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At Earth-Kind 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.

Tell us what you want us to write about here. If your idea is chosen, we will send you a free 12 pk of Fresh Cab! 



Fact or Fiction: Do mice really love cheese, or is this just a myth cartoons have been feeding us?
Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 by Martha the Mouse Detective
By: Martha the Mouse DetectiveMartha the Mouse Detective

Growing up on a farm there were always mouse traps lying around just waiting patiently, filled with a nice slice of cheese.  Some days the mice would fall for our trickery and sometimes they wouldn’t.  I always wondered if they were getting smart and catching on to our traps.  Life is full of mysteries, but recent studies have shown that mice aren’t always attracted to cheese, and sometimes dislike it completely.

Research has shown that mice will eat pretty much anything that has any nutritional value, so yes, mice will eat cheese.  Given a choice though, mice seem to prefer sweeter eats, such as fruits or grains.  Setting a mouse trap with cheese is not the most likely bait to succeed, especially if the rodents have been raiding your cereal cupboard for any amount of time.  Also, as many a cat owner can tell you, housecats LOVE cheese, so I would definitely not want set any out on a trap that could snap or stick my little fur-baby!

Another study by Dr. David Holmes found that mice don't like cheese at all.  You may have noticed from time to time that cheese has a rather pungent aroma.  Mice notice this too, and their little noses are much more fine-tuned than ours.  If a rodent is hungry enough, it may nibble on cheese, but the scent would not lure a mouse to a trap.  Alarmingly, Dr. Holms even said that mice would turn to humans and other animals as a food source!  Just one more reason we need to keep these critters out!

Knowing that mice are choosy, not cheesy, will spare you from wasting the good stuff on a dirty old mouse trap.  Getting rid of mice is easy when you know what they like and what they don't; their strengths and weaknesses.  A mouse's sense of smell is very strong, but can be a weakness when you use something they don't like like Fresh Cab®. 

Put that one in your mouse trap, and I guarantee, you won't catch any mice, because there'll be none!

Mouse Trap

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National Pest Management Month 2014
Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Rita Stadler, Interactive Media Associate
By: Rita Stadler, Interactive Media Associate Mouse in Cup

Bringing it in with a bang, World Health Day, a day coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to combat vector-borne diseases such as hantavirus, reminds us that April is National Pest Management Month. 

No one likes to talk about pest problems, but the truth is, we all have them.  Maybe you've found 'mice rice' behind your stove; an ant hill in your house; or just a spider web in your basement, but no matter who you are, pests plague people wherever they go. 

The best way to deal with a pest problem is to prevent it, and that's why our mission at earthkind™ is to, "Preserve the good, prevent the rest."  Stopping a pest infestation before it begins is your best bet, but you can put the same measures into effect after the fact if you need to get rid of rodents or bugs.  We've created a three step plan to eliminate pests:

1.     Clean up.
2.     Seal up.
3.     Pouch up.


First, cleaning up things that attract pests to a space will dramatically decrease the problem.  Get rid of any clutter or trash that may provide pests with places to hide.  Clean up crumbs and other food or water sources so they are less likely to be attracted to the area.  For rodents especially, who need to chew constantly on things to keep their teeth from outgrowing their mouths, clean up nesting materials such as junk mail, dirty laundry, or an extra stock pile of odds and ends. 

Next, seal up.  This means both seal up attractive items as discussed in step 1; don't just tidy up spaces, but seal pest attractants in air-tight chew-proof containers, as well as seal up potential entry points.  Mice can fit through spaces as small as just a 1/4 of an inch wide!  Tracking powder can be used to see where pests are coming in.  Sealing openings with silicone caulk (foam sealants are easily chewed through), wire mesh, and/or steel wool is a critical step to preventing pest infestations. 

The last step is to pouch up.  Placing earthkind's repellant pouches around your home can prevent a pest infestation from taking root, and will send pests packing if they've already become a problem. 

