Rodents: New Member of your Family

Rats and mice cause 8% of all house and building fires in the U.S. In U.S. average 1.6 million home and building catch fires each year. In the last 10 years, more than 194,000 people have been injured in home and building fires, and almost 37,000 people have died. Rodents started 8% of all these fires by chewing through electrical wiring and causing a short circuit. Plastic insulation surrounding electrical wiring exists because electricity is quite hot when it goes through wires. The insulation protects nearby objects from getting overheated. However, when a rat or other rodent has been going after your wires, they leave nothing left but the hot, exposed metal. From there, it’s only a matter of time before the wire either short circuits, causing a spark, or heats up and causes something nearby to ignite. Usually household insulation or other debris that are stirred up by the rodents are what sets fire.

In the U.S., 30% of all homes contain unwanted rodents. In fact, these rats and mice are known as ‘commensal’ rodents. The term means ‘eating at the same table with’ humans, and they’re called that because they thrive in close proximity to people.”
All rodents have prominent, continually growing incisor teeth. Because these teeth never stop growing, rats and mice find pleasure gnawing every day to wear down their teeth. If they don’t, the incisors grow too big to gnaw food, and they can´t feed properly. That’s why they like to make their home where there’s plenty to chew on: between walls, in drop ceilings and subfloors, in attics and garages, behind appliances, and in pantries.

One pair of mice can make 15,000 more mice in just one year. In addition to starting fires, rats and mice carry 35 known diseases, some of them are fatal, so it’s important to get them out of your home pronto. The solutions such as poison and traps are dangerous to children and pets, leave a mess for you to clean up, and don’t work all that well.

Let us look at the below article.

Tenant at odds with landlord after rats infest home

August 07, 2017

HOUSTON, Texas: A family renting a home in northwest Harris County said it is so infested with rats that they cannot live there safely.
“It’s a nice house. It’s just, you know, rats, everywhere,” said Chantel Edmonson.
Edmonson said she and her family moved into the home on Fernstone Lane in May.
They didn’t find out about the rats until June after they talked to a former tenant who said they also had problems with rats.
Edmonson said she asked the landlord to take care of the problem, but claims he won’t.
“Feces all over the counter. Every day they’re crawling up here, my kids are terrified because they can hear them so much in the back part of the house,” said Edmonson.
A few days ago, a rat was caught stuck between the cabinets and dishwasher eventually it had to be pried out by an exterminator.
“You could see hands and feet. He was huge,” she said.

The family believes there are dozens, if not hundreds of rats, in the attic and walls.
Chamari Edmonson, 11, said the rats makes her nervous to be in the house.
“I’m like…this doesn’t feel like a home,” she said.

We’re scared to open our windows,’: North York community deals with rats

July 14, 2017

Residents in North York say they’re frustrated after voicing multiple complaints about a rodent problem in and around their townhouse complex.“Because the rats keep passing, I have to keep washing the floor,” Betsy Andrade told CTV News Toronto on Friday.

Rats have been congregating inside and outside the complex, located on Gosford Boulevard, near Jane Street and Steeles Avenue.

“We’re not talking about little creatures here. We’re talking about big boys,” said Andrade, adding that she would move if she wasn’t eight months pregnant. “We’re scared to open our windows, open our doors. We’re scared of everything.” Other residents said they also complained about the infestation. “It grossed me out because rats have diseases,” said tenant Thomas Ellis. Another resident said the critters make unpleasant noises.

“You hear them screeching and scratching on stuff,” said tenant Alesha Bacchus, adding that a rat had even chewed through her daughter’s shoe from inside their home. The property manager, who did not want to be identified, told CTV News Toronto in a telephone interview that he hadn’t heard of the rat problem before. “It’s a serious issue, so it’s not something we would sweep under the carpet,” he said. “The person they should have complained to is the superintendent.” But residents say they already have. “I’ve been complaining about it and the super doesn’t want to do anything about it,” said Bacchus. As of last week, the number of complaints about rats has not increased, said City of Toronto spokesperson Wynna Brown.

The owner of the property told CP24 that there was an exterminator called to the complex in June. On Friday, they were called again to try to fix the problem. Counc. Anthony Perruzza told CP24 that property standards bylaw officers have visited the townhouse on several occasions. The landlord was asked to get rid of the rats, he said. According to Toronto spokesperson Tammy Robinson, if the owner doesn’t comply, the city can take over and bill them. The superintendent did not want to comment.

