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Multifunctional Benefits of TAP Insulation

Filed under: TAP Insulation — admin @ 4:59 pm June 26, 2015

Homeowners can reduce energy consumption and keep houses free of unwanted insects with multifunctional TAP insulation. A small investment in home maintenance can pay off for a lifetime. Take advantage of the application of TAP insulation. 

What is TAP Insulation?

TAP InsulationTAP is an abbreviation for Thermal Acoustical Pest Control. TAP insulation is an environmentally-friendly product that is permanent and effective. Composed of recycled newsprint and the natural boron compound, H3BO3, it is the only pest control application that has earned an Energy Star seal of approval. The use of cellulose from recycled sources reduces landfill waste and is considered green in all product life-cycles from production to performance and disposal. Bill Turk is the developer, co-founder and CEO of TAP insulation. He describes the specific details of TAP insulation in an interview with Sally Painter. According to Turk, lifetime protection from designated pests is coupled with energy savings of 20 percent or more. 

Benefits of TAP Insulation Include:


  • More thorough insulation. The air-filled pockets reduce the transfer of heat and cold. The cells fill holes better than traditional insulation, resulting in lower energy bills for consumers.
  • Better coverage. It can be blown into spaces atop of existing insulation or used as the sole insulating treatment. It can reach spaces that fiberglass insulation cannot.
  • Reduced noise. The additional insulation decreases the transmission of sound and makes for a quieter, more soothing environment.
  • Permanent pest control. Treatment with Boron helps to create a useful tool for pest control. It protects against termites, cockroaches, ants, silverfish, and other “self-grooming” insects. Insects are coated with the boron and ingest it when they groom. They do not consume the insulation. Insects do not build up a tolerance to the compound and the insulation needs no further treatment when properly installed.
  • Green materials and processes. A green product from production to application and disposal.
  • Approval from the EPA. EPA approval means that more than 100 studies and tests have analyzed the product. EPA ensures the safety of the pesticide when applied according to directions.

TAP insulation can only be applied by approved pest management professionals. Since 1970, Horizon Pest Control offers their expertise and pest protection plans to homeowners. Contact a friendly representative at 888.612.2847 for the best course of treatment for eliminating and preventing unwanted pests.



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How to NOT Bring Pests Home with You While Traveling

Filed under: Pest Control — admin @ 4:47 pm June 23, 2015

Avoid Pests While Traveling
When you go on vacation or a trip you want to bring back good memories, great experiences, maybe even some awesome pictures and cool souvenirs. What you don’t want to bring back are bedbugs, roaches, ticks, or termites.
Since so many people go through hotel rooms, it is pretty easy for an infestation to develop. Thing is, you don’t want to carry any of that home with you. These tips will help you make sure that you leave the pests where they are and keep your home critter free.

At the Hotel

At the HotelWhen you bring your bags in don’t set them on the hotel beds or furniture. Only put your bags, belongings, personal items, or clothing on the table that is in the room. The reason being that dressers, chairs, and nightstands are complex structures with lots of cracks and crevices. Many of them have drawers and various components to them that make fine hiding places for bedbugs, termites, and other insects. On the other hand, the table is a flat surface. In order for anything to get on something that is on the table it would have to crawl up from under the table. While some pests, like roaches, can crawl upside down like that, you still greatly minimize your contact with anything by following that simple step.
Always carry a flashlight with you when you travel. As soon as you get in the hotel room, before you bring in your luggage, examine all of the drawers, under overhangs on furniture, in cubbies, and other hidden areas before putting your things on them. You are looking for bed bugs primarily, but you should also keep your eyes open for roach feces (tiny dots or pellets) or egg sacs.
Before you get in the bed, turn down the sheets and raise the mattress cover. Examine the seams of the mattress, especially around the top and headboard area as well as the headboard itself. You are looking for bedbugs or evidence of bedbugs. If you see tiny black or dark red dots on the mattress pad or sheets, or if you see bed bugs, leave and report it to the front desk.
There are travel mattress covers that are supposed to prevent bedbugs, but if you conduct a thorough examination and take the precautions here the cover may not be necessary. If it gives you more peace of mind, though, then by all means do it.
If you do find bedbugs and choose to stay in the same hotel, don’t get an adjacent room. You want a room that is several rooms away in any direction because if one room is infested it is likely that the adjacent rooms are infested as well. Bedbugs can travel through the walls so you don’t want the room or either side, above, or below the one that you have found to have bedbugs.

