Nuisance caused by Gopher

Presence of Gophers is a serious problem, as it destroys the underground utility cables and wires, water lines, irrigation pipes etc. Damage done by Gopher is severe in the fall and spring when they are active near the soil surface. Pocket gophers are the rodents whose size is from 5 to 14 inches long.

Pocket gophers have pouches outside their mouth, on each side of the face there is on pouches. As these pockets can be turned inside and outside and they are used to carry food.  They have fur with black, brown and white colors. Pocket gophers heads are small flattened and have small ears and eyes.

Gophers are one the one which are extremely well adapted and built for an underground existence. The gopher lives most of its life below the surface where they dig a burrow system. A gopher can create large mounds. Gopher can dig extensively which can be very deep up to several hundred feet. As they dig burrows, they push the soil to the surface due to which a mound is created, usually in the shape of a fan. Gopher tunnels are sometimes not visible on the ground surface due to their deeper location.

Let’s have a look at the evidence,

Gopher chews through fiber optic line

Frontier Communications technicians were called out early on Nov. 14 after a fiber optic cable line was cut in the McCornick area, effectively downing services across the county.

According to Paul Clark, data and phone services were lost countywide around 3 a.m., after gophers chewed through a 48-strand fiber.

“Everything on the east side of the county was down,” Clark said. “Anyone on a circuit would have been affected.”

The outage knocked out emergency services, causing 911 calls to be rerouted to a backup in Richfield.

“This happens about once or twice a year,” said Clark about pest damage to fiber optic lines. “And of course it had to happen in the middle of the night.”

Approximately 900 feet of fiber was replaced, covered in conduit, and buried underground. The conduit should deter or slow rodent damage, Clark said.

The Millard County Sheriff’s Office reported 911 was rerouted back to local offices around 4:30 p.m. Circuits were repaired by 9:30 p.m., with services operational by midnight, Clark said.

As of Nov. 19, all services “should be up and running,” Clark said. If customers are still experiencing difficulties connecting or have no service, contact Frontier.

Delta customers now have the chance to experience wireless Internet across the city. Newly installed, the new routers have signal that broadcasts up to five miles outside of city limits, Clark said.

Gopher Bounties Still an Incentive for Trappers in Sherburne County, Elsewhere

Jerry Ehlenfelt would likely continue trapping pocket gophers regardless.

The burrowing rodents and the mounds they create pose a nuisance on the 30 acres of land the retired Vietnam veteran owns between Big Lake and Elk River in Sherburne County.

But, the $2 per gopher bounty he’s able to collect from Big Lake Township each year makes the time he spends doing so even more worthwhile.

“It definitely provides you with a little more incentive to go out and get them,” said Ehlenfelt, who turned in around 55 gophers last year. “I’d probably have to do it anyway. Those mounds can become a real issue

C Tech Corporation   can offer a solution to overcome the damage caused by squirrels. RodrepelTM   is an anti-rodent, and animal aversive which is extremely low in toxicity and extremely low hazard, environmentally safe solution. It does not kill target species but only repels them. It is engineered using a unique set of complex compounds. It follows 6 pronged strategy which is extremely effective on rodents like the squirrel, rat, beaver, gopher, paca, marmot, etc.

RodrepelTM is available in the form of a masterbatch, liquid concentrate, lacquer, and sprays.

The masterbatch can be incorporated in cable sheathing. The product in the form of liquid concentrate can be diluted in Paints and organic solvents and can be applied. The lacquer which is a topical application can be directly applied on the already installed wires and cables.

Our newly developed products,  RodrepelTM Pest Repellent Spray is an easy to use product which can be easily sprayed so as to as avoid the rodents and other pests from entering them.

RodrepelTM  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. It is RoHS, RoHS2, REACH, NEA, EU BPR, APVMA compliant and FIFRA exempted.

Contact us at technical.marketing@ctechcorporation.com if you’re facing problems with rodents and get best remedies to combat the pest menace.

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Despicable Squirrels!!

Squirrels of the order ‘Rodentia’ have 200 species and are categorized into three types: ground squirrel, tree squirrel and flying squirrel. Squirrels can be cute and amusing to watch in their natural environment. However, when they invade residential homes, destroy landscaping, eat vegetation, or scare away desirable birds, their antics quickly become less entertaining or cute. They are arboreal in nature. That means they live in trees. But they often choose to live in attics, chimneys, garage, vents etc. Any place that people live we also find them.

Squirrels can be found everywhere except Antarctica. They breed once or twice a year and give birth to a varying number of young ones after three to six weeks, depending on species. They have a high mortality rate during their first year and in captivity, they can live up to 15 years. Squirrels in urban areas may become so abundant and overpopulated that they begin to cause damage to trees, shrubs, ornamental plantings, gardens, crops, wires and cables etc.

