Gnawing rats causing gas blasts

A gas leak at home can be an extremely scary affair. Such leakages have led to explosions and ultimately death in large numbers of humans. Even the other gas explosions like the poisonous gas leakages or the petroleum gas leakages are equally scary and devastating.

One major reason for such gas leaks is rodent chewing on the gas pipes that carry the natural gas. The rodents have two pairs of constantly growing incisors which must be kept in check by gnawing else their jaw will be blocked.

But this gnawing ability of the rodents causes in human causalities.

Pieces of evidence for the same are given below:

Couple dies in explosion after rat nibbles tube

January 30, 2019

EZHUKON: A middle aged couple died in a gas cylinder explosion at Ezhukon in Kollam on Tuesday. They were identified as Yohannan and his wife Annamma. The cylinder exploded after a rat nibbled the tube connected from the cylinder to the gas stove. The couple did not give much care even after a foul smell emanated. Fire broke out after they lit the stove without noticing the leak. The accident happened Tuesday morning at 5.30 am. A big explosion occurred when the couple were in the kitchen. Though the seriously injured were taken to the hospital, both died at 3 pm.

Dubai housemaid dies in gas explosion, and a rat’s to blame

July 21, 2017

Dubai Police confirmed on Thursday that a housemaid was killed following a gas cylinder explosion.

The explosion was a result of a rat tampering with the gas cylinder tubes in a kitchen of a villa in Dubai.

Captain Mohammed Ali Al Qasim, head of the criminal engineering department at Dubai Police, said that “the villa’s owner had warned his maids against using the stove in the kitchen after smelling a gas leak”.

However, one of the maids entered the kitchen and ignited one of the burners, leading to the explosion that damaged the kitchen’s walls, which eventually collapsed into her colleague’s room. The maid was killed instantly, while the fire from the explosion caused moderate burns to the other maid.

LPG by itself is colorless and odorless. Ethyl Mercaptan is added to LPG for the smell so that any leakage can be easily identified. But despite this, people ignore and there are mishaps that occur. So what can be done in first place in order to avoid the rodent bite on the fuel pipes?

No doubt the pipes have to be made rodent resistant. Having said that, people may feel that incorporating rodenticides in these pipes is the only option. But Rodenticides are harmful to surrounding as they leach out fumes and also have a short shelf life and are not 100% efficient.

There is an effective and efficient solution available with C Tech Corporation. We have come up with a unique product known as RodrepelTM .

RodrepelTM is an extremely low toxic and extremely low hazard rodent aversive repellent.

The masterbatch can be incorporated in the gas tubing and pipelines, hindering the rodents from attacking them. It is an anti-rodent additive specially developed for a range of polymeric and coating applications including films, pipes, wires, and cables. It can be incorporated into nearly all base polymers like HDPE, LDPE, PVC, PE, etc.

Apart from this, it is also available in the form of liquid concentrate, lacquer, and sprays.

The liquid concentrate can be blended with paints and organic solvents and be applied to the pipes. The lacquer can be directly applied to the pipes as a protective coating to protect it from a rodent attack.

The sprays are an easy to use product which can be sprayed near the gas pipelines and affected areas to repel the rats.

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

The products do not interfere with the working of the end application it is used in. They are stable at high temperatures; they do not leach out or produce any toxic fumes.

It looks as if this green chemistry based product is tailor-made for this application. Don’t you feel?

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Coffee Frappuccino with Rats

What is rat’s favorite coffee? They might be a fan of the mocha iced Frappuccino or they might like espresso. Well unlike us it’s not the coffee that attracts the rats but it’s the warm temperature, shelter, and safety to multiply and thrive.

Rats love to set up a camp inside the café because they get protected from the rain and other harsh weather conditions and continuous source of food that’s easy to find.

There are many coffee lovers who spend most of their time in the café, it’s the best and the perfect place to have coffee and have meetings. When you are in stress then just one cup of coffee makes you relax. Coffee is the lifeblood of virtually every workforce in the world.

In our generation today, more people love to spend their time in a café to relax, unwind, enjoy, and a lot more reasons. Hence, we cannot deny the fact that all people eat and drink, as these two are needed in order to sustain life.

Pests are carriers of food-borne diseases. Pest poses a particular threat to hygiene standards in food preparation and storage areas because of their disease risk and the contamination they cause.

