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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Brown Recluse Control and Prevention

Posted by Rita Stadler

Oct 24, 2014 3:43:51 PM

What would you do if your home was infested with poisonous spiders? It sounds like a horror movie plot, but that is exactly what happened to a family in Missouri. After buying a beautiful, gulf course home, the family found out it had thousands of brown recluse spiders living inside. Although brown recluses have a venomous bite, they aren't aggressive by nature and play an important role in their ecosystem. All the same, they probably don't make good roommates!

Brown recluse facts:

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Topics: Pest Control, Pest Coverage

Black Widow Control and Prevention

Posted by Rita Stadler

Oct 22, 2014 5:05:18 PM

Black widows are notorious. The female's poisonous bite and reputation for killing and eating her mate serves not only as a health and safety concern, but also makes for interesting relationship dynamic. Black widow venom is 15 times more toxic than a prairie rattlesnake's venom and can result in death, particularly if young children, elderly or people with compromised immune systems are bitten. However, the black widow is not an aggressive spider and will only bite if disturbed.

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Topics: Pest Control, Pest Coverage

Organizational Tips to Get Rid of Household Pests

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Oct 20, 2014 5:38:31 PM

The hardest part about getting organized is staying organized. Maintaining your home is a very important part of life, whether it just helps you feel more comfortable living in your surroundings, gives you more space or makes it easier to find the things you need. One thing is for sure, when it comes to cleanliness, it can affect your health, safety and your budget. 

Pests such as spiders ants, rodents and moths are attracted to clutter, debris, food and water sources. Spiders seek refuge where they will not be disturbed, like under furniture and piles of clutter. Ants look for anything that could be used as a food source, like a pantry. Rodents are most attracted to anything they can eat, like crumbs under an oven or kitchen table. Lastly, moths are seen most often in dresser drawers or storage containing clothes or fabrics.  This is because moths' hatchlings feed off of natural fibers and material. 

One and done - 7 tips to prevent rodents and insects in your home

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Topics: Pest Control, Home

Being a Purpose Driven Business

Posted by earthkind

Oct 17, 2014 4:39:46 PM

Everyone wants to know how to be bigger and better, how to get more with less and how to be the best. While there are a lot of arguments that "bigger" is not necessarily "better" and the term "best" means something different to every person, the common drive to improve and succeed is almost universal. Another commonality is that it can't be done alone; we all need help and guidance.

Kari Warberg Block, earthkind®'s founder and Farmer in Charge, will gladly share what she has learned on her journey through life and business.  Her most recent contribution to The Huffington Post, The Power of Purpose: Driving Innovation and Decision Making, identifies three benefits to leading a purpose driven business. 

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Topics: Entrepreneurship, Kari's Point of View

What Wikipedia Can't Tell You About Boss's Day

Posted by Rita Stadler

Oct 16, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Since 1958, October 16th (or the nearest business day) has been celebrated as Boss's Day. Stereotypically speaking, relations with a boss may be strained and a regular employee may not feel inclined to celebrate some executive 'big wig.' Realistically, most of the jobs in our country are created by small businesses and entrepreneurs. Small business owners, or bosses, tend to work right alongside their employees and speaking from personal experience, are very appreciated. 

Kari W Block, founder and Farmer in Charge at earthkind, is more than just a boss to all of us; she is a mentor, a role model, an activist, a leader and more. She doesn't limit her sharing of knowledge or leadership experience to only her direct employees. In addition to growing her business, she contributes to other organizations and media outlets to help others too.

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Topics: Home

Hantavirus: A Deadly Disease Spread By Rodents

Posted by Rita Stadler

Oct 15, 2014 11:51:00 AM

Hantaviruses are a group of diseases carried by rodents that can be transmitted to humans.  Different forms of the virus afflict people all over the world.  The name comes from the Hantaan River in Korea, where an early outbreak was recorded.  Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, or HPS, is found in the Americas and is the infection that made headlines during the 2012 Yosemite Park outbreak as well as a recent tragedy resulting in a fatality in North Dakota earlier this month.  HPS has a high mortality rate and no cure.

Rodents infected with hantavirus show no signs of sickness.  Deer mice are the most common carriers, although the cotton rat, rice rat, white-footed mouse, and other rodents such as shrews and voles can also carry strains of hantavirus.  The virus is transmitted through the saliva, urine, feces, and dust stirred up when nesting areas are disturbed.  Campers and hikers are frequently afflicted by hantavirus as they may make camp or pass through areas where infected rodents have been. 

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Topics: Rodent Control

Farmer Appreciation and Pest Prevention Tips

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Oct 12, 2014 8:30:00 AM

How many of you have a farmer that you love?  If you don't, that's ok, because today is Old Farmer's Day and you can love them all!

Today is the day to reach out and thank a farmer, young, old, or still in the farmwife's belly, whomever you come across first.  Unfortunately, our family farms have become a thing of the past and tradition is fast being lost.  In fact, "200 years ago, 90% of the population farmed; today, it is less than 2%."  However, family farms still account for 98% of American farms, sending food throughout the U.S. and exporting to some other countries.  Farmers are hard workers and understand the importance of feeding the world.

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Topics: Pest Control

Tips for Raising Backyard Chickens and Keeping Rodents Out of Their Coop

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Oct 10, 2014 9:31:00 AM

Back in the day when most people had to supply their own food, they milked their own cows, raised their own chickens, and collected their own eggs. Nowadays, we've replaced our own homegrown foods from whatever is quick and easy; usually it comes from a box, bag or can.

However, World Egg Day is a day dedicated to spreading information about the benefits of eggs, and that just so happens to be today, October 10th.  Raising your own chickens and eggs provides vital food and can be a literal lifesaver in underdeveloped countries.  Even right here in America, it is a growing trend, as chickens are great options in both urban and rural settings.  One of my favorite blogs for chicken related info is Fresh Eggs Daily.  They can tell you all about how to raise chickens, build your own chicken coop, take care of the eggs, and even how to keep mice out of your chicken coops and away from feed.

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Topics: Pest Control

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