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.

Tell us what you want us to write about here. If your idea is chosen, we will send you a free 12pk of Fresh Cab!


#PlayForPets and Win!

Posted by Kari Warberg Block

Feb 28, 2015 2:00:00 PM

We've got big plans for the next few weeks as our loyal customers and fans have already found out. earthkind® is devoting February and March to the furriest members of our families!

As many of you may know, the ASPCA reports that 7,000 pets are accidentally poisoned each year after ingesting rat poison. Here at earthkind® we are changing that -- one pet at a time, with our safe and natural rodent repellent, Fresh Cab®. We want to increase awareness and keep our fur babies safe! To do so we are running a really fun contest that we know you'll want to be a part of called #PlayForPets!

Pet lovers will have the opportunity to nominate their pet, along with their favorite animal shelter. We'll be asking them to post funny pictures and tell us their tips, tricks and other great stories. Each time we post a new question, we'll pick a winner. They’ll win a prize for their pet, we will make a donation to the animal shelter of their choice, and of course, we'll also send along a supply of Fresh Cab®. We want to make sure that our furry friends are as safe in their temporary homes, as they would be in yours.

How to #PlayForPets

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Topics: Kari's Point of View

They Found A Brown Recluse Spider in Their Dog's Fur!

Posted by Rita Stadler

Feb 24, 2015 12:58:00 PM

I remember walking through the house we live in now for the very first time. It was our first meeting with an actual realtor on our journey to buy a home, and it was only the second house we had seen. We couldn't believe we had found 'the one' so soon, so we dragged ourselves (and our four kids) to look at least a dozen more, just to make sure we weren't being too hasty. After weeks of searching and debating, it always came back to this one. We were lucky and everything fell into place; lenders were cooperative and all the inspections passed. Now we're living happily ever after in a home where we expect to spend many, many years.

Not all stories turn out so well though.

A family in Chesterfield, MO purchased their home over the summer. It wasn't long before they found a brown recluse in their bedroom, and then another in their dog's fur, and then more and more. Despite inspections and disclosures, they were not made aware of the fact that their home had had an ongoing problem with brown recluse spiders.

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Topics: Pest Control

And The Award For Best #PlayForPets Picture Goes To........

Posted by Rita Stadler

Feb 23, 2015 4:24:00 PM

Announcing Our Week One Winners!!!

We’re so excited about our #PlayForPets campaign! This week alone, more than 11,000 people have shared our pictures, nominated their furry friends and helped us spread the word about the dangers of using rat poison in a home with pets. As you’ve seen us say, time and time again, approximately 7,000 pets are poisoned each year, after accidently ingesting rat poison. Here at earthkind®, we’re doing our best to change that, by creating natural rodent repellents like Fresh Cab® and Stay Away®, which keep pests out and keep our pets safe. We’re thankful that so many of you have joined our campaign to remove dangerous toxins from homes around the world.

And now, here’s a review of the silly questions we posed last week and the big winners!


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Topics: Rodent Control

Pest of the Month: The House Mouse (and why he wants to make your home his own)!

Posted by Rita Stadler

Feb 20, 2015 2:04:00 PM

If you want to know how to get rid of mice, you need to know how they think. Once you learn what mice do and don't like, you can make sure they won't like your home. Mouse problems are most common when the weather takes a cold turn and mice are looking for a warm home, but mice can happen to anyone, anywhere.

Are you rolling out the 'Welcome' mat for mice? Learn how to put up a 'No Vacancy' sign they can't ignore!

An average house mouse is small but mighty.

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Topics: Rodent Control

If Spiders Could Talk…

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Feb 17, 2015 4:45:00 PM

Talking is an important part of life.  It helps us break the ice and it can solve an array of problems.  A conversation can help strengthen a relationship and teach us something new – sometimes even things we never thought we could learn. 

Just imagine if you could talk to animals or spiders to be exact, the way that Dr. Doolittle did.  What do you think that spider in your shower might have to say

Not interested in the spiders perspective?  You wouldn’t be alone.  In western society, around 55% of women and 18% of men experience a fear of spiders to some degree.*

But what if a little chat could chase your fears away?  Arachnophobia rates would plummet!

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Topics: Pest Control

5 Valentine's Day Ideas for Pets that Don't Include Chocolate

Posted by Rita Stadler

Feb 14, 2015 9:30:00 AM


"Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail." - Kinky Friedman

Valentine's Day isn't just for lovers, it's a celebration of all love. The way you feel when a child smiles, or a friend you haven't seen in far too long gives you a hug, or your pet lets you know he's glad you’re home are all worth celebrating. In 2013, Americans spent millions of dollars on gifts for pets. I'm not sure if I've ever felt more jealous of a dog!

If you're not sure what to give Fido or Fluffy as a token of your love, we're here to give you a few suggestions.

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Topics: Home

From Mosquitoes to Musty Basements: Natural Solutions for Life’s Nuisances

Posted by Kari Warberg Block

Feb 13, 2015 3:58:00 PM

Greetings earthkind® friends & family! Once again, I’m excited to share this week’s natural solutions to solve life’s little nuisances. They’re all part of our #ClearTheCloud campaign that I’ll be sharing throughout the year.

If you’ve been following us, you’ve seen them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. If not, we hope you’ll follow and share them with your family and friends who are also interested in reducing their reliance on chemicals.

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

Are There Poisons in Your House that Could Harm Your Pet?

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Feb 10, 2015 4:39:00 PM

 Anyone who owns a dog, cat, or any pet for that matter, knows that they are truly part of the family. I know things were a little tense after we got married and my husband's dog Moose had to live with my cat Honey, but by the time we brought our firstborn home, they would take turns sleeping at the foot of the crib! So in honor of Moose, Honey, and Responsible Pet Owners Month, I am going to equip you with the information you need to keep your pets safe. Most importantly, I want to point out something you may not have thought about. The rat poison in your home is toxic -- not just to the rats -- but to pets that come in contact with it.

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Topics: Pest Control, Rodent Control

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