The other day I walked into my kitchen with a pep in my step, humming a nice riff, and then suddenly, the sight of my old wooden table gave me a flashback to a rather scary incident. I thought I’d reminisce and jog down memory lane.
I remember the incident as clear as day. I’m embarrassed to admit that I jumped out of my skin when I first saw them—the critters. I’ve never been great with bugs. They give me the heebie-jeebies! But once my shock subsided, I had a little chuckle at myself, and that’s when the real horror of the situation dawned on me: where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Those little buggers were signs of real termite damage somewhere in mi casa.
You may wonder why I was so scared of just a few bugs, but as it turns out, termites are a nightmare. There are a few different types including subterranean, which usually dwells beneath the house, and dry wood, which, you guessed it, thrives in dry wood.
These relentless invaders feast on cellulose found in wood and plants, essentially eating away at your home. The consequences include structural damage, which renders your living space unsafe and in need of costly repairs. If that’s not bad enough, termites can also encourage mold growth as they produce moisture when devouring wood. They multiply in the blink of an eye and are notoriously hard to detect, often causing significant damage before you even realize they were ever there.
Now if you’re hearing this and you’ve also seen termites squatting in your house like they own the place, you may be tempted to grab a trusty can of bug spray. But before you do, call a professional exterminator for an inspection of the infestation and a recommendation on the best solution.
Organic extermination can be just as effective as fumigation for lighter termite infestations. A solution of orange oil is one of the most popular environmentally friendly and organic treatments that kill termites without the invasive effects of tent fumigation. While chemical fumigation may be necessary for a severe termite infestation, I highly suggest looking into an organic termite specialist first and exploring the possibility of spot treating.
With the knowledge and experience that professional exterminators have, you can safely bet that your unwanted guests will get lost and stay out for good. My pals at Natural Science Exterminating employ organic treatments to deal with termites, using orange oil to give them the boot and a borate salt solution to keep them out. They’re even licensed to install TAP insulation, which is infused with borate that not only exterminates termites but also serves as an effective thermal and acoustic insulator.
When I made the call to Natural Science Exterminating, they arrived within 24 hours and conducted an inspection free of charge! Over a few days, they successfully exterminated the termites and even offered semi-annual or annual maintenance to keep them out for good.
As lucky as I am to have had natural exterminators put an end to my termite hell week, these memories serve as a warning to all property owners that termites are not to be underestimated. They’re sneaky, stubborn, and destructive, making them extremely hazardous and costly if left unaddressed. My advice is to get ahead of the damage they can cause—call an exterminator as soon as you realize you have an infestation, and consider if organic extermination may be something you’re interested in. For me, not only did it work pretty well as I haven’t had any unexpected guests since, but I ended up getting some new insulation out of the ordeal as well.
May your homes be termite-free. Rock on!
If you’re dealing with a termite infestation or suspect that you have a termite infestation, contact Natural Science Exterminating for a free inspection.
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I recently spent some time relaxing in the best way possible: in the backyard with the warm weather and a wonderfully crafted joint. While doing so I started to reminisce about the days when a joint wasn’t something you’d smoke out in the full view of neighbors, even if some were doing the same. Once upon a time (and still the case outside of California) weed was smoked away from prying eyes, out of some cheap bong, and grown by a mystery man. It’s crazy to think about how we got to this point, and even crazier to think about what it takes to stay in the legal pot business. So with that, let’s zoom out and look into the rich history of cannabis in California from the distance of hindsight.
Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that for as long as anyone can remember, the culture of the Golden State and cannabis is a relationship that goes way back. The vegetable of good vibes has been here forever, but cannabis use and the push for its legalization saw its peak in the 1960s. Enjoyed for therapeutic uses, spiritual journeys, or pure relaxation, cannabis was the soundtrack to the laid-back Californian lifestyle. But, as the 20th century unfurled its uncertainties, concerns about cannabis use grew. Yet still, enthusiasts of cannabis bonded and became their counterculture of non-conformity, freedom, and creative expression. Despite the odds, recreational cannabis was eventually legalized in California, a trailblazer of the industry we know today, where legal pot is a reality.