C Tech Corporation has come up with a solution called Rodrepel™ which will put people at ease by protecting their house from rats and mice. Rodrepel™ is a product resulting from smart technology and green chemistry. Rodrepel™ is a low-toxic, non-hazardous and environment friendly aversive and repels all rodents/animals. It is an anti-rodent additive for masterbatches specially developed for a range of polymeric applications including films, wires cables etc. It is available in the liquid Concentrate form which can be mixed with the paints and lacquer which can be coated on the surface to keep the rodents at bay. Rodents are further restricted from biting the applications treated with our products due to advanced mechanisms.

Keep Mice, Rats and Other Rodents Out of Your Car Engine

Electrical systems are becoming more and more important in automobiles. An electrical circuit can be found in every modern car from heated seats to power windows to computer controlled engine components. The wiring harness is just like the central nervous and circulatory system of a human body which pass information and power throughout the body. The wiring can be of different types like cold-resistant wires, heat-resistant wires, more flexible wires, depending on the areas where they will travel inside the system of a vehicle. But it is an unfortunate fact that rodents can live and create mayhem in engine compartments.

In fact, the damage done to vehicles by mice, rats, and their many cousins can be considerable.

Gnawing wires, ripping out insulation for nesting materials, or squirreling away caches of nuts and trash in car and truck engines can destroy some of man’s most sophisticated transportation technology and cause significant financial loss.

Some plastic insulating material now being used in cars seems especially tasty to the tiny invaders. When mice chew the insulation off wires that connect batteries, alternators, or anything electric to anything else, they cause short circuits that result in costly restoration.

Mice, rats and squirrels are all nesting rodents. With nesting rodents, a safe place to live is a high priority. These small creatures find the area under the hood of an automobile to be a great location. For them this area is easily accessible from under the vehicle, dark, warm and hidden.

Under the hood they find an abundance of material with which to build a nest. They often shred hood insulation and combine it with paper, leaves and other items they find. Vehicles that are not used every day are most inviting, but daily drivers are not immune. The problem is naturally worse in colder weather as food is less abundant and predators are searching harder for a meal.

The real reason rodents seek a home under a hood is that it provides a dark, warm, secure place to hide at least until the ignition key is turned. The start-up of the car’s machinery can be deadly for the critters, and sometimes can cause serious consequences for the drivers as well.

Contrary to the common belief they do not eat wiring for food. Instead, all rodents gnaw constantly to sharpen and keep the length of their teeth in check.

Unlike most mammals, a rodent’s teeth grow very rapidly throughout the life of the animal. A rat’s teeth can grow up to 2.8mm in one week! In one year, the teeth grow almost five inches. Rodents gnaw things to wear the teeth down. If they do not wear away, soon they will outgrow the animal’s mouth.

The tooth of a rodent is a unique arrangement designed to stay razor-sharp. Very thick and hard enamel covers the front of the tooth.

Let us look at some of the news articles:

Class-Action Lawsuits: Car Wires Attract Rodents, Cause Thousands in Damage

5 April 2017, NBC 4 Washington

A class-action lawsuit was filed this week on behalf of thousands of Toyota owners who say rodents are eating car wires coated with soy-based materials, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

“Toyota incorporates soy- or bio-based ingredients in the wiring … that bait rodents – including rats, squirrels and other animals,” the lawsuit says. Honda is facing a similar suit.

In an effort to reduce waste, some car manufacturers wrap wires in a soy-based material. Rupert Welch of Falls Church, Virginia, was surprised to learn what caused his car trouble three times over the course of a few weeks. Rodents had a feast at his expense, causing $10,000 in damage.

“I took the car back, but the next day all the lights went on, and the car wouldn’t start, and I had to call a tow truck,” Welch said.

 Rats are chewing up drivers’ eco-friendly wires in cars and leaving massive bills

April 5, 2017, Global news

Paul Sharma says his vehicles are under attack. Each of his two family cars have been hit, each time in his own driveway. The culprits were rats. “They say it’s the cold weather, they’re trying to look for a warm space, somewhere to hide in the night,” he said. “When they get hungry, they start chewing on the wires.” Rodents hiding out in vehicle engines are nothing new, but most new cars have a built-in buffet thanks to eco-friendly car wires.

John Sinkie with Budget Brake & Muffler said one in five vehicles he sees now has some sign of a rodent under the intake manifold.

“It can cause a lot of damage for a small little guy to get under your hood,” he said.

Small wire fixes can cost in the neighbourhood of $400 to $500. One rat’s nest led to a $7,000 bill, according to one mechanic.

Rodents eating away at car wiring, costing consumers

28 Feb 2017, WBAL TV 11

June Wotring has owned many Toyotas. She found them reliable, so it surprised her when the Highlander she has had for little more than a year started acting up.

“The track light and the engine light came on, and it was real sluggish,” Wotring said.

