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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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Common House Spiders: Identification & Facts

Posted by Lisa Dingeman

Apr 25, 2017 4:00:00 PM

If you’re anything like me, you can appreciate spiders from a distance, far from your home. I can admire those individuals who have no fear of arachnids, but I cannot tell you how many times a spider has fallen on me while sleeping, reading, walking into my garage, etc.

Those brave souls who have no fear of eight-legged intruders will never know the anxiety felt each time you shake out a blanket before crawling into bed, or banging your shoe on the floor before putting it on, you know, just in case.

Fortunately, for those of you like myself, there is hope. The more information we can gather about spiders, the less scary they seem. It's beneficial to learn about the different types of spiders, spider identification and which are dangerousYou might be surprised to find out that they can even benefit us!  

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Topics: Stay Away

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

The Time I Tried, and Failed, to Get Rid of Ants by Myself

Posted by Rita Stadler

Nov 3, 2016 4:50:00 PM


My name is Rita, and I have a problem; an ant problem.

It started out small; there were just a few near the front door. But like most problems, they didn’t go away on their own. Ignoring them didn’t help. Day after day, the problem persisted. Being an optimist, and armed with a substantial knowledge of household pests and how to get rid of them, I thought it was nothing I couldn’t handle.

I was wrong.

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Topics: Pest Control, Stay Away

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