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Hours: Call Anytime 24/7 Standard Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday
P. O. Box 3568, Alexandria, VA 22302

ADVANCED SECURITY SYSTEMS, Inc. serving Northern VA and Washington DC with wired and wireless camera, security and burglar alarm systems. Call (703) 323-9535 today for pricing on residential and commercial access control and monitoring systems. Since 1989, we have offered Northern Virginia’s best state-of-the-art home security systems.

24 Hour Monitoring Average Call Back Time 15 Seconds!

We Offer No Contract Security Systems!

We market home and business burglar alarm and access control systems in Alexandria. Arlington. Falls Church, Fairfax. Fairfax Station. Tyson s Corner, Vienna, Oakton, Great Falls, Springfield, Burke, Clifton, Gainesville, Centreville, Chantilly, Ashburn, Leesburg, Reston, Herndon, Woodbridge, and Manassas.

Monitored Home Security System For Less Than $1.00 a Day!

We do not claim to be the largest national security company, as some of competitors boast, and we prefer it that way. We build our customer base one customer at a time. This is how we can offer you more personalized service. You will get to know our staff on a first name basis. We are not committed to any one monitoring station or manufacturer which allows us to custom design your personal security package that will protect you and your family with the best service and products available. And we do not use proprietary equipment nor do we put lock out codes in any of our panels. All products come with a minimum one year warranty on all parts and labor and in some instances the manufacturers have extended the warranty.

We also introduced three new product lines from Crestron, HAI and Powerhouse Dynamics for home automation and energy management. Like the rest of our many products these companies are some of the best in their respective industries.

So call or use our convenient Email Form today and we’ll show you what we can do for you. You’ll save more than just money, you will also save time and energy!

Why Contact Us?
• We are licensed, bonded, and insured.
• All work done is guaranteed.
• The Price we quote is the price you pay.
• No Job is too small or too big.
• No contract systems available.
• We do not sell your information to anyone.

Schedule Your Free Estimate.
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ADVANCED SECURITY SYSTEMS, Inc. sells and services Axis Communication. the leader in high-quality network cameras. Based on open IP standards, Axis network cameras connect to any kind of IP network, including the Internet, and enable remote viewing and recording from anywhere in the world. They also provide advanced video analytics features, such as motion detection, audio detection and tampering alarm.

Central Vac

Our company sales and services Beam Central Vacuum Systems for your cleaning and healthy home needs.
Introducing the built-in cleaning appliance that improves indoor air quality so effectively it’s clinically proven to relieve allergy symptoms.

You are concerned with asthma and allergies increasing at epidemic proportions – affecting one out of five people. Americans are now searching for effective solutions to help them and their families live normal, active lives.

Installing a Beam Central Vacuum System offers a built-in cleaning appliance that can help reduce your family’s allergy conditions. Using a Beam system, you can clean your whole house with ease and improve indoor air quality while you’re at it! Call us now for details and pricing.

Beam Central Vacuum Systems meet your cleaning and healthy home needs.
Up to five times more powerful than conventional vacuums!

ADVANCED SECURITY SYSTEMS, Inc. designs, installs and services CCTV systems that specifically meet your surveillance requirements. The CCTV systems are designed to provide video surveillance that you want of specific identified facility areas. Cameras and lenses are selected and placed to monitor those areas with camera activation per your requirements which could include constant monitoring or event monitoring activated by motion detectors or alarm devices. Recording is also designed based on your requirements using a DVR, with or without an internet connection, or tape recording using a VCR and a switcher or multiplexer.

Our professionals at ADVANCED SECURITY SYSTEMS, Inc. know the questions to ask and with their many years of experience know which components will best meet your needs.

ADVANCED SECURITY SYSTEMS, Inc. represents most of the major manufacturers of CCTV equipment available in the United States. Our CCTV technicians understand which manufacturer’s equipment works best in each particular situation. This knowledge base provides us with the ability to design a system that best meets your requirements in the most cost effective manner.

When you purchase a CCTV system from ADVANCED SECURITY SYSTEMS, Inc. you are buying a system designed and engineered specifically for you with installations that include everything needed with no surprises and all inclusive training for your staff.

