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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How to Get Rid of Dead Rat Smell

Posted by Rita Stadler

Nov 26, 2014 3:00:00 PM

 

What could be worse than finding a rat in your house?

NOT finding the rat that has died in your house. The smell of a dead rat is something you are not likely to forget anytime soon, no matter how hard you may try. Preventing rats from entering your home in the first place is the best thing you can do to avoid dead rat smell.

How to keep rats out.

Rats and other rodents are creatures of opportunity. Rats don't usually take things personally or target specific individuals. If you do not create the opportunity for a rat to move into your home, you will most likely be able to avoid rat infestations and other problems associated with rats such as rodent related diseases, property damage and unpleasant odors. To limit opportunities for rats that may try to invade your home, follow this three step plan:

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Topics: Pest Control

Top 10 Reasons Vogue Needs Stay Away® Rodent

Posted by Becky Smith

Nov 25, 2014 3:58:00 PM

You may have heard the news that Vogue's new digs in 1 World Trade Center has a rat problem. If you haven't yet, check it out in this Gawker article: Vogue's Shiny New Office Has a Big Rat Problem.

New construction can disrupt a rodent's home, pushing them into new areas to live. Whatever the case for rats on the 25th and 26th floors of this brand new building, we have compiled a list of the most important reasons Vogue HQ needs Stay Away® Botanical Rodent Repellent.

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Topics: Pest Coverage

Moths Moving In

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Nov 24, 2014 3:00:00 PM

 

Buying a home sometimes mean planning home renovations and updates. When we bought our home, we planned for some changes to the kitchen. I am a sucker for dark wood and all my furniture consists of it, the only thing that didn't hold up to my taste was our kitchen cabinets. We looked high and low for fairly inexpensive ways to go about this.  Replacing the cabinets was not necessary since they are oak, besides, that would have cost us our first born! We looked into re-facing them, which is replacing the cabinet doors.  That was also more than we wanted to spend since we would have to get them custom made to fit.  We finally decided on re-staining the doors.  Re-staining was a 3 day process and required the kids and I would to leave for a few days. Three days was nothing for my love of dark wood!  So, the kids and I packed up and stayed at Grandma's house for a bit. 


The cabinets turned out beautiful and were just what I'd wanted.  But, just as soon as we finished oohing and ahhing over our new kitchen, something else caught our eye. We noticed that we had moths everywhere, in our bedrooms, in our bathroom and in the kitchen. Having never seen a moth in our new house before now, we could only deduce that the moths had come into our home via the cabinet doors which had been stained in a warehouse.

On any other occasion, I would have been panicking. Fortunately, I had ordered my sample pack of the Stay Away® natural pest prevention line just a week before!  A pouch of Stay Away® Moths was placed in each of my problem rooms and less than a week later I had zero moths in my house!  Stay Away® Moths sure saved me the extra hassle it takes to hunt down each moth.  Is it weird to say I am looking forward to an ant infestation to try out Stay Away® Ants?

Editor's Note: With nearly 11,000 different species of moths in the United States alone, finding and testing a solution for all of them is very difficult. Stay Away® Moths is intended for use preventing and controlling clothing moths, but was also effective in this situation.

 

 

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Topics: Pest Control, Home

Car Safety Tips for Kids

Posted by Rita Stadler

Nov 21, 2014 3:00:00 PM

Did you know November is Child Safety and Injury Prevention Month? This month is sponsored by the National PTA and aims to protect our children from harm through education and awareness. This fits in with our desire to preserve the good and prevent the rest, so we wanted to take a moment to review child safety guidelines for cars and motor vehicles. According to NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association), the risk of injury to front seat occupants (age 5 and older) is reduced by 50% when lap/shoulder belts are worn. Child safety seats for children less than one year old reduce fatal injury by 71% and by 54% for children ages one to four. Clearly, a few small precautionary measures can make a big difference and save lives.

Additionally, all 50 states have laws regarding child passenger safety, but the laws do vary by state so it's important to stay informed on the rules for your state. Check the most current guidelines on the Governors Highway Safety Association website.

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Topics: Pest Control, Home

The Importance of Preventing Rodent Related Diseases

Posted by Rita Stadler

Nov 19, 2014 3:00:00 PM

 

Diseases carried by animals can be scary. We may feel like we have some control of things spread from person to person. After all, we can avoid sick people, or crowded public spaces, or just practice good hygiene and frequent hand washing. Animals are another story. Wild animals will come and go as they please, they never wash up with hot, soapy water, they urinate and defecate wherever they see fit instead of only going in appropriate places, they don't cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze and they can spread all kinds of germs.

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Topics: Pest Control, Pest Coverage

Tell Pests to Take a Hike!

Posted by Rita Stadler

Nov 17, 2014 3:00:00 PM

November 17th is Take a Hike Day. Hiking is an activity that brings together the beauty of nature and the health benefits of a good workout all in one. Going for a hike doesn't require much; you can do it pretty much anywhere without any specific equipment. Of course there is a wide variety of awesome gear for the most avid hikers, along with social clubs built around the common interest of hiking and niche publications dedicated to this great activity. (Visit the American Hiking Society's page for hiking tips.)

Whether you are a hiking expert or beginner, we hope you'll take advantage of the great outdoors and get outside for a hike today. But before you do, we want to remind you to tell pests to take a hike first. Getting rid of household pests can be quick and easy, so you'll still have plenty of time for fun.

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Topics: Pest Control

earthkind® Participates in National Clean Your Fridge Day

Posted by Rita Stadler

Nov 15, 2014 9:35:11 AM

The purpose of a refrigerator is to preserve your food and prevent it from spoiling. Since our purpose at earthkind® is to preserve the good and prevent the rest, this was a holiday we couldn't ignore - and neither should you. Most people take their fridges for granted until something goes wrong, I know I do. I'm also not too proud to admit that I've had to play a few rounds of "What's that smell?" The answer has been found in my fridge more than once.

A quick inventory of the current situation in my fridge was not reassuring. There are bowls filled with half eaten leftovers and sippy cups that are only half drank after dinner, not to mention the fresh veggies I bought in a bout of ambition at the grocery store which ended up getting shoved behind some pizza delivery boxes not too much later.

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Topics: Pest Control, Home

Proud to be an American…Business!

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Nov 11, 2014 9:59:09 AM

 

November 11th is an important day for the United States and its military service men and women and has been an official United States holiday honoring those who have served in the Armed Forces since 1938 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an Act making it a legal holiday.

As an American business, earthkind® is grateful for the brave men and women that serve, and have served, our beautiful country. In honor of our past, present and future veteran's, we believe in spending the day shaking hands, spreading thanks, and celebrating these courageous people.  One of the greatest thanks a veteran can get is seeing a proud American, sharing the red, white, and blue for the entire world to see.

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