Tick Prevention for North Carolina Residents and Pet Owners

When it comes to health risks presented by pests, ticks are on the top of the list, right next to mosquitoes, cockroaches, and mice. This is because the diseases spread by ticks can have lifelong health implications. In a recent article, we talked about the types of ticks we have in our North Carolina service area and some of the diseases they can carry. It is definitely worth a read if you don't know how dangerous ticks can be. Now let's get into some tick prevention tips because preventing these pests should be a priority for all of us.

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Personal Protection

Guarding against tick diseases begins with personal protection. When you or anyone who lives inside your home goes outside, it is important to take precautions. Here are few of the many ways tick bites can be prevented.

  • Opportunistic ticks wait in grass or vegetation for a host to walk by. Avoiding tall grass and vegetation can help you avoid picking up ticks.

  • Ticks don't fall from trees or jump on you. They cling to you as you walk by and crawl up your body. Tucking your pants into your socks and your shirt into your pants will make it harder for ticks to find skin to attach to. And wearing bright-colored clothing will help you be able to detect these bugs when they do get on you.

  • Mosquito repellent can work against ticks. Spraying some on your feet and legs to may help prevent ticks.

Pet Protection

Since ticks seek animal hosts, our dogs and cats can become a threat to us. Not only do dogs and cats bring ticks in from the outside, they help ticks spread within a house by picking up ticks that are brought in by mice and rats. Here are some strategies for protecting your pets and yourself from tick-borne diseases.

  • Veterinarian-prescribed tick products are your frontline defense.

  • If you have a dog, consider creating a fenced in play area. This will reduce the chance of wildlife bringing ticks into the area your dog plays and prevent your dog from exploring areas around your home that harbor ticks.

  • Do routine checks for ticks on ears and between toes.

Tick Reduction

Before ticks are brought into your home, they're brought into your yard and carried into shaded locations around your foundation perimeter. If they find the moisture they need, they can develop from egg to adult in these locations. Here are some tips for controlling moisture around the outside of your home.

  • Check any spigots and hoses for leaks that could cause puddles to form near your home.

  • Check gutters for obstructions that allow water to run down the side of your home.

  • Trim trees to let the sunlight in. The sun is your number-one tool for keeping your foundation perimeter dry.

  • Give your landscaping only the water it needs to thrive. Not only is overwatering bad for your plants, it inspires pest habitation.

Tick Exclusion

It isn't likely that ticks will enter your home on their own. They will ride in on a host, so these tips are exclusion tips for mice and rats.

  • Inspect your home for any holes and repair or fill those holes. A caulking gun is a great tool for a temporary patching of holes.

  • Rodents prefer areas that have lots of harborage options. If you have stacked wood, construction materials, toys, or other objects near your foundation walls, move them away or stow them away. This will make your exterior walls less inviting to rodents.

  • Rodents like overgrowth. It is important to keep your grass trimmed and vegetation neat. And avoid having tall grass near your foundation.

Professional Tick Control

While all of the tips given above will go a long way toward helping you keep ticks out of your home, it is always best to partner with a pest-management professional. An educated and experienced technician is trained in the latest pest-control strategies for ticks and other pest creatures. And your pest control technician will apply products to vulnerable areas that will make them unusable for developing ticks.

For more information or to establish service for your North Carolina home, give us a call today.