Our company offers preventative maintenance contracts and emergency service for your system performed by our highly trained technicians.

  • Giving convenience for voice and video communication between each room and exterior doors
  • Built in AM-FM-CD player for background music through all intercom speakers
  • Auxiliary input distributes any audio source throughout the home
  • Perfect for residential or small office use
  • Our Intercoms provide you with a communications link to every area of your home and business without having to raise your voice or take any extra steps

Just think of transforming an area of your home into a special place to escape the everyday world and with the simple push of a few buttons, you and your family and friends could be transported to another town, another time or another galaxy. Now that s what we are talking about at ADVANCED SECURITY SYSTEMS, Inc.

Just think of this special space appearing at your command and elegantly transforming into a exciting home theater with performance beyond even the finest first-run cinemas.

ADVANCED SECURITY SYSTEMS, Inc. specializes in the sales, installation and service of custom installed home theater systems. Let our architectural, audio and video consultants assemble and install a complete, high performance home theater, uniquely tailored to your decor, your lifestyle and your budget.

ADVANCED SECURITY SYSTEMS, Inc. goal is to improve the lives of our customers using state-of-the-art technology designed for living, working, recreation and entertainment. Please call us today to enjoy the beauty and security of a truly interconnected home and lifestyle with integrated smart home, entertainment and communication systems. The great advantage of a home automation system is that you have the convenience of turning on/off and dimming lamps from your couch; beyond that you can save energy by turning off voltage sucking appliances and electronics that continue to draw power even when turned off.

So when you are on vacation or on a business trip you can save precious energy dollars.

Call Us Today:703-323-9535 for all
YOUR Home and Business
Security Needs!

Remember, the average lost in a residential burglary is nearly $2000 and if you are hit once, you are likely to be hit twice.
Is protecting your home worth it? You bet!

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Doctoral Programs #concordia #university #chicago #s #college #of #graduate #and #innovative #programs


Doctoral Programs

Welcome to Concordia University Chicago and thank you for your interest in applying to one of our doctoral programs. All documents relating to admission should be submitted to Concordia University’s Office of Graduate Admission and Student Services prior to the deadline for your anticipated term of enrollment. See your degree of interest on this Web site for application and file completion deadlines.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the doctoral program occurs prior to initiation of course work. The number of students admitted will be limited to ensure quality of program and dissertation advising.

Applicants who are successful in their application for admission for entrance into the doctoral program will meet the following criteria:

  • Master’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • A completed Doctoral Application for Admission
  • Submission of rationale statement, including personal goals for applying for admission to the program.
  • Transcripts: Submission of official transcripts of all previous credits.
  • Testing: Current Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test scores (test taken within the prior three years).
  • Letters of recommendation from two persons qualified to comment upon the applicant’s potential for doctoral study.
  • Past experience: At least two years of successful teaching/administrative experience (required only for doctoral programs in K-12 education).
  • Writing sample: Submit a paper that demonstrates your ability to write in a scholarly manner at a level typical of graduate work. A paper from your master’s program would be most appropriate. This sample should approach, but not exceed, five pages in length.

All documents should be submitted to:

Office of Graduate Admission and Student Services
Concordia University Chicago
7400 Augusta Street
River Forest, IL 60305

The office fax number is (708) 209-3454.

Once the admission file is completed and initially reviewed, qualified applicants will complete an extemporaneous writing sample followed by a personal interview with an admission committee.

Admission recommendations are submitted from the admission committee to the Dean of the College of Education, who will then make the final admission decision and communicate the decision to the candidate. The admission committee may establish an admission waiting list, if necessary. Students admitted should consult the Doctoral Program Handbook for additional program information.

Students who are applying for admission to the doctoral program are precluded from enrolling in any courses which met doctoral program requirements until the student has been completely admitted to the program.

The Graduate Admission Committee reserves the right to request additional information or documentation deemed helpful in evaluating applicants for admission.

Additional Testing

Depending on program of study, students may be required to take additional tests such as the Graduate Record Exam, Miller Analogies Test and/or the Illinois Basic Skills Test. A writing sample, essay, FBI fingerprint criminal background check, valid teaching certificate and/or interview may also be required to determine what may be necessary for a student to qualify for a graduate program.