Managing a pest problem might require professional help.  Fresh Cab Natural Rodent Repellent is the only EPA registered product of its kind and is a 'green' choice when implementing an integrated pest management (IPM) plan. 

Whether you go it alone, or call in the professionals, make sure to take some time this month to preserve the good and prevent the rest!

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Get Ready for Summer by Fixing Those Problem Areas
Posted on Wednesday, April 09, 2014 by Rita Stadler, Interactive Media Associate
By: Rita Stadler, Interactive Media Associate

I'm not talking about beer bellies or muffin tops, although we want you to preserve the good (your health) and prevent the rest when it comes to that sort of thing too!  Here's a link to some 'get fit for summer' resources courtesy of WebMD. 

We're here to talk about pest prevention of course.  Rats, mice, and other household pests love summer just as much as the next guy and we can't blame'em for that.  We can keep them OUTside where they belong though.  The best form of pest control is prevention, and fixing a few problem areas goes a long way to keep rodents and other pesky intruders out.
 Keep Mice Out This Summer
  • Kitchen:  Everyone and everything tends to gather in the kitchen because that is where the food is.  Keep bugs and rodents at bay by clearing away dirty dishes and crumbs or spills, properly sealing and storing food and leftovers, and eliminating moisture such as leaky pipes or clogged drains. 

  • Garage:  Going in and out or leaving the doors open can be convenient when you're enjoying the outdoors, but it allows unwanted wildlife inside.  Make the area less inviting by making sure there is no food or water readily available, this includes pet food and bird seed.  Store your belongings in air-tight chew-proof containers and keep any clutter or garbage picked up.

  • Basement/crawl space:  Insects and rodents like cool dark places in the summer where they can beat the heat.  Don't let them take up residence in your home by making sure holes, cracks and gaps are sealed to prevent entry. 

  • Entry points:  Chimneys, dryer vents, doors and windows are all points of pest vulnerability.  Install or inspect flashing, wire mesh, door sweeps and window screens to make sure these points are protected.

Keeping bugs and rodents away is easier if you make it a point to keep things neat and tidy.  Don't leave food or water out in the open, take out the trash regularly and keep the clutter to a minimum.  Finally, using a natural rodent repellent like Fresh Cab® gives you guaranteed protection from rats and mice.  These tips can be used to protect your home, garage, farm buildings, storage units, automobiles, recreational vehicles and any other enclosed space. 

How will you get ready for summer?

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National No Housework Day, Drop the Broom and Drop your Butt!
Posted on Monday, April 07, 2014 by Martha the Mouse Detective
Martha the Mouse DetectiveBy: Martha the Mouse Detective

Ever hear of National No Housework Day on April 7th?  Yes, you read that right.  I almost couldn't believe my eyes either.  A day off from the inevitable housework that must be done is the kind of day everybody can benefit from.  Hey, what's a day off going to hurt?  My only question is if there's a rule that says you can't make your husband do all the housework while you take a much needed break from it?  Or is he not supposed to touch it either?  Either way, who cares?  Whether or not you have someone to clean and fold your laundry on this day, embrace the fact that YOU don't have to!

Although this will be a super exciting day for me, I will be participating involuntarily.  We've just welcomed a new bundle of joy to the family and I am doing nothing but feeding, changing diapers, cuddling, swinging, cooing, and well, you get the idea.  All of this will go along with my motherhood duties for our 2 year old, too.  Don't get me wrong, doing these things for my children is rewarding, but at the end of some days, I find myself wishing that April 7th was "take a break from being 'mommy' and do some housework" day!

For those of you who will be lucky enough to throw on a pair of sweats, switch on the TV and overlook the stack of dishes piling up, embrace this day!  It's almost too good to be true!

