HOTELS UNDER RODENT ATTACK

Hotels are the areas where the rodent species are mostly attracted.People visit hotels to relax and rejuvenate.Hotel rooms have everything you need for a pleasant stay. However these tiny notorious species commonly found in hotels and restaurants are enough to ruin your vacation leaving you with nothing but exasperation. The species explore each and every room; mostly kitchens; and are responsible for damages.

Nearly 40% of the mammals species are Rodents. Rodents are characterized by two pairs of  continuously growing incisors in the upper and lower jaws which need to be kept short by gnawing. Rats and mice are attracted by food supplies and do not venture far from their shelter or nesting sites. Rats and mice are capable of a rapid increase in population given an abundant food supply, due to the number of litters they are capable of producing and the time to maturity. They also are in constant search of places that would provide shelter from predators. They need dark and warm places to hide. This is the reason why they invade our hotels and restaurants.

Rodent presence in hotels can be indicated through the signs they leave. Droppings of various shapes and sizes; smudge marks along runs caused by their oily fur; small entry spots; gnawing on clothes, building materials,etc. are the signs which indicate rodent presence in hotels.

Rodents are the carriers for many diseases, including Salmonellosis, Leptospirosis, Toxoplasmosis, Lyme disease, rat-bite fever. Rodents carry ectoparasites, including ticks, fleas, lice and mites and are therefore also vectors for the diseases that these carry. They contaminate food with the droppings, urine and flith.

Rodents usually enter the hotels through poorly sealed heating and cooling air conditioning ducts, laundary area, drainage pipe holes, etc. The spacious area like hotels is available for them to accommodate and  requires great efforts to completely eradicate them.

Hotels have to suffer great economic losses due to rodent menace. Rodent sighting in hotels can badly affect the hotel’s name and reputation. Therefore hotels must pay special attention in maintaining hygiene and also eradicating the rodent infestation.

Consider the following news articles:

Cockroaches, rodent droppings, lack of hot water shut down 6 San Gabriel Valley food facilities:

March 31, 2017: The San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Six restaurants and markets in the San Gabriel Valley were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards.

Between March 19 and March 25, those facilities had their health permits suspended for cockroach infestations, a rodent infestation and a lack of hot water, according to reports from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department and the Pasadena Department of Public Health.

Restaurants and markets whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems have been fixed.

Customers served with sambar having dead rat:

April 27, 2017: local news, Bangalore, India.

The mid-day meal of Pourakarmikas was stored in the small room next to ward office. The workers found a dead rat floating in sambar. This was the second time the rat was in found in the food. The issue reached the BBMP council but was neglected.

Man discovers dead rat under his chair at Brewer’s Fayre after dropping his phone:

Feb 20, 2017: Boston, Lincolnshire.

A man was having a meal in the restaurant. He found a rat under his chair when looking for the dropped phone. He complained to the manager but the reply was it was because of the farmers visiting the fields. The Hotel then went under thorough inspection for pest activity.

Hotels do need effective and durable repellents. Hence a permanent solution is available with   C-tech Corporation in the form of product called RodrepelTM. RodrepelTM is extremely low at toxicity, non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic compound, non-hazardous, non-dangerous and environmentally safe rodent repellent.

Our product is available in the form of a masterbatch, which can be directly incorporated in the application while manufacturing and in form of lacquer that can be directly applied as a top coat on the surface of application. RodrepelTM does not kill but only keeps the rodents away by making use of the sensory mechanisms.

The product functions from a distance due to the peculiar smell which generates a typical fear response in rodents. Rodents are further restricted from biting the applications treated with our products due to advanced mechanisms like dermal irritation, extremely bitter taste, sensory stimuli modification etc.

Further, they acquire a fear towards the RodrepelTM containing products which make them stay away from the application. Thus, RodrepelTM actually helps in modifying rodent behavior. Rodents being social animals also communicate the bad experience to their population in the vicinity. Thus using Rodrepel™ can give a long term relief to hotel businesses from rodents.

RodrepelTM is a product resulting from smart technology and green chemistry. Hence doesn’t harm any target or non target species in any way, just keeps rodents away. We are committed to our environment & we believe that no harm must be caused to animals or to the environment.

Do not kill, just repel: Rodents

Rodents are among the animals found nearly all over the world. These animals are able to adapt to different environments without much difficulty. A rodent can go longer without water than a camel. It can fall from some five stories without injury. They can survive large doses of radiation, and swim for half a mile across open water. Over generations, they have managed to build up certain immunities to poisons.

Though their direct use to human is limited but their position on the tropic ladder is important. Nearly every kind of animal preys on rodents to some extent, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, other mammals and even fish. Rodents also play host to a number of parasites such as mites and ticks, creatures people may find as problematic as the rodents themselves. They are source of food to birds such as the hawk, eagle and owl. If rodents vanish, many species which are already endangered; like hawks and owl will go extinct, causing an even larger gap in our food chain.

In the ecology they act as scavengers, thus they take away any possible dead things from the area, thus reducing the decomposition rate.

