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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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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

Can You Tell the Difference Between a Rat and a Mouse?

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jan 19, 2017 5:45:00 PM

Is it a rat or a mouse?

You’ve heard scratching sounds; out of the corner of your eye, you’ve seen something scurrying away; you’ve found little black pellets laying around; or encountered any of the other signs of an infestation. Now you need to know what exactly you are dealing with so you can figure out how to get rid of it.

Recognizing the difference between rats and mice can be tricky, but there are a few tell ‘tail’ signs that will make the job easier. If you’ve actually seen the rodent in question, consider these identifying characteristics:

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Topics: Rodent Control

What Do Mouse Droppings Look Like & What to Do When You Find Them

Posted by Rita Stadler

Dec 2, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Seeing a mouse in the house is upsetting, but finding out that a rodent infestation has been lurking in your home for a long time is even worse. Knowing how to identify the signs of a pest problem will help you prevent infestations and keep your home pest free.

Finding mouse droppings is one of the most obvious ways to discover you have a mouse problem in your home. In this article we'll discuss what mouse poop looks like, the dangers of mouse poop in your home, and how to properly clean and dispose of the droppings.  

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Topics: Rodent Control

Diseases from Mice - Types of Rodent Related Illnesses

Posted by Rita Stadler

Nov 14, 2016 5:55:32 PM

A mouse in the house can be more than just a nuisance; a rodent infestation can be a serious threat to the health of yourself, your family, and your pets. Rats in New York City have been called “disease-sponges,” and wild mice are known for spreading the potentially fatal Hantavirus, resulting in outbreaks like the one at Yosemite a few years ago.   

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Topics: Rodent Control

Low Cost Mouse Proofing for Chicken Coops & Pet Houses

Posted by Lisa Dingeman

Oct 26, 2016 6:30:00 PM

What’s in your chicken coop?


A chicken coop, or other structure that houses animals like a duck house or pet gazebo, has a strange way of attracting other pesky pests that you don’t want living alongside your feathered friends. Unwanted guests are attracted to these spaces because you are providing the perfect atmosphere and environment for your beloved pets—and mice love to join in on all that love! One thing about mice is that they are the world’s best freeloaders and they can’t help being attracted to a free meal and warm place to call home; you can’t blame them, really. But as bad as you may feel for the mouse, they can cause more damage than just a couple nibbles out of your pet feed.

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Topics: Rodent Control

DIY Tips to Stop Mice Infestations in Storage Units

Posted by Rita Stadler

Oct 14, 2016 4:05:00 PM

One out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage.

When we store away our belongings, we expect them to be safe and damage free until the next time they are needed. Sometimes we end up with an unpleasant surprise when we go to retrieve our stored goods though. Pests love to infest undisturbed places that provide protection from the elements; places like storage units, sheds, basements, attics and garages.  

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Topics: Rodent Control, Stay Away

Mice Prevention:  Details on the Diet of a Mouse

Posted by Kari Warberg Block

Sep 16, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Mice are pesky little critters you don’t want to see scurrying about your home. If you’re looking to get rid of mice or prevent mice from ever returning to your home, then it’s a good idea to learn a little something about them. After all, learning about your invaders is one of the best tactics that’s used in war, and getting rid of mice can be considered a war of sorts.

The first step in winning the battle against mice and other rodents in your home is learning what they eat. We’ll cover some of the main staples in a mouse’s diet and how you can use this information to effectively combat these common pests.  

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Topics: Rodent Control