Here is an article that describes what exactly national “No Housework Day” is all about.  It gives us an idea of what we are suppose to do on April 7th as it pertains to the house; absolutely nothing!  It also goes on to say that those of you who do not normally do the housework should lend a hand and give the person who does a break for the day.  Or, for those people who have a hard time doing their own housework, maybe we could spare an evening and help them out.  I guess this also answers the question about my husband …I wonder if he will find this day as exciting as I do!?
National No Housework Day
 
photo source: http://www.babble.com/toddler/national-no-housework-day-yes-please/
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How Many Steps A Day Do Mice Take?
Posted on Friday, April 04, 2014 by Rita Stadler, Interactive Media Associate
By: Rita Stadler, Interactive Media Associate  FitBit Mouse

You've probably heard of FitBit.  Maybe you're wearing one right now, or you at least know someone who is.  I first saw my parents sporting this fitness accessory.  Then I heard a couple people in my office talking about theirs.  An interesting degree of competition has cropped up among FitBit® wearers.  The water cooler conversation has been known to revolve around the number of steps one has taken.  My mom denies any competitiveness with her husband, but instead claims she was inspired to challenge herself to beat her previous record (wherein which she set her sights too high and fell short of her goal, but continues to aim for improvement). 

Around our office, the conversation turned (as it frequently does) to mice.  We couldn't help but wonder, how many steps a day do mice take?  What would their FitBit stats look like?  Sadly, we are not equipped to test these queries, but we were happy to do a little Googling and here's what we found:

  • Mice can climb any rough vertical surface.
  • Mice can balance along horizontal wires or ropes.
  • Mice can jump vertically onto a flat surface 10 inches off of the floor; across a 3 foot gap, and survive a 9 foot vertical drop.
  • Mice run between 4 and 6 miles per hour.
  • Mice are near-sighted and virtually color-blind. 
  • Mice have a highly developed sense of smell and are able to detect down to 250 parts per billion.

Google didn't readily provide an obvious answer to how many steps mice take per day, but it is apparent that they are impressive little animals.  Running 4-6 mph. when you are the size of a small piece of fruit is pretty amazing; seriously, that might be faster than I can run!  Don't let their athletic prowess intimidate you though.  As long as you use Fresh Cab® botanical rodent repellent, you'll never have to worry about jumping higher, running faster, or outmaneuvering mice in any way. 

For preventative use in non-infested areas, simply place one pouch for every 125 square feet.  The scent lasts up to 90 days.  For use in currently infested areas, increase use to one pouch per eight square feet of floor space and replace every 30 days.

Just out of curiosity, could you outrun a mouse?

FitBit® is a registered trademark of Fitbit, Inc. 


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Cold Weather Drives Mice Indoors
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 by rita Stadler, Interactive Media Associate

 ENOUGH ALREADY! mouse


If you're in any of the areas still getting hit with winter weather like we are, you may hear a resounding echo when you shout out your frustrations at the cold and snow.  Groundhog Day has come and gone, and even though the little critters predicted a long winter, this is getting out of hand.  Calendars marked the first day of spring, or vernal equinox, but Old Man Winter just laughed.  He's not the only one laughing.  Uninvited rodent freeloaders are all comfy and cozy inside your home, and the jokes on you. 

Rats and mice don't like winter any more than you or I.  Every fall, we see a huge increase in demand for Fresh Cab® because people always notice more rodent problems as the pests move indoors, preparing for the cold.  We call that time of year "rodent season."  Usually, by April, the spring thaw has set in and rodents have returned back outdoors where they belong.  Usually.  But not this year.  Rodent season is going strong, but you can keep mice away. 

Some pest control professionals have remarked that the weather has been so cold and miserable, even mice can't stand it and have been dying off.  Others point out though that the longer and harder the winter (and the scarcer the food sources), the bigger problem pests can become for people as they dig into homes where food and shelter are readily available. 

Since you're probably snowed in or stuck inside anyway, take a little time to rodent proof your home.  Three steps is all it takes to get rid of rodents and make sure mice stay away. 
 

1.     Clean up.  Remove rodent attractants like food, water, and clutter that offer cover.  Pet dishes that are left out 24/7 are especially attractive to rodents.

2.     Seal up.  Mice can squeeze in through openings about 1/4 inch wide.  Fill cracks, gaps and holes with steel wool and seal with silicone caulk.  Cover dryer vents and chimneys with metal mesh. 

