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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Why Pests Are Sexy

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jul 21, 2014 5:53:24 PM

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Topics: Pest Control

earthkind®, Proud to be an American Company

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jul 16, 2014 3:51:00 PM

Life is about choices.  You can choose what to make and where to make it.  You can choose what to buy and where to buy it from. 

Being made in America is a big deal. 

We chose to make our products in America with ingredients from American farms because supporting the country that supports us is important to us.  Manufacturing overseas may be less expensive, but the cost to our neighbors, our friends, and our families of exporting jobs and risking the high quality our customers have come to know and expect isn't worth saving a couple bucks.  Looking out for each other and giving back to our country and our communities is part of the foundation of earthkind®.  After all, none of this would be possible if the same hadn't been done for us!

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Topics: Home, Entrepreneurship

Cooperative Competition: 4 Essentials to Make the World a Better Place Through Business

Posted by Kari Block

Jul 15, 2014 3:11:00 PM

Returning from our yearly vacation in the British Virgin Islands, I’m both relaxed and ambivalent about returning to the rat-race of owning a business in an increasingly competitive marketplace. After all, getting a break from that is why we need a vacation, right?

Taught from a young age that competition is a good thing, I've always known that a need to win wasn’t a driving force for me.  I was usually the last one chosen for gym games.  My GPA was usually near the bottom of my class.  Honestly, as a child I detested the competitive rules that rewarded only the best.  This seems like a stark contrast to where I am today as a Magna Cum Laude graduate from UM Americas Leadership University,  a supporter of competitive sports, and visible, contributing member of society who willingly stands up and stands out.

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Topics: Entrepreneurship, Kari's Point of View

What Does Cow Appreciation Day Have to do With Mice?

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Jul 11, 2014 2:51:00 PM

Cow Appreciation Day has arrived and what better way to celebrate than to share a funny story of mine, which also happens to include a rodent or two, naturally. 

 
Back in my childhood years on the farm I loved our cows.  I loved to chase them, feed them, and study them.  I just could not get enough of those cute, gigantic friends of mine.  My favorite was a massive red bull that I was bound and determined to ride one day (yea right!).  I would always try to sneak up on him but never could.  This figures, since cattle have almost a 360° panoramic vision and can detect smells up to 5 miles away!


Cows who are giving birth, especially in the winter, were always brought into the barn for protection, warmth, and to be watched over.  The mothers loved this because they'd get to relax and didn't have to share their food with the other cows.  It also gave them the opportunity to spend some quality time with their new babe.  I loved this because it gave me a chance to watch the sweet little babies and their gentle mothers.

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Topics: Home

Spider Phobias be Gone | Learn How to Get Rid of Spiders

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Jul 9, 2014 3:02:00 PM

I know that I am not the only person suffering from a serious case of arachnophobia, or fear of spiders. My phobia dates back to the fifth grade.  Spiders always made me a bit uncomfortable, but I had never known fear like this until that fateful day. I was sitting in class with my other classmates when the teacher started to tell us how she didn’t like spiders and that she used sticky pads under her bed.  She does this because she'd heard from someone that people eat spiders in their sleep.  She then went on to tell us that she can catch up to 3 spiders in one night with her sticky pad.  Our teacher went into great detail about how these spiders make their way into our mouths at night and how we eventually end up swallowing them.  Just imagine being in the fifth grade and hearing all of this.  I couldn’t sleep for nights.  Fast forward to the eleventh grade when I was sitting in English class and the room was silent.  We were all busy “working” on our papers when out of nowhere a spider fell from the ceiling right onto my desk, 6 inches from my face.  I can tell you that the room was no longer silent.  I am now an adult with children of my own and still the memory of this traumatizing day is very vivid.  It sounds like the plot of a horror movie!  There really is a purpose to this story; it’s not just to ruin your sleep for nights on end.  The good news is that this doesn’t have to happen to you, or me, or anyone!

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Topics: Home

Introducing Stay Away Ants: A Natural Ant Repellent

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jul 7, 2014 3:09:00 PM

Proving nature can do it better 

earthkind® has been doing this for years.  A startling experience with a field mouse in a farm truck back in the 90's got Kari Warberg Block thinking about how to handle this all too common and natural problem of mice on the farm.  She realized that trapping, poisoning, or otherwise killing the mice wasn't really the best way to deal with the problem, and decided to create a natural way to keep mice away before they became a problem.

After solving mouse problems, she realized that the pest control industry as a whole seems stuck on the idea of using chemicals and killing pests.  Doesn't it make more sense to deter pests before they become a problem?  Isn't there a better, safer, and more effective way to get rid of pests like mice, ants, 

moths and spiders?  The answer is a resounding, "YES!"

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Topics: Pest Control, Home

Introducing Stay Away®: The First Natural Pest Prevention Line

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jul 2, 2014 1:58:00 PM

A reason for natural pest prevention

Repellency is a natural force.  Plants and animals have evolved characteristics that repel predators and other sources of harm to ensure their survival.  The smell of urine from predatory animals has deterred smaller prey animals from trespassing in dangerous territory.  Prickly spines on a cactus have protected its stored water from competitors.  Nature never needed to create toxic, synthetic compounds to solve problems, so why should we?

Ants, moths, rodents and spiders are often labeled as pests because they are a nuisance to people.  Pest is defined as:  a destructive insect or other animal that attacks crops, food, livestock, etc.  Although "pests" can cause problems for us, they are a part of the larger ecosystem and serve important roles.  Killing these animals and insects creates other problems, such as disrupting food chains, as well as exposing people and non-target wildlife to dangerous poisons. 

Protecting your health and property from the dangers of pests, as well as educating you about pest behaviors to reduce the need to use toxic chemicals in the home is our passion at earthkind®.

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Topics: Being Green, Pest Control

Take your Dog to Work Day: Dog in a Blog

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Jun 20, 2014 1:27:20 PM

Dogs are always fun to have around.  Showing off your little (or big) sidekick to friends and family, or even strangers is a great way to pass the time, forge new relationships and strengthen old ones, especially on June 20th, "Take Your Dog to Work Day. "Whether they know some cool tricks, or maybe they are just as sweet as a cupcake, either way, dogs are AWESOME! 

In my case, my dog is always at work with me since I stay at home with the kiddos and pets.  "Take Your Dog to Work Day" reminds me of a funny story with an old four-legged friend of mine.  This story is a perfect fit for a special day like today, as he would help me with my "work" taking care of the kids and, in this case, hunting down a mouse.

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Topics: Home

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