In tropical forests rodents play a key role in spurring growth of new trees in the forest by spreading seeds. At least one African rodent, the Kivu giant pouched rat, has an equal responsibility in encouraging plant growth by dispersing seeds. They scatter-hoard larger seeds, as well as build sizable caches of seeds for later consumption that are often not consumed. Where the seeds germinate, they grow into new vegetation. Similar rodent behavior occurs in North America, where seeds sprout from stores made by burrowing rodents such as kangaroo rats and pocket mice. These creatures cache seeds along with other organic matter for winter consumption.

Plants in forests have mutually beneficial relationships with fungi in the soil. Fungi provide plants with nutrients, while the plants give energy to the fungi to grow and reproduce. The seeds of some plants, like orchids, won’t even germinate and sprout without being attached to a fungus. Rodents such as red squirrels and voles harvest and store mushrooms, thus exposing the spores to the elements and encouraging their spread. Underground fungi rely almost entirely on rodents to disperse their spores and reproduce. When the rodents eat their mushrooms, they distribute the fungal spores in their scat, facilitating another generation of healthy forest.

Many rodents such as ground squirrels, pocket gophers and prairie dogs bury underground, digging extensive burrows and tunnels. These tunnels not only create habitat for many other underground species, but also provide important benefits for the soil. Digging tunnels turns over the soil, mixing the top layers of litter and feces with the deeper layers. This process fertilizes the soil and buries carbon, essential for plant growth. The tunnels allow water to flow deep into the soil rather than running off, and also carry oxygen through sediment layers, aerating the soil to encourage root growth.

The ship rat has become a field pest in many countries and, because of its good climbing ability it infests fruit orchards besides entering buildings. This species is responsible for carrying the fleas which spread the plague.

The pacific rats are excellent climbers. Due to their excellent climbing ability, they are common pest of coconut. The house mouse is a good climber and lives in social groups. It can be a serious pest in agricultural fields and buildings, but has also been recorded in native or natural vegetation.

In woodlands, the white-footed mouse is a favored prey item for the eastern screech-owl, a surprisingly common bird on the Vineyard.

With the squirrels always climbing up trees and digging on the ground, they also help to spread the growth of plants and trees. Many of them feast on various fruit nuts and these are spread along a large area for food storage. Some of these nuts will eventually be forgotten and so giving them a chance to grow and become plants or trees.

Ground squirrels are known to dig deep in the soil to bury their food and to create temporary shelter. This regular activity basically helps to aerate the soil and make it healthy for some plants to grow and thrive. Squirrels are also known to break up various tree branches, leaves, and nuts and these are all scattered to the ground making the soil always healthy with nutrients.

Squirrels on the ground dig holes that are big enough for other animals to live in. Those that dwell in trees also carve out tunnels for their own shelter. Once the squirrels leave their own shelter, other tree-dwelling animals may take their place and enjoy their stay in the tree.

Some squirrels may be considered a nuisance to people’s homes or gardens, but they actually play a significant role in the entire ecosystem. Many animal experts even refer to squirrels as nature’s hardworking gardeners because they help in the growth and survival of various plant and tree species. Squirrels also serve to eliminate smaller animals like pest and insects.

Anyone living near areas prone to flooding receives benefits from burrowing animals such as moles and groundhogs as rainwater infiltrates these ground level holes. This helps carry the water into the soil where it can seep in and be stored instead of simply running over and off the land, often carrying with it vital nutrients needed for crop production.

Though these rodents are considered nuisance, their complete eradication from the ecosystem will prove risky for other animals and humans as well.

So why not eradicate the thought of completely killing these rodents. Rather they can just be repelled. For the same C-tech corporation has a solution – RodrepelTM.

Rodrepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous, non-carcinogenic and environmentally safe, anti rodent, additive. It is engineered using unique set of complex compounds.  Rodrepel™ is cost effective and cost efficient, inert, stable up to 1400 deg C temperature, long lasting etc. Because of these unique properties it is compatible with various polymers like PP, LDPE, HDPE and MDPE. The product is available in the form of master batch which can be incorporated in the application while it being manufactured. It is also available in liquid concentrate and lacquer form: which can be coated on the surface of the existing applications. Rodrepel™ is designed to keeping the animals away effectively and does not kill the rodents or any other animal. It doesn’t harm any target or non target species in any way. We are committed to our environment & we believe that no harm must be caused to animals or to the environment.

These small animals deserve an appreciation for their resourcefulness.

 

 

 

 

Rodents and insects littering hotel business

The number of hotels infested by rodents is increasing day by day. The adverse impacts of such invasions by these notorious pests not only affect the hotel owners but also the travelers. Hotels have been facing problems due to rodents since long, but the use of appropriate measures to get rid of them is rarely seen.

One certainly visits the hotel recommendation websites for reviews about the desired hotel for a stay. Many complaints regarding rodents breeding in hotel rooms are found there. Less are the complaints about the room pricing, while more are about the pests and rodents enjoying their long vacations there. However negative customer reviews and feedbacks due to rodent encounters can seriously damage the hotel reputation which is highly undesirable in any hospitality industry.

You plan for a vacation stay in these hotels thinking you will rest and relax, but then you are offered with terrible nightmares due to pests like rodents and bedbugs.

Though this doesn’t mean one needs to stop vacationing. Instead, the hotels must implement methods to stop the occurrence of such scenarios.

A new research study reveals some interesting findings about the economic impact of rodents and bed bugs on the hotel industry.