BedbugAt Home

If you think you may have brought home bedbugs do not remove any of your luggage from your car. Take it straight to a commercial laundry to clean it and dry on the highest heat setting. Leave your suitcases and bags in a storage area that is not in your home until you can have them treated or disposed of. A pest professional can treat your luggage and other items to get rid of the pests.

Other Considerations

Be careful what your purchase while you are away. Many wooden items, especially those that are carved, can be infested with insects like termites, bedbugs, or even roaches. Even if you don’t see any live insects, they may be egg sacs in the crevices, drawers, or legs. These egg sacs can hatch and the larvae can mature and emerge in your home.
Be careful when you bring plants and flowers in, especially from other places. Potted plants often have various pests living in them. While these insects might not be a problem in a greenhouse they will definitely be a problem in your house. For instance, Asian cockroaches are notorious for being found in poinsettias – they love them.
Another thing that many people visiting the southern states like to bring home is Spanish moss. They use it to decorate in their homes, but it can bring a serious problem with it. Spanish moss is a favored harborage for ticks. They hide in the moss, you pick the moss thinking it is pretty, you bring it into your home as part of your décor and the next thing you know you have ticks in your home. That can be serious since ticks can carry Lyme disease.
Fresh Christmas trees are another potential pest carrier for unsuspecting homeowners. They can have praying mantis egg sacs on them. Outside where it is cold, these eggs are dormant. When you bring it inside where it is warm, they think it is spring and begin to emerge – and they can be in the thousands.
Flea MarketYou should also thoroughly examine items from yard sales, thrift stores and items you bring home from other people’s houses – furniture and electronics especially. When you bring items from someone else’s home they can have pests hiding in the items. It doesn’t matter if you don’t see actual insects in the person’s home, there can still be some hiding, especially if the item is in a garage or basement. Spiders like those areas and may decide to make that item their home so when you bring it to your house you have just welcomed them as well.
Roaches love to hide in electronics like TVs, radios, and DVD players. It doesn’t take much either. One radio that is infested with German cockroaches can lead to an infestation your entire home.
You should also be careful of what people bring into your home. Houseguests can bring roaches, or bedbugs with them – and leave them when they go.
Remember, when you transfer one item from one environment into your environment you are inviting any pest that is associated with that item into your home. When you take an item from your home, transfer it to another environment, and then bring it back home, you have exposed it to whatever pests were there. Be mindful of what you do and examine everything. If you are vigilant your chances of bringing in pests are minimal. If you find that you do have unwanted houseguests (not of the two legged variety, sorry) call a pest professional to manage the problem and help you stay pest free.

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How to Prevent Mosquitoes from Biting

Filed under: Mosquito Control — admin @ 2:04 am June 19, 2015

Mosquito Control


Although the biggest percentage of deaths from mosquitoes are among children and the elderly in underdeveloped countries, it is still possible to contract diseases from mosquitoes in the United States because of the growing number of world travelers. And if you have dogs or horses, mosquitoes are responsible for the spread of heartworms and other diseases.

Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Certain People?


It is the female mosquito that bites, and she doesn’t use the blood she gets from you for food. (She and the male mosquito feast off of nectar like many other flying insects). She uses your blood to nourish her eggs, and she is picky. Researchers have determined that one in ten people are more attractive to the mosquito’s quest for blood. Researchers haven’t yet determined exactly why the mosquito seems to prefer someone else to bite over another. They do know that genetics plays a huge part, and they have identified certain elements of body chemistry on the surface of the skin that attracts mosquitoes.


Any kind of carbon dioxide is attractive to mosquitoes. Larger people may be more attractive because they produce more carbon dioxide. So do pregnant women. When you work up a sweat working or playing outdoors, the panting from your heavy breathing also exerts carbon dioxide. They are also attracted to the lactic acid that sweat contains. Additionally, the more you move around, the more attractive you are because the mosquitoes can sense movement.