Pending Status

Doctoral and international students are not eligible for Pending Status .

International Students

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required to meet all admission standards listed for the program they wish to enter. In addition, the following are required to be considered for admission:

  • TOEFL: A score of at least 550 (paper-based) or 72 (internet) minimum requirement on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or successful completion of Level 112 at an English Language School (ELS) unless English is the native language, and an unqualified recommendation from an ELS program director is provided. (International students who have earned an advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States do not need to submit TOEFL scores.)
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from each college/university attended showing all college/university course work with certified English translations of all transcripts originally prepared in any other language. Also, any international transcripts must be evaluated by a Concordia-approved international credentialing service such as WES (World Education Services), ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators), or AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers).
  • Financial Support: A certified document guaranteeing adequate financial support for at least the student’s first year of study and, barring any unforeseen circumstances, adequate funding from the same or an equally dependable source, for subsequent years.
  • Medical: A physical exam, adequate medical insurance, and proof of immunization are required prior to enrollment.
  • Regular Admission Requirements: International students must qualify for regular admission to a degree program in order to enroll.

All documents must be received by the Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services at least three months prior to the expected date of entry. I-20 forms may be issued only after University acceptance is granted and will remain in effect only for students who continue to make satisfactory progress as full-time students in an accepted university program. The program length may vary for each student.

Application information

Bell Black Insurance – Your Idaho Auto, Home, Business, Life & Health


Welcome to the official website of Bell Black Insurance. Bell Black Insurance proudly provides the most comprehensive and cost-saving insurance solutions in Idaho!

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ID Security Marking #security #marking, #id #marking, #asset #labels, #id #plates, #id


Welcome to Dantech – ID Mark
and Asset Labels

Secure, Track and Identify your Property
with Dantech Asset Labels

  • The stencil labels are made from a special material which CANNOT be removed in one piece and it will break into small pieces if removal is attempted. Even if the label is forceably removed the text will glow visible if viewed under an UV lamp, as used by the police, to identify your property.

  • A permanent visual security marking system that can be used with confidence on most platics and other porous surfaces. It is a stencil system that comes with a marking compound which enables you to permanently mark most items. It is applied using precision cut stencils produced on high-tech machines that enable volumed orders to be produced with ease.

  • ID Trakamark Security Plates

    A theft deterrent and aid to recovery. Solid aluminium plates with industrial strength adhesive makes it near impossible to remove that plates with damaging the equipment. The plates are printed with a text of your own choice and we recommend including a warning message indicating that the equipment is traceable by the police plus telephone number to contact your company if recovered or left behind in a taxi, train or hotel.

    ID Security Marking and Asset Labels from Dantech

    Secure, Track and Identify your assets and equipment with ID MARK security marking system, ID plates and asset labels from Dantech.

    Protect your valuable equipment and assets with ID MARK permanent visual security marking for asset
    identification as recommended by the Police and insurance companies.

    Conforms to Home Office Guidelines by using your name and postcode as a way of identifying your property this also helps with item recovery in case of theft.

    Dantech has produced millions of ID Mark stencils over the years and supplied to local Authorities, NHS, educational establishments even the police as well as thousands of companies.

    Need to protect equipment with a shiny surface like an iPad?
    Try our ID Silver Mark with UV marking .

    Dantech are also experts in ID security labels and plates including asset tags and labels. which are an
    easy way to record and identify your valuable equipment with your name and individual numbering.

    Available in a wide range of materials with permanent adhesive Dantech asset identification labels are
    personalised with your name/logo as well as sequential numbering/barcode.

  • Phone Number Block – Block Any Phone Number FEE FREE #phone #number


    Phone Number Block – FEE FREE – New Caller ID Technology to Block Phone Calls

    Until now, it has been difficult, if not impossible, to block selected phone numbers from ringing your phone. Various features that are offered by some telephone service providers have provided limited relief, at a cost. but until the introduction of the Caller ID Manager. a total solution was not available.

