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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.

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.

 

 

Wisdom For Parents Based On Montessori Method

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It takes a village to raise a child. This is why Montessori-based institutions such as Starbright Montessori wanted to remind parents the recommended parenting practices that they might have forgotten due to their busy schedules or for other matters. According to Maria Montessori, parents should look back on the basics of everything. This means making sure their children are getting enough sleep for their age and are eating healthy foods to nourish their body.

In order to make sure they get enough sleep, a bedtime routine should be kept. To encourage kids to eat healthy foods, they should have a number of options. It would help if they are involved in preparing the food and cooking to develop their love for healthy choices. Limit the number of beverages and offer just water as much as possible.

Parents often refused the help from a child especially when they are pressed with time. This is important though because helping in daily chores inside the house will develop their skills. They are mostly interested in tasks around the kitchen such as cooking and setting the table. They also like to join when they see someone washing the car or dusting the furniture.

Around the house, children should have the right tools for their age. With the right tools like utensils, child-size tools and furniture, they will be able to accomplish a lot of things on their own. They should have low shelves where they can keep their books and toys. Provide them with a step stool so they can hang their own coats and a small table and chair where they can work on tasks.

Children need consistency. They should not be hurried when doing their regular routines. This will lead to kids feeling secure and comfortable. As much as possible, put time allowance so they are not rushing especially when preparing to go to school. The routine should also include a time for unstructured play.

Young kids who are enrolled in Starbright Montessori are taught to love reading. This should be incorporated in the house by joining your kids in reading. Visit the local library or bookstore in your area.

Spring Cleaning? Call A Professional

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Spring in Orange County means temperatures in the lovely 60s or 70s. The clouds are full and fluffy up in the blue skies, the birds are singing, the bees are buzzing, the flowers are blooming, and people are a-cleaning. Clutter that has accumulated everywhere in the front yard, the basement, and every other part of the house are not as welcome in the beautiful season full of the beautiful sights and scents of nature.

Fortunately, the problem of disposing of junk and trash now has a solution. There are professional junk hauling Orange County companies that can help in these home decluttering projects. Most times, with the amount of junk and length of time it has gathered, it is best to get help from these professionals.

Years ago, no one would bat an eyelash if people started burning their junk in their own backyard. That was the thing that people did way back when. It was the way most people got rid of their stuff or trash. Those days are gone. Aside from the health and environmental risks of burning, it is now illegal because of those very risks to the people and the environment. It is now a well-known and accepted fact that burning junk or trash can release toxins and many other chemicals that are directly and indirectly harmful to the body and to the environment.

The right company could ensure proper home decluttering. These professionals make cleaning, clearing, and disposal safe for the customer and the environment by taking away the burden of the work from the customer and by following the proper disposal, recycling, or repurposing practices. They save customers time and money with their efficient, reliable, economical, and convenient services that follow strict guidelines and procedures. All these companies have the proper facilities, infrastructure, or resources and their best practices comply with the laws and regulations for clearing, transport, and processing.

With the coming of spring is the desire to renew, and many people feel the urge to do their spring cleaning. With the help of local junk hauling Orange County professionals, that front yard or basement will look as fresh as spring.

Electric Coffin Looking To Bring Art Into The Seattle Cityscape

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Truth be told, the city can be monotonous; the hum-drum of the daily routine can suck all life and vibrancy from you. One of the newest art exhibits in Seattle acknowledged this and wondered, “What can we do about this?”.

Cue the group, Electric Coffin, coming up with Discover + Disrupt, which is a celebration of cityscape art in the literal sense of the word: art in the cityscape. Things like highway signs with polar bears, or special stop signs with racoons.

Electric Coffin, an art collective known for its outlandish and vivid installations strewn across local Seattle, in smaller restaurants, and even major corporate offices like Amazon Seattle. Their intention with the installation was to bring wonder to the everyday.

Co-Founder Stefan Hofmann says that it can be really stressful to travel around Seattle. Let’s be honest, that’s true for a lot of cities, but let’s get back on topic. Hofman says that all the signs in a city either told them what to do or what not to do, and that felt like a shame. What if moving through a city also showed the wonders on the streets?

Another thing they took note of with cityscape art is that a lot of creative energy in a city goes to billboards, and ads, and other forms of advertising; selling something. Hofman believes that to be a waste of energy, perhaps best exemplified by the installation where McDonald’s fries and smashed Budweiser cans surround the phrase “Space Dust”, from Carl Sagan’s assertion that everyone made of cosmic dust, and, the idea that since we’re only around for a short while, we should enjoy our time.

Another co-founder, Duffy De Armas, says that the idea is to question where art actually fits into city planning. He describes a city as an engineered system built for efficiency, but points out that the entirety of the human experience is not just productivity and efficiency. It’s also about having fun.

They’re also looking to create a sense of artistic uniformity within cities, noting how disjointed it is in Seattle, where old and new buildings sit alongside each other, and people recognize and reflect that. Regardless of the method, the idea, Hofmann explains, is to awaken people to art, to destroy the notion that art should only be to museums and galleries, cordoned off from the rest of daily life.

Seattle’s had some success with these artful initiatives, like the renovations done to the Nord Alley in Pioneer Square, which have seen use in wedding shoots, outdoor movies, and even parties. De Armas says that they just want to take those ideas a bit further forward, put things on light poles, traffic cones, mailboxes and the like, to balance out the nature of municipalities as functional, efficient systems with the natural desire for artistry and creativity.

 

A Pictorial Map Of The World, For Those Looking For Fur

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If you look at a collage map illustration, you’ll see that they’re not entirely geographically accurate. They might have the general shape and scale right, but the minute measurements might not actually add up. That’s kind of the point, as they’re not designed to be used for navigation, but for information.

Take, for example, a map acquired from the Geographicus Rare and Antique Maps collection from 1917, around the first days when people were getting familiar with many a collage map illustration, and the like.  According to Geographicus Rare and Antique Maps, this particular piece is one of the earliest modern pictorial maps they’ve ever come across, and it’s so old as to require further verification regarding its mapmaker, one H.G. Hanot.

The team, however, have noted that the map’s size, and its origin date, says plenty about what the map is for. The map, laid on linen, is about 3×4 ft, meaning it’s big enough to be mounted on a showroom wall or the like. As for the map itself, it’s a map of the world which notes where animals hail, effectively being a map of the furs of the world. It also had shipping routes, so that people looking for furs can figure out where they can get fur. This particular map, simply put, was a marketing tool used to help furriers sell their wares, and a symbol of the historical popularity of fur.

In the early 20th century, the popularity of fur was growing thanks to the influence of the wealthy and the powerful, as well as Russia. World War I and the winters that followed immediately helped fur grow, as soldiers and civilians found themselves staying warm and insulated thanks to fur.

 

Fur, back in those days, was a bit more accessible, with rabbit, squirrel, skunk, and muskrat used for less-expensive products. All in all, furriers were working hard to convince shoppers that their fur products weren’t just for keeping warm, but were worthy of investing into, even if they have to tighten their belts a bit. As World War I was closing, they were pitching to customers, saying that fur was long lasting, functional, warm, durable, and easily adjustable to meet with the times. Maps like this show good insight into the times, and this map, made early in the 1900s, show how popular furs were.