Keeping Mosquitoes under Control

Mosquito Control


To control mosquitoes, it is important to eliminate standing water. This is their breeding grounds. Many good commercial products are on the market to help fight the battle of mosquitoes. These include misting systems, air curtains, and portable traps and systems. Citronella candles are often used on patios to repel mosquitoes.


Chemical-based repellents for use on the skin include DEET, picaridin, methofluthen, and IR3535, better known as Avon’s Skin So Soft. For those who like to avoid the use of chemicals, researchers have found several oils that repel mosquitoes for a short period. These include cedar, lemongrass, peppermint, and oil of eucalyptus.

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Importance of Checking For Termites

Filed under: Termite Control,Termites — admin @ 1:39 am June 16, 2015

Termite Control


There is a common misconception that termites only affect people with houses that are made out of wood, but in reality, it doesn’t matter if your house is made of wood, brick, stucco, or other materials. Termites are not only attracted to wood; they are also attracted to materials that contain cellulose, like the cellulose insulation in your home, drywall, and the framing timbers all over the house.

Despite their small size, termites can be very destructive because they live in colonies of millions. Not only are there a lot of them, each termite can eat up to 3 percent of their body weight, and they can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Having a termite infestation in your house can be a very expensive problem for a homeowner to have, which is why it is a good idea to get your home checked for termites on a regular basis.

What Are The Signs of A Termite Infestation?


Termite DamageThere are some common telltale signs that let you know that you have a termite infestation, some of the most common are:


• The presence of mud like materials that usually start from the ground, and are found on walls, leading to wood. These are generally referred to as mud tunnels and are the size of a pencil. They usually connect the nest to the food source, but sometimes they are there for different reasons. The tunnels that start from the ground and don’t connect to the wood are there for exploratory reasons, while the tunnels that originate from the wood and touch the ground are known as drop tunnels, because they help the termites get back to their nest.

• The presence of a swarm of insects that look like flying ants around light sources. This usually indicates that a nest is nearby.

• Piles of wings on the floor in your home without any insect bodies indicate the shedding of wings, which is common with termites.

• Tiny holes in wood or damaged wood is generally a good indicator that you have a termite problem. You can easily tell if a piece of wood is damaged by tapping a hammer on it, which should produce a hollow sound, or by probing the surface with a pen knife.


If you notice any of these things, it means that you have a termite infestation in your home. In this situation, the smartest thing to do is to call a pest control specialist to come check out your house to find out just how badly infested your home is, and to treat the problem. They are professionally trained, and will be able to find the termite nest more easily that you will be able to, and they will also know the most effective way to get rid of the termites.
It is not necessary to treat your home for termites every year, but it is recommended that you have a specialist come and check your house for termite infection every year. That way, they can catch it on time, in the event that you have it, and prevent serious damage to your home. If you notice your neighbors getting their house treated for termites, it is also a good idea to have a specialist come check your house after, to make sure that the termites from your neighbor’s house migrate over to your home and cause damage without you knowing.


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Pest Control in Food Processing Facilities

Filed under: Pest Control — admin @ 9:06 am May 26, 2015

Food Processing Pest ControlIf you’re a restaurant owner or food processing facilities manager, the very thought of pests in or around your food probably keeps you up at night. When you first move into a new facility or discover a major pest problem, you may need to call in professional pest control to take care of the situation. But we aren’t your only line of defense. There are tons of natural, effective ways to prevent and maintain your space that will keep your food clean, safe, and free of harsh chemicals (and pests). Here are our top recommendations:

Opt for organic insecticides

“Pesticide” can sometimes sound like a dirty word. It conjures images of harsh chemicals that are unsavory and potentially dangerous. Although using chemicals may not always be necessary, it’s important to understand which chemicals are safest for food and for the environment so you can make an educated decision. Naturally occurring insecticides are often a safer option for chemical pest control than synthetic alternatives. Pest control specialists, such as our team at Horizon Pest Control, can explain the pros and cons of different chemicals and help you choose the best option so your needs.