    With the Caller ID Manager. you can easily block phone numbers and anonymous callers without added monthly fees. You can now block phone calls from any number that you choose, including local, long distance, international and cell phone callers. A ‘Wildcard’ feature is included for those who wish to block calls from entire area codes, prefixes, or number sets. You also have the option to block phone calls during specified hours, either on a one-time or daily basis, using the built-in scheduler.


    Below are the top frequently asked questions asked by those who wish to stop unwanted calls:

    I just want to block anonymous callers from ringing my phone. How can I do this?

    With the Caller ID Manager. a press of one button will block all calls from anonymous, blocked, and private calls from ringing your phone. In addition, you can add individual numbers or entire area codes that you want to block from ringing your phone. View the CALLER ID MANAGER DEMO

    How can I block phone calls from specific numbers?

    • With the Caller ID Manager. you can either identify an offending call from the Caller ID display then save it as an ‘Excluded’ number, or you can pre-enter any number or ‘Wildcard’ using a touch tone phone. You can add up to 175 entries, and you can do this without added monthly fees from your telephone service provider. ‘Excluded’ callers can be ignored without ringing your phone or sent directly to your answering device or Voicemail. View the CALLER ID MANAGER DEMO

    Is there any way to block phone calls from pranksters, harassment calls, misdialed numbers, and the like, without ringing my phone?

    • With the Caller ID Manager. you can stop any caller from ringing your phone, from local, long distance, international or wireless callers, free of added monthly fees or restrictions.

    How do I block phone calls from telemarketers?

    • Telemarketers, like any other caller, can be blocked using the Caller ID Manager by simply recording the offending number to your ‘Excluded’ list, or you can ‘Exclude’ entire area codes like 800, 888, and 866, and block these calls from ringing your phone. View the CALLER ID MANAGER DEMO

    I want to block all callers from being able to ring my phone, or leaving a message, except for a certain individuals. Is this possible?

    • The Caller ID Manager allows you to establish and ‘Invited’ list of individual numbers, area codes, prefixes or name, or any combination. Only these callers will be able to ring your phone, and all others can be ignored without ringing your phone.

    The phone company offers a service to block phone calls but they can’t block calls from long distance, international or wireless callers. Is there any way to block these phone calls?

    • No problem. With the Caller ID Manager you can block ANY number or area code from local, long distance, international, cell phone, fax broadcasters and autodialers, before your phone rings. The Caller ID Manager doesn’t care how the call is generated, and does a much better job at blocking phone calls than any telephone company provided services. without any monthly fees or limitations.

    Is it necessary to pay the phone company a monthly service charge to block unwanted phone calls?

    • No. Most telephone company call blocking services (if available), will cost you money every month for limited coverage. By using the Caller ID Manager. you need only subscribe to Caller ID Service .

    I get persistent calls from faxes or devices that just sound a tone then hang-up. How can I block these types of phone calls?

    • Whether from an automated dialer, fax broadcaster, telemarketer, or manually dialed call, with the Caller ID Manager. you decide who can ring your phone, and when .

    I have a number that is similar to a high call volume business and receive lots of calls from misdialed numbers. Is there any way to block these calls from ringing my phone while allowing welcome callers to ring right through?

    • Whether from an automated dialer, fax broadcaster, telemarketer, or manually dialed call, with the Caller ID Manager. you decide who can ring your phone, and when. The Caller ID Manager allows you to establish and ‘Invited’ list of individual numbers, area codes, prefixes or name, or any combination. Only these callers will be able to ring your phone, and all others can be ignored without ringing your phone.

    My children are receiving calls from people that I want to restrict. Can I block phone calls from certain numbers, either all of the time or just during certain hours?

    • The Caller ID Manager allows you to choose who can ring your phone, and when. By adding up to four Caller ID Manager Remotes parental control can be engaged to choose who can ring your children’s phone, during the hours you choose. Using the ‘Call Tracking’ feature, you can also audit your children’s calling habits.

    I want to stop calls to my children from ringing all the phones in the home without paying for a separate number. Do you offer any devices to do this?

    • By adding up to four Caller ID Manager Remotes you can direct calls from the children’s friends directly to the children’s phones, during the hours you choose, without ringing other phones. Using the ‘Call Tracking’ feature, you can also audit your children’s calling habits.

