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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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Pest of the Month: The Carpenter Ant

Posted by Rita Stadler

May 20, 2016 10:11:33 AM

Most people think termites are the biggest danger to their homes, but carpenter ants can cause serious damage too. You might think a little ant is no big deal, but these household pests want to make your home their own. While most ants are a harmless nuisance, there are even a few types that can bite or sting. Keeping ants out of your home is the first step in preventing exposure to painful bites, and preserving your home from the costly structural damage carpenter ants can cause. 

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Pest of the Month:  The Asian Lady Beetle -- Beneficial Bug or Pesky Problem?

Posted by Rita Stadler

Apr 29, 2016 11:31:27 AM

Is it a ladybug, or a lady beetle? Though they may look alike, these spotted insects have some significant differences.

How to tell ladybugs and lady beetles apart

Beetles can be beneficial pests. They eat aphids and scale insects, which can threaten houseplants, home gardens, and agricultural crops. However, while ladybugs are usually considered cute and can even be a sign of good luck, lady beetles can be a nuisance congregating in large numbers, emitting a foul odor, and even biting.

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Pest of the Month:  The Roof Rat

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jan 26, 2016 1:34:02 PM

You might think a rat is a rat, nothing more, nothing less. But there are different types of rats, and if you’re battling an infestation, you should know what you’re up against. 

Roof rats and other household pests cause the most problems this time of year because they are trying to escape the cold weather. Attics, drop ceilings, and inside walls are a few of their favorite places to infest. Roof rats are a little smaller is size than their relatives, Norway rats (aka the city rat), but they are just as big of a problem. Find out how to tell the difference between these furry intruders, and what you need to do to keep them outside where they belong.

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Pest of the Month: The Field Mouse. Making His Way To A Home Near You.

Posted by Rita Stadler

Oct 2, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The field mouse is where our story began. When this tiny brown mouse scurried over our CEO’s leg, he inspired an idea that has changed the pest control industry. Kari Warberg Block knew there had to be a safer way to get rid of mice than the traps or poisons that were old standbys, and when she couldn’t find what she needed, she invented it.

Although field mice are known for causing problems on the farm, they make themselves a nuisance wherever they are, and they can live in many places. They are most common in rural areas such as forests, prairies, and agricultural settings, but can also be found in urban or suburban communities if there are woods or natural buffer zones nearby. 

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Pest of the Month – Clothes Moths. Don’t Let Them Wreck Your Wardrobe.

Posted by Rita Stadler

Sep 11, 2015 2:51:00 PM

Clothes moths may be some of the sneakiest pests out there. You almost never see the actual moths, but you can always tell when they have made themselves at home by the holes left in your clothing or fabrics. What causes these pests to choose your wardrobe when they’re looking for their next meal? And why do they have such expensive taste? Avoid a fashion faux pas by learning all about the fabric moth and how to get rid of it.

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Pest of the Month: Kitchen Ants – What attracts them and how to make them stay away.

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jul 21, 2015 11:17:00 AM

“The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah,

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah.”

In nursery school, this children’s counting song is a fun way to pass some time while working on numbers one through ten. In your kitchen, a line of ants marching across your countertop is a clear call to action -- you need to know how to get rid of ants and fast! When you know what it is that the ants are after, you’ll know how to send them marching in the opposite direction. 

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Pest of the Month: The House Spider. Will He Be Your Summer Guest?

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jun 5, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Arachnophobia, or an extreme fear of spiders, is one of the most common phobias. Fear can be an effective way to protect yourself -- you certainly shouldn’t get too close to a venomous spider like the black widow or brown recluse. However, while there are an estimated 40,000 varieties of spiders in the world, very few of them are actually a threat to humans, including the common house spider.

Most human-spider contact happens at home with a harmless house spider. A few spider species fall under the category of common house spiders, but to a person who doesn’t want to live alongside a spider, they’re all pretty much the same. A natural pest control plan is the best way to prevent spiders, but first you need to understand exactly what’s attracting them.

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Pest of the Month: The City Rat — Smarter Than You Think

Posted by Rita Stadler

Apr 4, 2015 12:42:00 PM

Would you believe that there’s an animal that can not only sniff out bombs and landmines, but they can detect tuberculosis too? They even help researchers cure disease, advance science, and make medical breakthroughs. And if that weren’t enough, they also make cute and cuddly pets!

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Topics: Rodent Control, Pest Of The Month