But the legalization of marijuana in certain states doesn’t mean it’s all smooth sailing and clear skies. To keep the cannabis business grooving means that we have to play things by the book. From cultivation to distribution, the state has laid down the law to ensure that industry players have safety as their number one priority. In this era of strict regulations and high product demand, companies like Cannabis Security Solutions have become indispensable, with solutions like remote guarding to ensure the safety of your people, product, and business. Remote guarding combines security personnel with artificial intelligence cameras to enhance safety and significantly lower the costs of monitoring. Prevent theft, trespassing, break-ins, and access control issues with features like digital line barriers, intrusion alerts, voice-down live communication, and 24/7 recording.
Now, some of you may be wondering if the long road to marijuana legalization has been worth it, at least in the sunny state. Take it from someone who’s lived it. It’s a night and day experience when you not only feel safe to smoke within the eyesight of strangers and even police, but it’s also a huge relief to know that the herb you’re about to consume into your body is something grown, harvested, and packaged by a competent and regulated dealer instead of something that was illicitly grown (and potentially laced!). The quality control, safety standards, and transparency enforced by legal requirements allow for the peace of mind every cannabis enthusiast deserves.
So, here we are. Smoking, chilling, and vibing with legal pot! California has come a long way, and it’s been a wild story that’s still being written. From a secretive movement of counterculture to a well-regulated industry, the evolution of marijuana has been nothing short of awe-inspiring.
If you run a cannabis business, whether in growing or retailing, then I can wholeheartedly recommend Cannabis Security Solutions to help you navigate cannabis laws and safety compliance standards, securing your business and organization with custom security management plans.
Hey there, rockers! Normally you’d start the New Year with some New Year’s resolutions, but I thought I’d change it up. Instead of New Year’s resolutions, let’s talk about New Year’s renovations! Over the holidays I felt like my backyard was missing a bit of spice. The backyard is where I spend time with my family and pals to relax in the incredible South California weather.
With my music blasting and a few cold ones, I decided that my new project would be an incredible outdoor kitchen with pizzazz, perfect for family get-togethers or band reunions.
It’s great having company around, but too often, this means my wife or I have to pause a conversation to grab food or drinks from the kitchen. So, picture this: a kitchen where you can unleash your inner grill master, right in the middle of the party. Or, channel your inner bartender and shake up a perfectly mixed drink for your guests. It’s no wonder outdoor kitchens are becoming so popular. I could never pass up the opportunity to entertain guests while grooving under the sun.
Before I dove headfirst into the shenanigans, I drew my ideal layout. A grill is a no-brainer—there would be no point in having a separate one since we’re going all-in with this. An oven is also a staple, but I stepped it up and decided to add a wood-fired oven pizza because you never know when you will crave that perfect slice (a great hangover cure!).
A drink cooler is perfect to keep the alcohol flowing, and a sink to help with any unexpected messes. Last but not least, for rain or shine, I knew I had to revamp the patio to make it fit for the best of wining and dining with some shade from the sun and some shielding from any rain.
While I would love to have you believe I did this whole project by myself, and without breaking a sweat, the heavy lifting was done by my trusted friends at Torrey Pines San Diego Landscape Company. The folks at Torrey Pines are an incredible group of hardworking and detail-oriented landscapers. They’ve helped me before with similar projects, and with their expertise, this project was completed quickly, and with quality.
Did the outdoor kitchen live up to my expectations? Honestly, no—it surpassed them. Everything turned out exactly as I had envisioned it in my head. I can’t sing praises about these guys enough! If you decide to do any landscaping this year, don’t hesitate to call the professionals to design and build your dream outdoor space. The architects and contractors clearly understood my preferences and needs and completed a backyard landscape remodel with excellent communication and attention to detail, from beginning to end.
My experience with my new outdoor kitchen has been filled with joy. I didn’t have to hop in and out of conversations just to get hotdogs and hamburgers off the grill. The pizza oven was the talk of the night. The only problem with this of my new, fully-equipped outdoor kitchen is that I’ve started cooking a lot more than usual. Woe is me!
Some of the best recording artists of all time produced their greatest works right at home.
And I have as well—scrawling lyrical ideas on the back of a napkin at the kitchen table and belting out my lungs in the shower.
