Martens:Your co-passenger

Who are Martens? Do they harm us!! Let’s find the answer to these questions below.

Martens are slender, agile animals, adapted to living in taigas, and are found in coniferous and northern deciduous forests across the Northern Hemisphere. They have bushy tails, and large paws with partially retractable claws.

An average pine marten measures between 45 and 58cm (17 to 22in) with the tail adding between 16 and 28cm (6.3 and 11cm) to their length. Due to a large geographical range they can vary greatly in size. Males are often 10-30% larger than females. They weigh between 0.9 and 2kg (2-4.5lbs) on average.

Pine martens live for up to 18 years in captivity but more often live for 8-10 years in the wild.

This species is an omnivore. The majority of their diet consists of small mammals and birds which are supplemented with fruits, insects, carrion, eggs, and fungi. Berries become a large part of their diet throughout autumn. Martens are attracted to the smell of the polymer.

Martens invade engine bays because they are drawn in by the warmth and safety of the enclosed engine bay or by the smell of urine and feces from other martens. Once inside, they bite into hoses and wires to make space for them or just for fun. They also urinate and leave bite marks in plastic and rubber as a way to mark their territory.

Martens love to chew on rubber and plastic. The most common victims of Martens’ ridiculously sharp teeth are spark plug wires, coolant hoses, wiper fluid hoses, rubber CV axle boots, rubber steering rack bellows, wiring insulation and under hood sound deadening material.

A hole in a coolant hose can cause a car to overheat, crack a cylinder head, blow a head gasket, or even seize all potentially catastrophic for a car and driving with a chewed-up ignition wire can lead to a misfiring engine, meaning unburned fuel will enter the exhaust stream and lead to destruction of catalytic converters, and those things aren’t cheap to replace.

The worst part of all this is that some insurance plans only cover replacement of the chewed-on plastic or rubber part and not the resulting damage. In other words, some insurance will only cover the coolant hose, not the blown head gasket; the spark plug wire, but not the blown catalytic converter which will burn a hole in the consumers’ pockets

Their methods to protect cars against these critters i.e. by using wire mesh under the engine bay or by using ultrasonic sound (which tends to be damped by the various parts in the engine bay) Martens get used to these and they find ways to get past closures.

Let us have a look at the below news articles.

Stone martens are coming for your car.

16 July 2009

This article was published in the local.

The stone marten may look like a cute wild mammal, but the German Hunter’s Association (DJV) warned on Thursday that the predator’s breeding habits is damaging more cars than ever. The furry martens – akin to ferrets and weasels – damaged 180,000 cars in 2007 – an increase of one-third from the previous year.

The nocturnal omnivores, also known as beech martens, live near developed areas and tend to mark vehicles with their scent during mating season.

In 2007, stone martens cost car owners an estimated €40 million in damages by chewing through cables and wires in engines.

The DJV recommended frequent car washes to remove the animals’ scent, especially if they have caused damage to the car in the past.

Some automakers also offer a preventative system that delivers small electric shocks near the car engine if martens try to get too close.

Help, martens have invaded my car!

15th  September, 2017

This Article was published in

I’ve noticed these long, thin, ferret-like creatures roaming the streets in my village at night. What I didn’t realize was that they have been looking for a bed for the night, and that bed has been under the bonnet of our car.

I noticed the screen wash had run out, and when I got home, I dutifully refilled it. Then I tried it out. Nothing happened.

I lifted the bonnet and discovered that the rubber connecting tube had been cut. It must have been vandalsAfter further inspection, I uncovered a piece of chewed rubber, about the size of a small mouth, lying on the engine. Aha, I deduced – so something has bitten it! At last came the small moment of wonder when you learn something you thought you never would. My ‘vandal’ had actually been a marten, which apparently loves to nibble at any rubber tubing or wires that get in the way of a good night’s sleep.

What’s more, these little sharp-toothed cuties can do much worse than bite through your screen washer. They’ve been known to nibble on spark-plug wires and coolant hoses and crunch through brake hoses and ignition wiring. Electric hybrid cars, with all those additional wires, are the most susceptible to costly damage.

Earlier this year, the Wort reported that three baby martens were found in an engine compartment in Niederanven.

It appears there is little we can do about these critters. Ultrasonic devices and things that give martens an electric shock only work to a limited extent. They are also a protected species, for those of you who have more menacing ideas.

There were also similar incidents reported in different parts of counties.

There needs to be an alternate solution for this as martens are a worldwide phenomenon. They cause of path of destruction wherever they go and it needs to be stopped effectively and immediately keeping the ecology in mind.

C Tech Corporation  has come up with such a unique and ideal alternative: RodrepelTM

RodrepelTM is a non-toxic, non-hazardous and environmentally safe anti-rodent additive for masterbatches specially developed for a range of polymeric and coating applications. It is also effective in case the target species is birds and other animals. This product works on the mechanism of repellency. It does not kill the target species, and also does not affect the application it is used in. It is available in masterbatches, liquid concentrate or lacquer form.

