The 13-Year Cicadas Set to Invade
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Do you love ‘em? Or do you hate ‘em? The cicadas are coming!
You may have heard rumors that the dreaded 13-year cicadas are emerging this year. It’s true. They are coming between April and June. It is predicted that they will appear when the ground temperature reaches 64 degrees Fahrenheit. Several cicadas have been spotted in the area. In no time, there will be thousands of them!
What exactly are the 13-year cicadas? And why are they coming out this year? Don’t cicadas come out every year? What makes this year special? What’s the difference between a 13-year and a 17-year cicada? What’s the difference between a cicada and a locust? Read on.
Cicadas are known for their beady little eyes. Contrary to the popular myth, cicadas are not blind. They can see just fine. However, fine eyesight does not prevent them from flying onto humans occasionally. There are several different types of cicadas. You’re probably familiar with the annual cicadas that come out every summer, typically called dog-day cicadas. The rarer 13- and 17-year cicadas are growing underground all the time, feeding on nutrients in trees, but only come out after they’ve fully grown (after 13 or 17 years). The difference between a 13-year and a 17-year cicada is that one species simply take four years longer to mature than the other. When the 13-year cicadas appear and make a loud racket, it’s called an emergence. After maturing and growing into adulthood underground for 13 years–they are ready to emerge above ground and begin mating. The loud sound that you hear comes from the males. It’s their mating call. The females hear the mating call, find the males, mate, and then lay their eggs in tree branches. The reason the cicada emergence is so loud is that millions of cicada babies grew into adulthood underground together for 13 years. Then those millions appear above ground singing together in a shrieking chorus, ready to mate and create millions of more babies. It’s an ongoing cycle. The 13-year cicadas sing loudest during the hottest parts of the day. They do sing at night, but not as frequently or as loudly. If you hear singing at night, it’s most likely a cricket, katydid, or frog.
We don’t treat cicadas because treating them with pesticides has proven ineffective. Other than producing a loud and annoying noise, cicadas are not harmful to humans. They don’t attack or sting. They don’t destroy the wood in houses. However, if you have young trees growing in your yard, it’s recommended that you cover them with bird netting or cheesecloth, or to delay pruning until the cicadas have left because female cicadas cut and pierce the branches of young trees, making the trees weak. Also, if you were planning on any outdoor painting project this summer, perhaps you should reschedule for another time because flying cicadas might ruin your paint job. Although cicadas are often called locusts, they are not synonymous. Locusts are short-horned grasshoppers. Cicadas are an entirely different, plant-sucking creature. The 13-year cicadas are a mysterious thing. Many people don’t understand this phenomenon and will respond in fear. If this blog was helpful and informative to you, please forward it along to your friends and family. Hopefully knowing more about cicadas will help you endure their courtship choruses.
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Orthodontic Treatments – Here Is What An Orthodontist Can do For you
Here’s a reason why dentists always remind patients to take care of their teeth. Poor hygiene will only lead to episodes of pain and more expensive treatments. Your oral health mirrors the condition of the body as a whole.
When it comes to treating bad bites, jaw problems, and crooked teeth, you need to consult with another specialist – an orthodontist. Find your way to healthier, stronger, more attractive teeth with the help of our Orthodontist.
Since it aims to improve a patient’s smile and appearance, orthodontics has been considered part of cosmetic dentistry. It includes a wide range of procedures. Orthodontics can treat the following dental conditions.
Malocclusion – Commonly referred to an as a bad or improper bite, malocclusion is simply a deviation in the normal position of teeth. It is associated with having a fault with the top and bottom dental arches.
Spacing – Teeth with abnormal sizes can result in gaps. This excess of available spaces is a condition called spacing. It leads to poor aesthetic and increases your risk for gum disease.
Crowding – Opposite of spacing, crowding refers to the lack of space for all teeth to fit normally. This condition may be caused by improper eruption of teeth. Crowding makes cleaning teeth more difficult.
Patients can also visit the orthodontist if they experience speech problems, jaws that click or make sounds, the difficulty of chewing, and other discomforts. No matter what age, you can seek treatment if you feel the need to.
When it comes to treatment, orthodontics uses various types of appliances to facilitate straightening, alignment, retraining muscles, and jaw development. It all depends on the severity of the dental
Braces – The most common dental appliance, braces gradually move teeth to their proper position. It consists of bands, wires, and brackets. They are usually adjusted monthly until the desired result is achieved.
Retainers – usually worn on the roof of the mouth, a retainer is a removable appliance that holds teeth in position after any method of realigning. It also assists the adjustment of the surrounding gums to bone changes.
Space Maintainers – A common solution for early tooth loss, space maintainers keep a space open until a permanent tooth erupts. It can either be fixed or removable. Orthodontists prescribe it to children.
When to Visit
Parents are recommended to schedule an orthodontic appointment for their children – no later than the age of seven. Early detection of problems is possible at this stage since the jaw is still developing.
A severe malocclusion may affect eating, talking, and keeping the oral cavity clean. What’s more, it can lower your self-esteem and confidence. If chewing becomes difficult, it’s time to visit an orthodontist immediately.
Benefits of Orthodontics
Remember, you may have to commit to one orthodontist for many years since it’s important to feel comfortable with your chosen orthodontist. After the needed treatments, you’ll see the following changes.
Better function of teeth
Long term health for gums and teeth
Freedom from jaw clicking or pain
Improved facial profile
Straight teeth and an attractive smile
Cleaning of teeth becomes easier
Don’t let crooked teeth and bad bites take over your oral cavity. With the right dental health services, you can boost your confidence like never before. With a trusted orthodontist, achieving a winning smile is easier.
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