The researchers put some hard numbers to the economic impact of online reports of bed bugs in the hotels, as well as the value of protective services. Results show that on average, a single report of a rodent or bed bug in recent travelers review lowers the value of a hotel room by $38 and $23 per room per night for business and leisure travelers respectively.

Rodents are one of the most widespread groups of mammals, found all over the world. One pair of rodent can give rise to about 2,000 in one year. Business in which food is stored or handled is especially prone to rodent invasion. Hotels are one of those. Rodents not only cause damage to food but also to the decors, electrical insulations, plumbing and structures in the hotels.

They obtain access to the hotels from windows and vent. Even utility pipes, electrical conduit, drains, water and gas lines, and communication cables generally have large openings that permit entry to these creatures.

From the moment the rodents set their foot in a hotel, it never takes long before they invade every single room. Light, being their biggest enemy, rodents hide in dark places in the hotel rooms. They hide in the closets and attics.

In hotels, specific problem areas include poorly sealed heating and air conditioning ducts. Hotel kitchens are equipped with several refrigerators. Mice and rats are sometimes found using freezer and refrigerator compressor areas for harborage and water.

Though carnivores, they tend to chew all kinds of materials so as to restrict the growth of their incisors.

Rodent infested goods in hotel pantries commonly include cereals, flour and baking mixes, waxed carton drinks, dried fruits and nuts, paper goods, charcoal briquettes, and damaged goods. As rodents serve as vectors of a variety of diseases like leptospirosis, swine dysentery, brucellosis, sarcoptic mange, tuberculosis and many more, such contamination of food items by them is very dangerous.

In spacious structures like hotels, complete eradications of rodents can be an uphill task. In order to maintain the reputation of the hotel precautionary measures are must which would repel rats from entering the hotel territory.

Rodents Removed at Radisson, Kitchen Reopens After Infestation

January 13, 2017, Local news, Florida

The kitchen at the Raddison Riverside Hotel in downtown Rochester is back up and running after a rodent infestation there.

The Monroe County Health Department shut down the food operation after it said a routine inspection found a mouse problem.

The Department of Health required a pesticide company to come in to get rid of rodents.

Rodent issues force closure at Wyndham Hotel in Deerfield Beach

September 28, 2015, TWC News, New York

Records show a roach issue at the Hotel Astor in South Beach and a rodent issue at the Wyndham Hotel in Deerfield Beach.

Both places had food service areas shut.

Young boy bitten by rat in hotel

A Lake District hotel faces legal notice after two members of a family, including a three year old, were bitten by a rat.

May 20, 2006, England, BBC News

Steve Harris was with his wife and son Cameron at the scenic Windermere Hydro hotel, which overlooks Bowness. Mr. Harris, from Dudley, West Midlands, says he and his son required hospital treatment after the November incident. The hotel said it offered the family a full refund and had done all it could to control pests. The family said they had been traumatized by the incident, which left their son requiring steroid treatment.

Hotels do need effective and durable repellents. Then why not use RodrepelTM, an extremely low at toxicity, non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic compounds, non-hazardous, non-dangerous and environmentally safe rodent repellent. Our product is available in the form of a masterbatch, which can be directly incorporated in the application while manufacturing and in form of lacquer that can be directly applied as a top coat on the surface of application. RodrepelTM does not kill but only keeps the rodents away by making use of the sensory mechanisms. The product functions from a distance due to the peculiar smell which generates a typical fear response in rodents. Rodents are further restricted from biting the applications treated with our products due to advanced mechanisms like dermal irritation, extremely bitter taste, sensory stimuli modification etc. Further, they acquire a fear towards the RodrepelTM containing products which make them stay away from the application. Thus, RodrepelTM actually helps in modifying rodent behavior. Rodents being social animals also communicate the bad experience to their population in the vicinity. Thus using Rodrepel™ can give a long term relief to hotel businesses from rodents.

 

Rodent menace in agriculture!

Rodents are one of the most important vertebrate pests which directly and indirectly cause distress to the production of crops and storage of grains. Rodents cause severe damage to various crops by gnawing, spoilage, contamination and hoarding activities. The effects of rodent damage cause a huge amount of crop losses and food shortages in many parts of the world. Rodents cause millions of dollars in damages to field crops, stored grain and farm equipment each year. In addition, they are the major carrier for more than 60 diseases that are transmissible to humans, companion animals, and livestock.

In Asia alone, annual food losses due to rodents would be enough to feed 200 million people each year. Rice pre-harvest losses are estimated to be between 5-10% in most Asian countries, however, in some countries, it is expected to be significantly higher, such as Indonesia where yield loss estimates are around 19% which is the equivalent of enough grain to feed 39 million more Indonesians. However, the destruction caused by rodents on a localized level can be devastating where rodent outbreaks can wipe out entire harvests and lead to famine like conditions.

While there are different causes of rodent outbreaks, all lead to a situation whereby there are higher than normal amounts of available food which rodents has access to. Rodent outbreaks have been categorized as being cyclical or evolutional, climatic, or anthropogenic Rodent outbreaks which occur due to natural cycles include the masting or flowering of plants such as bamboo. In 2007, many poor rural communities in India, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Laos PDR were affected by such events and required food aid.