3.     Pouch up.  Use Fresh Cab® Natural Rodent Repellent pouches inside your home, garage, and vehicles to prevent rodent problems before they begin or clear out any existing infestations.

 
Getting rid of rodents naturally is safe and effective, guaranteed.  How are you handling your spring fever?
 
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Poisons and Pets Don't Mix: Common Household Toxins
Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 by Martha the Mouse Detective
By: Martha the Mouse Detective  Martha the Mouse Detective

I read a story in our local paper of a recent up rise in house pets mistaking dishwasher pods for food.  On a side note, I've also read a horrifying story of toddlers eating them!  Either way, not good.  The veterinarian from this article stated that they have had one dog die from eating this type of poison, but there are many other household poisons that don't cross our minds that can harm our pets. So, I figured I would give you a kindly reminder so this won't happen to you and your furry companions.

Things to look out for:

 

Plants
:  Plants like lilies, jade, and aloe are poisonous to our pets.  If a cat eats a lily, any kind of lily, its body can shut down within 48 hours.  This is definitely something to keep in mind with the "flower" holidays upon us.  Your Valentine's Day flowers are more than likely long gone now, but Easter lilies are right around the corner.  Keep an eye out!
Household Items That Are Poison to Pets

 People food:  Table scraps have always been something that I've given my dogs and it's OK to do, if you watch what and how much you are giving them.  Foods like grapes, nuts, and chocolate act as poisons to dogs and should be avoided.  I have made the mistake of giving my dog grapes before and when he wasn't feeling good the next day I did my research and found out why.  Aside from watching the types of people food our pets consume, we also need to monitor the amount.  Counting calories for pets is just as important as it is for you and me; they need the right amounts of nutrient rich food and not just tons of junk.  Their bodies are not made for this type of consumption.  Save this as a reminder!

Dishwasher detergent pods: As I have stated before, poisons often look fun and colorful, attracting children and pets who just want a tasty treat.  A lot of us forget that dishwasher pods are a poison and are hazardous if consumed, by anyone.  So, lock it up!

These are the most common types of household poisonings that our pets get into, but there are many more things we need to look out for.  Batteries, tobacco, unbaked bread dough, and mothballs are also toxic to your animals.

Inspect your home to for any of these dangers to protect your pet. Also see more hazards by visiting the Humane Society website.
 
Image source: http://www.dailydogblog.org/blog/2013/6/20/common-household-items-that-are-poisonous-to-pets.html
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Celebrating Women's History Month
Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2014 by Rita Stadler, Interactive Media Associate
Kari Warberg Block InterviewBy: Rita Stadler, Interactive Media Associate

As a woman owned business, earthkind is very excited to celebrate women's history throughout the month of March and all year long!  Kari Block, Fresh Cab® inventor and earthkind Farmer-in-Charge, can be found blogging for the Huffington Post and other outlets, tweeting, and participating in community and professional outreach about her passion for entrepreneurship and women's movements.

Here's a look back at a few of the pieces she and her team members have shared:


Leading by example as a woman-owned business and entrepreneur has earned Kari media recognition and multiple awards:

Community involvement and other ways of helping people are also extremely important to Kari as a means of helping empower women.  She employs developmentally handicapped citizens in the manufacturing plant and she works with college departments to further entrepreneurship and innovation.

We hope you join in the celebration of women this month and every month!
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Thank A Farmer This National Agriculture Day
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Rita Stadler, Interactive Media Associate

By: Rita Stadler, Interactive Media Associate
 

Thank a Farmer 3 Times a Day


Our motto at earthkind is, "Preserve the good, prevent the rest," and it aligns perfectly with the spirit and practice of agriculture.  March 25 is National Agriculture Day and we are eager to express our gratitude to farmers for all that they do.  Our company was created on a North Dakota farm, and even today, we call our CEO, our Farmer in Charge.  Although technology and urbanization may make farming seem like a thing of the past, the practice is thriving and vital to all of our lives.