Below is the table that shows the reproduction of various species of a squirrel:

          Species         Mating season

  First                Second

   Gestation days

     Litter size

Range│Average            

       Grey Squirrel Jan/Feb May/July            44-45      2-5        3
        Fox Squirrel Jan/Feb May/July            44-45      1-6        3
       Flying Squirrel Feb/March May/July            44-45      2-7        3

Source: Urban Wildlife Damage Control Kansas City.

Like all rodents, squirrels also have incisors which grow throughout their life. Hence to keep them in check, they chew anything they find or smell attractive. Because of their constant chewing habit, they cause many accidents, power outages and loss to the economy. According to Level 3 Communications, squirrels do 17% of damage to fiber optic network. These ubiquitous, furry buzz incisors are most likely damaging aerial cable plant in worldwide settings, increasing maintenance expenses and reducing the productivity of technical operations groups.

Squirrels have been causing damage to wires and cables since the time Alexander Graham Bell uttered the famous words, “Mr. Watson, come here…”. Industry humorists might even postulate that Bell was calling Watson to dispatch a rodent gnawing on that first telephone cable.

Here are some news that shows how squirrels are affecting our lives:

Squirrel knocks out power for more than 12,500 in Erie County

By Keith McShea ; Buffalo News |  November 18, 2018

A squirrel was responsible for more than 12,500 NYSEG customers in Erie County going without power for approximately two hours Sunday afternoon.

The rodent disrupted service at the Lancaster substation, which triggered two other substations going down, according to NYSEG

Squirrels are a leading cause of power outages. In 2016, a survey by the American Public Power Association said that wildlife, notably squirrels, were the leading cause of power outages, followed by failure of overhead equipment, weather and vegetation.

The APPA reported that in 2016, utilities reported 3,456 outages “caused by the ubiquitous rodents” that cut off power to more than 193,873 customers.

CMP: Squirrels causing power outages in Maine

By WGME│September 28, 2018

PORTLAND (WGME) – Central Maine Power is reporting that squirrels are causing a rash of power outages in southern and central Maine.

CMP says their line workers are working to restore power as quickly as possible.

Officials say rodent interference is common and cannot be avoided.

Even if these squirrels damage our wires and cables they play a vital role in our ecosystem. They are great at planting trees. They bury their acorns, but forget where they put them. The forgotten acorns become oak trees. Hence to use toxic rodenticides to prevent damage caused by squirrels will not be an ideal solution. Also, rodenticides can harm target as well as non targeted species. They are extremely unstable and can react with base polymer of wires and cable.

C Tech Corporation  can offer a solution to overcome the damage caused by squirrels. RodrepelTM  is an anti-rodent, and animal aversive which is extremely low in toxicity and extremely low hazard, environmentally safe solution. It does not kill target species but only repels them. It is engineered using a unique set of complex compounds. It follows 6 pronged strategy which is extremely effective on rodents like the squirrel, rat, beaver, gopher, paca, marmot, etc.

RodrepelTM is available in the form of a masterbatch, liquid concentrate, lacquer, and sprays.

The masterbatch can be incorporated in cable sheathing. The product in the form of liquid concentrate can be diluted in Paints and organic solvents and applied to cables. The lacquer which is a topical application can be directly applied on the already installed wires and cables.

Our newly developed products,  Rodrepel™ Rodent Repellent Spray is an easy to use product which can be sprayed on wires and cables, electronic appliances, cabinets, so as to as avoid the rodents from entering them.

RodrepelTM  is cost-effective, inert, thermally stable and does not degrade on exposure to heat and sunlight. It does not volatilize and does not degrade in the soil. It is RoHS, RoHS2, REACH, NEA, EU BPR, APVMA compliant and FIFRA exempted.

Contact us at technical.marketing@ctechcorporation.com if you’re facing problems with rodents and get best remedies to combat the pest menace.

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http://www.rodrepel.com/
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Are rodents eating your cars? We have a solution to it!

An invention of the car revolutionized the lifestyle of humans. It gave rapid access to any place, giving us freedom and mobility. Probably no other invention, discovery, technological advance has created more changes in society. We use cars to visit our friends, travel to and from work, to run errands, to visit our native place, to go on an adventure. We enjoy long drives which help us in forgetting our worries at least temporarily.

Cars contribute to the development of a nation’s economy and wealth; hence it is really important that every aspect of the car is well checked for any damage. Earlier every part of the car was made from metal, glass and plastic; petroleum-based products.

Nowadays, in quest of making environmentally friendly products every leading car manufacturer like Honda, Ford, General Motors, etc. have started manufacturing nature-friendly biodegradable based products. Insulation wirings, door cladding, seat back linings, package trays, seat covers, floor mats are now made from biobased natural ingredients. Let us look at some examples of bio-based parts currently in production:

Daimler:

To demonstrate its commitment to the development of biobased materials, the door cladding, seatback linings, and package shelves of the Mercedes Benz contain process flax, hemp, and sisal. Seat bottoms, back cushions, and head restraints contain coconut fibre and caoutchouc (a source of natural latex). Under-floor body panels are made using the abaca tree.