Don’t underestimate homeopathic repellants

Most pests venture inside to find shelter and food. Although you can’t operate a restaurant without food, keeping food storage and preparation facilities clean and tidy can create a less hospitable environment that doesn’t encourage pests to set up shop. Making sure all lids are closed, bags are sealed and fresh produce is in a cooler or proper storage container is the first step. If you see early signs that pests have discovered your food, try to deter them with natural remedies. Soapy water or cucumber peels are known to drive away pesky ants. Taking you’re your garbage out a few times per day or using fly paper can eliminate houseflies that carry salmonella bacteria. Remove standing water that attracts mosquitos by draining your sinks and buckets during warm weather. Kill silverfish with natural, non-toxic bug traps in damp, dark areas.  These simple steps can have a big impact.

Figure out where pests are nesting

If you have discovered evidence of furry pests (think: mice and rats), try to figure out where they’re nesting. There may be holes in your insulation that let rodents in, or old boxes and storage containers that make a nice bed for these types of pests. Do an inventory of your facility to see where pests may be living: eliminating these areas can often take care of the problem. If all else fails, box traps and glue boards are a safer alternative to poisons and chemicals.


Having pest problems in your facilities? Horizon offers a pest solution for food processing facilities. Make the call now!

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Carpenter Ants vs. Termites

Filed under: Carpenter Ant Control,Termites — admin @ 8:53 am May 22, 2015

Termite Control

Spring brings some wonderful things: warm weather, sunny days, and pretty flowers. Everything is fresh and new. Spring also brings other less desirable things like household pests, ants and termites. Many people see small, dark insects swarming inside their home or near it and worry if they have a termite infestation. It is a valid concern which is why it is important to know the difference between swarmers (termites that reproduce) and ants. They can look very similar but there are some distinctive differences that will help.

Know your Termites

Termites have a very straight, distinctive looking body. It is rectangular and broad-waisted in shape with antennae that are almost completely straight. Its four wings extend beyond the body (about twice the body length) and are all four the same size. You cannot see the wing veins of termites without a magnifying glass. Termite wings are also very fragile. If you touch them they will likely fall off. In fact, if you find an area where the insects have been swarming look for broken wings on the ground or floor. That is a good indication that you are dealing with termites as opposed to ants. Termites can do serious damage to wood structures.

Know your Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ant ControlCarpenter ants are also quite distinctive in appearance. The ant body is noticeably segmented. You can clearly see the segments and thin-waisted appearance. Their antennae are bent or elbowed and the front wings are much larger than the rear ones but they barely extend beyond the body. If you look closely at the wings you can see dark veins running through them and often a black dot at the tip of the longer front wings. They are also not as fragile as termite wings. Ant wings do not easily break off. Carpenter ants are capable of doing significant damage to a structure, but the typically pose more of a nuisance than a damage problem.

If you can’t tell or need help with an infestation

If you notice swarmers in or around your home or office it is a good idea to have a pest professional come out to take a look. Even if you correctly identify the type of pest, whether ant or termite, it is a good idea to take steps to get rid of them. If you can’t tell the difference or you aren’t sure, then it is very important that you get a pest professional out as soon as possible. If you do have an infestation, time is crucial. Waiting could cost you. Read more on pest control or call Horizon now.

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Does Your Hotel Room Have Bed Bugs?

Filed under: Bed Bug — admin @ 8:43 am May 19, 2015

Bed Bug ControlIf you stay in a hotel room that is also occupied by bed bugs you can be sure these small insects will travel with you when you check out. You will not recognize that they have gained access to your luggage and clothing. Bed bugs will then infect your home with rapid reproduction. Since bed bugs are the size of an apple seed, detecting them requires a careful inspection of the room. If you find signs of bed bugs, ask for another room immediately.

How To Check Your Hotel Room For Bed bugs

Inspect your room when you arrive. The first step is to place your luggage in the bath tub since this is a hard surface which is less likely to be a home for bed bugs. Never put your luggage or any item of clothing on the bed, and don’t place your luggage on the luggage rack.