    My elderly parents who live elsewhere receive calls from telephone predators, and I’m afraid they could easily fall prey to a scam. Is there some way to block these phone calls while allowing unimpeded access by welcome callers?

    • The Caller ID Manager can be pre-programmed, before installation on the premises, with your choice of family members and friends’ numbers, local area codes and prefixes, to limit and eliminate the possibility of undesirable calls.

    How to Apply for a Maryland #mva, #motor #vehicle #administration, #dmv, #maryland


    How to Apply for a Maryland:

    Proof of identity and residency are required of all applicants for a new Maryland driver’s license, learner’s permit or identification (ID) card; please use the online document guide to assist you with what to bring to the MVA.

    The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration will verify the information provided on your application to determine eligibility.

    All applicants for a driver’s license are checked with the National Driver Registry. If your license is suspended, revoked, canceled or refused, you are not eligible for a Maryland driver’s license.

    Drivers must meet certain vision requirements. Visit the MVA’s vision requirements page for additional information.

    The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) is now printing/mailing one of the most secure driver’s licenses, learner’s permits and identification (ID) cards in the nation. All cards are now delivered through the mail within 7-10 business days. The new cards incorporate cutting-edge security features to help protect against identity theft and fraud. The new cards also meet all state and federal standards and are REAL ID compliant. As always, we encourage customers to Skip the Trip and renew their driver’s license or ID card via web, kiosk and mail. The MVA’s online services can be found here. Much more information on our new secure cards, including how to expedite delivery of the new products, can be found here .

    Immigrants with temporary lawful status in the U.S. will be issued a limited term driver’s license or ID card, valid for the duration of their lawful status in the U.S.

    If you are seeking a Maryland driver’s license and have a foreign license that is not suspended or revoked, please complete the 3-hour alcohol and drug education program and present the license before taking your driving skills test. If you do not have a foreign license, you will need to obtain a learner’s permit, complete the Maryland Driver Education Program and meet other requirements before taking your driving skills test.

    Immigrants, presenting foreign documentation without valid accompanying United States Citizenship and Immigration Services documentation, can obtain a federally noncompliant Maryland driver’s license or ID card. Please visit the online document guide for more detailed instructions.


    To improve customer service and reduce wait times, customers under the age of 40, who are eligible, must renew their driver’s license here. or by mail or MVA Kiosk. Your renewals will no longer be completed at an MVA branch office counter.


    To request a change of address card, a corrected driver’s license or ID card, please complete the transaction online here or by MVA kiosk.

    An additional fee applies for new, corrected licenses or ID cards. A change of address card is sent at no extra cost, as an attachment, which should be stored with the license or ID card. The new license, ID card or attachment card will be mailed.


    Please request a duplicate driver’s license or ID card online with the new online option here or by MVA kiosk. These transactions are no longer handled over the counter and the duplicate driver’s license or ID card is mailed to the address on record at the MVA.


    For the safety of all drivers, the MVA’s Medical Advisory Board must consider your medical status as part of your license request. Please be assured that all medical information is kept confidential and is only reviewed by the MVA’s Medical Advisory Board physician.

    All drivers are required to report medical conditions to the MVA, including:

    1. Diabetes that has caused a low blood sugar episode requiring assistance from another person in the last 6 months

    4. A heart condition that has caused a loss of consciousness in the past 6 months

    6. A condition that causes you to have dizzy spells, fainting, or blackouts

    7. Sleep apnea or narcolepsy

    8. A history of traumatic brain injury

    9. A condition that causes weakness, shaking, or numbness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet that may affect your ability to drive

    10. A hand, arm, foot, or leg that is absent, amputated, or has a loss of function that may affect your ability to drive

    11. An eye problem which prevents a corrected minimum visual acuity of 20/70 in at least one eye or binocular field of vision of at least 110 degrees

    12. Alcohol use problem

    13. Drug use problem

    14. A mental health condition that may affect your ability to drive

    Wasp Identification chart #wasp #id #chart, #wasp #identification #chart, #wasp #identification


    Wasps are generally seen as a benefit to the environment, wasps are predatory flying insects. Wasps are a great source of organic pest control on gardens, farms, and crops. The’re are commonly two types of wasps, solitary wasps and social wasps. Social wasp species live in large numbers. Wasp nests are abandoned by late autumn, the queens individually over-winter until spring. Wasps eat meaty things, spiders, and sweets. Wasps can be more hot-tempered than bees, and should be treated with caution. If you’re trying to eliminate nuisance wasps attached to your home or near a doorway, it is best done at sunset or very early in the morning. If you have wasps inside the house there is likely a nest in the attic. Below are pictures, identification, and information on common wasps in the U.S. and Canada.

