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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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Let's Get Cheesy Today - But Remember to Keep Pests Away!

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Sep 18, 2014 11:24:00 AM

Cheeseburgers.  What's not to love about a juicy, stacked, steaming, protein-packed patty of deliciousness known as a cheeseburger?  One of my favorite things about cheeseburgers is when you have an endless amount of options to pile a mile high.  The sights and scents of walking into a Fuddruckers or Five Guy’s are hard to beat!  A buffet of lettuce, tomato, bacon, avocado, all kinds of sauces, and an endless amount of cheese selections, all laid out for your eyes to indulge on.  Although, as awesome as a burger joint is to enjoy a mouth-watering feast, the best cheeseburger is always made in the company of your loved ones, sitting around a fire in your back yard or out by the lake.

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Topics: Pest Control, Home

Ants Attack Florida Beach

Posted by Rita Stadler

Sep 16, 2014 3:51:18 PM

Ant infestations can be especially troublesome during the summer.  A Florida beach community is contending with hordes of ants on the beach.  The Florida Times Union reports, “Ants are overrunning beach walkovers, leaving more than a few city residents beleaguered, bothered and bitten.”

While ants don’t generally pose a serious health threat (unless they are fire ants), they can still lessen people’s enjoyment of the outdoors.  Keeping ants away from outdoor spaces is virtually impossible, and not necessarily desirable since they are a “beneficial pest” that eats other nuisance pests. 

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Topics: Pest Coverage

Remember Your Pets and Protect Them From Pests

Posted by Rita Stadler

Sep 15, 2014 4:54:00 PM


Pets are a part of our families.

Choosing to share your life with a pet is no small decision and the ramifications can be huge. There is a time commitment since you will be responsible for making sure all of your pet's needs are met, and there is a financial expense that goes along with the choice as well. Almost any pet person will tell you that the gains far outweigh the costs. You will always have a companion, a source of entertainment, a reason to get a little exercise and an excuse to make new friends with a pet.

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Topics: Pest Control

Education is Key for Getting Rid of Rats in NYC

Posted by Rita Stadler

Sep 10, 2014 3:03:00 PM

There’s one school in NYC that no one dreams of attending, the Rat Academy.

Nearly a century ago, journalist Joseph Mitchell referenced in The New Yorker that there was one rat for every person in the five boroughs, but experts today suggest that number has increased.  For a city with over eight million people, the estimated rat population is more than just a little alarming. 

New York’s notorious rat problem needs an overhaul and city officials are trying a new tactic.  Education efforts like the rat academy teach regular people to see things the way a health inspector would.  Knowing what attracts rats, what signs indicate an infestation, and what methods of entry rats may use makes it easier to keep rats away. 

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Topics: Rodent Control

Team Fitzgerald Uses Fresh Cab to Winterize Camper

Posted by Rita Stadler

Sep 9, 2014 3:06:00 PM

How many memories are made around a campfire? There are too many to count. These are special times spent with family and friends and the memories made can be tucked away and nearly forgotten until you find yourself sitting around a fire again one day. The smokey smell and sound of wood crackling brings the good old days back to life.

There are a lot of funny little things that can go wrong when spending time outdoors from inclement weather, a flat tire, forgetting or running out an essential supply (like marshmallows for the campfire) or even a rodent run in. Mice love to nest in campers, RV's, 5th wheels and travel trailers over the winter months. Team Fitzgerald knows all about the problems rodents can cause and they know how to get rid of mice. As avid outdoor lovers, they don't want a run in with a rodent to ruin your outdoor experience, so they made a two-part video series showing how to protect your camper from mice.

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Do Pests Have Grandparents?

Posted by Rita Stadler

Sep 7, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Grandparent's Day is a day to celebrate family, particularly the elders of the family who made our lives possible. Younger generations have much to gain from the wisdom of grandparents, and it is important that children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren remember and respect those who came before them. Since 1978 when President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation, the first Sunday after Labor Day has been observed as National Grandparents Day.

Thoughts of grandparents usually involve gray or balding hair, wrinkly skin and senior citizens, but something a little different came to our mind when we thought of this day.

Do pests have grandparents?

Check out these pest records and life spans:

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Topics: Pest Control

Stay Away® Ants Gets Rid of Ants in Your Pants

Posted by Rita Stadler

Sep 3, 2014 4:07:00 PM

The beginning of a new school year is an exciting time. Kindergarteners are especially excited, and they really let it go, er...I mean let it show. Specifically, my 5 year old was dancing around and bouncing up and down, her excitement could not be contained. All of the movement conjured up an old memory of a nursery rhyme from an aunt of mine who began singing, "The ants in my pants, they make me dance."

Of course my children have a finely tuned ear to pest problems since I am always on the lookout for a chance to talk about earthkind's® great products. My aunt couldn't even get to the second line of her song before both my three and five year old children began chattering about Stay Away® Ants. I'd like to say they were offering all kinds of helpful tips about natural pest control and using excellent manners to boot, but the reality went a little more like this:

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Topics: Pest Control

Turn Toasted Marshmallows Into Date Night

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Aug 30, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Can I get a shout out to toasted marshmallows? That’s right, toasted marshmallows.  Apparently they are so awesome that somebody decided to devote an entire day to them.  Fine with me!  National Toasted Marshmallow Day is August 30th, it's sister holiday, otherwise known as National S'mores Day was on the 10th.  Too bad they aren't back to back days so we can have one big, continuous s'more to last us all 48 hours!  Although, it is always a possibility that we just mash all 20 in-between days into a s'more and toasted marshmallow fest.  All situations have a bright side - even pest infestations, but that is a story for another day. 

 

  • There are various ways to toast a marshmallow.  Almost any heat source will get the job done. One way is popping it in the microwave, but, using the microwave should be the last resort, as it will not be as good as it could be.  A stove burner, leftover charcoal flame from the grill, a fire, naturally, and if worse comes to worse use a lighter!  On a more romantic note, you can try toasting a marshmallow over a candle.  Make a date night out of it!When I think of toasted marshmallows the first thing that comes to my mindis, of course, a s'more.  But, there are other ways of eating a toasted marshmallow that we should allow into our sacred recipe boxes.  Try this awesome Toasted Coconut Marshmallow recipe.  It looks great, if you have the time to make it, that is.
  • Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake anyone!?  What would life be without an amazing milkshake recipe!?
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