Unusual climatic events such as heavy rainfall early in the wet season or flash floods and cyclones can cause rodent outbreaks. Heavy rainfall before the beginning of the crop season, for instance, can allow the rodents’ breeding season to begin earlier due to better than usual food supply, therefore, the breeding season is extended which increases rodent numbers in the fields.

The third cause of rodent outbreaks is due to the management of cropping systems whereby there is an anthropogenic response to an extreme climatic event or market forces. The expansion of cropping areas and the intensification of cropping systems increasing the number of crop seasons per year are seen as major inducers of anthropogenic rodent outbreaks.

Let us look at some recent news articles pertaining to rodent damage in the agricultural sector.

Rodents destroy crops in district, paddy worst-hit
May 20, 2015, TOI, India

MADURAI: Rodent infestation is causing severe damage to crops across the district, specifically in paddy fields where the damage is estimated to be the highest.

Entomologists said 4.6 to 54% of paddy crops were lost due to rat infestation. The ‘bandicota bengalensis’ variety of rats is the most common troublemaker, found in crop and residential areas alike. These usually thrive in wetland areas. Another species ‘millardia meltada’ is mostly found in dry land areas.

Assistant professor of entomology at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Usha Rani said, “You know there is a rat problem when the seeds on the planting or the rice tillers, which are grain-bearing branches formed on the base of the plant, are eaten. Rice panicle, which is a kind of flower seen on the top part of the plant, will also be missing.”

“Rodents stock about 0.5kg to 4kg of grain in their burrows in special chambers,” she added.

The rodent problem has been severe in Chellampatti and surrounding areas of the district. Crops are usually damaged when it is about 45 days old. “The maximum damage is caused to rice crops. The rodents cut the seedling in patches,” said farmer from Chellapatti area D Pandiarajan.

Rodents play havoc with paddy ryots
August 4, 2016, TOI, India

Guntur: For J Venkata Rao, a paddy grower from Ponnur mandal in the district, the last couple of years had not been great in terms of returns. While he lost his investment due to lack of adequate rainfall in 2014, rodents ate away a part of his field last year.

This year too, as Kharif season began, he is anxious as he is yet to find an effective method to eradicate the rodents.

“As soon as the transplantation of the crop begins every year, I spend sleepless nights. I grow paddy on 2 acres and I lose about six bags of the crop due to rodents,” he lamented.

Let us now look at some current methods that are used to control the rodent menace in the agricultural sector, particularly in rice fields. Throughout South and Southeast Asia studies have shown that rodents are the number one pest or the pest which causes the most damage to the rice yields. The most common technique used to control the damage caused by rodents is the use of rodenticides. However, studies show that many rodenticides have adverse effects on the health of the farmers. Rodenticides and pesticides also are responsible for the environmental degradation by polluting the soil and ground water reserves. These rodenticides also kill the non-target beneficial species like bees, earthworms etc.

So the question that arises is what should we use? This question has been answered by CTech Corporation’s Rodrepel™. Rodrepel™ is a non-hazardous, environment-friendly product of CTech Corporation that helps to keep rodents at bay. Rodrepel™ does not kill the animal, it only repels them! In fact, it is completely safe for the target as well as non-target species. This innovative product, in masterbatch form, can be incorporated with the drip tapes, tubes, pipes, agricultural films, mulches. The product does not leach out, thus preventing soil pollution. Groundwater reserves are also not polluted. Also, the non-target beneficial species like earthworms, bees etc are not affected.

Our product in lacquer form can be coated over tree guards, fences, various PVC surfaces etc. which would ensure complete protection against these creatures. Our products provide a safe and environmentally friendly solution to avoid rodent infestation in agriculture.

Rats onboard!

Rat on a plane: 200 passengers evacuated after rodent found on transatlantic flight
February 27 2010, Travel News

 The Boeing 767, bound for London Heathrow from Canada, was waiting to taxi down the runway when a passenger spotted the rodent in an overhead locker.

The captain of Air Canada flight AC888 ordered all 205 passengers off the plane so a pest control team could try to catch the rat.

But despite an intensive search, the rodent could not be found. The flight was cancelled and passengers spent the night at a hotel near Ottawa’s McDonald-Cartier international airport.

It is the latest in a series of animal scares on planes. Last April a Qantas flight was grounded in Australia after four python snakes escaped from a cage in scenes reminiscent of the 2006 spoof horror film Snakes on a Plane.

In October a packed jet from New York to Heathrow was halted on the runway after a mouse ran through the cabin.

From the above evidence it is clear that mice and other rodents are a significant danger to aircraft as they have a tendency to nibble through vital cabling. After a rat was discovered aboard an Air India Ltd. plane at the Delhi airport, a spokesman for the country’s state-owned flag carrier said rodent stowaways are a “rare occurrence.” If only that were true. In fact, rats and other pests often find their way onto jetliners in India and around the world.

With thousands of flights each day handling large quantities of food for passengers as well as baggage, rodents sometimes manage to hitch a ride on food catering trucks or luggage trollies to get inside planes despite hygiene checks. Rodents are blessed with two pairs of incisors which grow continuously. In order to keep these ever growing incisors in check rodents need to gnaw on something hard.  Thus these notorious pests gnaw through the outer polymeric sheathing of wires and cables due to their smooth texture, bright color and sweet odor.