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    [content] => <p><br>&nbsp;<br>Some insects are just plain irritating. On the other hand, some insects can pose a real danger to humans through physical and economic harm. So which pests are significantly (or even life-threateningly) dangerous, and which are less dangerous? We put together what we&rsquo;re calling the &ldquo;pest danger index&rdquo; to help you determine that. &nbsp;</p>
<h3>&nbsp;<br>Level 1 - A Little Dangerous&nbsp;</h3>
<p>&nbsp;<br>Level 1 pests are the sort of pests that pose their own sort of danger, but they aren&rsquo;t the type to pose a major threat.&nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Ladybug on persons hand" height="366" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/ladybug-391310_640.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"><br>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/ladybugs"><strong>Ladybugs -</strong></a> Ladybugs don&rsquo;t cause any sort of destruction, and they don&rsquo;t bite or spread disease. They can infest your home in large numbers, but their biggest crime is just being an annoyance and an unwanted guest inside your home. Ladybugs eat all sorts of harmful garden pests, so ladybugs in your garden can actually be a good thing. &nbsp;</p>
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<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Indian meal moth close up" height="413" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/43890223691_60619bcb07_c-min.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"><em>("<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Plodia_interpunctella_-_Indian_meal_moth_-_%D0%AE%D0%B6%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%8F_%D0%B0%D0%BC%D0%B1%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%8F_%D0%BE%D0%B3%D0%BD%D1%91%D0%B2%D0%BA%D0%B0_(43890223691).jpg">Indian Meal Moth</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/155939562@N05">Ilia Ustyantsev</a> is licensed by <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en">CC BY-SA 2.0)</a></em></p>
<p>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/indian-meal-moths"><strong>Indian Meal Moths -</strong></a> Sure, you don&rsquo;t want Indian meal moths flapping around your home and causing trouble in your pantry. These moths can definitely be an irritant with their ability to contaminate food, but as far as pests go, they&rsquo;re a nuisance and nothing more. &nbsp;</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Stink bug on a leaf" height="413" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/640px-Stink_bug_7757617824.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/47108884@N07/7757617824">Stink bug</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/47108884@N07/">Ton Rulkens</a> is licensed by <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)</em></p>
<p>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/stink-bugs"><strong>Stink Bugs -</strong></a> Stink bugs aren&rsquo;t a direct threat to humans -- mostly they just, well, stink. It&rsquo;s a bit of a different story when it comes to agriculture, as stink bugs can be a serious threat to crops. But as far as house pests go? Stink bugs aren&rsquo;t much of a problem -- besides their smell.</p>
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<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ant on a leaf" height="413" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/640px-Ant_on_leaf.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"><br><em>(<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ant_on_leaf.jpg">"Ant on Leaf"</a> by Luke Elstad is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)</em></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><br><a href="/pest-library/profile/ants"><strong>Most Ants -</strong></a> Excluding carpenter ants and fire ants, the majority of ant species that occupy homes pose hardly any threat at all. You still don&rsquo;t want these insects wandering about your home, but they won&rsquo;t hurt you and they aren&rsquo;t big disease spreaders.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p>
<h3>Level 2 - Somewhat Dangerous&nbsp;</h3>
<p>&nbsp;<br>Level 2 pests pose some threats to humans, but for the most part, they aren&rsquo;t major disease spreaders, health risks, or causing serious home damage -- although some can trigger allergies, which is no joke!&nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Carpet beetle crawling around" height="367" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/26103053207_b5fb73b305_c.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/26757955908/">Varied Carpet Beetle</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/">AJC1</a> is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)</em></p>
<p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/carpet-beetles"><strong>Carpet Beetles -</strong></a> For the most part, carpet beetles aren&rsquo;t a big problem. However, they can contaminate food and cause damage to clothing, blankets, and carpeting. They can trigger allergies in some people, which puts them a tier above ladybugs, moths, ants, and stink bugs. &nbsp;</p>
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<p><img alt="Lunging wolf spider" height="413" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/640px-Wolf_Spider_rpp.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wolf_Spider_rpp.jpg">Wolf Spider</a>" by Rapha&euml;l Poupon is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en">CC BY-SA 4.0)</a></em></p>
<p><br>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/spiders"><strong>Most Spiders -</strong></a> Outside of black widows and brown recluse spiders, the vast majority of spiders found in North Carolina pose little threat to humans. In fact, these spiders can do a nice job killing any other, smaller nuisance pests that live in your home, because many of those pests are spider food. Still, as unlikely as it may be, there&rsquo;s a slight chance that some spiders will bite you, and even though bites from most common house spiders can&rsquo;t even puncture human skin, it still makes them marginally more dangerous than level 1 pests. &nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Fly resting on a twig" height="367" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/640px-Blue_Bottle_Fly_10.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Blue_Bottle_Fly_10.jpg">Blue Bottle Fly</a>" by <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Azimronnie">Azim Khan Ronnie</a> is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>)</em></p>
<p><br>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/flies"><strong>Flies -</strong></a> It&rsquo;s true that flies can spread germs and bacteria because they do tend to hang out in unsavory places like garbage cans and sometimes even on feces. So obviously this is gross, but is it actually a serious threat? For the most part, no. <a href="https://globalnews.ca/news/3883353/houseflies-bacteria-sick-reality-check/">According to a recent study</a>, the amount of bacteria a fly can transmit to a person isn&rsquo;t really enough to make them sick, with the exception being babies, the elderly, and people in hospitals with lowered immune systems. They aren&rsquo;t a non-threat, but they don&rsquo;t match up to the pests in our next section.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p>
