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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 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

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

What Do Beetles Eat Around Your Home & Outside?

Posted by Lisa Dingeman

Feb 17, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Beetles in your home—what are they and how do they get inside?

There are 350,000 known beetle species in the world (with many more to be discovered!). North America is home to over 25,000 species of beetles. The most commonly spotted of these are the Carpet Beetle, June, May, Leaf, and the Lady Beetle (more commonly known as the Lady Bug).

Carpet beetles, Wood Boring, Long Horned and the Powderpost Beetles are the types of beetles most frequently encountered by homeowners. Although they differ in size, color, and shape, all beetles can be set apart from other bugs and cockroaches by their hard, shell-like wings.

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Topics: Pest Control, Home

Different Types of Beetles & How to Identify Them

Posted by Rita Stadler

Feb 2, 2017 4:00:00 PM

What are the Different Types of Beetles?  

What do mysterious pinholes in wood flooring, furniture, or trim; damaged carpets and fabric; and discolored or foul smelling flour have in common? These can all be signs of a beetle infestation.

Beetles are a slightly less common household pest, but when they are present in your home, they can cause significant damage. Find out about the different types of beetles and how to identify them so you can catch a problem before it gets out of control.

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Topics: Pest Control, Stay Away