 

Let us look at some other glaring evidences pertaining to the absolute kiosk rats cause onboard.

On December 2015, an Air India plane flying to London was forced to turn back after passengers spotted a rodent on board. Although the rat was not found, the pilot returned to Mumbai with passenger safety in mind. In another similar incident that occurred on on August 2014, an aircraft carrying 200 passengers overrun with stowaway rodents was grounded amid fears they would chew through electrical wires . The aircraft’s crew noticed the rodent stowaways scurrying free in the rear half of the cabin as the plane, carrying about 200 passengers and staff, landed at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport from Calcutta. After the flight landed safely and pulled up to the gate, the crew cleared everyone off the Airbus and had it taken out of service, the Times of India reported. An unnamed official told the Times of India: ‘Rats on board an aircraft can lead to a catastrophe if they start chewing up electric wires of a fly by wire plane. ‘If that happens, pilots will have no control on any system on board leading to a disaster.’ Also on August 28 2016, a tiny rat delayed an Air France flight for two days. It took several hours to remove the unwanted passenger from the flight bound for the French capital. By the time the stowaway had been expelled, the cabin crew had reached the maximum time they are permitted to work to avoid fatigue. The flight was delayed by 48 hours

So is there any solution for this rodent menace?? Do tedious processes like fumigation and use of rodent traps really help? The reality is that these conventional methods are proving to be ineffective in managing the rodents. Fumigating an aircraft isn’t easy. The plane needs to be isolated, sealed and then pumped full of lethal gas. After about six hours, the aircraft is ventilated to clear the toxic fumes.

So the question is what can be done to discourage these notorious rodents from causing further on-board damages.

We at C Tech Corporation have come up with a solution for this problem. Our product Rodrepel™ is an extremely low toxic, non-hazardous rodent aversive. This product acts through a series of highly developed intricate mechanism ensuring that rodents are kept away from the target application. The product is compliant with RoHS, RoHS2, and REACH and is FIFRA exempted. We do not aim at disturbing the ecosystem designed by nature. Our non hazardous eco-friendly products do not kill the target species but only repel them.

The products are available in the form of solid masterbatches which can be incorporated as a polymer additive in the sheathing of wires and cables used in various sensitive equipments in an airplane to make it rodent resistant. Also the food lockers and other vulnerable areas to damage can be coated with our lacquer based solutions. Our products have a long shelf life. Thus Rodrepel™ is definitely an effective solution for controlling and managing the problems and threat posed by rodents in airplanes.

 

Rodents menace in railways!

Rats attack the railways
By Heidi Blake, The Telegraph, UK

Rat attacks are causing chaos on the railways, with hundreds of trains breaking down as the rodents gnaw through vital cables.

Transport bosses are preparing to spend millions preventing rats and mice from chewing tiny holes in power and IT wires laid alongside the UK’s 20,000 miles of rail track.

A small hole gnawed through an inch-thick high voltage power cable caused a breakdown on the West Coast mainline in Cheshire last month, leading to 20 train cancellations and 99 delays.

Two weeks earlier, a special service carrying football fans to Carlisle United’s FA Cup match against Everton was just one of 107 trains cancelled and another 289 delayed by a similar problem between Preston and Lancaster.

A two-year program is under way to strengthen the rail system’s defences by laying steel armoured replacement cables, and a Network Rail spokesman admitted yesterday that the project would cost millions.

“This is a serious problem and it does happen throughout the county,” he said.

“We’ve got 20,000 miles of railway, all of which has got various types of cable whether it is signaling cable, telecommunications cable, or power supply cable running alongside the line.

“It’s going to cost us millions. But if you take into consideration the problems that instances like this cause – we effectively pay compensation to any delays that are caused to trains operators – having to spend money on replacement cables is going to save us money.”

Eric Martlew, the MP for Carlisle, was delayed on his way to watch Carlisle United play Everton on January 2.

He said; “It’s a nonsense that the whole of the West Coast mainline could have been brought to a standstill by a mouse.

“The point is it should never have happened – the wires should have been protected and mighty mouse shouldn’t have been allowed to stop Carlisle United fans in their tracks in this way.”

Craig Johnston, a member of the RMT rail unions national executive committee, said he was astonished by the explanation for the delays.

“I’ve worked on the railways for 26 years and I’ve never heard anything like it – I find it difficult to believe,” he said.

Rodents have always been a big nuisance to the passengers of Railways, especially those travelling by long-distance trains.  Rats lurking around in train in search of food and things to chew and damage is a common sight. Rats are found in train because of easy access to food in the pantry area and passenger luggage. These pesky creatures create unhygienic conditions infesting the pantry area and depositing their waste wherever they like. Also, they often chew through passengers bags damaging their belongings. Many a times, they even bite and injure the passengers. They are certainly capable of transmitting several bacterial and viral diseases to travelers.

Apart from contamination of food, rodents also pose a huge threat to the passenger’s safety by chewing on the signaling cables, brake cables etc. A signaling system for a rail network needs to have timely information on the position of trains and the occupancy status of track sections. Signaling cables, power cables, brake cables fall prey to damages inflicted by rodents. In order to avoid the overgrowth of their incisors, rodents chew on these cables thus impairing them. Such damages could cause electrical short circuits, incorrect signals, miscommunication leading to train collisions, derailment, fire in train etc. Let us look at one such incident in France pertaining to the damage caused by rodent in Railways.

