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The Phenomenon Of Nuptial Flight

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No one in his right mind would want pests to invade the home. Aside from being unhealthy, there are pests like termites that can damage the home’s structure. Bedbugs could disturb a good night’s sleep because it is the perfect opportunity to suck your blood. Pest control and maintenance is the reason why home exterminator services are very popular right now.

On the first sunny day after the first weekend with rain, thousands of winged insects can be observed all over Israel. The winged insects are ants and termites that have grown wings within their colony. They swarm the streets in broad daylight looking for mates and establish new colonies.

Davidson Institute of Science Education calls the phenomenon as the “nuptial flight” or the mating flight of insects like social bees and ants. These creatures that are more popularly known as “winged sexuals” emerge from their hiding places when the temperature and humidity is acceptable to them. It usually correlates with the first rain of the season. The insects gather at a certain area and start their nuptial flight.

Igor Armiach Steinpress of the Davidson Institute said that a few hours after the first rain, royal ants that are direct offspring’s of the queen ant and termites that have sprouted wings will congregate by their nests before they fly. The area surrounding the nests will have a silver-like hue to effectively turn the surface into an airstrip for thousands of breeding insects.

According to Steinpress, ants are not competent fliers so that they could only fly for a few times if not once throughout their lifespan. Humans will often experience ants landing on them because they are searching for potential mates. After mating, the queen flies away to build another new colony where she can reign as queen. Meanwhile, the male will be left to die because he has accomplished his mission.

The phenomenon is not dangerous to humans but when the winged termites establish colonies in your property, you need to call home exterminator services to prevent serious structural damages. Termites are attracted to wood because it is the source of their meals. Protect your property at all costs through appropriate pest control.

 

The Process Of Invisalign Treatment

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Invisalign treatment is an advanced orthodontic treatment to straighten crooked teeth. Invisalign are clear aligners made from flexible plastic materials. These aligners are like plastic trays that are placed over the teeth, like guards. Once installed, they exert pressure on the teeth and move them slowly to the desired position.

Most of us are worried when we hear that our child needs an orthodontic treatment. Knowing about the treatment beforehand helps to lessen the anxiety and prepare you for the road ahead. Here is a brief explanation about the process of Exton Invisalign treatment.

  • The Initial Consultation

Choose a reputed orthodontist and schedule an initial consultation. During the initial consultation, the orthodontist examines the teeth and the mouth. He explains about the different options available to treat the case and outlines the cost of each option. You can clear all your doubts about the duration of the treatment, total costs, dental care tips during and after the treatment and so on. Most of the orthodontic clinics offer a free initial appointment.

  • Close Examination of the Teeth and Mouth

Before starting the treatment, the doctor will conduct a close examination of the mouth. They will take x-rays, photographs, digital impressions and sometimes dental impressions. This process of collecting data about the present condition of your mouth is known as “taking records.” The entire process may take anywhere between half an hour to an hour.

  • The Invisalign Prescription Form

After taking records, the dentist will fill a formal prescription form. The invisalign prescription form contains details of the current condition of your mouth and the treatment schedule, the orthodontist wants to follow. The form is forwarded to Align Technology Inc. along with your x-rays, digital impressions and other details.

  • Transforming your Impressions to Digital Form

The technicians at Align Technologies, transform your digital impressions into 3D models using CT scanner and other advanced technology. Then they will create digital simulation of your treatment plan, which shows the exact movement of teeth during the treatment.

  • The Virtual Simulation is sent to the Doctor

The simulation is sent to the orthodontist for his/her approval.  The orthodontist may go ahead with the plan or suggest some changes if required. Some orthodontists also show the simulation to the patients to get feedback.

  • Invisalign Aligners are Created

After the go ahead by your orthodontist, Align Technologies Inc. creates sets of invisalign aligners for your treatment. The treatment may include anywhere between ten to thirty pairs of aligners.

The orthodontist will start the Exton Invisalign treatment, once he receives the aligners from the company. The duration of the treatment depends on the complexity of your case.

Caring For Car Seat Covers

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When you want the best for your car, having custom seat covers padding your hindquarters seems like a good idea. They’re a reflection of your aesthetic tastes, and they’re good at keeping your car’s seats safe from water and UV rays.

But as good as they are, they’re still equipment, and equipment doesn’t last long unless you take good care of it. Thankfully, we have some tips to help you out with that.

