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Let’s face it -- as much as we love nature -- no one wants a mouse in their house. The same thing goes for armies of ants, moths that make their way into your wardrobe and spiders who seem to magically appear just about everywhere. Follow our earthkind® blog for the latest information on natural alternatives that will help you keep your home pest and poison free.

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Taming The Clutter -- Cool Space-Savers That Put Everything In Its Place.

Posted by Rita Stadler

Aug 26, 2016 10:10:03 AM

Fresh air and flower blossoms mark the end of winter and a beautiful new beginning. But spring cleaning can hang over your head like a black, stormy cloud.   
 
 
 
#ClearTheCloud of life's little nuisances with these simple tips and creative space-savers that will help you prevent pests in the most problem-prone places. Kitchens, closets, and garages are no match for these creative solutions.
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Topics: Home

Stop Scratching Itchy Bug Bites! Home Remedies That Offer Relief, Naturally

Posted by Rita Stadler

Aug 26, 2016 10:00:00 AM

What You Need to Know about Mosquito Bites, Plus Tips & Tricks to Soothe Irritation

Counting the itchy red bumps that dotted our arms and legs was something of a summer ritual when I was a child. Even though there was no reward or relief in having the most mosquito bites, everyone always wanted to be the winner. At the time, things like West Nile virus and Zika weren’t even on my radar. Now that I’m a parent, the sound of mosquitoes buzzing in our ears and the sight of my kids scratching a bug bite sends my worrying tendencies into overdrive.

How big is the risk of a little bug bite?

Honestly, we’re lucky. In many places, like most of North America, mosquitoes are only a seasonal problem. Public health programs and regional climates are pretty effective for mosquito control. You can go the extra mile and arm yourself with more detailed information about diseases spread by mosquitoes and their symptoms.

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Topics: Home, Natural Solutions

Made by Nature, Proven by Science: DIY Tips to Stop Zika Spreading Mosquitoes

Posted by Rita Stadler

Aug 19, 2016 12:42:57 PM

With the local transmission of Zika in the United States, mosquito control and prevention is more important than ever. Protecting your family from pests doesn’t mean you have to bring harmful chemicals into your home. We’ve sorted out the DIY tactics and natural remedies to better inform you with what works, what doesn’t, and how you can get rid of mosquitoes naturally.

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Topics: Pest Control, Natural Solutions

5 Simple Ways To Make Mosquitoes Stay Away from your Backyard Pool

Posted by Lisa Dingeman

Aug 12, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Keep Your Child's Backyard Pool Mosquito Free

About a month ago, I came upon a story about two little kids. Two young boys were swimming in their backyard swimming pool--mixing hot weather and warm water can sometimes bring more than a good time. It just so happens that mosquitoes also love to be around the pool on a nice summer day. Two kids were playing and swimming and learning how to use the new water guns that their dad gave them. They discovered that there was a swarm of mosquitoes flying above the pool and that they would make a great target to practice with their guns. The boys’ mom had heard all of the fun being had and came outside to figure out what was so funny. Just as she stepped outside, the mosquitoes apparently lined up perfectly with her. Before she got a gallon of water to the face, all she had seen was her two boys pointing their water guns directly at her, almost as if they had been waiting for the opportunity. She was noticeably upset as the boys urged they didn’t do it on purpose. After the commotion wore off and she stopped cursing her husband for buying such nonsense water toys, she was pretty pleased with her boys’ problem solving skills. 

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How to Protect Your Pets from Fleas, Ticks, and Mosquitoes This Summer

Posted by Rita Stadler

Aug 5, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Preventing mosquito bites and protecting your family from the Zika Virus is a hot topic this summer. Despite all the current buzz about biting bugs this summer, our furry family members have been left out of the conversation. Disease spreading insects don’t care if they are biting you or your dog so pet-safe pest control is vitally important.

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Topics: Pest Control, Pet Safety

Ants in the kitchen, and how to get rid of them!

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jul 22, 2016 9:29:07 AM

If anybody should know how to have a pest free home, it oughta be me, but household pests are incredibly persistent, and pest problems can happen to anyone. You don’t have to just deal with it though, and you don’t have resort to harmful chemicals or expensive exterminators either. If you promise not to judge me too harshly, I’ll tell you my tale.

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Topics: Pest Control, Kitchen Ants

Spiders taking up shelter in your closet?

Posted by Lisa Dingeman

Jul 15, 2016 9:18:22 AM

Imagine opening up the door of your closet to grab that pretty blouse you've been wanting to wear, waiting for the perfect occasion. You spot it on a back hanger and reach out your hand to grab it. Your hand is just an inch away before you see that frightening sight -- a spider just chilling on your favorite shirt. That is exactly what happened to my friend, who just a week before that discovered a spider crawling down her arm sleeve (under the sleeve, I might add) making her late for work! As if that didn't make her crazy, the second occasion surely did. That is when she came to me. I reassured her that many people have experienced some of the same things she is going through. I decided to share some of my own research with any one else who may be as freaked out as my dear friend is, and let you know exactly what I told her.

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Topics: Pest Control

Pest of the Month:  The Mosquito -- How to Protect yourself from the World’s Most Dangerous Insect

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jul 8, 2016 8:49:36 AM

Some people like to joke that the mosquito is their state bird, but there isn’t anything funny about Aedes aegypti. While there are many different kinds of mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti is the one that most commonly transmits dangerous, sometimes deadly diseases to people. This little bug can be a big problem, but a few simple DIY pest control tips can help protect against disease and prevent mosquito bites.

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Topics: Pest Control