This product does not leach out of the end application and is thus Non-hazardous.

It does not affect the humans coming in contact with the application they are incorporated in.

And moreover, last but not the least, it does not kill the animal but only repels them. Thus it is ECO-FRIENDLY.

The product is compliant with ROHS, ROHS2, ISO, REACH, APVMA, NEA, EU-BPR, and FIFRA exempted.

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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 an armed conflict.

Airforce 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 the 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 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 pieces of evidence.

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 over 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 an 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  C Tech Corporation have come up with an effective solution. The products are developed with a base of green technology. We have RodrepelTM , an extremely low toxicity, and extremely low hazard and eco-friendly, 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 RodrepelTM one can have a long-term solution. We at  C Tech Corporation are committed to our environment & we believe that no harm must be caused to animals or to the environment.

The product is compliant with ROHS, ROHS2, ISO, REACH, APVMA, NEA, EU-BPR, and FIFRA exempted.

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Troublesome squirrels

Just imagine a beautiful Sunday afternoon, with no one to disturb you are enjoying your favorite TV series while lounging on a comfy couch. What more could one wish for?

But heaven forbid, if this perfect setting is ruined by a sudden and unanticipated power cut, know that it’s mischief of a little ninja trying to experiment its weapons on your TV cable, leaving you with nothing but exasperation!!!

While there are many causes for power outages ranging from fallen branches to cable failure, but believe it or not, a well-co-ordinated rodent assault can be undoubtedly accused guilty in disrupting and frustrating thousands of people at a time, switching off our electrified lives for hours.  Their cute and furry façade often masks their propensity of gnawing on underground cables, and on top of it, these little nut eaters continue showing no sign of penitence for their wrongdoing!!!

Well-known rodent like squirrels, characterized by two pairs of unremittingly growing incisors in each of the upper and lower jaws are doubtlessly causing havoc in the telecommunication arena.

Squirrels, otherwise known for their robust bodies, short limbs, and long tails, have topped the list in posing a great threat to our electrical grids!!! Squirrels are members of the family Sciuridae, consisting of small or medium-sized rodents. They are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa, and have been introduced to Australia. Like all rodents, squirrels have four incisors that grow continuously throughout their life.

Apart from crunchy nuts and fresh berries, these little invaders prefer nibbling on the aerial cable routes, thus damaging them along with increased maintenance expenses. They chew up the copper wires from metallic cables as well as fibers from optical cables. Damage to these fibers optic cables can cause shut down vital communication links to airports, emergency services, and Nuclear power facilities. Therefore protecting these ‘information canals’ has an ever-increasing significance.

In this battle of network vs. squirrels, even the transformers do not get an exemption. Squirrels burrow their way into transformers for the same reason they enter rotting cavities of aging trees: hollow spaces offer them den sites and safety from predators.

One might wonder the need for these notorious mammals being so interested in closely exploring the cables, even when these cables don’t suit their palate? The answer is simple; Most of the time squirrels gnaw to fulfill a portion of their dietary habits – opening hard-shelled nuts. If, however, squirrels do not have an adequate dietary reason or opportunity to exercise their incisors, there is a danger of the teeth “overgrowing”. In these cases, the incisors can prevent the squirrel’s mouth from closing (severely restricting its ability to eat), or the teeth may actually cause injury to the animal, including puncturing the roof of the mouth. If squirrels have need of wearing down their incisors, and there are no other hard substances nearby, they will gnaw on cable. Cable components such as polyethylene and aluminum shielding handily meet the needs of squirrels in the neighborhood when it comes to oral maintenance.

  • Squirrel Causes Power Outage in Bartlesville
    15th May 2016,, Bartlesville, USA

 Public Service of Oklahoma reports a problem with a squirrel caused power outages in some parts of Bartlesville. Spokesperson Tiffini Jackson said the squirrel got into a transmission line which overloaded an underground line. That caused a feeder station to go out. At its peak, about 2,000 customers were without electricity. PSO was able to re-route, and that number was down to under 700 customers around 9 a.m., according to Jackson. Power was restored before 11 a.m. The squirrel did not survive.

·         Squirrel blamed for Southgate School power outage in Kennewick
9th May 2016, Tri City Herald, Kennewick

A squirrel is to blame for a power and internet outage in central Kennewick on Monday morning. The outage happened near Morain Street and North 19th Avenue and knocked out power to Southgate Elementary School, the Sun Meadows Mobile Home Park and neighboring homes.

·         Squirrel causes power outage

10th May 2016, The Gaffney Ledger, USA

Another bushy-tailed, nut-loving menace wreaked havoc on the Board of Public Works’ electrical grid. A squirrel squirmed into the Suez Street substation, causing a 90-minute outage at Gaffney High before meeting an untimely death.