Ford:

Ford has also demonstrated a commitment to the biobased industry. The 2010 Ford Flex’s third-row interior storage bins contained 20% wheat straw biofiller. Soy-based polyurethane foams have been placed in the seat cushions and seatbacks of the Ford Mustang. Part of the Ford Mustang GT RTD body is made of flax fibre-reinforced linseed-acrylate, which is a high-performance composite made of natural fibres embedded in a resin from the same plants.

Honda:

Honda has developed a plant-based fabric that is used for its vehicle interiors including seat covers, door coverings, headliners, floor mats, and other fabric-covered surfaces

Mazda:

In 2007, Mazda announced the development of a new fabric made entirely from plant fibres. Seat covers, instrument panel, door trim, and other interior fittings were to be manufactured using the same.

Toyota:

They make seat cushion material, radiator tanks and other components from bioplastics that use glycol from renewable sugar cane instead of petroleum-derived glycol.

Mercedes-Benz:

It uses recycled plastics in various components including wheel well liners, bumpers, air and water baffles; material from renewable natural fibres used in different components including interior trim pieces.

Biobased materials are used in the manufacturing of the automotive parts because they provide biodegradability due to the renewable nature of the source materials and they can be recycled. But as every coin has two sides this application also has drawbacks.

Plant-based wiring and furnishing in the car provide materials to rodents to build nests. Animals like a rat, pine marten, etc. have a pair of incisors which grow throughout their lives and to keep them in check they chew on anything sharp and hard like our automotive wirings, floor carpet, door cladding, etc. Also, these animals are attracted to the cars for warmth and shelter. Food stored in the cars attracts more animals.

An incident was reported on Feb 12, 2016, News on 6 in Oklahoma US, that Fellers Auto specialist owner, Tommy Fellers, said he’s recently repaired 13 rat-related problems. He said, “We’ve been seeing an enormous amount of damage to cars’ electrical systems and wiring and hoses from rats, mice, squirrels,”. He said rodent damage happens fast and is extensive. He has seen wires, sensors and connectors chewed apart. He said the rodents can even travel through vents and into the dashboard. “The last case we had on a Ranger, the guy drove it every day and it took just one night for this to happen, and it was close to $2,500 worth of damage,” Fellers said.

Meals on wheels: Hungry squirrels go nuts over this man’s Honda

‘I’m paranoid about this,’ says Ottawa man after rodents gnaw biodegradable parts on his eco-friendly car

By Stu Mills • CBC News • October 29, 2018

Lenard Broadhead says biodegradable materials used in his new Honda are so “eco-friendly,” hungry squirrels find them irresistible.

Broadhead, who lives in Ottawa, says the rodents have made a series of targeted strikes on his air-filters, motors and fuel injector wiring, with repair costs eating away about $1,000 of his savings.

Now his new routine is to remote-start his vehicle from a safe distance and then watch the underside for escaping squirrels.

“I’m paranoid about this because it’s freaking expensive,” Broadhead said.

Rodents May Have Flavor Fetish For the Wiring Insulation in Newer Vehicles

By Matt Posky on May 17, 2018; The Truth About Cars

Since at least 2010, soy-based bio-plastics have been a popular alternative for wiring insulation in automobiles. But there’s a problem — rodents love how it tastes. This has allegedly resulted in a surprisingly high number of owners reporting that rats chewed through the wiring inside their automobile.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the growing rat problem isn’t the result of paranoia, either. John Pappas, the owner of Main & Hudson Service in Royal Oak, Michigan, claims he sees at least one vehicle every month with gnawed-on wires. “They’re going environmental on the wires,” he said. “There’s good and bad in everything. It is a common issue.”

Looking at above-mentioned facts and figures, there is an immediate need of a solution. We at C Tech Corporation can provide with a low toxic, low hazard, effective and efficient solution. RodrepelTM is an anti-rodent, anti-animal polymer additive. It is specially designed for the polymeric application. The masterbatch can be incorporated in insulation, wires, door cladding, carpet, plastic accessories, seat cushions, car covers, polymeric switch panels, components of ignition box, fuel tanks, fuel hoses, foam seats, etc. RodrepelTM lacquer can be coated on already installed wires, polymeric hoses, fuel tanks, battery box, ducts, door cladding, etc.

Our newly developed product in the form of spray is a must-have product for every car owner! The Rodrepel™ Rodent Repellent Spray is specially designed for cars. The product can be sprayed on the car components after clearing the dust and waste from the components. The product when applied properly repels the rodents and protects the cars from rodent damage.

RodrepelTM  works on the mechanism of repellence. It does not kill target species but only repels them.

Our product is FIFRA (Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act) exempted and is also REACH, RoHS, and RoHS 2, ISO, APVMA, NEA, EU-BPR complaint.

RodrepelTM will be the best solution to keep rodents away from your cars.

Contact us at technical.marketing@ctechcorporation.com if you’re facing problems with rodents and get best remedies to combat this menace.

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