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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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Can You Tell the Difference Between a Rat and a Mouse?

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jan 19, 2017 5:45:00 PM

Is it a rat or a mouse?

You’ve heard scratching sounds; out of the corner of your eye, you’ve seen something scurrying away; you’ve found little black pellets laying around; or encountered any of the other signs of an infestation. Now you need to know what exactly you are dealing with so you can figure out how to get rid of it.

Recognizing the difference between rats and mice can be tricky, but there are a few tell ‘tail’ signs that will make the job easier. If you’ve actually seen the rodent in question, consider these identifying characteristics:

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Topics: Rodent Control

Dangerous Spiders - Which to Be Careful of in Your Home

Posted by Rita Stadler

Dec 15, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Seeing a spider in your house can be alarming, but is there really cause for concern? 

Most people are afraid of spiders, so when an eight-legged visitor shows up near the bathtub drain or hiding behind the garage door, emotions can run high. While the average house spider is harmless, there are a few types of spiders that are dangerous.

Knowing which spiders are dangerous, and which you don't need to be afraid of can definitely come in handy. If you spot one in your home, being able to identify it and knowing how to remove it could help save you and your family from painful spider bites that could lead to illness.  

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Topics: Pest Control

Moth Control Methods: Repellents vs Mothballs vs Traps

Posted by Lisa Dingeman

Dec 9, 2016 3:00:00 PM

If you’ve ever experienced moths in your home or belongings, you understand how much of a nuisance they can be—not to mention the damage they can cause to your linens and carpets.  If you’ve found little holes in your clothes or patches in your carpets with disappearing fibers, you have probably also found all the signature signs of a moth infestation in your home.

Moth larvae, silken tubes and cocoons will be found wherever moths are bedding and hatching—normally in your clothes. When laying eggs, moths prefer fabrics, especially those that are undisturbed (for example, that wool jacket you shoved in the back of your closet 6 months ago). Female moths can lay up to 50 eggs within 3 weeks and those eggs hatch within 10 days, although they may take a little longer in cooler conditions.

The damage that moths can do to your home and clothing is not something that should be taken lightly. Taking the appropriate measures to remove moths from your home is necessary. Below we compare mothballs vs moth traps vs repellants to help you find which control method would best suit your situation. 

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Topics: Pest Control, Home, Stay Away Moths

What Do Mouse Droppings Look Like & What to Do When You Find Them

Posted by Rita Stadler

Dec 2, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Seeing a mouse in the house is upsetting, but finding out that a rodent infestation has been lurking in your home for a long time is even worse. Knowing how to identify the signs of a pest problem will help you prevent infestations and keep your home pest free.

Finding mouse droppings is one of the most obvious ways to discover you have a mouse problem in your home. In this article we'll discuss what mouse poop looks like, the dangers of mouse poop in your home, and how to properly clean and dispose of the droppings.  

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Topics: Rodent Control

Diseases from Mice - Types of Rodent Related Illnesses

Posted by Rita Stadler

Nov 14, 2016 5:55:32 PM

A mouse in the house can be more than just a nuisance; a rodent infestation can be a serious threat to the health of yourself, your family, and your pets. Rats in New York City have been called “disease-sponges,” and wild mice are known for spreading the potentially fatal Hantavirus, resulting in outbreaks like the one at Yosemite a few years ago.   

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Topics: Rodent Control

The Time I Tried, and Failed, to Get Rid of Ants by Myself

Posted by Rita Stadler

Nov 3, 2016 4:50:00 PM

Hi.

My name is Rita, and I have a problem; an ant problem.

It started out small; there were just a few near the front door. But like most problems, they didn’t go away on their own. Ignoring them didn’t help. Day after day, the problem persisted. Being an optimist, and armed with a substantial knowledge of household pests and how to get rid of them, I thought it was nothing I couldn’t handle.

I was wrong.

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Topics: Pest Control, Stay Away

Low Cost Mouse Proofing for Chicken Coops & Pet Houses

Posted by Lisa Dingeman

Oct 26, 2016 6:30:00 PM

What’s in your chicken coop?


A chicken coop, or other structure that houses animals like a duck house or pet gazebo, has a strange way of attracting other pesky pests that you don’t want living alongside your feathered friends. Unwanted guests are attracted to these spaces because you are providing the perfect atmosphere and environment for your beloved pets—and mice love to join in on all that love! One thing about mice is that they are the world’s best freeloaders and they can’t help being attracted to a free meal and warm place to call home; you can’t blame them, really. But as bad as you may feel for the mouse, they can cause more damage than just a couple nibbles out of your pet feed.

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Topics: Rodent Control

DIY Tips to Stop Mice Infestations in Storage Units

Posted by Rita Stadler

Oct 14, 2016 4:05:00 PM

One out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage.

When we store away our belongings, we expect them to be safe and damage free until the next time they are needed. Sometimes we end up with an unpleasant surprise when we go to retrieve our stored goods though. Pests love to infest undisturbed places that provide protection from the elements; places like storage units, sheds, basements, attics and garages.  

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Topics: Rodent Control, Stay Away