In all seriousness, I have toyed with the idea of getting back on the horse. The thing is that I’m no spring chicken. The kids these days would much rather listen to Taylor Swift or Billie Eilish. But hey, I also know that I have nothing to prove, nothing to lose. My love for music transcends any desire or need for external validation through fame, money, or status.
As passionate as I am about music, any time I sat down to write or practice, I struggled to focus on getting into the zone. I realized that I needed to integrate music into my home office somehow. The songwriting process is like a flowing meditation—you need a space where your mind can wander, where you can let loose and express your innermost, deepest thoughts without losing momentum.
I have always had a dedicated room in my house that serves as a casual office. But I could never really get into a flow state there. I guess it just never inspired me.
To get inspired, I decided to convert the space into a recording studio. But what was I going to do with the rest of the office? There needed to be some separation between the musical space and office space, but how would that all fit together? I did some digging on the web apparently the open office is out and cubicles are in! I even discovered that businesses in my area are installing cubicles to redesign and maximize their office space to improve worker productivity.
It turns out that one of the fastest cubicle suppliers is located right here in Orange County. My cubicles were delivered soon after I ordered them. Awesome and sturdy, they were surprisingly easy to install! Without these cubicles, I would have had to spend loads of time and money on remodeling to get the musical space and office space configured the way I envisioned. If I ever do want to change the layout, I can easily reconfigure the cubicles by moving them around.
I can’t believe I didn’t think of this solution sooner, but I sure am glad that I eventually stumbled upon it. I am happy that I now have a space that inspires me to spend more time on what I love. And the whole project was a breeze from start to finish. Cubicles have helped to elevate the space so much that my creativity and productivity are heightened. I find it easy to focus without being interrupted or distracted.
I also look forward to having friends and family join me in jam sessions or as a multi-use, multi-functional hybrid co-working space. I am thrilled with my new office and studio. Why didn’t anyone tell me about cubicles sooner? Well, I guess it’s better that I learned about the solution sooner rather than later. And I lived to tell the tale!
The summer of love of the sixties was all about self-expression, experimentation, non-conformity, and, of course, love.
Despite the age of my old bones, I am still a wild child and a flower child at heart. I do not trust the government or corporate America and I never have. I do not support bigotry or violence and the like. I support peace and unity, and I hope that our collective will one day awaken to realize and end the harm that humans have inflicted upon each other and our planet.
I have many fond memories of exploring and experiencing the expansion of my consciousness. That said, I could style myself as a cool dude and tell you that drugs are amazing, awesome, and exciting, or I can be honest with you about the dangers and consequences of consuming potent, mind-altering substances.
I consider myself extremely lucky to have enjoyed the life that I have lived. If you ask me, I would certainly do it again. But that is not to say that my life has been without suffering.
All of my most profound transformations and chapters of growth were brought on by quite painful experiences of heartbreak, loss, tragedy, or failure. Life is a rollercoaster. You go up. You go down. You never stop screaming.
But what if that rollercoaster ride is scarier than it is fun, time and time again? And what if it is so frightening and troubling that we’re left with scars—physical and emotional?
I know of many, myself included, who have struggled with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and depression.
Medical cannabis and CBD have quite literally saved my mind and body from mental and physical pain. I learned about these solutions from a few friends I practice yoga with.
Unlike in my younger days, my curiosity led me to obtain these products legally, following medical guidance and my own research. My own personal experiences with the bud lit a spark within me. I thought about starting a grow facility and dispensary to offer safe and legal access to cannabis products. What seemed like a crazy idea led me down a research rabbit hole on marijuana security.
The unregulated illicit market is not safe for consumers or legal businesses. Cannabis facilities are often targeted for their stores of cash and product, which can be easily resold on the black market.
My new knowledge of security risks was quite a tough pill to swallow. I kept digging until I discovered a cannabis grower and dispensary security expert here. Cannabis Compliant Security Solutions specializes in security plans, security staff training, and security auditing and optimization. Guidance from security experts who understand compliance is crucial when considering and implementing risk management for cannabis growing or retail.
Cannabis can be consumed through smoke, edibles, topical application, and more. I do not miss the days in which marijuana was such a taboo and feared substance that neither the government nor mainstream society clearly understood. I expect more questions to arise across the industry as it evolves and adapts to the laws.
If you have questions about cannabis security management, you can give Cannabis Compliant Security Solutions a call today.