According to Cyber Squirrel’s data, till the year 2015 there have been about 714 squirrel related power outages.

It’s high time now, to show these cyber terrorists that we humans are capable in combating their continuous attacks. For this we require a long-term and sure shot solution that would keep these away from optical and metallic cables, thus preventing any further losses.

C Tech Corporation can offer a solution to overcome the damage caused by squirrels. Rodrepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous, non-carcinogenic and environmentally safe, anti-rodent additive. The masterbatch of Rodrepel™ can be incorporated in wires and cables and other polymeric applications. Rodrepel™ lacquer can be added to paints which can be applied to the already installed cables.

RodrepelTM does not kill but repel. It is engineered using a unique set of complex compounds. It follows 6 pronged strategy which is extremely effective on rodents like squirrel, rat, beaver, gopher, paca, marmot etc.

Rodrepel™ is cost-effective, inert, and thermally stable and does not degrade on exposure to heat and sunlight. It does not volatilize and does not degrade in the soil.

The product is compliant with ROHS, ROHS2, ISO, REACH, APVMA, NEA, EU-BPR, and FIFRA exempted.

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Telepathic rats

“Hey brother, have you checked out this new restaurant at St. Martin Street? Let’s check out their pantry today” this could be one of the normal day to day conversations that rodents have.

But how do they communicate? How does an aged rat share his words of wisdom with his grandchildren; how do rats have their intense discussions on the potential spots for harborage and food for their family. Of course, they do not have 6500 types of languages as we do. Then how do they pass on the information that they gather? Let us decode the secret that these “telepathic rats” use to transmit messages.

Rats are blessed with a very strong sense of smell and taste. They have about 500 to 1000 types of olfactory receptors, coded for by between 500 and 1,000 genes, and one out of every 100 genes is involved in the detection of odors. The rat’s sense of smell registers not only average scents but also the presence of chemicals that denote a change in atmosphere or emotion.

The journey of any odorant dispersed in the air begins by first passing through a patch of skin rich with smell receptors and olfactory neurons, which are tipped with hair-like cilia. Smell particles bind to the cilia. From here the odorant makes its way to the olfactory bulbs where they meet about 2000 baskets like structures called ‘glomeruli’. The journey ends with the activation of glomeruli which results in giving a perception of smell to the rat. Different patterns of glomeruli are activated when a rat smells different odors.

Now to communicate information amongst each other rodents make use of their second type of sense organ known as the Vomeronasal organ (VNO), which primarily detects ‘pheromones’, the chemical signals transmitted between members of the same species. Pheromones are mainly found in rat’s excreta, urine and also in any other glandular secretions.

For example, consider a case of automobiles. If a rat finds a car suitable and safe for shelter, hiding or for storing food, mice living hundreds of miles away will gain this knowledge through pheromones. The little critter simply marks the car with a peculiar scent. So even if you get rid of a rat today, there is always a possibility of future infestations due to this internal communication between them.

Another very interesting phenomenon observed in rats is their way of carrying forwarding valuable information to the coming generations for dealing with many difficult situations they need to face.

For example, every rat’s environment is filled with many potential foods and with many non-consumable foods like poisons, rocks, plastics and so forth. Then how does the rat figure out what to eat?

Before birth: In utero, fetal rats detect odor-bearing particles that come from their mother’s diet and cross the placental barrier. Shortly after birth, newborn rats respond positively to these foods. Therefore, they start learning about what to eat from their mother before they’re even born.

During nursing: Nursing rats receive information about their mother’s diet through her milk. They prefer the foods she ate during lactation.

Weaning: When young rats are weaning and eating solid foods for the first time, they use adult rats as guides. They forage where the adults are foraging or where adults have previously scent-marked.

Adolescence and adulthood: When rats forage on their own, their food choices are influenced by social interactions that may take place far away from foraging sites. They smell foods on the fur, whiskers and especially the breath of other rats and strongly prefer the foods that those rats had consumed.

Also, a study conducted by neuroscientists at Emory University found that fear can travel quickly through generations of mice DNA

In the experiment, researchers taught male mice to fear the smell of cherry blossoms by associating the scent with mild foot shocks. Two weeks later, they bred with females. The resulting pups were raised to adulthood having never been exposed to the smell.

Yet when the critters caught a whiff of it for the first time, they suddenly became anxious and fearful. They were even born with more cherry-blossom-detecting neurons in their noses and more brain space devoted to cherry-blossom-smelling.

The memory transmission extended out another generation when these male mice bred, and similar results were found.

Rats cause huge damages in many areas like automobiles, agriculture, electronics, gas sector, hotel industries etc. The loss is even more due to their ability to transmit information amongst each other regarding the vulnerable targets to attack. Thus we need a solution.

