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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Prepare for Mischief Night by Preventing Mischievous Pests

Posted by Rita Stadler

Oct 29, 2014 6:30:00 AM

Halloween is all fun and games for young whippersnappers but the days leading up to it can lead all the old fuddy duddies to the point of no return. Mischief Night (an informal celebration usually observed October 30th, the night before Halloween), a time when mischievous children and teenagers engage in all sorts of pranks and high jinks, can be especially problematic. Good natured citizens all across America have devised different ways of dealing with these ghouls and goblins. Some grocery stores refuse to sell eggs to youth near Halloween since so many innocent residents end up with their homes and cars being egged. Other communities set up neighborhood patrols to keep an eye on unruly kids who are up to no good.

Control Household Pests Naturally

We can't do much about teenage pests this Halloween season, but we can help you keep your home free of another scary scourge:  household pests. Following our natural pest prevention tips will give you a sense of security and peace of mind so you can focus your attention on more pressing matters, like Mischief Night. To make sure your home is protected from ants, moths, rodents and spiders, follow our three step plan:

  1. Clean up - Remove pest attractants. Different pests are attracted to different things; you can find out what attracts ants, moths, rodents and spiders in our Learning Center to make sure your home is not inviting to these household pests.
  2. Seal up - Inspect your home for potential pest entry points such as cracks along your home's foundation, ill fitted window screens or gaps along the bottom of exterior doors. Sealing these openings will also reduce your home's heating expense over the winter.
  3. Pouch up - Place our natural pest repellent pouches in pest prone areas of your home. Download our free list of the Top 21 Uses for Stay Away® natural pest prevention pouches.
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Topics: Home

Share Your Rodent Run In for Tell A Story Day

Posted by Rita Stadler

Oct 27, 2014 2:30:00 PM

Once upon a time, in a far away land, there was a beautiful princess locked in a tower. She spent all day and all night wondering when she would be able to escape the room with a view where she was trapped. She had to admit, the view was lovely. Meals magically appeared morning, noon and night, and all of her basic needs were met, there was really just one problem (aside from the whole being locked in a tower bit)...the tower was infested with mice!

She wasn't one to sit around waiting for Prince Charming, who knew when he would arrive!? He hadn't even answered her last two text messages and his last tweet was from the day before last. She knew mouse control was no big and she could DIY. A quick Google search and few touches of the screen and she had a shipment of Stay Away® Rodent on its way, expedited of course. After she got rid of the mice, she decided her tower was too empty and plotted her escape. Her thumbs got busy texting and she was out of that tower before breakfast the next day. Of course she lived happily ever after, her Facebook status said so.

Tell A Story About Mouse Control

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Topics: Pest Control, Rodent Control

Brown Recluse Control and Prevention

Posted by Rita Stadler

Oct 24, 2014 3:43:00 PM

What would you do if your home was infested with poisonous spiders? It sounds like a horror movie plot, but that is exactly what happened to a family in Missouri. After buying a beautiful, golf course home, the family found out it had thousands of brown recluse spiders living inside. Although brown recluses have a venomous bite, they aren't aggressive by nature and play an important role in their ecosystem. All the same, they probably don't make good roommates!

Brown recluse facts:

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Topics: Pest Control, Pest Coverage

Black Widow Control and Prevention

Posted by Rita Stadler

Oct 22, 2014 5:05:18 PM

Black widows are notorious. The female's poisonous bite and reputation for killing and eating her mate serves not only as a health and safety concern, but also makes for interesting relationship dynamic. Black widow venom is 15 times more toxic than a prairie rattlesnake's venom and can result in death, particularly if young children, elderly or people with compromised immune systems are bitten. However, the black widow is not an aggressive spider and will only bite if disturbed.

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Topics: Pest Control, Pest Coverage

Organizational Tips to Get Rid of Household Pests

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Oct 20, 2014 5:38:00 PM

The hardest part about getting organized is staying organized. Maintaining your home is a very important part of life, whether it just helps you feel more comfortable living in your surroundings, gives you more space or makes it easier to find the things you need. One thing is for sure, when it comes to cleanliness, it can affect your health, safety and your budget. 

Pests such as spiders ants, rodents and moths are attracted to clutter, debris, food and water sources. Spiders seek refuge where they will not be disturbed, like under furniture and piles of clutter. Ants look for anything that could be used as a food source, like a pantry. Rodents are most attracted to anything they can eat, like crumbs under an oven or kitchen table. Lastly, moths are seen most often in dresser drawers or storage containing clothes or fabrics.  This is because moths' hatchlings feed off of natural fibers and material. 

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Topics: Pest Control, Home

Being a Purpose Driven Business

Posted by earthkind

Oct 17, 2014 4:39:46 PM

Everyone wants to know how to be bigger and better, how to get more with less and how to be the best. While there are a lot of arguments that "bigger" is not necessarily "better" and the term "best" means something different to every person, the common drive to improve and succeed is almost universal. Another commonality is that it can't be done alone; we all need help and guidance.

Kari Warberg Block, earthkind®'s founder and Farmer in Charge, will gladly share what she has learned on her journey through life and business.  Her most recent contribution to The Huffington Post, The Power of Purpose: Driving Innovation and Decision Making, identifies three benefits to leading a purpose driven business. 

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Topics: Entrepreneurship, Kari's Point of View

What Wikipedia Can't Tell You About Boss's Day

Posted by Rita Stadler

Oct 16, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Since 1958, October 16th (or the nearest business day) has been celebrated as Boss's Day. Stereotypically speaking, relations with a boss may be strained and a regular employee may not feel inclined to celebrate some executive 'big wig.' Realistically, most of the jobs in our country are created by small businesses and entrepreneurs. Small business owners, or bosses, tend to work right alongside their employees and speaking from personal experience, are very appreciated. 

Kari W Block, founder and Farmer in Charge at earthkind, is more than just a boss to all of us; she is a mentor, a role model, an activist, a leader and more. She doesn't limit her sharing of knowledge or leadership experience to only her direct employees. In addition to growing her business, she contributes to other organizations and media outlets to help others too.

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Topics: Home

Hantavirus: A Deadly Disease Spread By Rodents

Posted by Rita Stadler

Oct 15, 2014 11:51:00 AM

Hantaviruses are a group of diseases carried by rodents that can be transmitted to humans.  Different forms of the virus afflict people all over the world.  The name comes from the Hantaan River in Korea, where an early outbreak was recorded.  Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, or HPS, is found in the Americas and is the infection that made headlines during the 2012 Yosemite Park outbreak as well as a recent tragedy resulting in a fatality in North Dakota earlier this month.  HPS has a high mortality rate and no cure.

Rodents infected with hantavirus show no signs of sickness.  Deer mice are the most common carriers, although the cotton rat, rice rat, white-footed mouse, and other rodents such as shrews and voles can also carry strains of hantavirus.  The virus is transmitted through the saliva, urine, feces, and dust stirred up when nesting areas are disturbed.  Campers and hikers are frequently afflicted by hantavirus as they may make camp or pass through areas where infected rodents have been. 

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Topics: Rodent Control

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