Wotring took her SUV to the dealership, where the service department told her what the culprit was.

“They said a rodent had chewed the wires, and they showed me in the engine where they chewed it, and you could see the rodent feces,” Wotring said. The dealership fixed it and charged about $400. But the problem returned.

“Two days later, I took it back again,” Wotring said. It was the same problem. This time, the dealership fixed it without charge, but it didn’t end there.

“About a week later, we took it back again, and that’s when they found out that the rodent was eating around the gas tank. So they had to replace the whole gas tank, all the wires,” Wotring said.

The repairs cost Wotring $2,900. Wotring’s insurance company paid the bill, and she paid a $100 deductible. She wondered why rodents became so intent on chewing up her wiring.

Thus it’s high time now to take some serious action against these rodent attacks. We just can’t let them eat our cars anymore!

C Tech Corporation can offer a solution to this problem. Our products Rodrepel™ is a non-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.

Rodrepel™ is effective in low dosages, has low vapor pressure, thus posing no problems of fumes in the air, and also has a long life action of up to 50 years depending upon the application. Rodrepel™ is available in the form of polymeric masterbatches compatible with all the kinds of thermosetting and thermoplastic polymers.

It is available in the form of ready to use lacquer that can be applied as a coating inside or on the surface of the automobiles. Also, Rodrepel™ in liquid form can be incorporated in paints and used in the automobile industry.

 

New joggers in the parks: Rodents

A walk at a park is sure to give you a scare if you find more
of rats jogging than the humans!

Just imagine the walkers and joggers negotiating the pathways while trying to avoid stepping on the swarming rodents. This is so furious!

Many of the parks and gardens get riddled with holes due to the rodent infestation. Rats are also frequently seen raiding the rubbish bins in the parks.

There are many expensive plants in the parks and sometimes they get picked up by these rodents.

Visitors feed birds at the park that makes the matters worse because the food items they bring along attract rats by the hundreds to a free meal. At parks, joggers, walkers, and other habitués feed the birds, which brings rodent invasion. As the number of people feeding them is not large, there is little left for rodents, these pests attack the pigeons and other birds.

It is quite common to see dead pigeons in the park. It is observed that rodents first maim the birds by biting their legs and then feed on them.

Some parks have ponds and other water bodies wherein the aquatic rodents nest. These rodents litter the water bodies which can be led to spread of many water borne diseases.

Rodents find parks as their natural habitat, but what is it that attracts more rodents in the parks?

Rat invasion had got so immense in parks in Paris that it led to temporarily shut down of at least nine central parks and gardens to tackle the problem. Below is few more evidence where rodents have caused nuisance in parks.

Upper West Side assemblywoman pleads with city to stamp out rats in park

By Glenn Blain, August 8, 2017, New York Daily News

ALBANY — It’s the Upper Rat Side.

An Upper West Side assemblywoman says her district has been overrun by rats and she wants the city and state to do something about it.

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a Democrat, said her constituents have “all but given up” on using parks in her neighborhood because of the rodents and she charged that city officials have not allocated any funds to combat the rats in her district.

“City parks should not be playgrounds for rats,” said Rosenthal, who is one of the Capitol’s most prolific sponsors of animal rights bills.

Rosenthal complained that the city’s $32 million Neighborhood Rat Remediation Plan announced earlier this year did not contain any money for the Upper West Side, despite rats “literally jumping into” children’s strollers.”

Horrifying colony of huge rats and mice found in park as parents warned to protect children

By Helen Whitehouse, 26 May 2017, Mirror, UK

Shocking footage emerges of dozens of rodents scurrying about in the open in broad daylight

Some of the rats found in the park in Hull are described as “scarily large”.
Chairman of Friends of Pearson Park John Robinson said: “In any park you are going to get animals and wildlife but it does seem disturbing to see this in the middle of the day.

“The priority is safety and the council has to make sure that there is not a health risk in terms of young children because it is a fantastic facility.”

The plague is a blow to park users who are excited about plans to restore facilities such as a playground to the park.

Architect Hugh Massey had his plans approved earlier this year – and has previously told how the restorations will improve where he played as a boy.

He said at the time: “I played in the park as a boy so I am delighted planning permission has been secured.

Park keepers use traps to catch the rodents and then they throw the rats at a distant site after they are trapped by the cages and pads. However, the pads are unconventional since the rodents thrown at different sites can cause nuisance there. Rat poison used to get rid of rats can prove responsible for killing pets and innocent wildlife.