<h3>Level 3 - Dangerous &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</h3>
<p>This group of pests moves out of the &ldquo;slight risk&rdquo; category and qualify as downright dangerous, capable of causing health problems for some.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Wasp climbing its nest" height="367" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/earth-wasp-5879353_640.jpg" width="550"></p>
<p>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/stinging-insects"><strong>Stinging Insects -</strong></a> Although not every species of bee, wasp, and hornet are equally dangerous, on the whole, it hurts us to say that stinging insects are quite dangerous. Their stings can be quite painful and even life-threatening to those with allergies, and their nesting habits can at times cause serious structural damage to homes and other structures. They get a few bonus points for being the world&rsquo;s pollinators, but that fact doesn&rsquo;t make them any less dangerous. &nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Number of cockroaches crawling on branch" height="364" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/wildlife-insect-fauna-invertebrate-animals-hornet-1006014-pxhere.com.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p>&nbsp;<br><a href="/pest-library/profile/cockroaches"><strong>Cockroaches -</strong></a> Cockroaches might be one of the most hated creatures on this whole list, and for good reason: They are capable of spreading bacteria and disease because of their penchant for hanging out in dirty places, and can contaminate surfaces with that bacteria causing diarrhea, dysentery, and salmonella. They are also capable of triggering asthma attacks in asthmatic individuals, and top of all that, they&rsquo;re sort of terrifying. &nbsp;</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Bed bug in hair" height="364" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/5975912718_af791e6685_c.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"><em>("<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sanmartin/5975917188">Cimex lectularius (bed bug)</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sanmartin/">Gilles San Martin</a> is liscensable under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)</em></p>
<p style="text-align: left;"><strong><a href="/pest-library/profile/bed-bugs">Bed Bugs -</a></strong> While it might seem strange to loop bed bugs in with some of these dangerous insects- they don&rsquo;t spread disease, and their bites at worst cause an allergic reaction- we think the psychological effects of bed bugs make them nearly pretty dangerous. In fact, those psychological effects are significant enough that there have been <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22195533/#:~:text=Background%3A%20In%20some%20individuals%2C%20psychological,posttraumatic%20stress%20disorder%20(PTSD).">entire studies done on them and their potential to cause PTSD</a>. We think that&rsquo;s serious stuff. &nbsp;</p>
<h3>Level 4 - Very Dangerous &nbsp;</h3>
<p>&nbsp;<br>This category is reserved for the pests that can really do some real damage, whether that&rsquo;s to a person&rsquo;s health or to a person&rsquo;s living space. In our eyes, these are the worst of the worst. &nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Engorged tick " height="356" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/tick-2371782_640.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"><br>&nbsp;<br><strong><a href="/pest-library/profile/ticks">Ticks -</a></strong> Ticks are usually not all that dangerous to humans. In fact, chances are you&rsquo;ve gotten a tick before, and it hasn&rsquo;t really been much of an issue. However, ticks do carry a number of diseases that can cause various health issues- like Lyme Disease- and even some that can be fatal, like Tularemia. That doesn&rsquo;t mean you should panic if you get a tick bite, but it does definitely make ticks very dangerous on the whole. &nbsp;</p>
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<p><img alt="Mosquito sucking blood from a fingertip up close" height="359" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/PIXNIO-46056-725x473.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonstateuniversity/14954552817">Dengue Mosquito</a>" by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonstateuniversity/">Oregon State University</a> is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0)</a></em></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/pest-library/profile/mosquitoes"><strong>Mosquitoes -</strong></a> Mosquitoes are a lot like ticks: usually not a huge problem, but on occasion a major problem. They transmit a whole host of serious diseases, most notably West Nile Virus and encephalitis. So, while those itchy bites do not seem serious at first, they are worth avoiding if you can.</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><img alt="Group of termites up close" height="366" src="https://bcms-files.s3.amazonaws.com/Rv4pXBZmdK-1114/images/CSIRO_ScienceImage_3639_Mastotermes_darwiniensis_Giant_Northern_Termite.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="550"></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>("<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CSIRO_ScienceImage_3639_Mastotermes_darwiniensis_Giant_Northern_Termite.jpg">Giant Northern Termite</a>" by CSIRO is licensed by <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en">CC BY 3.0</a>)</em></p>
<p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;<br><a href="/control/blog/Termites%20-">Termites -</a> Termites are a strange case, because you can go years with a termite infestation without even knowing they&rsquo;re slowly gnawing away at your home. However, they are very dangerous insects for one simple reason: they can do serious and expensive damage to your home. It&rsquo;s even possible for a termite infestation to get so bad that a structural collapse occurs. That financial risk puts them in the &ldquo;very dangerous&rdquo; category for us.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>Are you having problems with any of these dangerous (and not-so-dangerous) pests? A-1 Pest Control can help! We can help you with treatment for each and every one of these invasive insects; just <a href="/contact-us#schedule">get in touch with us</a> and we&rsquo;ll help you with any problem that you&rsquo;re having ASAP. &nbsp;</p>
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 Some insects are just plain irritating. On the other hand, some insects can pose a real danger to humans through physical and economic harm. So which pests are significantly (or even…

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    [openingParagraph] => <p>Recent years have seen an increase in pesticides that dub themselves &ldquo;green.&rdquo; These pesticides promise to be more friendly to the earth than conventional pesticides, while also being safer for humans. However, often these &ldquo;green&rdquo; pesticides are not all that they seem to be. In this post, we&rsquo;ll take a look at some studies on green and natural pesticides, and debunk some of the common myths about green pest control.</p>
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<p>This is one of the big problems with the term &ldquo;green&rdquo; or &ldquo;natural&rdquo; when it comes to pesticides: there isn&rsquo;t an established standard that sets parameters for being categorized as green or natural. Under EPA regulations, the only term that is cleared for use is &ldquo;organic,&rdquo; which leaves the possibility open that the sorts of pesticides being used by companies dubbing themselves green are not actually all that they claim to be. In some cases, companies may be using the term &ldquo;green&rdquo; or &ldquo;natural&rdquo; to make their pesticides more appealing to customers who are looking for alternative options. Because there is no regulatory mechanism that defines &ldquo;green&rdquo; and &ldquo;natural&rdquo; pesticides what they actually are can vary wildly--they might not all be as eco-friendly as they&rsquo;re advertised.</p>

<p>To get a better understanding of green pesticides and pesticides in general, here are some frequently asked questions.</p>

<p><strong>Q:</strong> What are the benefits of green pesticides, when compared to more conventional pesticides?</p>

<p><strong>A:</strong> That&rsquo;s sort of a difficult question to answer, because the term &ldquo;green pesticides&rdquo; isn&rsquo;t exactly well defined. But generally we&rsquo;ve observed that pesticides that call themselves green work less effectively than the traditional ones.<br><br></p>

<p><strong>Q:</strong> Really? Less effective?</p>

<p><strong>A:</strong> Yes. Because they aren&rsquo;t standardized there&rsquo;s a lot more product variability. We can&rsquo;t say for sure that they&rsquo;re all less effective, we&rsquo;ve just found that they don&rsquo;t always do the job as well as other pesticides.<br><br></p>

<p><strong>Q:</strong> Would you recommend using them?</p>

<p><strong>A:</strong> We wouldn&rsquo;t recommend using something with so little oversight.</p>

<h4><br>So, How Safe are Common Pesticides?</h4>

<p>Common pesticides can be safe, when they&rsquo;re applied properly. Many of the concerns that common pesticides and herbicides elicit are caused by improper use or application. Proper application of a pesticide requires a careful analysis of the surrounding area (to ensure none gets into a water supply), correct decision making when choosing the kind of pesticide, properly following label directions, wearing the proper protective gear, and using the correct amount of the actual product to ensure that there is no damage or danger, just to name a few. That&rsquo;s why, when it comes to making these decisions and deploying properly, <a href="/">we recommend consulting a professional</a>--and no one lives up to high standards of effectiveness and professionalism like A1 Pest Control.</p>
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While “green” pest control is now more sought out, it's not as effective or earth-friendly as it's marketed. Learn the truth as we debunk some common green pest control myths.

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    [openingParagraph] => <p>With winter on its way out the door, we can all look forward to the spring weather that is surely on its way. As a result, any of the insect pests we had relief from the last couple of months will make their way back to plague us once again. Temperatures kept them at bay for a while, but no more. None of us missed ticks over the winter but they will be thriving as soon as the weather warms up. Now that the temperature is above freezing, we must be wary of going into heavily forested areas without proper protection. We must make sure to take appropriate steps to <a href="/tick-prevention-for-north-carolina-residents-and-pet-owners">avoid these parasitic pests</a> in the coming weeks.</p>
    [content] => <h2>Why Ticks Are Attracted to Our Yards</h2>

<p>Ticks are a type of parasitic pest that depend on the blood of a host for survival. Without some warm-blooded creature to get their blood meal, adult ticks and newly hatched nymphs would not be able to survive. This is why ticks are so common once the weather warms up. New ticks hatch and begin climbing onto potential hosts as they brush by the place those ticks were hiding. Once a tick has gotten onto a warm-blooded animal, they can hitchhike their way into our yards.</p>

<h2>How Ticks Get into Our Yards and Homes</h2>

<p>Many people assume that if they don&rsquo;t have pets, then ticks shouldn&rsquo;t be as much of a problem. However, this couldn&rsquo;t be further from the truth. Pets often do play a large part in why a homeowner may be experiencing tick problems in their yard or home. However, even people without pets can have major tick problems. Animals such as raccoons, squirrels, rats, mice, deer, foxes, and several other warm-blooded critters will often pick up ticks as they travel through wooded areas, and carry them right into our backyards. From there, rodents and pets can be the carriers that bring ticks from our yards into our homes.</p>

<h2>How to Get Rid of Ticks</h2>

<p>While this epic journey is quite the adventure for ticks, none of us want these pests in or around our home where they put our loved ones <a href="/blog/post/hidden-dangers-of-ticks">at risk</a>, potentially spreading life-altering diseases to our family and pets. <a href="/blog/post/why-professional-tick-treatment-is-worth-it">Professional tick management</a> plans are the best option for homeowners looking for protection from these dangerous pests. Here at A-1 Pest Control, we care about keeping you and your home protected from the many problems that ticks can cause. Our <a href="/home-pest-control">outdoor tick control plans</a> keep ticks off of properties and out of homes. If you&rsquo;d like to make sure ticks stay away from your home, contact A-1 Pest Control for all our effective pest solutions.</p>
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