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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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Moth Control Methods: Repellents vs Mothballs vs Traps

Posted by Lisa Dingeman

Dec 9, 2016 3:00:00 PM

If you’ve ever experienced moths in your home or belongings, you understand how much of a nuisance they can be—not to mention the damage they can cause to your linens and carpets.  If you’ve found little holes in your clothes or patches in your carpets with disappearing fibers, you have probably also found all the signature signs of a moth infestation in your home.

Moth larvae, silken tubes and cocoons will be found wherever moths are bedding and hatching—normally in your clothes. When laying eggs, moths prefer fabrics, especially those that are undisturbed (for example, that wool jacket you shoved in the back of your closet 6 months ago). Female moths can lay up to 50 eggs within 3 weeks and those eggs hatch within 10 days, although they may take a little longer in cooler conditions.

The damage that moths can do to your home and clothing is not something that should be taken lightly. Taking the appropriate measures to remove moths from your home is necessary. Below we compare mothballs vs moth traps vs repellants to help you find which control method would best suit your situation. 

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Topics: Pest Control, Home, Stay Away Moths

Stop These 3 Invasive Bugs Before They Come Inside This Fall

Posted by Rita Stadler

Sep 23, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Stink bugs, lady beetles and boxelders are looking for homes to infest this winter!

What do you think of when you think about Fall? There are dozens of lovely things about this time of year, but many homeowners are all too familiar with the ugly side of September – that time of year when beetles and bugs are getting ready to settle down and wait out the winter from the cozy comfort of your home.

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Topics: Pest Control, Home

Getting To Know The House Spider and Why He Hangs Out In Your Home.

Posted by Rita Stadler

Sep 8, 2016 2:35:10 PM

No one seems to like spiders, but we wanted to give the house spider a chance to defend himself. Imagine for a moment if you will, that instead of stomping on a spider, you were reading about one in the pages of your favorite magazine -- finding out all of his likes, dislikes, and exactly what makes this amazing arachnid tick.

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Topics: Pest Control, Home

Bug Bites, Bee Stings, and Sunburns. Soothing Natural Solutions.

Posted by Rita Stadler

Sep 7, 2016 6:30:40 PM

Don’t let itching or scratching cast a shadow over your summer -- your kitchen may hold the cure to whatever ails you! From home remedies for soothing sunburns and itch relief, to homemade beauty treatments, you can solve your own problems naturally without ever leaving home.

Bug Bites

Mosquitoes, gnats, and chiggers are just a few common summer bugs that can be a big pain. 

Quick relief can be found in your kitchen:

  • A cool, damp green tea bag will soothe the itch and reduce inflammation.
  • Rub a basil leaf on the bite; basil has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Peppermint -- a dab of toothpaste, a drop of essential oil, or a fresh leaf straight from the plant can all do the trick.
  • Pinching; your brain can only focus on one type of pain at a time so a quick pinch will take your mind off the itch.
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Topics: Being Green, Home

Taming The Clutter -- Cool Space-Savers That Put Everything In Its Place.

Posted by Rita Stadler

Aug 26, 2016 10:10:03 AM

Fresh air and flower blossoms mark the end of winter and a beautiful new beginning. But spring cleaning can hang over your head like a black, stormy cloud.   
 
 
 
#ClearTheCloud of life's little nuisances with these simple tips and creative space-savers that will help you prevent pests in the most problem-prone places. Kitchens, closets, and garages are no match for these creative solutions.
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Topics: Home

Stop Scratching Itchy Bug Bites! Home Remedies That Offer Relief, Naturally

Posted by Rita Stadler

Aug 26, 2016 10:00:00 AM

What You Need to Know about Mosquito Bites, Plus Tips & Tricks to Soothe Irritation

Counting the itchy red bumps that dotted our arms and legs was something of a summer ritual when I was a child. Even though there was no reward or relief in having the most mosquito bites, everyone always wanted to be the winner. At the time, things like West Nile virus and Zika weren’t even on my radar. Now that I’m a parent, the sound of mosquitoes buzzing in our ears and the sight of my kids scratching a bug bite sends my worrying tendencies into overdrive.

How big is the risk of a little bug bite?

Honestly, we’re lucky. In many places, like most of North America, mosquitoes are only a seasonal problem. Public health programs and regional climates are pretty effective for mosquito control. You can go the extra mile and arm yourself with more detailed information about diseases spread by mosquitoes and their symptoms.

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Topics: Home, Natural Solutions

Mouse "Presents" and Other Cat Behaviors Explained

Posted by Rita Stadler

Mar 27, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Have you ever found yourself browsing the internet for hours? When losing yourself in cyberspace you might have noticed that people are crazy about cats! Seriously! The week starts with Meow Monday, building up to Caturday – yes, Cat Saturday, and even Conscious Cat Sunday. 

Follow @RealGrumpyCat on Twitter, waste countless hours on LOLCats.com, or post 17 pictures of your own feline furball, each with a different filter of course, and tag them #CatsOfInstagram.

We are OBSESSED with cats and the ASPCA estimates about 1/3 of Americans have a pet cat. Even if you don't have a cat, you know someone who does. Cats are irresistible! 

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Topics: Home, Rodent Control

Eliminate Hidden Poisons From Your Home. Your Pet’s Life Depends On It!

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Mar 11, 2015 3:49:00 PM

 

When it comes to our pets, safety is always a priority. Will Rufus run out into the street? Will Duke eat the rat poison?

There are so many things that can harm our furry friends that it can be a constant worry. But the ones that should concern us most are the ones we may not be aware of.

In honor of National Poison Prevention Week, March 15-21, let’s focus on ridding our homes of poisons that threaten the health and wellness of our pets.


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Topics: Pest Control, Home