C Tech Corporation provides a rodent aversive, Rodrepel™ is a product resulting from smart technology and green chemistry. The most striking feature of this product is that it is completely environment-friendly; it does not kill the target species, nor does it harm humans or the environment. The product is available in lacquer and liquid concentrate form that can be coated on the application to be protected, or it could be incorporated into the applications in masterbatch form. 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.
A healthy and safe environment can be confirmed using Rodrepel™.

 

Military men too need protection: Rodent menace in Army

There are times when the army is attacked! Yes, they are attacked!
And the attack is from the natural enemies.The rivals are pests like rodents and insects.
One may wonder, how can these tiny critters be a threat to these warriors?!

The military men have to face numerous problems due to rodents. The damage is not only caused to the materials but also to the military men in physical form.

This menace due to rodents has been recorded for a long period of time. In spite of this, the mice are considered to be inadvertent allies in repulsing attackers. Some epidemics, such as bubonic plague, were transmitted by insects on rodents. Rats and mice eating and gnawing leather military gear was a widespread omen of imminent epidemics. Few battles fought recorded more deaths due to rodents than human attack.

Besides physical damage, the natural predators like the rodents and insects menace are significant to the armed equipment and devices. Wearable Technologies such as technologies/instruments/equipment/gadgets are used by the armed forces which help them to carry out some of their functions more freely. But this equipment can easily get attacked by pests. These equipment are expensive and damage to them can cause huge monetary loss

The military equipment’s with wires and cables are easily attacked by rodents. The base for these materials is polymers, which attracts the rodents. Rodents are responsible for damaging the wires and cables of RADARS, motors, and many other sensitive defense based applications. Wire and cable damage in RADARS due to rodents has dangerous outcomes. Signal failure, disruption in object detection, loss of vital data, and disruption in communication are some of the highly undesirable outcomes threatening our national security.

The Textbooks of Military Medicine: Military Preventive Medicine, Mobilization and Deployment, V. l states that “Wild rodents and mammals are often attracted to camp sites by the accumulation of trash, improper food storage, and other sanitary practices. An animal bite can be a frequent occurrence in deploying settings if effective animal control measures are not in place.”

The U.S. army medical department center and school Fort Sam Houston, Texas, mentions in its rodent biology, survey, and control that “The Armed Forces are concerned with rodents primarily because these animals act as reservoirs of some of the most serious diseases affecting man. Nevertheless, the economic aspects of a rodent population are also of considerable significance. The monetary losses encountered through consumption and contamination of foodstuff and through damage to buildings and property amount to millions of dollars annually.”

They also mention the below points
a. Destruction or contamination of foodstuffs by rodents amounts to millions of dollars annually.
b. Damage to buildings and manufactured goods are estimated in the millions of dollars per annum.
c. Damage to insulated wiring, earthen dams, and forest products costs additional dollars each year, and the damage to the insulation of electrical wiring creates fire hazards.
d. To the costs of disease and of damage, destruction, and contamination should be added to the cost of rodent control and totals billions of dollars.


Defence being a major sector defines the growth and development of a nation’s security. It is needless to describe how important this is to a nation’s integrity and prosperity. Billions of rupees are allocated every year for the advancement of the defence sector. A large portion of a nation’s budget is made available for the establishment of the defence capability necessary to face threats and challenges. As the demand for precision weaponry and hi-tech electronic warfare equipment’s is increasing, the need for their ability to withstand harsh outdoor elements, extreme heat and heavy loads as well as protection from the natural predator is also very important.
Thus healthy society is as important to national security as a healthy economy. There is an urgent need for an effective solution to combat the pest nuisance in this sector.

C Tech Corporation provides an animal and bird aversive, Rodrepel™
is a product resulting from smart technology and green chemistry. The most striking feature of this product is that it is completely environment-friendly; it does not kill the target species, nor does it harm humans or the environment. The product is available in lacquer form and can be coated on the application to be protected, or it could be incorporated into wires and cables in masterbatch form. 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.
A healthy and safe society is as important to national security as a healthy economy. And a society can be safe only when the military men protecting this society are safe from the natural predators.

Evidently, using Rodrepel™ could greatly assist in safeguarding a nation’s integrity.

Spinal cord of Indian Air Force: Wire and Cable system

The Indian Air Force is the air arm of the Indian armed forces. Its complement of personnel and aircraft assets ranks fourth amongst the air forces of the world. Its primary mission is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict.

Air force is upholding this rank due to its strong wire and cable system. Wires and cables are the carriers of loads of information. Hence are responsible for smooth functioning and proper communication within forces. Effective communication is vital to any mission’s success, so it’s essential to any system have the means to do so.