At  C Tech Corporation we make use of the mother nature’s gift of senses to these rodents in formulating an extremely low toxicity and extremely low hazard and environmental products which act as repellants and do not kill.

RodrepelTM  is an extremely low toxicity and extremely low hazard and eco-friendly rodent aversive. RodrepelTM is available in form of masterbatches, liquid concentrate and lacquer and is specially designed for polymeric applications. It can be incorporated into nearly all base polymers like HDPE, MDPE, LDPE, PVC, PE, etc.

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 in killing 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.

The product is compliant with ROHS, ROHS2, ISO, REACH, APVMA, NEA, EU-BPR, and FIFRA exempted.

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Rodents- Threat to Horticulture

Growing your own vegetables is both fun and rewarding. Fresh, luscious vegetables nurtured with care in gardens, backyards, nurseries, vineyards undoubtedly beat the frozen stuff, adding both tastes as well as nutritive value to your food. However, it is an absolute nightmare when trees grown with so much care are damaged by some pesky little rodents.

Rodents damage the fruits, vegetables, and other products in many ways. The first type includes damage to seeds and seedlings in nurseries by rats and squirrels. The second type involves stunted growth and drying up of trees due to gnawing and nibbling of the roots of saplings and young trees. Such damage may occur in orchards of pecan, apple, peach, and other fruit crops. The third type is the main cause of loss and it involves damage to the fruits generally by the climbing and arboreal species like R. Rattus, R. r. Wroughton, R. r. andamanensis, F. pennanti, F. palmarum and F. tristriatus. Some fruits like the pomegranate and strawberries which may hang from their bushy plants close to the ground level are also attacked by the ground-dwelling rodents like T. indica, R. meltada, M. hurrianae and B. bengalensis.

Not only they produce, but rodents also chew holes on plastic pots and other horticultural tools. Rodents are blessed with two pairs of ever-growing incisors. In order to keep these incisors sharp and also to avoid their overgrowth, rodents need to constantly gnaw on hard objects. Polymeric applications in horticulture like plastic pots, gardening tools, trickle tube systems, wires in the movers, tillers top their snack list due to their smooth texture, the bright colors and the odor that they exude.

Let us have a look at the various effects of rodent damages to our horticultural produce and tools. Crop contamination due to rodents is one of the major undesirable effects of rodent attack. Damage to the trickle tube systems could result in loss of water and additional replacement and repair cost. Also, chewed wires are unsafe sites for electrical dangers. Breathing the air which is contaminated by rodent droppings, urine, and other secretion can result in spreading of dangerous viruses and diseases.

The results of a 2012 survey on wildlife damage by APHIS identified, damage caused by rodents as sixth on our overall list of horticulture crop predators. Also, it is estimated that about 50% of farm fires in the UK can be attributed to rats gnawing electrical cables, while a recent Bayer survey found rodent damage to seasonal machinery such as combine harvesters in the store can be a very costly problem.  

Let us have a look at some incidences of rodent damage in this sector:

  • Pest parrot search in Katikati
    February 4th 2016, TOI Moana

Rainbow lorikeets eat fruit and breed rapidly so they could cause serious crop damage and costs for orchard and vineyard owners.

  • Stink bugs a resilient foe for Mount Airy vineyards

September 24th 2010, Gazette. Net, USA

The Asian stink bug, an invasive pest with no natural predators to keep its numbers in check, has begun to invade Maryland vineyards after a summer of gorging its way through orchards, cornfields, and gardens.

  • Rabbit Damage to Trees and Shrubs

March 17th 2010, Horticulture & Home Pest News, USA

Deep snow and extended period of snow cover posed serious problems for rabbits. Denied access to food on the ground, rabbits fed extensively on small trees and shrubs that stuck above the snow.

It is high time to look into this problem of pest damage to the trees, vegetables, fruits etc. We just cannot afford to lose our produce. We need a solution to this problem.

We at C Tech Corporation have come up with a solution to this problem. Our product RodrepelTM 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, ISO, REACH, APVMA, NEA, EU-BPR, and FIFRA exempted. We do not aim at disturbing the ecosystem designed by nature. Our eco-friendly products do not kill the target species but only repel them.

Our products are available in form of solid masterbatches, liquid concentrate and lacquer form.

Our solid masterbatch can be incorporated in plastic pots, growing &transport trays, turfs, trickle tube systems etc. On the other hand, lacquer and liquid concentrate can be coated over the fencing, wooden support in the trellis system, raised beds, tree guard etc. to protect them from the pest attacks.

Where’s the party tonight?

Seems like rodents are very much busy partying these days! The upward graph of incidences pertaining to automobile damage due to rodent attacks is clear evidence of their dominance.

