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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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Rita Stadler

Rita lives in Central Florida and has been a member of Team EarthKind since 2010. When not writing about ways to preserve the good and prevent the rest, her 4 children keep her busy. She can be found sharing mouse jokes on Twitter @EarthKind and answering to calls of "MOM!" from any kid within a 25 foot radius.

Recent Posts

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

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

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

Are Mice Nocturnal? The Sleeping Habits of a Mouse

Posted by Rita Stadler

Feb 24, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Imagine yourself lying in bed at night, just about to fall asleep, when a strange noise catches your attention. Perhaps you tell yourself, “It was just the wind.” But you can’t ignore the series of skittering, scampering, and scratching sounds for long.

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Topics: Rodent Control

Mouse Lifespan: How Long Do Mice Live?

Posted by Rita Stadler

Feb 9, 2017 4:21:34 PM

Have you ever had a mouse in the house?

Although a pet mouse might make an adorable addition to the family, some mice may be more like uninvited houseguests. Before you decide to adopt a pet mouse, or run and hide when you find one running around your home, find out more about the life cycle stages of a mouse.

Mouse life cycle 

Baby mice:  Mice pups are small, roughly the size of a quarter, and only weigh about as much as a sheet of paper. They are blind and sometimes referred to as ‘pinkies’ due to the pink color of their hairless bodies. Unless you find a mouse’s nest, you are unlikely to encounter baby mice.

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Topics: Rodent Control