Our Earthkind Review – Keeping Pets & Farm Birds Safe While Maintaining a Pest Free Home
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Living a natural life and running an organic farm are challenging to say the least. It’s my belief that we should live in harmony with nature as much as we can, in order to keep our Earth alive and beautiful. However, it’s sometimes not as easy as it sounds.
I’ve had to learn as I go about how to keep our vegetable garden pest free without using pesticides. That was challenging enough, but when faced with pests invading our home I had to learn even more. The process was not easy. I’ve always been adamantly against poisons to kill mice or bugs, an ongoing argument with the Dadz! I think men prefer to take the easy way of things, and they also don’t worry as much about the potential consequences of those choices.
But even sometimes I get pushed to the limit. We bought our home which soon became our farm as well just over three years ago. The original part of our house was built in 1815 on a stone foundation. Unwanted pests are going to find their way in, and most of them aren’t going to be as cute as the little white ermine we saw in our basement last fall!
Mice are cute too, but the mess they leave behind when they get into your kitchen is anything but. When they show up in your cabinets and drawers, chewing on your utensils and leaving multiple droppings behind, you get desperate. We’ve always had pretty good luck with electronic devices for keeping mice and other larger rodents like chipmunks and squirrels out of the house. What we didn’t know was that those products wear out in time. (We’ve never had a problem, but those devices can sometimes bother smaller pets as well.) We were forced to use traps for a while before we figured that out, but I hated that. I could never feel good about it, and every time we heard those traps snap, I winced. While the electronic devices do work, they are pricey, and they don’t work through walls, so you need them in many rooms. We got new ones which we put in the basement, attic, and main rooms of the house. They’ve been working, but occasionally one or two mice can find their way through, and into the back of the kitchen cabinets.
We needed just a bit more. Also, while those electronic devices also deter spiders, they don’t deter ants and last spring that was another big issue for us. Every day starting in the early spring there were ants crawling around the kitchen sink. I was on the internet trying to find any natural solution I could. We tried many, but nothing worked. I was forced to cave into using poison traps, and again, I hated it. I worried about ants carrying poison around the house, inside and outside where our chickens and guinea hens are as well! Just as bad as that, they didn’t seem to work at first. I only let the Dadz put them in the cellar below the kitchen, and the ants kept coming. When I was at my wit’s end, we put one way in the back of the cabinet under the sink.
One day I walked into the kitchen to wash the dishes, and they were literally covered with ants! Yikes! On top of that, the packaging tells you not to kill the ants because they need to carry the poison back to the nest. Right, what was I supposed to do, wait for them to take over the whole kitchen? They did go away after that, but there was no way I wanted to do any of that again.
I’m not proud of doing any of it and was not happy about any part of it other than the fact that the pests finally got out of my house!! But I knew they could come back.
Thank goodness Earthkind contacted me this spring and asked if we’d like to try their pet-safe, poison-free, natural products. It was not just the aforementioned nightmares that had me on board, but the natural safety of their products.
I don’t want to kill insects that my birds enjoy eating. Truthfully, they are our best natural insect control, but we can’t let them live in the house! So, while they take pretty good care of the outdoors, we need something else inside. I use my own fresh herbs to keep pests out of the chicken coop, so it makes perfect sense to me that the right combination of natural ingredients could keep them out of my house as well.
It is never safe to poison mice or insects if you have pets or farm birds. Our birds will occasionally kill mice as well, and of course your cats or even dogs might kill a rodent or eat a bug! Just the thought of that possibility scares the daylights out of me. On top of that, we must keep our farm birds safe from natural predators as well, so it’s in our best interest to try to keep the owls, hawks, and weasels well fed on a diet of mice if possible! You may never have thought about an owl eating a mouse full of poison green pellets, but it can happen. The ecosystem is a delicate balance and it’s our job as the earth’s stewards to keep that balance going as best we can. Let nature do its thing without interruption as much as possible.
Earthkind finds that balance by using ingredients IN nature to help keep pests OUT of your house. I put a pouch of “Stay Away Ants*” under the kitchen sink, “Stay Away Mice*” in my range drawer (which for some reason was a favorite spot of theirs to get into0, “Stay Away Spiders*” went into the second bathroom where I sometimes see spiders (there are no electronic devices in that corner of the house), and “Stay Away Moths*” upstairs where we store clothes and other items. Not only have I not yet seen any of those pests since doing so, but when I walk in the bathroom or open the doors/drawers where those pouches are, a pleasant aroma wafts to my nose.
The pouches are full of essential oils and herbs like rosemary, lemongrass, and thyme and only plant fibers. There are no chemicals or toxins that can poison your pets or even the wild birds outdoors. There are no known safety risks when used as directed. The pests don’t carry chemicals around while waiting to meet their death, they just stay out of your house!
I love a company with good values that cares about the same things I do. Earthkind was founded by leading pest prevention expert, Kari Warberg Block. All their products are sourced from American farms and designed by artists, scientists, and engineers who care about the earth. They are made in the USA, and the company also provides handicapped individuals with meaningful employment. The products come with a money back guarantee.
Need help keeping your home pest free? Do it the safe and chemical-free way for your pets and the balance of nature as well! Learn more about Earthkind here: