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APR 2011

HOME IMPROVEMENT GUIDE

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The Homeowner’s Magazine for Home Services, Home Products & Landscaping • Po r t Cha r lo tt e • P unt a G o rda • N o r t h Po r t

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ON THE INSIDE Home Security = Peace of Mind - Page 5 5 Venomous Florida Spiders - Page 10

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Home Security = Peace of Mind

A home burglary is a devastating experience that families should not have to encounter. Unfortunately, there will be many families who choose not to have a monitored home security system that will experience this unfortunate event. For those families that were wise enough to opt for home security system monitoring, they have one less thing in life to worry about: the safety and security of their home. While a monitored home security system is not expensive, some people decide not to take advantage of the service. If budget issues are the reason you do not have a monitored security system in your home, consider the alternative. If a burglar breaks into your home and takes even some of your prized possessions, can you afford to replace them? While homeowners and renters insurance may cover the replacement costs of some of these items, wouldnʼt it be best to try and avoid an insurance claim? Having a monitored home security system will not only help deter burglars from entering your home, it may even entitle you to discounts on your home insurance premiums. If you have children or pets that are left unsupervised at home, for any amount of time, having a monitored home security system acting as your eyes and ears can definitely provide you with peace of mind. Once an intruder attempts to enter your home through a protected area, your alarm monitoring center will alerted immediately. They will then notify the proper authorities and notify you of the situation. Monitored home security systems that are equipped with carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors are also important for homeowners with pets or children at home. These devices can alert a monitoring center if there is any carbon monoxide detected or if a smoke detector is tripped. Sometimes children can panic in situations such as a small fire that started in the kitchen; a monitored home security system can mean all difference in this type of situation. If you are pet owner, think about your pet and how he would be protected if a fire was to occur in your home. Again, this is where alarm monitoring proves to be an invaluable service. Home security system monitoring does not need to be expensive. If price is a concern, shop alarm monitoring rates around. There are many home security alarm monitoring companies out there today that are offering competitive rates for alarm monitoring services. Burglars are out and they are on the prowl. While home burglaries arenʼt always 100% preventable, there are ways to make your home seem less of a target. Securing the doors and windows in your home at all times is a good way to prevent burglars from entering your home. Getting a good home security system installed in your home is another great way to protect your home. However, unless you have a monitored home security system, you are leaving your family with limited protection.

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Specializing in the protection of homes & businesses with security and fire systems

• Security & Fire Alarms • Cellular & Radio Monitoring • Emergency Medical Alert Systems • Whole House Music & Intercom • Central Vacuum Systems • Camera Surveillance Weʼre a local family owned company serving Southwest Florida, with nationwide alarm monitoring!

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Alarm monitoring is affordable and easy to get. Monitoring rates are low, lower than they have been in years. Donʼt let your family go through the devastating experience that a home burglary brings. Get a monitored home security system installed in your home today, and give your family the protection they deserve.

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5 Venomous Florida Spiders Southern black widow (Image 1). This is the most widespread widow spider in Florida. It is glossy black and has a complete hourglass marking on the underside of the abdomen (Image 2). The northern black widow has the same general appearance, but has two red triangles resembling an hourglass and a row of red spots on top of the abdomen. The northern species is found west of Tallahassee, primarily in forests, with its webs three to 20 feet above the ground. The southern black widow is usually found outdoors in protected places, such as under rocks and boards, and in and around old buildings. The bite of the black widow and other widow spiders usually feels like a pin prick. The initial pain disappears rapidly, leaving local swelling and two tiny red marks. Muscular cramps in the shoulder, thigh and back usually begin within 15 minutes to three hours. In severe cases, pain spreads to the abdomen, the blood pressure rises, and there is nausea, sweating and difficulty in breathing. Death may result, depending on the victim's physical condition, age and location of bite. Death seldom occurs if a physician is consulted and treatment is prompt. Red widow (Image 3). This species has a black abdomen and reddish-orange head, thorax and legs. The top of the abdomen usually has a row of red spots with yellow borders. This spider lacks a complete hourglass on the underside of the abdomen and instead usually has one or two small red marks (Image 4). The red widow constructs its web in palmettos and has been found primarily in sand-pine scrub habitats in central and southeast Florida. Brown widow (Image 5). This spider varies from light gray to light brown to black. The abdomen has variable markings of black, white, red and yellow. The underside of the abdomen has an orange or yellow hourglass (Image 6). It is found most often south of Daytona Beach along the coast. It usually makes its web on buildings in well-lighted areas. Brown recluse (Image 7). This is not an established species in Florida. It is recognized by the distinctive dark violin-shaped mark located on the head and thorax. The brown recluse is a medium-sized spider about 1/4" to 1/2" long. It is light tan to deep reddish-brown (Image 8). It is usually found in sheds, garages or areas of homes that are undisturbed and contain a supply of insects to serve as food. Favorite hiding places include arms and legs of garments left hanging for some time or beds that have been unoccupied for long periods of time. Persons bitten by this spider usually do not feel pain for two to three hours. A blister arises at the site of the bite, followed by inflammation. Eventually the tissue dies, leaving a sunken sore. Healing may take as long as six to eight weeks.

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