Begin your inspection with a flashlight by closely examining the mattress, Bed bugs are most likely to live in the bedding since this where they find their food source. Carefully remove the bedding and the mattress pad while inspecting the four corners of the mattress and the box spring.. Check the edging, seams and other small areas of the mattress and the pillow covers. Lift the box springs up to a vertical position and thoroughly check the box spring.

Look behind the headboard by removing it if possible. Otherwise, pull it out as much as you can. If this is not possible, then slide a piece of cardboard between the headboard and the wall. This may bring out parts of bed bugs which will tell you to look further. Inspect every area of the night stand including under the drawers and behind the night stand. Next, check any upholstered chairs by carefully examining the seams and under any cushion that is a separate part of the furniture. Look at any welting or piping that may decorate the upholstery. Check the luggage rack also.

 Signs To Look For

Don’t just look for live bed bugs. Look for droppings, cast off skins or staining.

If you need help in dealing with pests in your hotels, Horizon has the best pest hospitality program for you.

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Prevent Against Kitchen Ants

Filed under: Ant Control — admin @ 7:58 am May 15, 2015

Ant ControlAnts may be attracted to your home for any number of reasons. Foraging ants go out in search of food and the smallest crumb may attract them to the inside of your home, no matter how clean you may be. At the first sign of ants in your kitchen, you n
eed to take action. Try to determine the type of ant(s) you are dealing with, why they are entering your home, and what can be done to deter them from coming back. Preventing against kitchen ants can be simple, with a proactive approach. However, if you leave the ants as they are or just kill them as you see them, a bigger problem may start to form, as there’s never just one ant.

When you see an ant, try to follow it to see where it goes. It may lead you to an entry point that you can seal or a nest you can kill. And, when you figure out what type of ant it is and what it’s after, the easier it will be to choose the right pest control method. Once you determine why the ants are coming into your home and how they are getting there, preventative measures can be taken to get rid of them for good.

Complete prevention against kitchen ants requires more than just a one-time pet control solution to keep them from coming back. One of the best preventative measures is keeping your house clean, especially in areas where food is stored, prepared, and consumed. After meals, sweep or vacuum the floor, clean the counters and table, and don’t leave dirty dishes lying around or in the sink. Store any food that doesn’t go in the fridge in tightly sealed, clean containers. Make sure pantry and cabinet shelves are free of crumbs. At the end of each day, empty the trash cans and take the garbage outside. The further away from the house you keep your outdoor trash bins, the better.

Further preventative measures can include caulking any cracks that lead to the outdoors, including around windows and doors, ensuring pet food is put away and no crumbs are left behind near food bowls, and cleaning any standing water around the sink or on the counters. Trimming bushes and trees that are close to the side of your house will also help to reduce any bridges the ants can use to get into your home. Keeping firewood stored away from the house and maintaining a clean and healthy lawn will also help to keep ants at bay. With a proactive approach you can reduce or virtually eliminate those pesky little black insects.

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Cockroaches, Know the Basics

Filed under: Cockroach Control — admin @ 5:45 am May 1, 2015

Cockroach ControlRoaches. The word alone gives most people the heebie jeebies. They are widely recognized as disgusting creatures that live off the filth of humans or in dumpsters – and OMG some of them can fly!

There are around 4,500 species of roaches in the world, but only around 60 or so actually share their habitation with humans. In New Jersey, the number of roaches that are actually household pests is down to a handful. That is enough, though, because roaches are known to carry dangerous bacteria and their presence can exacerbate health conditions like allergies and asthma.

So we are going to give you the scoop on these gnarly little creatures, how to get then out of your home and keep them out.

Cockroach Species

The most common species of roaches in homes today include the American cockroach, German cockroach, brownbanded cockroach, and oriental cockroach.


At 1 ½ to 2 inches in length, these are one of the larger species of roaches that infest buildings, these roaches tend to favor restaurants, bakeries, and grocery stores. They do wander into homes occasionally, but that is not their habitation of choice. Yes, they fly.


This is the most prevalent indoor cockroach, often referred to as a “kitchen roach.” They are small and like to hide in moist environments like bathrooms and kitchens, often near piping. They also hide in cabinets, drawers, and just about anywhere else in a house.