Cars are proving to be incredibly delicious treats for rodents these days. Of all the problems that cause significant damage and repair bills for your car, it turns out rats, although relatively small are amongst the biggest culprits. Apart from residing under the hood which provides these mammals a warm and cozy place to live, especially during winters, they also snack on the car wires which in turn affects the car health. This rat party, under the hood, can cost a pretty penny for us.

Rodents are blessed with continuously growing incisors which makes them gnaw on anything that comes their way. Part of the blame for such gnawing on wires is the coatings which impart a smooth texture, sweet smell and bright color to the wires. This further engenders contact of bare wires causing shorts. Rodents mainly chew near their nest or shelter, so it could be in a tight, hidden area where you don’t usually think of looking for a problem.

Along with wires, this four-legged creature also attacks the car interiors by chewing through the seat covers and other foam material inside.

There were over 100 incidents of Honda car damage due to rodents in 2013. Also from 2010 to 2013, there were over 215 SUBARU car damage incidents recorded due to rodents.

Let us have a look at some recent incidence where rats have caused some serious damage in the automobile sector:

·         Rat trap: Mum finally catches giant rodent that caused €2,000 of damage to car February 17, 2016, News Irish News, Ireland

Laura Sweetnam (30) from Macroom in Cork caught a giant rat in the boot of her Renault car two months after she had first noticed repeated damage to the interior furnishings and fittings.

Laura, who is a Cork-based garda, admitted she was “absolutely horrified” to spot the rat as she was cleaning her car last Wednesday.

  • Rodents Damaging Cars in Broken Arrow

February 12, 2016, News on, Oklahoma, USA

You may not expect to have a rodent problem inside your car, but that’s exactly what some Broken Arrow drivers are experiencing. One mechanic said, in some cases, the rats are causing thousands of dollars in damages by eating wires and building a nest inside the engine compartment. Fellers Auto specialist owner, Tommy Fellers, said he’s recently repaired 13 rat-related problems.

  • When Animals Invade Your Car

April 29, 2015, Staff

You may be carrying additional passengers in your car, and not the kind that can get you access to the HOV lane. Ron Harrison, director of technical services for Orkin Pest Control, says animal infestations in cars are fairly uncommon. Even so, his company’s technicians are contacted about a problem with pests in a car at least once a month. Harrison told critters tend to make their presence known.

“The car might not start because a wire was gnawed on,” said Harrison. “Rodents urinate a lot so the smell would make it pretty obvious.”

·         Honda’s Soy-Based Wiring Covers Irresistible to Rodents: Lawsuit

January 26, 2016, NBC NEWS

Environmentally friendly car wiring with a soy-based coating is too tempting for rodents to resist, according to a federal class-action lawsuit that demands Honda pick up the tab for the damage caused by gnawing mice, rabbits and squirrels.

It’s high time now to take some serious actions 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 RodrepelTM is an extremely low toxicity and extremely low hazard and eco-friendly rodent aversive. The product is compliant with ROHS, ROHS2, ISO, REACH, APVMA, NEA, EU-BPR, and FIFRA exempted. This product acts through a series of highly developed intricate mechanism ensuring that rodents are kept away from the target application.

RodrepelTM 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. RodrepelTM 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, RodrepelTM in liquid form can be incorporated in paints and used in the automobile industry.

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 Rattled passengers dread train journeys in India

In a relaxation showdown, trains are doubtlessly the most laidback style of travel, allowing us to sit back, relax, and enjoy the picturesque view. Luckily, some of the world’s most beautiful destinations are also home to the most scenic train rides. What a great way to rejuvenate! But what if notorious co-passengers like rats, bedbugs, and cockroaches also wish to accompany us? It would not take long for an ecstatic train ride to transform into a grisly nightmare!

Though Indian Railways are known for taking strict measures against freeloaders, hundreds of rats are traveling across the countryside, without a ticket.

Rats, the little devils in disguise, have a single pair of unremittingly growing incisors in each of the upper and lower jaws. Most of the time rats gnaw to fulfill a portion of their dietary habits. If, however, rats do not have an adequate dietary reason or opportunity to exercise their incisors, there is a danger of the teeth “overgrowing”. In these cases, the incisors can prevent their mouth from closing (severely restricting their ability to eat), or the teeth may actually cause injury to the animal, including puncturing the roof of the mouth. The smooth texture, sweet odor and bright color of cables attract them. The railway sector has to bear huge economic losses, solely due to rats gnawing and damaging cables.

Rail cabling holds vital data within it and is responsible for controlling the signaling infrastructure of its railways. Damage to these cables could cause electrical short circuits, incorrect signals, miscommunications, and fires. 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. 

Rodents are a nuisance for the passengers traveling in trains especially in A.C. coaches. The number of complaints of rats scurrying around pantry cars of long-distance trains is on the rise.