Near disaster on a railway caused by rats signals continued vigilance for cable installers
August 2014, France

At the beginning of July, a high-speed TGV train was struck from behind by a regional train in south west France. The regional train had passed a signal wrongly set on green and the potentially catastrophic malfunction was caused by rodents gnawing through trackside signal cables, an SNCF inquiry found.

The accident at Pau has prompted the French national railway to carry out an urgent check on 10,000 signals to prevent any further occurrences of what it says was an ‘exceptional and unprecedented’ incident.

Efforts by the Railways need to be quadrupled to effectively deal with this problem. It has been proved time and again that the conventional pest control strategies have failed and lakhs of rupees have gone down the drain. Thus we need to look for an alternative solution for this problem in order to combat the pest menace in railways.

C Tech Corporation can offer a solution to this problem. Our products Rodrepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous rodent  aversive. It is available in the form of masterbatches which can be directly incorporated in the polymer matrix during processing of wires and cables. This would result in the final cable or wire being rodent  repellent. This would be an efficient way of deterring the rodents from chewing the cables and wires and thus negate the possibility of a short circuit. Gruesome accidents like above can thus be avoided.

Rodrepel™ is also available in lacquer form and can be applied directly on the outside as well as inside of the railway coaches. The product can effectively control the proliferation of these undesired pests! Rodrepel™ is RoHS, RoHS2 and REACH compliant and FIFRA exempted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beaver nuisance!

The beaver is a large, primarily nocturnal, semi aquatic rodent. The beaver is a large, stocky appearing rodent, generally 35 to 40 inches long from head to tail. It has a broad, flat paddle-shaped tail, short ears and generally brown fur. The beaver’s four large front teeth enable it to girdle or cut down large trees or other vegetation used as foods or dam and lodge construction materials. Beaver weigh between 30 and 40 pounds at maturity, but keep growing slowly their whole lives and may reach 80 pounds or more. Beaver can live as long as 11 to 12 years in the wild. Beaver are primarily nocturnal, both feeding and working during the night. Beaver are true vegetarians, eating only plant material. Their diet in Arkansas consists primarily of bark, twigs and leaves of trees such as sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), cottonwood (Populus spp.) and willow (Salix nigra)), but they may feed on any available tree species, including pine (Pinus spp.) and Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana). Beaver also eat the roots, stems and leaves of aquatic plants, as well as feed on agricultural crops such as corn (Zea mays), soybeans (Glycine max) and fruit trees.
The two most common problems associated with beavers are flooding that results from blocked structures and damage caused to trees.
Flooding becomes a crisis after unusually heavy rain or when snow enters bodies of water with significant blockages. Dams built by beavers may cause flooding, which in the most severe cases may weaken structures, washout roads, and alter watercourses. While beaver dams  contribute to this type of flooding, they can also store water during periods of drought and slow down the movement of water from land to river systems, thereby preventing more serious floods and significant financial damage downstream.

Damage to trees in urban and suburban areas is likely to be noticed before it becomes critical, but perhaps not before a valuable tree or two has been lost. Operators of commercial forests attribute millions of dollars of timber loss annually to beavers. In Ontario, beavers have been known to eat almost every tree and shrub species available. In the Toronto area, preferred foods and building materials are poplars and willows. Beaver activity may cause damage to public and private property in the form of flooding or tree damage. Girdled, cut or felled trees may topple over, fall onto other trees, utility lines, or precariously hang over public pathways or roadways. In addition, they often gnaw on living trees just to grind down and sharpen their continuously growing incisor teeth.

Beaver Dams Creating Flood Risk for Rancho Cordova Neighborhood
April 19 2017, USA
Beavers are being blamed for causing some significant damage in Rancho Cordova.
The beavers are toppling dozens of trees, creating a flood risk in the area. On the surface, it looks like a peaceful pond, with trees, wildlife and a popular jogging path along Mather Boulevard, but a family of beavers has been busy making themselves at home. “They have cut down about 40 trees to create a beaver den,” said city spokeswoman Maria Kniestedt. “We think they do it at night because we’ll come back the next day and there will be more trees down.”

Border-dwelling beaver wages battle against North Vancouver trees
December 27 2017, Canada
A beaver, normally a symbol of Canadian pride and unity, has caused destruction on the border between two municipalities on B.C.’s North Shore.
Linda Lambert said the beaver has been living in Lower MacKay Creek just to the west of Capilano mall for several months, and has been wreaking havoc on trees in the area.
“He’s wandering out of the creek-bed where he lives and attacking these trees, the ones that have been planted by the municipality and the ones that were there naturally,” she said.

Biologists classify beavers as ‘keystone species’. Beavers build dams in water and create wetlands upon which many species and endangered species depend. They purify and control water by filtering silt from water bodies in which they live. High water table, less erosion and cleaner water results from these beaver dams. They can also prevent forest fire from spreading in neighboring region. Beaver dams also protect downstream spawning areas from sedimentation and increase salmon and trout populations.
Hence to use conventional methods like electric fencing, exclusion fencing, frightening devices, toxicants, fumigants, toxic rodenticides would not be appropriate. As these methods directly harm beavers.