Wires and cables work through the signal system. Signaling in any air force system plays an important role. All the air crafts are connected to the air force base through this signaling system. The various actions are taken place depending upon the signals received. The signals are transmitted through the different types of wires and cables. They include Coaxial cables, Fibre Optic cables, Jelly filled cables, Armored cables, Non-armored cables, Kapton wires, Poly-X wires, Teflon wires, etc.

The traditional types of cables used in air force are mostly Armored Cables (AC) and Metal-Clad Cables (MC).  Their flexible metal armor provides mechanical protection to the electrical conductors while enabling them to bend around corners. The cables are pre-wired at the factory eliminating the need to pull conductors into a raceway, which in turn greatly reduces the possibility of conductor damage. AC & MC cable does the job in less space, with fewer bending restrictions as well as less cutting and connecting than most other wiring products.

Armored cables feature some type of metal sheath that is the first layer of armor. It is usually made of interlocking or continuous aluminum or stainless steel, or it can be covered in a smooth or corrugated metal tape. Metal-clad cables are typically galvanized steel or aluminum interlocking cable.

Armored and Metal-clad cables are installed specially for providing protection. But do they provide protection from pests. The answer is no and here are some of the evidences.

How One Nuclear Missile Base Is Battling Ground Squirrels

In Montana, squirrels have been tunneling under a base’s fences and setting off intruder alarms, prompting researchers to strengthen its defenses

By Joseph Stromberg, SMITHSONIAN.COM , AUGUST 30, 2013

Malmstrom Air Force Base, in Western Montana, is home to 150 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles, each tipped with a nuclear warhead.

In recent years, the base has been dealing with an enemy so relentless that they’ve been forced to call in outside help to defend against it.

That fearsome enemy is a species of rodent known as Richardson’s ground squirrel.

The squirrels, each about a foot long and 1-2 pounds, dig extensive underground tunnel networks (they’ve been known to excavate tunnel systems more than 30 feet in length).

“Anything that breaches the perimeter fence will set off the motion detector,” says Gary Witmer of the National Wildlife Research Center, the latter a USDA-funded organization that deals with human-animal conflicts and was called in to help at Malmstrom.

Additionally, over time, the rodents have started damaging the base’s physical infrastructure. “They’re burrowing under foundations, undermining road beds and gnawing on cables,” Witmer says.

Rats on a plane! Aircraft carrying 200 passengers overrun with stowaway rodents is grounded amid fears they would chew through electrical wires

By Chris Kitching

PUBLISHED: 16:13 BST, 6 August 2014 | UPDATED: 17:21 BST, 6 August 2014

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 flight AI021 landed safely and pulled up to the gate, the crew cleared everyone off the Airbus A321 and had it taken out of service, the Times of India reported. Rats! This is at least the third time in the last five years rodents have been found on an Air India flight

Normally, the plane would have been prepared for the next flight, but it was taken to a remote bay to be fumigated in an effort to exterminate the vermin.

The discovery of rats in the cabin may seem like a comical end to a flight but the tiny intruders risked throwing the plane into complete chaos, as they posed a serious threat to the safety of the passengers and crew.

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.’

An Air India official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Agence France-Presse rats on planes are a ‘common phenomenon’ worldwide and they could ‘get in anywhere’, although they normally sneak onto aircraft via catering vehicles loaded with food.

Hence though they may seem harmless; insects, rodents and birds can significantly impair the operations on any Air Force base. It’s the responsibility of Pest Management specialists to take the necessary actions to control and prevent pest infestations. We need to do everything from keeping bases free of pests that could carry debilitating infectious diseases to repelling birds from airfields to ensure safe takeoff and landings, protection of health and safety of everyone on base.

For the complete protection from pest infestation we provide a permanent solution. We at CTech Corporation have come up with an effective solution. The products are developed with a base of green technology. We have Rodrepel™ an 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 their 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. Hence by using Rodrepel™ one can have a long term solution. We at CTech Corporation are committed to our environment & we believe that no harm must be caused to animals or to the environment.