Some latest news rodent menace in Railways coaches

  1. Rats on board AC coaches of Kerala trains

Published on: Jul 6, 2015, 04.15 AM IST

With travelers often complaining of the rat menace on trains from the coastal state, a city-based cultural body of Malayalees plans to ask people to carry traps along to combat the rodent problem. The latest person at the receiving end is a Thane couple who traveled in an air-conditioned coach of 16346 Netravati express from Kerala to Thane on Saturday. The rodents, they said, had damaged their luggage and food packets. Complaints to officials on board fell on deaf ears.

  1. Rattled Passengers Complain To Railway Ministry about Rat Menace on Trains

Published on: Aug 03, 2015 at 17:57

The Indian Railways acknowledged on August 3, that it has a major rat problem. “Yes, some complaints and references are being received regarding the presence of rats in coaches,” Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

  1. Rattled in AC first class, couple claims Rs 10 lakh compensation

Published on: Jan 06, 2016 18:21 IST, Hindustan Times, Ranchi

A Ranchi couple has claimed Rs 10 lakh as compensation for alleged rat bites in the AC first class compartment of a Kolkata-bound train.

PC Sinha (72) and his wife Alka Sinha (62) were traveling in Kriya Yoga Express from Ranchi to Howrah on December 30 last year. Around midnight, Sinha, a retired chief engineer in Bokaro Steel Limited, was allegedly bitten by rodents and had to take rabies vaccines after reaching Kolkata.

Rodents not only target our coach interiors, but they can also affect our trains in other ways. Let us see a few articles below;

1. Railway spends Rs 10 crore to get rid of rats at Delhi stations

Published on: India TV News Desk Updated 07 Dec 2015

Irritated over the menace of rats in large railways stations such as New Delhi, Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, and Sarai Rohila, authorities had chalked out a plan of Rs 10 crore, hiking its Rs 6 crore expenditure of previous year.

  1. Rattled: Rodents derail trains in Jharkhand’s rebel hotbed
    Published on: Nov 24, 2015, Hindustan Times, India

In Jharkhand’s Maoist hotbed Palamu, railway authorities are fighting a new enemy, literally armed to the teeth – rats. Colonies of rodents which have made a home under the tracks have been cited as the reason for at least three train derailments at the Daltonganj railway station in one year.

There is an urgent need for a sustainable solution to combat these unremitting rodent attacks resulting in inconvenience to the passengers as well as causing high economic losses.

C Tech Corporation can offer a solution to this problem. Our products RodrepelTM is an extremely low toxicity and extremely low hazard and eco-friendly 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 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 the above can thus be avoided.

RodrepelTM is also available in lacquer form and can be applied directly on the outside as well as inside of the railway coaches. These products can effectively control the proliferation of these undesired rodents.

The product is compliant with ROHS, ROHS2, ISO, REACH, APVMA, NEA, EU-BPR, and FIFRA exempted.

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Remember Remy from Ratatouille, a rat who simply adored food and its quality. Blessed with a strong sense of smell, his knowledge of food allowed him to identify different ingredients in a dish and cook many mouth-watering dishes.

However in a real-life scenario, a rat sighted in a restaurant or bar area, or worse in a guest room, could severely damage the hotel’s reputation and result in the loss of customers. Also, severe infestations could even cause the health department to shut down the establishment temporarily or even permanently.

Hotels are vulnerable to rat infestation due to several reasons.

Hotels and restaurants prove to be the best places for rats to explore new delicacies! They find food almost everywhere, in the kitchen area, in the garbage and even on the leftover trays. This causes contamination of food items which results in the transmission of various diseases. Also, these four-legged mammals are commonly encountered near the trashcans and waste containers outside the hotels.

Rats are always in search of warmth. They are unable to regulate their body temperatures, unlike other mammals. Thus rats are very much attracted to the laundry areas in hotels. The constant heat of the dryers provides ample warmth for rats, and the linens supply numerous places for nesting.

All rats need moisture to survive. They need about 15-30 ml of free-standing water each day. Thus they find water sources around perspiring soda and ice machines, leaky pipes, and HVAC units and around water fountains in hotels, which in turn increases their infestation. In garden areas, the burrowing activities, especially of bandicoot rats, can 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 wirings, insulations top rodent’s snack list due to their smooth texture, bright colors and also the odor that they exude.

Rats mainly invade 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 have a look at some cases where rodent infestation has led to restaurant closure

  • Family Dollar closed due to ‘heavy rat infestation’
    By Zoe Zellers, December 30 2015, Fox 45 News, Baltimore

The public is being notified that a family Dollor store has been shut down by city officials after an inspection revealed heavy rat infestation.

Councilman Brandon Scott says that the decision to close the store “shows why it was critically important for us to pass the legislation that now allows the public to be properly notified.”

No complaints were made, but a routine inspection led officials to discover a heavy rat infestation and unsanitary conditions.