Rodrepel™, an anti-rodent additive, a C Tech Corporation product is an ideal solution for the prevention and control of beavers. Rodrepel™ is available in the form of solid masterbatches, liquid concentrate and in lacquer form. The product is compliant with RoHS, RoHS2, and REACH and is FIFRA exempted. This product acts through a series of highly developed intricate mechanism ensuring that rodents are kept away from the target application.
The fencing and tree guards can be coated with Rodrepel™ to protect the trees, shrubs etc. from the damage caused by the beavers. The product can also be incorporated into agricultural films, plastic mulches, plastic pots etc. used on a large scale in the agriculture as well as horticulture sector in order to avoid damages caused by these beavers to the crops. Thus Rodrepel™ is definitely an effective and a long lasting solution to avoid the beaver menace.

Squirrels damaging our cables!

Damage to wires and cables by rodents is very common. From squirrels to rats and rabbits, rodents like to chew whatever they can find. Rodents like squirrels cause immense damage to  the wires and cables by constantly nibbling on them. They chew on telecommunication cables and connection closures and damage copper wires inside metallic cables and fibers inside optical cables. Damage caused by squirrels frequently occurs along aerial cable routes in mountainous areas.  Innumerable squirrel induced power outages are costing the cable industry millions of dollars in maintenance and repair. As per the data provided by ‘CyberSquirrel1’, a website which collects and records the power blackouts caused by rodents as well as other animals , there have been about 927 documented squirrel related power outages till date in the United States alone. Also according to Level 3 Communications, which maintains an 84,000-mile fiber network, the little squirrels do 17 percent of the damage to their fiber optic network. In 2011, Time Warner Cable had to replace 87 miles of cable in Western New York, as squirrels had completely destroyed the cable by constant nibbling.

Let us look at one the recent news articles pertaining to damage caused by squirrels to the telecommunication network.

Massive telecommunications outage blamed on squirrels
April 14 2017, Plumas Country News, California, USA

Large swaths of Northern California, including Lassen, Plumas, Tehama and Modoc counties experienced a nearly complete telecommunications outage April 4, affecting many businesses and residential users in the North State.

Both the Internet and telephone services were out of commission for up to 12 hours starting around 9:30 a.m. as Frontier Communications’ technicians worked to reinstate the company’s network.

Many local businesses in Chester and in Plumas County could function on a cash-only basis because of the outage, and a number of people reported they were unable to access their funds via ATMs.

Some Verizon and AT&T cell phone customers reported interruptions to their services as well.

In Lassen County, the towns of Westwood and Susanville were also affected by the temporary communications blackout.

In a communiqué sent via email, Javier Mendoza, public relations director with Frontier Communications, said damage to a remotely located fiber-optic cable 42 miles west of Susanville caused an interruption of Internet, telephone, long distance and some cellular services.

Frontier crews were immediately dispatched, located the damage and worked as quickly and as safely as possible to make repairs, he said. Technicians determined that squirrels chewing through the cable caused the damage.

“While Frontier takes necessary precautions to protect infrastructure, squirrels are skillful climbers and sometimes get past protective barriers,” said Mendoza in a telephone message.

Frontier required snow vehicle operators and additional resources due to heavy ground snow to access the cable and make repairs, with service restored by 9 p.m.

“We thank our customers and the communities we serve for their patience as our team worked diligently to restore service,” Mendoza said.

Squirrel causes large power outage in Ashland
April 14 2017, Mail Tribune, USA

ASHLAND -A squirrel fried a major electrical line earlier this morning in Ashland and caused a large power outage that has snarled traffic and slowed the city to a crawl.

Squirrel knocks out power in Manassas
April 2 2017, Potomac Local.com, Manassas

Squirrel to blame for fire and power outage in Luverne
April 1 2017, Luverne, KSFY abc, USA

Now the question is why do squirrels cause damage to our wires and cables at first place. Squirrels have incisors on both upper and lower jaws. These teeth continue to grow throughout their life, but these notorious pests keep them to an appropriate length by gnawing on objects. Polymeric applications like wires and cables attract squirrels due to the bright colors, sweet odor and smooth texture.

The traditional methods used to protect wires and cables from pest damage like metal armoring, use of glass roving, and polyamide sheathing lower the flexibility of the cables and make them rigid. Also the chemical repellents compounded in the sheathing are extremely toxic and have been proven to have harmful effects on human health. They also pollute the soil, ground water reserves and kill the non-target beneficial species essential for human survival. Also pesticides and rodenticides are not designed for polymeric applications at first place. Thus they easily vaporize from the polymer matrix during manufacturing processes which are carried out at very high temperatures and these vapors prove to be hazardous for the workers working on the shop floor.