RODENTS: LIFE THREAT IN HOSPITALS

Rat is a medium-sized rodent. Rats are omnivores, they eat lots of different types of food. Most rats are in the genus Rattus. There are about 56 different species of rats. The best known rats are the black rat (Rattus rattus), and the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus). These two are known as Old World rats. Rats have caused a lot of menace in the hospitals. Rats generally have a strong sense of smell and strong sense of taste.1% of Rats DNA is used to sense smell and they can taste 250 parts per billion. They can get access in the hospitals through the crack in the walls or through the holes of the building pipes and also due to overgrown vegetation and other conditions that provide rodent harborage. Rats are always in search of food. They can feed on waste food, degraded food or any other uncooked food. Rodents are blessed with a pair of continuously growing incisor. In order to keep them in check i.e. to avoid their overgrowth they need to continuously gnaw on something. Rats can spread disease through their bite or with their droppings to humans. They can cause damage through their gnawing and feeding. Rats usually like dark places to stay. For breeding also they prefer to breed in places that are untouched by the humans or where humans cannot reach such as the attic. In hospital all these condition are present. Cafeterias, bathrooms, waste disposal areas, patient rooms, laundry rooms etc. are common sites of pest infestation in hospitals. The biology of a rodent and their unique habits may result in many challenges when it comes to their control. If left alone, these rodents may prove to be a relatively serious nuisance to us and a menace to our surroundings. These warm-blooded mammals may be found in just about every single region of the world. Individuals that find that they are the victim of a rodent infestation often find that the mammals are capable of doing a significant amount of damage in a short amount of time.

There are many serious issues that may occur from a rodent infestation. These pests are very difficult to control, have the ability to contaminate foods, and are known to spread diseases.

In order to truly understand the problem with rodents, consider the following facts:

  • House mice have the ability to contaminate up to 10 times the total amount of food that they consume during feedings.
  • Since the year of 1993, there have been over 400 cases of the illness known as “Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome” reported. This is carried and transmitted by rodents.
  • There are fleas on rodents that are known to result in diseases such as the one called “Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus” and the plague.

Apart from spreading deadly diseases, rodents are also seen destroying expensive equipment in hospitals. The use of conventional fumigants, rodenticides is no longer considered to be an effective solution to get rid of the rodent infestation as they contain toxic chemical. The toxic chemicals present can cause harm to the patients who are already on low immunity. This can cause several health risks for the patients.

Below are some news articles pertaining to the nuisance caused by rodents.

Rats gnaw on infant’s fingers in Raj hospital

14 Jun 2017, The Times of India (Mumbai edition) Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

In a shocking incident, rats nibbled a four-day-old baby’s fingers at a government-run hospital in Banswara in Rajasthan. The incident occurred on Monday in MG Hospital, a doctor at the hospital, not willing to be named, told IANS on Tuesday. Banswara is over 500 km from state capital Jaipur.
A woman Priyanka, gave birth to a baby boy four days ago. Around 5 A.M, on Monday, the rats nibbled at the boy’s fingers. There was no light in the ward when the rats were nibbling the baby’s fingers and the family members saw it only after the lights came on. They then lodged a complaint with the hospital authorities.
“A committee has been formed to look into the matter. The committee consists of doctors and nursing staff,” O.P. Upadhaya, Acting Principal Medical Officer (PMO) of the hospital, said.

Rat Bites Infant At Hospital In Madhya Pradesh

May 18, 2017, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India.

In a shocking incident, a newborn was bitten by a rat as the mother and the child were sleeping on the floor of a hospital in Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri district. Sunita, a resident of Kumharaua village, was admitted in the delivery ward on May 14. She later gave birth to a baby girl. As there were no beds available in the district hospital, she had to spend the night sleeping on the floor.

On May 15, their second night of sleeping on the floor, Sunita saw bleeding from her newborn’s finger. She also spotted a rat running away, which made it clear that the rodent had nibbled on her child’s finger.Talking to IANS, the hospital’s regional medical officer SS Gujjar agreed that there are bite marks on the girl’s finger but said that it is unclear if the wounds are due to a rat.“The newborn has been given injections against any infections and she is healthy,” he added.

We at CTech Corporation have come up with a unique product known as Rodrepel™ which solves all the rodent related grievances. So let us look at some of the salient features of Rodrepel™ and how it drives these mischievous rodents away from our hospitals, houses and workplaces. Rodrepel™ is a non-toxic and non-hazardous rodent aversive. It is an anti-rodent additive available in the 3 form viz masterbatch, Liquid concentrate and lacquer form. Masterbatch can be incorporated into nearly all base polymers like HDPE, MDPE, LDPE, PVC, PE, etc. Liquid concentrate can be mixed with paints in the ratio of 1:100 and applied on surfaces.Lacquer form can be applied directly as a topical application.

The mechanism followed by our product is repellence, it affects their olfactory senses and prevents them from attacking the substrate and also does not aid to kill the target species. The product does not interfere with the working of the end application it is used in. It is stable at high temperatures; does not leach out or produce any toxic fumes and has a long shelf life of up to 50 years.

Protect rail cables from the rat pack

Indian Railway provides the most important mode of public transport in India. This is the most commonly used and cost effective long distance transport system of the country.

Rat attacks are causing chaos in the railways, with hundreds of trains breaking down as the rodents gnaw through vital cables. Throughout the years, there have been many stories in the media and on television about Rats causing chaos on railway lines. Back in 2010, millions of pounds had to be spent on the repair and replacement of 20,000 miles of rail track, across the UK, solely due to Rats gnawing and damaging cables.