  • Restaurant Inspections: 100 Rodent Droppings, Roaches, Dirty Floors
    By Sherri Lonon, January 5, 2016, Florida

The state of Florida issued several temporary shutdown orders at Tampa Bay eateries last week.

Roach activity, evidence of rodents was among the biggest reasons behind the temporary closings.

  • Bullring Burger King operators fined £12,000 over mice infestation

      By Matt Cannon, January 7 2016, Birmingham Mail, Birmingham

Birmingham fast food restaurant fined after environmental officers discovered mouse droppings discovered in the food preparation and storage areas

The operators of the Burger King in the Bullring have been fined over a mice infestation at the restaurant.

Environmental officers forced the temporary closure of the establishment last year after they discovered evidence of the rodents during a routine inspection on February 2, 2015, and a follow-up visit two days later.

Birmingham City Council said its officers found mouse droppings in the food preparation and storage areas, as well as evidence of inadequate cleaning and food exposed to the risk of contamination. The restaurant was allowed to reopen after officers were satisfied sufficient pest control work had been carried out and the “imminent risk of injury to health” had been removed.

These uninvited guests are undoubtedly posing a 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.

C Tech Corporation  can offer a solution to this problem. Our product  RodrepelTM is an extremely low toxicity and extremely low hazard and eco-friendly rodent aversive. This product acts through a series of highly developed intricate mechanisms ensuring that rodents are kept away from the target application.  RodrepelTM 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, ISO, REACH, APVMA, NEA, EU-BPR, and FIFRA exempted.

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Pests on board!

Rodents are ubiquitous. They are encountered in almost every sector of life such as telecommunication, automobile, railways, aviation and so on. Likewise, rodent infestation is, unfortunately, a common problem on planes around the world. Air journeys make it easier for the rodents to travel to countries and continents where there may not have any natural predators. Also, there is a high possibility of disseminating new diseases to the various countries they travel.

Rodents tend to board an aircraft through open doors and access panels, when it is parked for a relatively long period of time either in the hangar or on the apron, especially during the night when human activity is reduced. Also, they have been observed entering the aircraft during loading of catering trolleys and cargos.

Rodents usually cause damage by gnawing on the wirings and cables of airplanes. Rodents are blessed with two pairs of continuously growing incisors. In order to keep these incisors sharp and to avoid their overgrowth, these notorious mammals continuously gnaw on something hard, like wires and cables.

For a safe flight, there are various navigation sensors and aircraft flight control systems fitted in an aircraft. The advent of “fly by wire” and electro-actuated flight surfaces (rodenther than the traditional hydraulics) has massively increased safety. To supplement air traffic control many aircraft use TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance System). To help avoid collisions with terrains, the aircraft use systems like GPWS (Ground Proximity Warning System) often combined with a Radar altimeter. To assist aircraft flying at night or in instrument meteorological conditions weather radars and lightning detectors are used. One can just imagine the catastrophic situation in case of loss of control due to the failure of one of these systems. Hundreds of lives are at stake. Reason? It is the gnawing of rodents on the communication, navigation cables and wires thus paralyzing the airplane.

  • Let us have a look at a few recent incidences where many flights have been diverted due to rodents on board!
  • Rats on flight, AI Dreamliner grounded

April 4, 2016, TOI, India

One of Air India’s Dreamliners has an unwelcome tenant. Spotted off and on, the rat has disrupted flights at least thrice this month. The aircraft (VT-ANV) took off from Melbourne as AI309 just before 6 am (India time). After flying for about six hours, the rat was sighted and the aircraft diverted to Singapore where it landed after 1 pm. The plane has been grounded there and AI was making alternate arrangements to fly the passengers to Delhi. “Rodents on board can lead to a catastrophe if they start chewing up electric wires. If that happens, pilots will have no control over any system, leading to a disaster,” a senior commander said. The aircraft, worth Rs 1,500 crore (at current prices), has been fumigated repeatedly and rodent traps have been laid but there is no shooing away the rodent.

  • Rats on a plane! Packed passenger jet bound for London forced to make mid-air diversion after rodent spotted in the cabin

December 30, 2015, Mail Online

A plane carrying 240 passengers en route to London from India was forced to return to Mumbai when a rat was spotted in the cabin.

Air India flight 131 was flying over Tehran in Iran, heading to Heathrow, earlier this morning when the passengers raised the alarm. The pilot took the decision to turn the plane around to land back in Mumbai.

Rodents are also responsible for transmitting serious vector diseases to humans, either directly or indirectly via fleas.

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. 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 to this problem. Our product RodrepelTM  is an extremely low toxicity and extremely low hazard and eco-friendly 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 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 equipment 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 RodrepelTM is definitely an effective solution for controlling and managing the problems and threat posed by rodents in airplanes.