Cafés are the one where the pest can easily get attracted. Every café has the potential to attract pest. Although the bad publicity from a roach infestation could easily be enough to shut down a café for good.

Let us have a look at some of the evidence,

Starbucks fined £12,000 for mice infestation in cafe visited by Blair

Coffee giant Starbucks was fined £12,000 after one of its cafes, once visited by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, was infested with mice.

An environment health officer with 17 years’ experience was hit by a “strong smell of mice” and recurring scenes of filth and mice droppings and staining’s during an inspection at a Starbucks in the heart of London’s West End in November last year.

Mouse droppings were found next to spoons, knives, cups, Clingfilm and boxes of biscuits and coffee that were about to be used, London’s City of Westminster magistrates heard.

Westminster Council decided to prosecute after the state of two storerooms and a serving area at the Villiers Street cafe in the arches of Charing Cross station raised alarm.

One mousetrap in a storeroom “appeared to be weighty and may have had a mouse in it” and the rodent had left “greasy smears”, Felicia Davy for Westminster Council told the court.

Starbucks, which has more than 530 stores and 8,000 partners in the UK, pleaded guilty to four counts of food safety and hygiene breaches.

Rodent droppings, improper temperatures result in state closing Urban Cafe

Urban Cafe in Wilmington was temporarily closed by the health department after an inspector found rodent droppings throughout the eatery and several foods at an improper temperature, including eggs, cheese and butter.

We at C Tech Corporation have a unique, effective, and efficient way to tackle these nuisances.

The unique product Rodrepel™  manufactured by C Tech Corporation is a rodent and animal aversive repellent which repels the rodents.

Rodrepel™ works on the mechanism of repellency. It is an extremely low concern, low toxic, low hazard, non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic rodent aversive repellent. It does not kill or cause harm to the pests as well as to the environment which indirectly helps to maintain the ecological balance.

The products are available in the form of a masterbatch which can be incorporated in pipes, polymeric equipment, cables etc. while manufacturing. 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.

While the Rodrepel™ liquid concentrate, when diluted in paints, can be used to paint the interior and exterior of the café. It can be applied in the kitchen and food storage areas in the cafeteria.

Rodrepel™ lacquer can be coated topically over the applications which need protection. It can be applied to a variety of surfaces like wood, concrete, metal, polymer, ceramic etc.

Our newly developed product in the form of a spray can be sprayed anywhere to repel the rodents. The product is compatible with all types of surfaces and can be used by anyone.

Our products provide a safe and environmentally friendly solution to avoid rodent infestation.

RodrepelTM is thermally stable and does not degrade on exposure to heat and sunlight. It does not kill or harm the insect but repels them. It does not volatilize and does not degrade the soil. It is RoHS, RoHS2, EU – BPR, ISO, REACH, APVMA, NEA compliant and FIFRA exempted.

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Railways are the most important means of transport in present day and Indian Railways is the third largest railway network in the world comprising 119,630 kilometers of total track and 92,081 km of running track over a route of 66,687 km with 7,216 stations at the end of 2015-16.

In 2017-2018, the national transporter earned Rs 50,000 crore from passenger fare, an increase of Rs 2,551 crore over 2016-2017. The number of passengers travelling in trains has increased from 8219.38 million in 2016-2017 to 8267.32 million in 2017-2018.

These huge numbers of passengers travel through rail routes because they are provided a cheap and convenient mode of transport by railways. But with this convenient mode of transport passengers are getting a bitter experience nowadays, aren’t they?

They are facing the rodent and insect nuisance during there long travel journey via railways and following are the pieces of evidence:

Rodents,  pests  bleeding  railway coffers:  Agra division   alone   to   spend Rs.24   lakh   for   pest control

March 5, 2019 │ The Times of India

AGRA: Sana screamed and her heart skipped a beat or two when she noticed a rodent, as fat as a rabbit, gnawing at her half-eaten cheese sandwich in a first class AC waiting room at Agra Cantonment railway station.  

Not only leftovers, the fat rodents also nibble at cables and wires of the trains, bringing them to a halt and leading to delays. While spotting of pests in cooked food of railway canteen  is  a common phenomenon.