Of course, with damage to this cabling comes serious implications to trains and their passengers; severe delays, breakdowns and, in some tragic cases, even crashes.

July 2014 saw a collision in South Western France between a high-speed TGV and Regional train leaving 40 passengers badly injured, all because of a signal malfunction created by Rat activity.

But why is cabling so important? Rail cabling holds vital data within it and is responsible for controlling the signaling infrastructure of its railways. Trains simply cannot drive safely on their tracks; electrical short circuits, incorrect signals, miscommunications and/or fires could easily occur. Railways couldn’t function. Railway cables are responsible for signalling when the train is coming, for instance, and they also ensure the constant electrical connections that allow them to run in the first place, from cables buried underground to cables that hang in the air. It’s important that cables are manufactured to the highest of standards, so that they not only help prevent future problems, but they also work to perfection every single time.

Armoured cables are great in all sorts of situations, because of their high insulation capabilities and their sturdiness. If these cables, or others like it, are not properly insulated, it’s possible that short circuits happen. This only emphasizes how vital it is to only use cables that meet the required standards and are produced with superior quality to ensure safety standards at all times.

Therefore, it’s equally as vital to the safe, smooth running of trains on the track that this cabling is adequately protected against potential damage from a ‘Rat Attack’!

In conjunction, to adequately protect against this potentially devastating issue, we have to understand exactly why rats gnaw through and damage the cabling in the first place. There seem to be several reasons for these actions:

Firstly, Rats have open-rooted incisors and molars – meaning that their teeth never stop growing and as a result, they have to incessantly gnaw on hard materials to keep their teeth ground down.

Secondly, Wild Rats are natural foragers and will use anything they can find – including electrical cabling! – as nesting material.

Thirdly, and most commonly, Wild Rats are territorial creatures who use urine as a way to mark territory. If and when they smell the urine of another Rat on their marked territory, they gnaw the affected material away; removing the offending Rat’s scent.

As stated, it is the third point – the marking of territory – that is the main reason why Rats damage and gnaw this all-important cabling.

 Consider the following news articles:

 Thousands stranded in Hong Kong MTR railway service disruption

18, May 2017, South China Morning post

A severe service disruption on Thursday along Hong Kong’s key commuter railway line to the Shenzhen border left thousands of passengers stranded and scrambling for alternative transport during the evening rush hour.

Critics urged the MTR Corporation to review its inspection procedures, suggesting that it was outdated and technical staff might have overlooked the wear and tear of overhead cables by simply relying on naked-eye monitoring.

“It’s very rare that an overhead cable suddenly snapped. It showed that there is something wrong with the MTR’s inspection mechanism. It needs to review the system or consider using rigid overhead conductors to replace cables,” pro-establishment lawmaker and rail expert Michael Tien Puk-sun said.

The breakdown first brought a train to a sudden halt 400 meters from Mong Kok East station, forcing some 110 passengers to get off and walk along the tracks to the nearest platform.

Rodents on prowl, rattled passengers dread train journeys

18, March 2015, The Indian Express

There is an urban myth in the UK that you are never more than six feet away from a rat. What isn’t a myth, though, is the disruption that rats and other vermin can cause to the rail industry by chewing through cables.

In April, rats caused a fire on the Melbourne Metro that disrupted services for days, while in July, a high-speed TGV was struck from behind by a regional train in southwest France because of a vermin attack.

An SNCF investigation found the regional train had passed a signal wrongly set on green because of a malfunction caused by rodents gnawing at trackside signal cables.

The accident at Pau prompted the French national railway to carry out an urgent check on 10,000 signals to prevent what it says was an incident that was “exceptional and unprecedented”.

 Rats likely cause of fire that sparked train delays across Melbourne

13, April 2015, Indian Express

Rail workers said today the fire near Richmond railway station was probably caused by rats chewing through 12-year-old heavy-duty cabling covers and exposing high-voltage wires.

That fire is now likely to badly delay Melbourne’s train travelers. There have also been significant delays on the Williamstown and Werribee lines, as knock-on effects on Metro’s badly delayed trains hit commuters in Melbourne’s west too. Metro repair staff worked through a rainy Tuesday night in a bid to replace the burnt-out cables, which supplied power to the network’s signaling system in that area.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 into 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.

Rodrepel is also available in lacquer form and can be applied directly on the outside as well as inside of the railway coaches.