These are small roaches similar to the German roach, but that is where the similarities end. The brownbanded tends to gravitate toward areas that are dry and warm. You will rarely see German cockroaches with brownbanded roaches.


These roaches can get up to 1 ¼ inches in length and prefer very damp environments like sewers, basements, and crawl spaces. They are sometimes referred to as water bugs.

Why your house?

When you find a roach, or (egads!) an infestation of roaches in your home, the first thing you would probably ask is “Why my house?” It depends on the type of roach that is found in your home. Different species are attracted to different elements in a home. It just depends on what your home is offering.

The other part of the answer boils down to just two things:

  • Harborage
  • Food

They will come into your home or shelter and a place to lay eggs, or they will come seeking food and water. Often they come seeking both. If your home offers any of these things it is like putting a welcome mat out for them.

What’s more, they can come in on shipments you receive, visitors to your home, things you purchase at the store (even the grocery store), and from outside. Once they are in and start laying eggs if can lead to an infestation which can get out of control in a short time.

Sanitation and Food

There are things that you can do to make your home less appealing to roaches. Put away all food and don’t leave any food or dirty dishes sitting out, especially overnight. Clean counters, sinks, and stovetops with soapy water to remove all residue. You should also sweep the floor thoroughly to ensure that no food particles are left. Taking out the garbage regularly will also help minimize pests.


Roaches love to hide in boxes and cracks in walls or around cabinets. Remove any bags, newspapers, or cardboard as well as other clutter, from your home. If you don’t give roaches a place to hide, they will look elsewhere for a place to live. Seal up any cracks and spaces and repair any holes in the walls, particularly around pipes.

When to call a Pro

Roaches can quickly become immune to the bug spray that you purchase at the store. In fact, those products can actually make an infestation worse. If you have tried unsuccessfully to get rid of roaches then you need to contact a pest professional. They can come in and apply product that will not only take care of current roaches that you see, but also roaches that you don’t see because they are hiding in the walls and cabinets. These pros can apply product that renders the roaches sterile, preventing them from reproducing. They can tailor their applications to fit the reproduction cycles of the roaches, thus killing off any young that may emerge later.

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How to Know If You Have Termites

Filed under: Termite Control — admin @ 5:23 am April 28, 2015

Termite ControlFew pest problems are more troublesome or annoying than a termite infestation. Fortunately, the little buggers make it pretty clear when they’re present and causing havoc, assuming you known the signs they leave as calling cards.

This article highlights the termite warning signals, damage signs and tips you need to eliminate a termite infestation.

Know the Warning Signals That Suggest a Termite Presence

In order to know whether you have a termite presence, there are a few key signs you can look for and find if termites are indeed present.

  • If wood in or near your home sounds hollow when you tap it, termites could be present
  • Watch for cracked paint or termite droppings (frass)
  • Along your home’s outer walls, crawl spaces and wooden beams, check for mud tubes
  • If there is a swarm of winged insects in the home, the soil around your home or discarded wings from said swarms, this is usually a clear indicator of termite activity

Look for Tell-Tale Termite Damage Signs

If you have spotted one or more of the previous termite warning signals, begin looking for actual damage signs. In some cases, the damage is so obvious that you won’t even need the aforementioned warning signals as a clue.

Termite cement, which occurs when termites seal cracks and holes around a home’s foundation with a muddy cement, are a classic indicator of termite activity. Similarly, mud tubes are usually damage signs that signal termites are currently damaging the home. However, they still classify as potential warning signs since mud tubes can remain from old infestations, so they are not always signs of current damage.

Finally, look for wood damage. Unfortunately, noting actual wood damage means the infestation is quite advanced, so this is usually a bad time to first become aware of an infestation. Try to snuff it out by discovering hollow wood warning signals. At any rate, once you know present termite damage exists, it’s time to call in the professionals.

If You Have Termites, Eliminate Them with a Professional’s Help

If you have established termites have made your home theirs, it’s time to let them know that they are a most unwelcome guest. Take the time to find quality professionals in your area that know how to get the job done right and send those pests packing.


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