Speaking to TOI, SK Srivastava, assistant commercial manager of Agra division said, “The current service of pest and rodent control will terminate soon. Therefore, the railway is issuing new tender of Rs 24 lakh for next four years of service.”

Srivastava also talked about the damages that the rodents are causing. “Rodent nibble at train berths, electrical cables, luggage of passengers. Apart from that, we also receive complaints of pest problem in train coaches. So, to maintain hygiene, we outsource pest and rodent control service.”

Southern Railway to pay Rs 27,350 for rat damaging bag on train

DECCAN CHRONICLE. |  P ARUL │August 19, 2017

Chennai: A city consumer forum has directed Southern Railway to pay a compensation of Rs 27,350 to a passenger whose suitcase was damaged by a rodent.

The passenger has the below words to say about his experience on rodents in railways:

On reaching the destination, Devadas found his Samsonite suitcase was cut open in the bottom for almost 6 inches by rats during the travel.  “I purchased the suitcase for Rs 12,600 only recently. And, due to lack of maintenance of the compartments the rats caused damages to the suitcase”, he said. 

There are many more complaints regarding the pest nuisance faced by passengers. Why do pest create such a nuisance in railways?

I will tell you why!!

Railways are the attractive points to rodents and cockroaches. There are many reasons for this but let me tell you few. There is availability of large amount of food for eg. left-over food by passengers, open dustbins, pantry areas, etc. Next the railways provide a natural habitat for rodents and insects to survive.

Rodents gnaw over the bags of passengers because they get attract to them. Rodents have two pairs of incisors growing throughout their life. They need to gnaw continuously in order to keep them in shape.

Insects like bedbugs and cockroaches also create a great nuisance leading passengers for having sleepless nights. The number of insects goes on increasing rapidly within a suitable environment they get in railways.

The polymeric applications like wires and cables also attract rodents due to their bright colors, odor and smooth texture. They gnaw at this applications and lead to power failure which can lead to a disaster further.

The wood and sunmica sheets applied all over the railway interiors attract termites. Termites are the most destructive pest. They also gnaw over the polymeric applications. The formic acid produce by them can dissolve hardest of the plastic.

Do you think railways are taking effective steps to stop this nuisance?

Pest control techniques used by railways have proven to be ineffective. Pesticides are the hazardous and toxic to animals as well as humans. The pesticides are used in the railways weekly and sometimes monthly.

Though railways are trying to defend against pests but they need to find out a perfect and effective solution knowing the reasons how destructive the pests are and resulting damage is so horrible.

Hence C Tech Corporation provides you the best solution to all the problems faced in railways due to pests. Our products viz. RODREPELTM, TERMIREPELTM and COMBIREPELTM are the pest repellents developed on green technology.

RODREPELTM is an anti-rodent and animal aversive repellent effective against all the species under the order Rodentia.

TERMIREPELTM is an anti-termite and insect aversive repellent effective against a broad spectrum of insects.

COMBIREPELTM is an anti-rodent, animal, insect, and bird aversive repellent. It works on the combined mechanism of RODREPELTM and TERMIREPELTM.

Our products are extremely low toxic, extremely low hazardous, and non-mutagenic. It repels the rodents and insects from the application. They do not cause any harm to the environment as well as to humans and animals/insects. They are developed on the basis of green chemistry following the traditions used from ancient times.

Our product in the form of masterbatch can be used in polymer based products like wires and cables used by railways while manufacturing them. Our liquid concentrate can be mixed in paints and applied over interior and exterior of the trains, offices, platforms, storage areas, railway hospitals. It can be used with the paints from canteen, pantry and dining area.

The lacquer can be directly applied on the metallic and wooden applications which are already installed in trains. It can be applied on the furniture from offices. It can be applied on already installed cables like the brake cables, signaling cables, cables from server rooms and monitoring rooms, etc. It can be used as topical application on the trolleys and food carts which are of metal or polymer.

Our newly developed products are available in the form of sprays namely RodrepelTM rodent repellent spray , TermirepelTM insect repellent spray , and CombirepelTM pest repellent spray which can be sprayed under the seating, lavatories, pantry, and food cooking area, on the already installed cables and pipes, on the undercarriage components etc. The spray can be used in the canteens, platforms, offices, tracks, machinery, trackside location cabinets, and wire installations, etc. It can be used in the storage areas of railways to prevent pest infestation. It can be sprayed on installed cables and cabinets.