    Yellow Jackets

    North east, mid east and south east regions of US, and in Canada.

    Often mistaken for honeybees, yellow jackets are just a bit quicker, smaller, and are a brighter yellow vs. the more orange color of honeybees. Honeybees will often be caring noticeable yellow pollen sacks on their back legs, while yellow jackets do not. Yellow jackets can be identified by a rapid side to side flight pattern prior to landing. They are scavengers eating meats and sweets and often found in parks or disrupting picnics or other events.

    Yellow jackets are sometimes called meat bees, sweet bees, or ground bees. Nests are generally identified with holes in the ground about golf ball to a softball in size; they defended their home very aggressively. Contrary to the honeybee, yellow jackets can sting repeatedly, they do not lose their stinger, and do not die after stinging. The stings often cause a swelling reaction followed by itching for a few days. Nests start out very small then growing larger untill winter. Seasonally yellow jacket colonies can reach a size of 4,000 and 5,000 workers with a nest of 10,000 and 15,000 cells by August or early September.

    Occasionally yellow jackets nest in wall voids and attics, they can end up by accident in the house in large numbers. This is usually preceded by a slow growing wet spot on the ceiling caused by the nest. Every so often, a curious homeowner will poke or push their finger right through the deteriorating ceiling and end up with an unfortunate surprise. It’s generally considered unwise to try to remove an active yellow jackets nest yourself.

    Like all wasps, yellow jackets abandoned their nest by late autumn, the queens will often hibernate in attics until early spring. If you have un-wanted yellow jackets in your attic, to discourage them returning, in the winter you can put up some chemical cards labeled for yellowjackets. perhaps one to every 3 studs / bays – based on the label instructions. If you need help feel free to call.


    Hornets are most popular in the US north east region, and in Canada.

    Hornets or bald faced hornets may look similar to yellow jackets in color, but hornets are perhaps twice as long and thicker. Hornets are slightly less aggressive than yellow jackets and like most wasps, hornets can sting multiple times with a very strong painful sting. Hornets build warped ball shaped nests ranging in size from football to basket ball. They can be found in attics, walls, and on the side of buildings, and on bushes, tree branches or hallows. It’s generally considered unwise to try to remove a hornets’ nest without experience. While many hornet species are yellow and black, there are also white and black hornets. Like wasps, hornets also abondon the nest in late autumn; the queens overwinter and may return to the same or a nearby location the following spring to build a new nest. Like most wasps, hornets are considered a natural organic form of pest control to gardens and crops.

    Paper Wasps

    Most popular in West and South east regions of the US and in Mexico.

    Paper wasps – long with yellow and rusty brown or black stripes. Paper wasp nests can be identified out in the open and under the eave structure of the roofline, the nests a grayish paper-like material honeycomb shaped, with the larger nest sizes approaching the size of a tenis racket containing up to 50 wasps per nest. Paper wasps can be confused with hornets which are similar in shape, but hornets typically have larger enclosed hives and paper wasps do not as commonly build nests on trees.

    Paper wasps are often found hanging under the eaves, but can also be found in attics, trees, as well as other structures. Paper wasps attack when aggravated and have a painful sting; they can sting multiple times and do not lose there stinger.

    Occasionally these wasps are found inside the house. This happens when a nest is living in the attic and perhaps a cieling fixture is allowing light into the attic. In this case the wasp goes to the light thinking it leads back outside but ends up in the house; the wasp will typically hover around looking for an exit. Wasps are much more comfortable navigating inside of a house than honeybees; honeybees simply go straight to the window and buzz until exhausted.

