earthkind® Blog

At earthkind we know a lot about mice, rats, rodent behavior and natural products. Check out our blog for all those...and watch for the fun blogs thrown in with recipes (these do not include rodent meat:), our employees' stories, rodent jokes and much more.

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Tips to Keep Mice Out of Gardens

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Jul 23, 2014 3:12:00 PM

Gardening is a labor of love. Growing your own food or tending beautiful flowers is a wondrous thing to do, but it can attract more than just the envy of your neighbors. Rabbits, deer, mice, birds and other wildlife may be tempted to nibble on nature's bounty, or just dig up and destroy your hard work. Garden pests can make even the most dedicated gardener feel like giving up at times.
Although there isn't a foolproof way to keep mice out of gardens and plants, there are measures you can take to prevent the problem.  You don't have to go to extremes to preserve the good your green thumb can reap, just follow these simple steps:
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Topics: Rodent Control

Who Needs Rat Catcher’s When You Have Fresh Cab®!?

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Jul 22, 2014 3:54:00 PM

Who would have ever thought that there would be a day dubbed just for rat catchers?  Well, folks, mark your calendars because today is Rat Catcher's Day, the 22nd of July.

Remember the story of Pied Piper of Hamlin?  This man was recruited to rid the city of Hamlin, Germany of its rat infestation.  He had a magical, musical pipe that he used to lead the rats right out of town and into a river.  But when Mr. Piper was denied his pay, he took to his magical pipe and led the people's children right out of town, never to be heard from again.  Some stories say that they were led into the river and drowned like the rats, and some say they were led into a cave and never came out.

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Topics: Pest Control

Why Pests Are Sexy

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jul 21, 2014 5:53:00 PM

Who says romance is dead?  Household pests never stopped bringing sexy back. Sure, finding a pile of mouse droppings or a line of marching ants might not get you in the mood, but you gotta give credit where credit is due, and pests have been busy doin it and doin it and doin it; well longer than any of us!

With the reproductive power to populate the world many times over, it seems only their small size is holding back their large numbers. Pests have made a strength out of the apparent weakness that is their small stature and have found their way into our homes, businesses, food stores and every other aspect of our lives. That is what makes them so pestersome.

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Topics: Pest Control

earthkind®, Proud to be an American Company

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jul 16, 2014 3:51:00 PM

Life is about choices.  You can choose what to make and where to make it.  You can choose what to buy and where to buy it from. 

Being made in America is a big deal. 

We chose to make our products in America with ingredients from American farms because supporting the country that supports us is important to us.  Manufacturing overseas may be less expensive, but the cost to our neighbors, our friends, and our families of exporting jobs and risking the high quality our customers have come to know and expect isn't worth saving a couple bucks.  Looking out for each other and giving back to our country and our communities is part of the foundation of earthkind®.  After all, none of this would be possible if the same hadn't been done for us!

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Topics: Home, Entrepreneurship

Cooperative Competition: 4 Essentials to Make the World a Better Place Through Business

Posted by Kari Block

Jul 15, 2014 3:11:00 PM

Returning from our yearly vacation in the British Virgin Islands, I’m both relaxed and ambivalent about returning to the rat-race of owning a business in an increasingly competitive marketplace. After all, getting a break from that is why we need a vacation, right?

Taught from a young age that competition is a good thing, I've always known that a need to win wasn’t a driving force for me.  I was usually the last one chosen for gym games.  My GPA was usually near the bottom of my class.  Honestly, as a child I detested the competitive rules that rewarded only the best.  This seems like a stark contrast to where I am today as a Magna Cum Laude graduate from UM Americas Leadership University,  a supporter of competitive sports, and visible, contributing member of society who willingly stands up and stands out.

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Topics: Entrepreneurship, Kari's Point of View

What Does Cow Appreciation Day Have to do With Mice?

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Jul 11, 2014 2:51:00 PM

Cow Appreciation Day has arrived and what better way to celebrate than to share a funny story of mine, which also happens to include a rodent or two, naturally. 

 
Back in my childhood years on the farm I loved our cows.  I loved to chase them, feed them, and study them.  I just could not get enough of those cute, gigantic friends of mine.  My favorite was a massive red bull that I was bound and determined to ride one day (yea right!).  I would always try to sneak up on him but never could.  This figures, since cattle have almost a 360° panoramic vision and can detect smells up to 5 miles away!


Cows who are giving birth, especially in the winter, were always brought into the barn for protection, warmth, and to be watched over.  The mothers loved this because they'd get to relax and didn't have to share their food with the other cows.  It also gave them the opportunity to spend some quality time with their new babe.  I loved this because it gave me a chance to watch the sweet little babies and their gentle mothers.

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Topics: Home

Spider Phobias be Gone | Learn How to Get Rid of Spiders

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Jul 9, 2014 3:02:00 PM

I know that I am not the only person suffering from a serious case of arachnophobia, or fear of spiders. My phobia dates back to the fifth grade.  Spiders always made me a bit uncomfortable, but I had never known fear like this until that fateful day. I was sitting in class with my other classmates when the teacher started to tell us how she didn’t like spiders and that she used sticky pads under her bed.  She does this because she'd heard from someone that people eat spiders in their sleep.  She then went on to tell us that she can catch up to 3 spiders in one night with her sticky pad.  Our teacher went into great detail about how these spiders make their way into our mouths at night and how we eventually end up swallowing them.  Just imagine being in the fifth grade and hearing all of this.  I couldn’t sleep for nights.  Fast forward to the eleventh grade when I was sitting in English class and the room was silent.  We were all busy “working” on our papers when out of nowhere a spider fell from the ceiling right onto my desk, 6 inches from my face.  I can tell you that the room was no longer silent.  I am now an adult with children of my own and still the memory of this traumatizing day is very vivid.  It sounds like the plot of a horror movie!  There really is a purpose to this story; it’s not just to ruin your sleep for nights on end.  The good news is that this doesn’t have to happen to you, or me, or anyone!

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Topics: Home

Introducing Stay Away Ants: A Natural Ant Repellent

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jul 7, 2014 3:09:00 PM

Proving nature can do it better 

earthkind® has been doing this for years.  A startling experience with a field mouse in a farm truck back in the 90's got Kari Warberg Block thinking about how to handle this all too common and natural problem of mice on the farm.  She realized that trapping, poisoning, or otherwise killing the mice wasn't really the best way to deal with the problem, and decided to create a natural way to keep mice away before they became a problem.

After solving mouse problems, she realized that the pest control industry as a whole seems stuck on the idea of using chemicals and killing pests.  Doesn't it make more sense to deter pests before they become a problem?  Isn't there a better, safer, and more effective way to get rid of pests like mice, ants, 

moths and spiders?  The answer is a resounding, "YES!"

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Topics: Pest Control, Home

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