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Grey squirrels: The furry terrorists

The grey squirrel is a common mammal that can delight you by its acrobatic movements and annoy by damaging trees, feeding on flower buds, bulbs, fruits and vegetables at the same time. Sciurus carolinensis, a common name grey squirrel, is a tree squirrel in the genus Sciurus. It is native to eastern North America.

These furry terrorists attack a wide range of ornamental plants, fruits, and vegetables. Tulip bulbs, crocus corms, sweet corn, strawberries, apples, pears, nuts, sunflower seed heads and flower buds of camellias and magnolias are affected the most.

Grey squirrels damage trees by gnawing at the stem to get to the sweet, sap-filled layers (phloem tissue) just beneath the bark with their sharp incisors as a part of their oral maintenance. This tissue is responsible for the movement of sugars around the plant known as translocation. If this gnawing extends around the stem, then the movement of sugars around the plant will come to a halt and the tree will die.

Bark stripping damage usually starts at the end of April and continues until the end of July. Trees are stripped anywhere on the main stem and branches, with vigorously growing and dominant trees generally being most affected. Damage levels vary between years and across sites within the same year. Planted or naturally regenerated trees aged between 10 and 40 years, especially sycamore, beech,  oak, sweet chestnut, pine, larch, and Norway spruce, are most vulnerable to damage. Other species, especially broadleaves may also be damaged. The damages caused by the bark stripping act as a major discouragement to the planting of broadleaved and coniferous trees for timber as it reduces the value of the final crop.

Up to 5% of damaged trees may die and many more will have degraded timber value through stem deformation, rot, and broken tops. Oak, poplar, Scots pine and Norway spruce are particularly vulnerable to stem breakage. The fungal invasion at the damage site results in staining and rotting, reducing the value of the timber. Damage to branches in the canopy may cause dieback, affecting the timber yield.

Other damages caused by grey squirrels include digging up and feeding on bulbs and corms. Squirrels can also affect populations of small birds in woodlands by eating eggs and nestlings. Also, these little critters damage lawns by burying or digging up winter food stores and gnaw on plastic, such as hosepipes and plastic netting as a part of their oral maintenance. In addition, there may be indirect competition, e.g. for food, between grey squirrels and the red squirrel. Grey squirrels also carry squirrel pox virus, an infection fatal to red squirrels.

  • Forest hit by fresh outbreak of deadly squirrel pox virus

By Linda Stewart, March 26th 2016, Belfast Telegraph, Ireland

Tollymore Forest in Co Down has been hit by an outbreak of squirrel pox five years after the virus wiped out 90% of its native red squirrels.

The disease is carried by the invasive grey squirrel, which appears to be immune to its effects, but red squirrels that contract the virus have little natural resistance and often die within 15 days of infection.

Members of the public have been urged to be on the alert for signs of infected squirrels and to report them to the authorities.

Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) Wildlife Inspector Declan Looney said: “The red squirrels in this forest had recovered well following the first outbreak five years ago but this is a further blow to them.

“Sick red squirrels will appear lethargic, approachable, with painful sores on their faces and paws. Unfortunately, there appears little natural resistance to the virus within the local population and sick animals tend to die within 10 days to two weeks. If you have squirrels entering your garden to feed at bird feeders, please either remove these or clean them daily to reduce the spread of the virus.”

  • Grey squirrels are damaging Britain’s native trees, warns Prince of Wales

By Louise Gray, April 3rd  2009, The Telegraph, UK

As patron of a new charity, The Red Squirrel Survival Trust (RSST), the Prince spoke out about the damage greys can cause. Grey squirrels strip the bark from native broadleaved trees like beech, oak, and sweet chestnut and can even kill the trees as well as eating bulbs and seeds in large quantities.

In a letter of support for the new charity, the Prince wrote: “The grey squirrels, which exist in far greater number than the reds, are causing incalculable damage to our native trees particularly the beech.”

The Prince recalls seeing reds in Sandringham, Norfolk, as a child but can now only see the species in the Royal estates in Scotland.

There is an urgent need for an effective solution against this little four-legged mammal which continues to destroy the trees, fruits, and vegetables without any sign of repentance.

C Tech Corporation can offer a solution to overcome this problem. Our product RodrepelTM is an extremely low toxicity and extremely low hazard and eco-friendly rodent aversive. RodrepelTM 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 RodrepelTM to protect the trees, shrubs etc. from the damage caused by the grey squirrels. The product can also be incorporated into agricultural films, greenhouse films, plastic mulches used on a large scale in the agriculture as well as horticulture sector in order to avoid damages caused by these squirrels to fruits and vegetables. Also, the products can be directly incorporated in the polymer matrix during processing of pipes and tubing. RodrepelTM does not leach out, thus there is no soil pollution. Groundwater reserves are also not polluted. Also the non-target beneficial species like earthworms, bees etc are not affected.

The product is compliant with ROHS, ROHS2, ISO, REACH, APVMA, NEA, EU-BPR, and FIFRA exempted.

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