 

Agriculture is the backbone of America.  According to agday, “The top five agricultural commodities are cattle and calves, dairy products, broilers, corn and soybeans. U.S. farmers produce 46% of the world’s soybeans, 41% of the world’s corn, 20.5% of the world’s cotton and 13% of the world’s wheat."  The work of farmers affects more than just the food we put on our tables; they supply many goods for people all around the globe!  Materials for manufacturing, sports, health care, education, entertainment and many more industries all come from American farms

 




Despite all of the good that comes from farms, they face many challenges.  A farmer’s income is never guaranteed, it is based on a number of factors like weather, oil prices, price of seed, fertilizer, etc., compared to the price they will make off of a crop, which fluctuates regularly.  A lot of smaller farmers actually have a second job to support their passion of farming and providing.  Farmers are dedicated to "preserving the good" even in trying times; that is one reason we work so hard to create awareness and availability of our natural rodent repellent, Fresh Cab®.  Rodents cause millions of dollars in damage to farm equipment every year by nesting in vehicles and chewing on components.  Preventing rodent damage with Fresh Cab helps preserve the farmer's way of life.

 

Take the time today to think about where the food you eat, the clothes you wear, and the products you use come from - none of it would be possible without farmers.  You can thank a farmer in a simple way, they don't generally like too much attention anyway.  Tip your hat or give them a nod if you seem them gathered at the local cafe for a round of coffee or use #AgDay2014 on social networks to say thanks to farmers.  



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Why We Love Mice, and You Should Too!
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 by Rita Stadler, Interactive Media Associate
By: Rita Stadler, Interactive Media Associate  Cartoon Mouse

You don't have to be an animal activist or a mouse keeper to love mice.  Depending on your experiences as a member of the rodent challenged population, loving mice might seem a little challenging, or even absurd, but hang with us here.  
 
 
1.     Mice make great pets.  They are small and quiet, but still a lot of fun.  They can be trained to do all sorts of cool tricks.  They are less expensive than larger pets like cats or dogs.
 
2.     Mice save countless lives.  Even though we don't have a tail and whiskers, mice and humans are very similar on a genetic level.  These similarities, coupled with their ability to reproduce many generations in a short time, have made them perfect for learning about diseases and drug treatments that have helped humans.
 
3.     Mice can go where we can't. Their small size and super sensitive sense of smell has made mice the perfect addition to security teams.  Sniffer mice have been trained to detect drugs and bombs, saving even more lives.
 
4.     Mice entertain us. Mickey Mouse, Tom & Jerry, Mighty Mouse, Rastamouse, Fivel, Pinky & The Brain, Speedy Gonzales, Dangermouse, Desperaux, Stuart Little....the list goes on and on.
 

5.     Mice are amazing. They can swim, climb, jump, fall without injury, squeeze through tiny spaces and perform incredible feats.  Watch a few mouse agility videos, spend some time pondering why they are so often portrayed as friendly rescuers and superheroes, or visit the Mouse Lovers forum and see if you aren't convinced. 

Loving mice shouldn't mean living with mice though.  Despite their many merits, mice are (with the exception of pets) wild animals.  They do pose real risks for you and your family's health, safety, and property.  Wild mice can spread numerous diseases.  Mice can bite and injure people and animals.  Mice can damage and destroy personal property. 

Considering all of these facts can be confusing, but don't get overwhelmed.  You can keep unwanted mice away without harming them or endangering your own family or pets.  Fresh Cab® Botanical Rodent Repellent gets rid of mice humanely and effectively, guaranteed.  Using Fresh Cab® in areas where you don't want mice will keep them out and allow them to lead their furry little fulfilling lives elsewhere.  You can keep your home, car, garage or storage unit mouse free.  The mice will be free to find a home outside, where nature intended.  In the words of Fresh Cab's inventor Kari Block, "Mice deserve a home too, but not in my home!"

Do you have any pests you can't help but love?

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