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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That Time a Rat Crashed our Super Bowl Party

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Jan 30, 2015 4:21:05 PM

What’s better than Super Bowl Sunday!?  An entire day devoted to fun friends, delicious food, good football, and those remarkable commercials!  But, no matter how much time you spend trying to make the day absolutely perfect, sometimes you have to be ready for the unexpected.

A good pre-game.

When I think of the word disaster, unfortunately, last year’s Super Bowl bash is what comes to mind.  My friend, Anita, tried so hard to create a special day for her football loving friends and family.  The morning started out great.  The two of us created some awesome Pinterest inspired super bowl recipes and decked out the house for our sports loving fans.

By game time, it was obvious our hard work was paying off.  Everyone was enjoying the football shaped meat and cheeses on a tray that resembled a football field.

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Topics: Pest Control, Rodent Control

If You Build It, They Will Come..."They" Meaning Rats that is!

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jan 30, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Which came first, the rat or the steamroller? Sounds like a silly question, but for Chicago residents living near Wrigley Field, which is undergoing renovations, rats have become a real problem.

“We’ve had rats almost on a daily basis walking all around the neighborhood. In the streets, on the sidewalks, on people’s porches,” one resident reports. The rats began appearing soon after construction started. This isn’t the first incidence of construction causing a spike in rat problems. Some people may be quick to blame the arrival of the rats on the renovations, but the truth is, the rats were always there. When noisy construction equipment moves into an area and starts disrupting the rats’ food supply and tearing up their burrows, they are forced to move. Neighbors who had never noticed the rats before will begin having problems.

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Topics: Pest Control, Pest Coverage, Rodent Control

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

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