So do we have an effective and long lasting solution for this problem? Yes we do! At C Tech Corporation we make use of Mother Nature’s gift of senses to these rodents in developing non- toxic & non- hazardous formulation! Rodrepel™, a new age products by C Tech Corporation, is the solution. It is extremely low toxic and non-hazardous which can be used to prevent and control damage caused due to rodents to wires and cables. These are eco-friendly polymer additives. The product is a perfect blend of smart technology and green chemistry. It is specially designed to work on the mechanism of repellence and does not aim at killing the pests. It is available in three forms, solid masterbatch, liquid concentrate and lacquer form. The solid masterbatch can be incorporated in the base polymer of wires and cables while manufacturing and can be protected from the rodent menace. Also the liquid concentrate and lacquer can be coated directly on the top surface of the wires and cables to avoid the damage caused by these rodents. The product is specially designed for polymer application. Rodrepel™ does not leach out of polymer matrix and is thermally stable. It is RoHS, RoHS 2 and REACH complaint and also is FIFRA exempted.

 

Rodents in hotels!

The Indian tourism and hospitality industry has emerged as one of the key drivers of growth among the service sectors in India. Studies show that the demand for hotel rooms in India grew about 20% in 2015. Moreover, by 2025, foreign tourist arrivals in India are expected to reach 15.3 million, according to the World Tourism Organization. Hotel industry is a zero-tolerance zone for rodent infestation! A rodent sighting in a restaurant could severely damage the hotel’s reputation and result in the loss of customers. Severe rodent infestations can result permanent shutdown of such establishments. Pest control is significantly sensitive in the hospitality industry. Around-the-clock activity, restaurants, guest rooms and storage areas present unique challenges when it comes to rodent control in hotels.

Presence of rodents in hotels and restaurants can have some serious consequences like bad reviews, reduced revenue, loss of business, stock replacement costs, possible fines and legal costs etc. Treatment to eradicate such pests, replacement of contaminated stock or defaced items due to pest damage can lead to huge monetary losses. Damage to buildings and fixtures, electrical equipment, contamination of food by rodent urine, droppings, filth etc., transmission of a large number of deadly diseases etc. are some of the major problems faced by the hotel industry due to pests like rodents.

Let us look at why do rodents invade hotels and restaurants? Availability of food almost everywhere in kitchen areas, leftover trays, trashcans and waste containers is the major reason for rodents invading the hotels. Also the availability of warmth in laundry areas, nesting sites, water in soda and ice machines, HVAC units, water fountains etc. are other reasons for their invasion. In garden areas the burrowing activities especially that of bandicoot rats create additional damage and cost. Power outages in hotels are the worst things to happen. And many a time’s rodents are found to be the culprits for these. Rodents are blessed with a single pair of continuously growing incisors. Apart from fulfilling their dietary requirements, these little nibblers continuously need to gnaw on something or the other, to avoid overgrowing of teeth. Electrical wiring, insulation top rodent’s snack list due to their smooth texture, bright colors and also the odor that they exude.

Rats mainly invade hotels through windows and doors in hotels and restaurants. However holes and cracks around doors, windows, vents and utility penetrations can also be the potential entry points for them. Their flexible body structure allows them to get access through the tiniest of openings.

Let us look at some latest news articles pertaining to the damage caused n rodents in hotel industry.

The filthy cockroach infested restaurant that had health inspectors so shocked they closed it on the spot
March 30 2017, UK
The filthy conditions were discovered by food hygiene bosses during an inspection of Istanblue in Royton in November last year. German cockroaches were found in a cutlery drawer, on salad, and in a dishwasher, and fridges, floors and walls were all covered in dirt. Environmental health officers say adequate procedures had not been in place to control pests and parts of the Mediterranean restaurant had not been kept clean or maintained in good repair and condition.

Reports of  rodents close 2 restaurants
March 1 2017, USA

Two area restaurants were shut down last month because of evidence of  rodent   activity and other possibly hazardous conditions, according to health inspection reports. In February, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) issued emergency closures for one business in Panama City — Ramon Pizza at 4100 15th St. — and one in Port St. Joe — Smiley Fried Chicken at 405 Baltzell Ave. Sanitation and safety specialists reported finding conditions that could contribute directly to a food-borne illness or injury at the time of their respective inspections.

Rundown, rat-infested former Saint John motel soon to be sold
January 1 2017, Canada

The former Fairport motel and restaurant, a once-popular spot in west Saint John that is now falling apart and attracting rats, will be sold to a private buyer, the provincial
government says.

These uninvited guests are undoubtedly posing severe threat in the hotel industry. In order to avoid this nuisance caused by rodents there is an urgent requirement of a solution to this problem.

The conventional methods used to get rid of the pests include use insecticidal baits, glue boards and traps. However these solutions are temporary and do not provide an effective solution against the pest nuisance in hotels. The use of conventional fumigants, rodenticides is no longer considered to be an effective solution to get rid of the rodent infestation as these rodents are becoming increasingly resistant to them. Also fumigation is a tedious, time consuming and an expensive method and is highly toxic. Exposure to such chemicals for a long time can cause damage to lungs, nervous system and even paralysis in severe cases. Therefore, we are in an urgent need of an infallible plan to combat the problem of increasing number of rodents.

C Tech Corporation can offer a solution to this problem. Our product Rodrepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous rodent aversive. This product acts through a series of highly developed intricate mechanisms ensuring that rodents are kept away from the target application. Rodrepel™ is available in liquid concentrate which can be diluted in paints as well as in lacquer form. These products can be directly applied in the kitchen, laundry areas etc. to avoid damages due to rodents.  The product is compliant with RoHS, RoHS2, and REACH and is FIFRA exempted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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