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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 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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Topics: Pest Control, Pest Of The Month

What’s in your Windows? It's Box Elder Bug Season!

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Apr 22, 2016 10:28:18 AM

A couple days ago, on one of our mysteriously warm March days, I thought it was pleasant enough to pop open the back of our SUV and watch the boys play in the yard while I took advantage of the unexplainably hot sun that us North Dakotans had been missing out on.

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Topics: Pest Control

DIY Pest Control Tips To Help Your Organic Garden Grow

Posted by Rita Stadler

Apr 15, 2016 9:21:49 AM

Getting your hands dirty, growing something that can nourish the human body, bringing joy to someone you love, or even just making the world a more beautiful place -- all reasons that can make gardening seem almost magical. Truthfully, anyone can do it. But as Michael Garofalo said, “Despite the gardener’s best intentions, nature will improvise.”

From snails to slugs, beetles to bugs, and all kinds of animals, a garden will attract attention -- some insects are considered beneficial pests while other creepy crawlies wear out their welcome before your seeds sprout. Try these natural tips to get rid of pests and help your garden grow.

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Topics: Pest Control

Surprised to find moths in the house? Eliminate them with these easy tips.

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Apr 8, 2016 2:12:57 PM

Have you ever dug out one of your favorite tops--one that has maybe been forgotten about because it was ten tops deep in a drawer somewhere--and held it out in front of you admiring its forgotten beauty, discovering that it is now covered in holes? Well, that's exactly what happened to me recently. What a bummer to pull out an old gem to find that moths had uncovered it before I did! Now, this is something that I have dealt with before so I should have been prepared. I guess I just got content in the reliability of Stay Away® Moths that I had forgotten to replace it!

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Topics: Pest Control, Stay Away Moths

Your Kids Will Help You Spring Clean With These Easy Ideas

Posted by Rita Stadler

Apr 1, 2016 8:38:41 AM

Getting your kids involved in spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a struggle. Make the chores seem like fun with these simple steps. And because we know you wouldn’t want your kids exposed to the toxic chemicals found in some cleaners, we’ve included natural alternatives and DIY tips for your spring cleaning routine too.

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Topics: Pest Control, Spring Cleaning, Natural Solutions

Spring Cleaning for the Pet Owner

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Mar 25, 2016 12:13:51 PM

Every year the majority of us start to weed a few things out of our belongings and clean that settled dust that has gotten a little too comfortable on the tops of our fans and window frames. Spring cleaning has pretty much become a week long--if not longer--purge of any and all items we no longer use and the scrubbing of kitchen appliances that we forgot could actually reflect our image. And, if you're a pet owner, your list of things to clean grows as fast as the hair on their furry little bodies. As someone who is constantly cleaning up after two dogs and a cat, I know a thing a two about keeping my house as clean and tidy as times allows.

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Topics: Pest Control, Pet Safety

5 Reasons Why DIY Pest Control Doesn’t Work

Posted by Rita Stadler

Mar 18, 2016 8:28:07 AM

Why pay an exterminator hundreds of dollars if you could spend a couple bucks at the hardware store and solve pest problems yourself?

Do it yourself pest control seems like an easy answer -- when you have a mouse in the house, or ants in your kitchen, all you have to do is set out some bait, sprinkle some bug killer, or spray a cloud of toxic fumes to make all your problems disappear, right? If getting rid of household pests was so simple, there wouldn’t be an entire aisle dedicated to DIY pest control products in almost every store!

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Topics: Pest Control

The Big Clean-up! Spring Tips For A Safe and #HealthyHome.

Posted by Kari Warberg Block

Mar 11, 2016 10:57:50 AM

I’m happy to report that even here in North Dakota, where we typically get nearly 50 inches of snow each winter, spring seems to be coming early this year. As I write this, it’s 70 degrees and sunny – the perfect kind of day to air out the house and begin my spring cleaning routine.

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Topics: Being Green, Pest Control, Home

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