Clean often

If there’s one thing that degrades custom seat covers the quickest, it’s being dirty. Naturally, the best way to deal with this is to make sure that your covers are as clean as possible with regular cleanings. Wet suit shampoo is specially designed for cleaning car seat covers, which is made out of the same stuff as wet suits; neoprene.

And don’t worry; you don’t need to take the seat covers off to clean them, you just need to mix the wet suit shampoo with water, then use a lint-free cloth. After that, rinse the covers with fresh water, and just use a towel to dry them.

No sunbathing

Sure, the seat covers protect your seat from UV rays, but they have their limits, and if you overexpose them to the sun, they’re going to degrade. Now, there are simple ways to stop UV rays from degrading your covers; simple, obvious ways, but there are also specialist products that act like sunscreens for your seat covers. Take a look at the market; there might be something for your seat covers. Generally, you just want to make sure those seats don’t get sunbaked.

What’s that smell?

Yeah, seat covers can absorb smells too. Just like that gym bag. Regular cleaning usually handles these smells just fine, but, occasionally, something really bad sticks. At this point, you turn to specialist products to deal with the stench. Ask the manufacturer of your seat covers if they have anything.

No. Just No.

There you should do to care for your car seat covers, and there are things you should absolutely not do to care for them. Detergents and bleach for cleaning is a no-no, as are lint-y cloths. Brushes are also too abrasive for them.

 

 

Short Cropped Top And Shorts Perfect For Summer

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The short cropped top is the most common outfit that girls wear during summer. After all, it is comfortable and cool. Matching the cropped top with a pair of jeans is very typical among teenage girls but it can also be worn with a long flowing skirt or harem pants. For a day at the beach, the loose cropped top can be paired off with shorts or mini-skirts. Since cropped tops come in different styles, there is no reason not to find one that will perfectly suit you.

Summer calls for cool and comfortable clothing and cropped tops are the better option than full length outfits. Girls or young ladies who want to flaunt their sexy bodies can wear cropped tops. Cropped tops make petite girls look taller because of the illusion of longer legs than the upper part of the body.

If you want to experiment with cropped tops to achieve a different fashion style, try the matching set of cropped top and short skirt. If you have a tummy, chose the slightly high-waisted skirt where only a small portion of the abdomen will be displayed.

There is also a matching set of cropped top and wide leg pants for those who are not comfortable showing off their legs. While many prefer to wear cropped tops with jeans, it tends to be hot during summer so that wide leg pants are the better choice. For a sophisticated fashion sense, wear a straw hat as accessory.

Young girls can easily pull off wearing cropped tops with low-waist fringed shorts and a nice pair of flip-flops. Not only is the outfit comfortable for summer, it is stylish and full of youthfulness. The classic white cropped top with blue shorts looks refreshing and cool. An off-shoulder white cropped top with matching accessories will look perfect with light blue jeans.

While it is usually teenage girls who wear short cropped top, there is actually no age limit to wearing one. To wear the cropped top confidently and comfortably, spend some time at the gym to achieve toned abs. Do not be self-conscious when wearing a cropped top; wear it with pride.

 

 

4 Tips To Get Good Value For Your Money While Exchanging Canadian Dollars

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Visiting Canada for studies, work or pleasure will require you to exchange Canadian dollars. You can exchange currency at banks, foreign exchange companies, currency exchange kiosks at hotels, airports and other tourist attractions.

However, educating yourself about the exchange rates will help to get good value for your money. You can know about the prevailing rates of the CAD and expected rates by going through the CAD forecast published by leading newspapers, currency exchanges and online sites. Some currency exchanges in Canada also provide obligation free quotes if you request them online.

Here are some tips to choose the right organization for currency exchange and get the best value for your money.

Convert Currency at Your Home Bank

Your home bank will offer you good exchange rates. It is always advisable to exchange currency before you start the trip. You can get an international travel card and deposit the foreign exchange in your account. This is the safest way to carry money while travelling abroad. However, it always helps to know the CAD forecast and choose a good time to exchange currency.

Be Wary of Airport and Hotel Kiosks

Do not opt to exchange money at the currency exchange kiosks at the airports, hotels and other tourist attractions. These places have higher rates and usually charge higher fees and commissions, which are built into the exchange rate. As a result, you will get fewer Canadian dollars in exchange for your money. It is always preferable to choose a reputed currency exchange that offers best exchange rates.