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Voles: Tunneling rodents eating our plants!

Voles are mouse like rodents of the family ‘Cricetidae’.  Voles are often mistaken for mice; one of the best ways to differentiate these two rodents is by tail length. They are commonly called as meadow mouse.

Voles dig many short and shallow burrows underground and make their nest of leaves, grass, stems etc. In areas with winter snow, voles will burrow in and through the snow to the surface.

Types of voles:

Prairie Vole: commonly found in the Great Plains grasslands also in a variety of habitats, such as old fields, marshlands, and grass prairies.

Meadow Vole:  found in the northern United States and Canada.

Long-tailed Vole: found in a wide variety of habitats (for example, sagebrush grasslands, forests, mountain meadows, and stream banks) in the western United States and Canada.

Pine Vole:  found in the eastern United States. It inhabits a variety of habitats such as deciduous and pine forests, abandoned fields, and orchards.

Montane Vole:  found primarily in mountainous regions of the western United States. It is found in alpine meadows, dry grasslands, and sagebrush grasslands. It avoids forests.

Oregon Vole:  most often found in forested areas of northern California, Oregon, and Washington where there is an understory of forbs and grasses such as in burned or clear-cut areas.

California Vole: inhabits the chaparral shrubland of California.

Voles cause damage by feeding on a wide range of garden plants including artichoke, beet, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, lettuce, spinach, sweet potato, tomato, and turnip. They also can damage turf and other landscape plantings such as lilies and dichondra. Voles will gnaw the bark of fruit trees including almond, apple, and avocado, cherry, citrus, and olive. They are poor climbers and usually don’t enter homes or other buildings. Instead, they inhabit wild lands or croplands adjacent to buildings or gardens and landscaped sites with protective ground cover. Most problems around homes and gardens occur during outbreaks of vole populations.  

Vole attacks on our fields and crops. If vole gnaws completely around the trunk or roots, it will disrupt the tree’s flow of nutrients and water, a process known as girdling. Girdling damage on trunks and roots can kill trees.

Signs of partial trunk or root girdling for a prolonged time before young trees bear fruit, reduced fruit yield, abnormal yellowish leaf color, and overall poor vigor. Where snow cover is present, damage to trees can extend a foot or more up the trunk. The damage that occurs beneath snow cover often escapes notice until it is too late.

Evidence showing vole damages:

Vole control: Know your enemy, expert says

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Voles have wreaked havoc on southern Idaho cropland and pastures over the past two years, and controlling the population of the tiny pests has proved difficult.

High populations of the mouse-like rodent can easily cause 30 percent yield loss, and some producers in southern Idaho have reported up to 50 percent yield losses, University of Idaho Extension Educator Carlo Moreno told the UI Bean School on Jan. 27.

Vole problems mount in Eastern Idaho

IDAHO FALLS — Eastern Idaho alfalfa producers are mulling options to better control a vole outbreak that has already forced some growers to pull fields out of hay prematurely.

University of Idaho Extension cereals educator John Hogge said he’s fielded several calls from alfalfa growers seeking advice on protecting crops from voles, which haven’t been held in check by zinc phosphide, the region’s rodenticide of choice.

Hogge estimated the cost of buying and applying zinc phosphide at $20 per acre and said some growers have made three or four applications, with little impact.

C Tech Corporation can offer a solution to overcome the damage caused by voles. RodrepelTM is an extremely low toxic, extremely low hazard, non-carcinogenic and environmentally safe, anti-rodent additive. It does not kill but repel. It is engineered using unique set of complex compounds. It follows 6 pronged strategies which are extremely effective on rodents like voles, squirrel, rat, beaver, gopher, paca, marmot, etc.

RodrepelTM masterbatch can be incorporated in polymer pipes, irrigation pipes, drip tapes, silage bags, agriculture films, mulches, etc. RodrepelTM Liquid concentrate can be added to paints which can then be applied to fencing of trees, house, lawns, etc. RodrepelTM lacquer is a topical application which can be directly applied on the surface or equipment to be protected.

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, RoHS3, EU BPR, NEA, REACH compliant and FIFRA exempted.

Hence by using RodrepelTM the lawns, farms and gardens can be prevented from vole damage effectively and considerably.

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