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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Surviving Summer Camp: Prevent Bugs From Bugging Your Kids -- Naturally.

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jul 1, 2015 11:28:00 AM

Dear Mom & Dad,

Summer camp is lots of fun! We stay up super late every night, and no one cares if I don’t eat my peas. I’m learning tons of new things, but it’s hard to remember what right now because I can’t stop itching. 

See you soon!

Sending your child to summer camp is a rite of passage, but don’t let bug bites, sunburns, or poison ivy ruin this experience of a lifetime. Remember to include these natural remedies when packing.

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Topics: Pest Control

Bug Bites, Bee Stings, and Sunburns. Soothing Natural Solutions.

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jun 28, 2015 5:00:00 PM

Don’t let itching or scratching cast a shadow over your summer -- your kitchen may hold the cure to whatever ails you! From home remedies for soothing sunburns and itch relief, to homemade beauty treatments, you can solve your own problems naturally without ever leaving home.

Bug Bites

Mosquitoes, gnats, and chiggers are just a few common summer bugs that can be a big pain. 

Quick relief can be found in your kitchen:

  • A cool, damp green tea bag will soothe the itch and reduce inflammation.
  • Rub a basil leaf on the bite; basil has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Peppermint -- a dab of toothpaste, a drop of essential oil, or a fresh leaf straight from the plant can all do the trick.
  • Pinching; your brain can only focus on one type of pain at a time so a quick pinch will take your mind off the itch.
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Topics: Being Green, Home

Before You Buy A New House, Find Out If It's Already Home To A Mouse.

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Jun 25, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Moving into a new home can be an exciting time in your life, but there are things you need to investigate before making the plunge. 

Working with earthkind® all these years, I have changed my way of thinking about my surroundings. That came in handy when my husband and I were thinking about buying a new home. I had fallen in love with one house in particular--a beautiful, white and blue home built in '84. It had a gorgeous porch and very unique floor layout with four levels. I was sold from the moment I saw the picture online. Unfortunately, once we stepped inside, I realized I wasn’t alone in my admiration. As someone who can smell a mouse a mile away, I knew there was a colony of them, that had made it their home, before I could.

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Topics: Pest Control

Packing a Picnic Lunch? Bring Along Some Snacks That Will Repel Pests.

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jun 24, 2015 11:03:00 AM

Planning the perfect picnic seems simple enough. Just slap together some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, grab a bag of chips, throw in a six-pack or some juice boxes and you’re ready to go, right?

If only it were that easy. You’re not the only one who likes a little fun in the sun. With picnics, come pests. Flies are sure to find your table. Wasps or bees can’t wait to get to your soda cans, and that peanut butter and jelly -- hold on tight, because even a little dollop of jelly on the ground is like a calling card for ants.

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Topics: Pest Control

Backyard BBQ All The Buzz? Repel Uninvited Insects With These Natural Tips.

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jun 22, 2015 11:52:00 AM

You’ve planned a backyard barbeque to kick off the weekend with enough food to feed an army. You just didn’t realize you were going to be feeding an army of ants until they came marching in, ruining your summer fun.

Flies, mosquitoes, wasps, ants, and even rodents can leave their mark on the memories you are making. Certain foods are sure to attract unwanted pests, but we’ve got a few tips and tricks to help you keep the bugs at bay.

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Topics: Pest Control

Olive Oil, Coffee and Chamomile. Help Your Garden Grow -- Naturally.

Posted by Kari Warberg Block

Jun 18, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Just like many of you, I’m so excited to watch the flowers and vegetables  I’ve planted this Spring come to life. But this year, I’m working on a very special garden and I’ve got a lot of very special help.

For those of you who have been following our #BeKind campaign, you know that earthkind® has planted the seeds for a community garden that will help feed hungry families here in North Dakota. It was inspired by our friend Bryce, a young boy who wanted more than anything, to make sure some of his less advantaged neighbors had access to healthy fruits and vegetables.

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Topics: Clear The Cloud

Spiders Surprise Shoppers in the Produce Aisle. Is Your Store Safe?

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jun 17, 2015 12:27:00 PM

Reaching for a handful of fresh fruit is a small step many people take when trying to make healthy choices, but for a woman in Vermont last month, things backfired when she was bitten by a black widow spider that was hiding in her bag of grapes. The following week, another black widow was found in a bag of grapes in Minnesota. As if second-guessing grapes isn’t bad enough, a quick search for “spiders in fruit” turns up multiple reports of spiders found in bunches of bananas too!

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Topics: Pest Control

Getting To Know The House Spider and Why He Hangs Out In Your Home.

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jun 16, 2015 1:17:00 PM

No one seems to like spiders, but we wanted to give the house spider a chance to defend himself. Imagine for a moment if you will, that instead of stomping on a spider, you were reading about one in the pages of your favorite magazine -- finding out all of his likes, dislikes, and exactly what makes this amazing arachnid tick.

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Topics: Pest Control, Home

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