 

 

Rodent Risk Rise in food industries

Rodents are vicious creatures and they have been plaguing the food industry since a very long time. The presence of rodents in food production areas has always been unacceptable. Rodents, especially roof rats and brown rats, find a haven in food facilities. There is plenty of food, a continuous supply of water and many hiding spaces where they can nest and breed. As the family of rats grows in size, they become more aggressive in scavenging for more food.

 

While rats like cleaning their coat, they do not bathe, therefore, they become moving carriers of germs and bacteria like E-coli and Salmonella. Rats eat with their paws, so they leave behind morsels and crumbs of their food; therefore, contaminating the rest of the food – even if they ate only a piece of a loaf of bread, one can expect the rest of the loaf to be full of their germs. Rats and other rodents are also highly territorial, marking their food with urine.

Rodents have strong well developed front teeth called incisors. These four teeth grow six inches in length a year and the rodent must gnaw and chew to wear them down. The enamel on a rodent’s incisors extremely hard and is often compared to the hardness of a steel blade of a pocketknife. When rodents gnaw and chew, they exert a force of about 24, 0000 pounds per square inch. Because of their strong jaws and teeth, rodents can successfully gnaw on a variety of materials. They gnaw and chew to gain access to food industries. Rodents also will gnaw and chew to reach a source of food. Rats are dangerous and destructive. Rats may consume up to 35% of the harvestable crop. In addition, they invade stored products as well.

The loss of foods due to insects or rodent infestation costs the food industry hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Thus the simple presence of these pests results in a large economic loss. In Asia alone, annual food losses due to rodents would be enough to feed 200 million people One of the countries hardest hit by rodent infestations is Indonesia, it is a country with 14 million undernourished inhabitants and domestic grain losses due to rodents would be enough to feed 39 million people.

Let us look at some recent news articles pertaining to rodent damage in the food industry sector:

Food seized from Minnesota warehouse due to infestation of rodents

Jun, 22, 2017, Tribune Willmar, Minn

Federal officials seized food from a St. Paul warehouse alleging that rodents had infested the facility.

U.S. Marshals seized about $73,000 worth of food on May 26 from Professional Warehouse and Distribution following a failed U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspection.

“The storage conditions in the warehouse were simply unacceptable, and the FDA took action to protect Americans,” Melinda Plaisier, the FDA associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, said in a statement.

Food seized included more than 8,000 bags of pasta, 18,000 pounds of barley flour and 12,000 pounds of red pepper spice.

The Food and Drug Administration reported that they warned warehouse owners after two 2015 inspections that the unsanitary conditions would lead to food failing federal standards.

The warehouse owners promised to clean up, but the FDA said inspectors found, even more, problems on May 25.

“The current 2017 FDA inspection, however, has revealed … the unsanitary conditions within the facility have become much more severe,” a complaint about forfeiture reads.

Inspectors reported “widespread vermin activity:” rodents and insects had made their homes among the food.

“FDA Investigators observed two dead rodents in the food storage area …. rodent excreta pellets too numerous to count in, on, and around containers of food product; several containers of food which had been rodent gnawed; food bagging with stains characteristic of rodent urine; and rodent nesting material between food pallets,” the complaint reads.

 Rodent infestation forces KB Natural Foods recall

Feb 20, 2013, William Reed, Business News

KB Natural Foods is recalling three batches of its own-label-pre-packaged cashew nuts and almonds because of rodent infestation.

The company’s packing plant was served with a hygiene emergency prohibition notice after rodents were discovered at its premises. The foods standards agency has issued a product recall information notice covering six cashew and almond nut products.

The affected products were sold in packs ranging in size from 150g to 700g.

Emergency shutdown for food manufacturer after extensive rodent infestation

Jan 14, 2013, Business News

After noticing rodent infestation in Snax 4 U at spring burn a sandwich manufacturer was shut down as an emergency measure. The food standard agency after investigating found 3,500 of its wraps and rolls with rodent infestation.

The FSA is trying to track down the recalled products which may have been distributed outside the boundaries of Glasgow.

 Food industries do need effective and durable repellents. Hence a permanent solution is available with C-tech Corporation in the form of the product called as Rodrepel. Rodrepel is non-toxic, non-mutagenic, non-dangerous and eco-friendly safe rodent repellent. Rodrepel does not only kill but keep the rodents away by making use of sensory mechanisms.

The product functions from a distance due to the foul smell which generates a typical fear response in the animal. Rodents are further deterred from biting by advanced mechanisms like dermal irritation, extremely bitter taste, sensory stimuli modification and henceforth conditioning of their response towards the Rodrepel containing products.

Further, they acquire a fear towards the Rodrepel containing products which make them stay away from the application. Thus, Rodrepel 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 food industries from rodents.

 

 

 

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.

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