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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The Choice is Yours: Kill ‘Em or Keep ‘Em Out

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jan 28, 2015 3:00:00 PM

 

Have you ever seen a "Missing" poster with a picture of a mouse? If you live in New York City, one of the rattiest cities in America, you may have noticed a few posted around town.

When you've got a mouse in your house, you probably just want it gone and aren't thinking about what happened to the little critter. Even though the idea of a furry little pest on a "Missing" poster is funny, when you think about it, what did happen to him? Those posters were sponsored by the makers of a rodent poison; a poison that gets rid of rats and mice by killing them. Wouldn't you rather just not have any mice at all instead of having to kill them?

What really makes mice Stay Away®?

If you know what mice like, you can make sure your home isn't inviting an infestation. Just one mouse can be quite sneaky, and you may not ever see it. Home invaders prefer to move around at night. If you see a mouse out in the open, especially during the day, you can be sure there are more mice hiding that you don't see.

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Topics: Pest Control, Rodent Control

From Fish to Feet: We’ve Got Tips to Solve Life’s Little Nuisances Naturally

Posted by Kari Warberg Block

Jan 23, 2015 1:53:00 PM

We’ve just completed our second week of sharing our favorite tips to solve life’s little nuisances – naturally. We’re calling it #ClearTheCloud and it’s designed to help you reduce your reliance on chemicals.

If you’ve been following us, you’ve seen them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. We’re so excited that you’ve shared our hints, liked our suggestions, and given us great ideas for the future. If you haven't joined us yet, we hope you'll take a look and pass our #ClearTheCloud tips along to your family and friends.

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Topics: Being Green, Kari's Point of View, Clear The Cloud

Want to Prevent Illness? Keep a Mouse From Making Itself at Home.

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jan 20, 2015 4:24:00 PM

Have you been feeling fatigued? Do you have sore, achy muscles? Maybe you've had headaches, or a fever. All of these symptoms can be attributed to the common cold or flu, but if you've been anywhere near wild mice or a rodent infestation, you might want to ask your doctor about Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). Other symptoms may include dizziness, chills, abdominal discomfort, coughing, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest.

Hantavirus made headlines not so long ago in San Diego, CA. Seven rodents in San Diego County, near Fallbrook specifically, tested positive for hantavirus. A couple years ago, Yosemite National Park experienced a hantavirus outbreak resulting in multiple deaths. The disease is relatively new, only gaining notoriety in the U.S. after an outbreak in 1993 in the Four Corners area of New Mexico.

While Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) isn’t common, it is a respiratory infection that can be fatal. The good news is it’s preventable. Hantavirus is spread from contact with infected rodents, their hair, saliva, urine or feces. The first and most important step in avoiding HPS is preventing rodent infestations.

Know the SIGNS OF RODENTS such as:

  • Droppings. Black, rice-like pellets.
  • Gnaw marks. Rodents chew all the time because their teeth never stop growing.
  • Nests. Rats and mice will make nests from anything they can find that is soft, comfy and cozy.
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Topics: Pest Control

We've Got Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter Talking!

Posted by Kari Warberg Block

Jan 16, 2015 2:40:00 PM

 Join the Movement to #ClearTheCloud.

During the month of January and continuing throughout the year, we’re excited to share our favorite tips to solve life’s little nuisances -- naturally. They’re easy fixes that you can mix up in a matter of minutes - alternatives to products like store-bought laundry detergents, air fresheners and carpet cleaning solutions, which are often loaded with toxins. 

They’re all part of our #ClearTheCloud campaign. If you’ve been following us, you’ve seen them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. In just one short week, tens of thousands of you have taken note of our campaign -- shared our hints, liked our suggestions and given us great ideas for the future. If you haven't joined us yet, we hope you'll take a look and pass our #ClearTheCloud tips along to your family and friends. Together we can reduce our reliance on chemicals.

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Topics: Being Green, Kari's Point of View, Clear The Cloud

Stay Away Pest Prevention Gives You an Excuse to do Nothing

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Jan 16, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Don’t we all long for the days of doing absolutely nothing? The days where we don't have to get out of bed until we feel like it, and even then, we can just sit around and do a whole lot of NOTHING!

The Easiest Way to do Nothing…

Well, folks today is our day! After all of the pest preventing going on in our homes, we have darn right earned the privilege of a relaxing day, free from more than just ants, moths, spiders and rodents, but also all of the other little nuisances in life. If you are anything like me, you know that all it takes is a little cleaning up, sealing up, and pouching up to get the job done. Natural pest prevention really is as easy as 1,2,3!

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Topics: Pest Control, Home

Are You Skeptical of Natural Alternatives?

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jan 13, 2015 3:00:00 PM

The Benefits of Being a Skeptic

International Skeptic's Day is celebrated today, January 13th. Or maybe not, depending on how gullible or naive you may be...some say it is celebrated October 13th, and some claim it is celebrated the first Friday, or even the first Friday the 13th of each year. I couldn't find a convincing source after minutes of Googling, but since it's January, let's just go with that.

Are you skeptical of natural alternatives?

The definition of skeptical means having doubts or not being easily convinced.

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Topics: Pest Control

3 Small Steps to Get Organized After the Christmas Clutter

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Jan 10, 2015 1:31:21 PM

I can't think of a more magical time in my childhood than Christmas Eve. Sitting surrounded by loads and loads of presents stacked to the ceiling, knowing that come morning, Santa would have even more in store for me! What could be any better as a kid!?

Over the years, those stacks of awesome surprises started to look more and more like stacks of clutter, eventually ending up in the back of the closet after a one-time use. Now, as a mother, those stacks of clutter have got to go. So, our new tradition after Christmas festivities have ended and New Year's resolutions are still going strong has become a full day of family time, filled with de-cluttering and home organization. 

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Topics: Home

earthkind®'s Top 5 Blog Posts of 2014

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jan 8, 2015 3:00:00 PM


We just wrapped up another record breaking year, and it was as pretty as a present! We hope you'll take few minutes to revisit our most popular blogs from 2014.

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Topics: Pest Control

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