Be Careful with Hotel Payments

Be aware that hotels charge their own currency exchange rates. Be careful when you book hotels for your trip. If you get hotel quotes in USD or in your local currency, pay online to avoid currency exchange issues at the hotel.

Choose a Reputed Currency Exchange

Avoid black market dealers and choose a reliable and trusted currency exchange in Canada for all your foreign exchange transactions. Choose an exchange that is registered with FINTRAC and AMF. Compare the exchange rates offered by different currency exchange companies and banks, and choose the best option.

Keep the above points in mind before choosing a currency exchange company or bank to exchange your currency. Keep a tab on the CAD forecast and choose an apt time to buy Canadian dollars to get the maximum value for your money.

Common Driving Mistakes That Cost You Money

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Buying and owning a car, let’s be honest; it’s expensive. It’s probably one of the most expensive things you’ll have to deal with. That’s due to all of the taxes, the insurance, and other fees you have to regularly deal with. Oh, and the gas. The gas. Definitely the big monster when it comes to cost.

But there are certain things we can do to help cut costs, and stop us from having to visit our local EBC Brakes so often.

These are not those things. These are the common mistakes that cost people cash when owning a car. Well, a few of them.

Holding the brakes while going downhill

Holding the brakes while you’re going down an incline is good for not going too fast, but that leads to additional wear and tear for your brakes. More wear and tear on the brakes means more visits to your closest EBC Brakes store to get replacements or repairs. Best thing to do when going down an incline is to shift down, putting your car in the first few gears in order to have it take the most of the effort slowing the machine down.

Accelerating hard in a high gear

There’s a reason most race car drivers think the most stressful part (on the part of the car) are the long straights where they reach high speeds. This is because high revs at high gears burn more fuel (that costs money, FYI), and also causes added strain to the engine. Mechanics, as a result, generally recommend keeping your vehicle at a low RPM.

Overloading

More weight means more effort needed by the engine to move the car. Simple physics. Every car has a max weight, denoted in its owner manual, and its best top stick to that. Overloading puts additional strain on the brakes, suspension system, as well as your drivetrain, on top of hampering your vehicle’s fuel economy.

Ignoring warning lights

A common mistake, this one, but one that can really cost a pretty penny. Seriously, it’s common sense; if something’s wrong with your car, best thing to do is get it checked out. In case you haven’t done so, do read your owner’s manual so you know what those lights mean.

 

Cartographer Creates Map Based On Night Lights

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A St. Louis-based geospatial web dev named Jacob Wasilkowski had an ideal what if he made a map that showed the lights at night on Earth as mountains? Well, he went and made that idea a reality, publishing it early in March 2019, at Palm Springs, California’s Esri Developer Summit.

He took the brightest areas on Earth during night, then made them into luminous mountains, with cities filled with lights stretching up 53mi. on the map. Poorly-lit areas stay flat, even if they’re actually high altitude locations in real life, like mountain ranges. It’s sorta like illustrative maps, but for lights.

Wasilkowski said that the idea behind the map is to get people thinking about what heavily urbanized areas do to nighttime environments. He stated that he also wonders if we don’t consider what day versus night really means when observing maps, noting his interest in the difference between daytime maps and visualization data for night.

Notably, NASA has a how-to guide on how to make such a visualization, showing that there is an interest in nighttime maps, illustrative maps or not.

Wasilkowski admits that he exaggerated the “elevations” on the map, which he did via multiplying the data by a value that he decided on after some trial-and-error. He explains that the luminescence of every pixel is a value from ranging from 0 to 1, then multiplied by 85,000 on the geospatial illustrative maps to get those bright mountain ranges.

Naturally, the map has some of the most urbanized areas being the highest, like Washington DC. Chicago, one of the most densely-packed areas in the US, turned into a giant mountain range of gold.

However, not all of the brightly-lit areas are urban. North Dakota’s northwestern region is still pretty cragged on the map, thanks to housing and gas fires from the oil and the natural gas found in the area, thanks to the Bakken shale formation.

Wasilowski got some good word from other cartographers about the map, with him saying that the project is something special. He notes that it’s a visual example of how the world’s mountains get ignored in favor for the urban areas.