    Mud Wasps

    Mud Dauber

    Potter Wasp

    Pollen Wasp

    The 3 types of mud wasps seen here and shown below are: mud daubers, potter wasps, and pollen wasps. These wasps are typically found in the same surrounding areas of each other. Mud Wasps construct their homes from mud or clay. Mud wasps nest in the ground as well as in attics, on walls, structures, and under bridges. Mud wasps are solitary wasps and vary from 1/2 inch to 1 inch in size with relatively small nests. Prior to winter they abandon the mud nests and overwinter until spring time.

    Mud Daubers

    South east and West

    Mud daubers have a very compressed alien like look with their skinny needle like waist they are sometimes called thread waist wasps. Mud daubers (also called dirt daubers) are commonly identified by their mud nests which are hard flat oval and tube shaped. Mud daubers nests rang from the size of a peanut to a large lemon but rarely get that thick. The mud dauber species seldom sting and are not protective of their nests. Mud daubers typically attach under eaves, porches, walls and attics. Mud daubers prey on spiders and are said to particularly enjoy black widow spiders.

    Potter Wasp

    These wasps are located in the South East and West.

    Pollen wasps are sometimes mistaken for yellow jackets because of their size similarity and because they burrow their nests in ground, however pollen wasps differentiate and can be identified by their large clubbed antennas; nests are constructed out of mud and water. Pollen wasps are similar to many solitary bees, they feed their young entirely on nectar and pollen, hence the name pollen wasp . Rocks or crevices low to the earth also make attractive nesting sites for pollen wasps.

    Sometimes wasps are mistaken for bees. Visit this bee identification chart to learn about the most common types of bees. There are many kinds of bee species.

    Credit Card Help: 10 things you should know about identity theft #credit


    10 things you should know about identity theft

    Identity theft is often in the news, but there are a lot of misconceptions swirling around about how to best protect yourself.

    While some identity thieves focus on getting your credit cards and maxing them out before you even realize they’re missing, an increasing number are using other pieces of information about you — such as online shopping account or email login credentials — in order to steal your entire identity.

    A February 2014 study by Javelin Strategy Research found that 13.1 million identity-theft cases were reported in 2013, resulting $18 billion in losses. An increasingly common method of identity theft is account takeover fraud, which was approximately 28 percent of fraud cases in 2013. Instead of just using a card for unauthorized transactions, fraudsters dive deeper and hack into existing accounts, change settings and make purchases in your name online. Such activity accounted for $5 billion in fraud losses in 2013.

    No one is immune to identity theft, but armed with a little knowledge about how identity thieves operate — and a little common sense — you can stay one step ahead of them.

    1.Thieves don’t need your credit card number in order to steal it. Conversely, they don’t need your credit card in order to steal your identity. Identity thieves are crafty; sometimes all they need is one piece of information about you and they can easily gain access to the rest. As a result, says Heather Wells, recovery manager at ID Experts, an identity protection company, today it’s crucial to lock up important documents at home. “Secure birth certificates, Social Security cards, passports, in a safe deposit box or in a safe hidden at home,” she says. “And that includes credit cards when not in use.”

    2.The nonfinancial personal informationyou reveal online is often enough for a thief. Beware of seemingly innocent personal facts that a thief could use to steal your identity. For example, never list your full birthdate on Facebook or any other social-networking websites. And don’t list your home address or telephone number on any website you use for personal or business reasons, including job-search sites.

    3.Be careful with your snail mail. “Follow your billing cycles closely,” says Lucy Duni, vice president of consumer education at “If a credit card or other bill hasn’t arrived, it may mean that an identity thief has gotten hold of your account and changed your billing address.” Al Marcella, professor at Webster University’s School of Business and Technology in St. Louis, and an expert on identity theft, suggests when you order new checks, you pick them up at the bank instead of shipping them to your home. “Stolen checks can be altered and cashed by fraudsters,” says Duni. And never place outgoing mail in your post office box or door slot for a carrier to pick up. Anyone can grab it and get your credit card numbers and other financial information. Bring it to the post office yourself.

