natural Rodent Control

Posted by Rita Stadler

Aug 18, 2014 2:59:00 PM

According to WebMD, aromatherapy means using a plant's aroma-producing oils to treat disease.  There are different opinions on how effective aromatherapy is at curing or preventing illnesses, but there is no doubt about the power of fragrance.  Smelling a particular aroma can transport you to a different time and place, such as the smell of fresh baked bread or an exotic type of incense.  earthkind's Farmer in Charge, Kari Block, has found the perfect blend of aromas to repel rodents.  Her love of natural solutions for natural problems also led her to create a line of all natural air fresheners.

After talking to some consultants from essential oil distributors, I was inspired to share with you some of the health benefits of the essential oils in our products.

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National Tell A Joke Day

Posted by Rita Stadler

Aug 16, 2014 10:21:00 AM

Infestations are no laughing matter, but a little humor can go a long way when dealing with pest problems.  Since we've spent years talking about creepy crawly things, we've had a few laughs along the way.  In honor of National Tell A Joke Day, we decided to share some of our favorite funnies and pest related puns.

Ants:  Six-legged insects that tend to live in large colonies.  These household pests are attracted to food sources and moisture, most frequently infesting kitchens and pantries.

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Topics: Pest Control

Enjoy Relaxation Day By Making Pests Stay Away

Posted by Rita Stadler

Aug 15, 2014 10:17:00 AM

You've probably heard about Shark Week, Discovery Channel's weeklong extravaganza of shark-centric movies, shows, and all of the social media buzz that surrounds it.  Shark Week 2014 takes place August 10-17.  You may not have heard about National Relaxation Day, which is August 15, but if you're observing Shark Week, you will need a day to relax after all the time spent on the edge of your seat this week!

What do sharks and pests have in common?

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Topics: Pest Control

The Creepy Crawlies of Dorm Life

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Aug 13, 2014 3:42:34 PM

The school year is fast approaching once again.  As we set out for our bittersweet back to school shopping, we probably have quite a few things on our lists.  College students, are most likely  concerning themselves with  making sure they have the cutest clothes, coolest tech gear and some extra spending cash for all the "necessities"(I use that term loosely, as my college "necessities" may or may not have required a fake I.D.).  Parents, on the other hand, are making sure their students have their books and classes in a row, enough food to eat and at least half a dozen ways to contact mom and dad, even if their school is in the same town.  

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Topics: Pest Control

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