Rat Fatality in New York City Prompts Natural Pest Prevention Expert to Issue Tips for Residents and Landlords to Protect Themselves

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Kari Warberg Block, pest prevention expert and founder of EarthKind® and Stay Away® natural pest prevention products, urges property managers to take action against rodent infestations.

Rodent sightings in New York City apartments have unfortunately become a common occurrence. However, this week we were reminded of the threat that residing in a rodent infested building can pose on the health of residents when one person died and two others were sickened after contracting a bacterial infection caused by rat urine in the Bronx (http://bit.ly/2lPbk5n). Last Friday, a group of tenants living in a Jared Kushner-owned Williamsburg luxury apartment posted a video of a mouse crawling around a baby sleeping in a crib (http://bit.ly/2lP5ilw). From a tenant’s perspective, living amongst rodents can be frightening and unsanitary as these pests spread disease by urinating and defecating as they move about. For a landlord, these critters are hard to eradicate and can truly become their worst nightmare. Kari Warberg Block, pest prevention expert and founder of EarthKind®, offers property managers tips to prevent a rodent infestation while protecting the safety of all tenants.

Kari believes that prevention is the key when it comes to pest infestations. Cold weather sends rodents indoors to keep warm. She offers management the following tips to help prevent rodent infestations:

  • Frequently inspect their properties to be sure there are no open invitations for rodents seeking shelter. Changes in temperature can quickly create cracks in the foundation that owners are unaware of. Rodents only need an opening the size of a dime to squeeze through.
  • If management does receive complaints of rodent sightings, Kari advises them to think twice about their approach to pest control. Many poisons, fumigants and traps on the market can do more harm than good. Kari recommends using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) which is an environmentally friendly way to control and deter pests. This approach focuses on prevention, using pesticides only as needed.
  • When it comes to pest control, there is no need to use poisons or harmful chemicals for it to be effective. Stay Away® Rodent all natural pest repellent pouches by EarthKind® are fast acting and safe to use around children and pets. It’s easy to use with no mess or need to dispose of dead rodents. Simply place the pouches anywhere rodents or rodent droppings are noticed: basements, pantries, closets, attics, crawl spaces, or places you would like to prevent them from entering.

Kari recently partnered with Buildium® to create Infestation 101: A Property Manager’s Guide. How to prevent and recover from pest outbreaks. Click here to gain access to this guide: http://bit.ly/2lhZ7Wn.

Media interested in setting up an interview with Kari Warberg Block to learn more about her all natural pest prevention techniques, please contact Danielle Schufreider at danielle@adinnyc.com or 212.693.2150 x309.

About EarthKind
Founded by leading pest prevention expert Kari Warberg Block, EarthKind is a pioneer in natural prevention for households everywhere. Its line of pet and planet friendly pest prevention products and rodent repellents provide effective, safe and natural ways to get rid of pests and bring inviting smells into your home. All EarthKind products are made exclusively from plant fibers and oils sourced from American farms, and they’re designed by inventive artists, scientists, and engineers who care about the Earth. EarthKind products are made in the USA and the company provides handicapped individuals with meaningful employment. Kari was named to the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Woman Class of 2012, 2013 ND SBA Small Business Person of the Year and National Second Runner Up. Her latest product, Stay Away® was the winner of the 2015 NEXTY People’s Choice Award for Best New Product of the Year. Learn more at earthkind.com and on social media:

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