    4. Review all bank and credit card statements each month, preferably once a week. Watch for charges for less than a dollar or two from unfamiliar companies or individuals. Thieves who are planning to purchase a block of stolen credit card numbers often first test to check that the accounts haven’t been canceled by aware customers by sending a small charge through, sometimes for only a few pennies. If the first charge succeeds, they’ll buy the stolen data and make a much larger charge or purchase. They’re guessing — often correctly — that most cardholders won’t notice such a tiny charge. In addition, many of the fraud alerts you can set on your accounts aren’t triggered by small dollar amounts. Reviewing your credit report on a regular basis is also a good idea, but usually by the time a fraudulent transaction reaches your credit report, it’s too late.

    5.If an ATM or store terminal looks funny, don’t use it. “Make sure there is no device attached to any ATM card slot you use,” says Wells. “As a general rule, the mouth of a card receptacle on an ATM machine should be flush with the machine or have only a very slight lip.” If it looks or feels different when you swipe your card, or has an extra piece of plastic sticking out from the card slot, it may be a skimmer, an electronic device placed there by thieves that captures your credit card information when you swipe it. If you notice it after you’ve already inserted your card, you should alert your bank so they can watch for any fraudulent charges to your account.

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    6. Identitythieves love travelers and tourists. Scott Stevenson, founder and CEO of Eliminate ID Theft, an ID theft protection company, cautions travelers to be alert to strangers hovering around whenever you use a credit card at an ATM or phone, and to avoid public wireless Internet connections unless your laptop or smartphone has beefed-up security protection.*

    7. Identity thieves are sneaky; you need to be sneaky, too. There are a few simple things you can do to protect your credit card in case it falls into the wrong hands. “Sign your credit card with a Sharpie so your signature can’t be erased and written over,” suggests Echo Montgomery Garrett, a writer in Marietta, Ga. Consultant Sarah Browne of Carmel, Calif. had all but one credit card stolen from a hotel room. The card that was spared still had the “Please Activate” sticker on it. Though Browne had activated the card, she forgot to remove the sticker. “The thieves must have known that you have to activate a new card from the phone number listed with the credit card company, so they didn’t bother with it,” she said, and since then, she leaves the activation stickers on all of her cards. Indeed, when a thief struck a second time at a public function, Browne’s stickered cards were again left untouched.

    8.Pay attention at the checkout line. If a cashier or salesperson takes your card and either turns away from you or takes too long to conduct what is usually a normal transaction, she may be scanning your card into a handheld skimming terminal to harvest the information. But they don’t need a handheld scanner to capture your information. According to Mark Cravens, the Anti-Scam Doctor and author of “The Ten Commandments of Investing,” they can take a picture of the front and back of your card with a cell phone or merely swap out cards. “Look at your card when they hand it back and make sure it’s yours, and not another gold, silver, or blue card that looks like yours,” he says. “You may not notice they swapped your card for days.”

    9. Go paperless in as many ways as possible. Sandy Shore, training manager with Novadebt, a nonprofit, New Jersey-based credit-counseling agency, suggests clients cut back on the mail they receive from banks and financial institutions by discontinuing paper bills and statements. “Access your financial statements at the issuer’s website instead,” she says. This strategy has the added bonus of an environmental benefit. Similarly, Vaclav Vincalek, president of Pacific Coast Information Systems, an IT security firm, recommends that whatever paper receipts and financial statements you do receive go through the shredder instead of into the wastebasket. “Never throw away a credit card slip,” he says. “Instead, shred anything that has any number, name, address on it.”

    10. If you suspect you’ve fallen victim to identity theft, file a 90-day fraud alert. If you are worried that your personal information — credit card or otherwise — may have been compromised, contact one of the major credit bureaus (Equifax, TransUnion and Experian) and request an initial 90-day fraud alert for your credit report files with each bureau. The alert grants you a free credit report from each bureau and instructs potential creditors to contact you directly before opening any new lines of credit in your name, decreasing the risk of unauthorized credit activity. Then, if after reviewing your credit reports you discover fraudulent activity, consider taking the alert a step further and freeze your credit while you dispute the illegitimacies. However, unlike a free fraud alert, a credit freeze costs about $30 and locks your credit report, preventing all access to new lines of credit.

    * – As originally published, this story incorrectly stated that your hotel room keys contain your personal information.