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Encountering Gopher Nuisance??


Do you encounter any tunnel system (ref. below fig.) of some 18 inches below ground and some fresh mounds all over your landscape?

Then these are definitely done by a rodent called as GOPHER, commonly referred as Pocket Gopher.Let’s get introduced to this tiny critter creating a great havoc in the backyards.

Gophers fall under order Rodentia commonly known for their extensive tunneling activities. The 35 species of gophers live in a habitat such as woodlands, grass prairies, coastal to mountainous regions. They spend their days building complex underground tunnels in the areas having soft soil and abundance of food availability.

Gophers are attracted to moist, light-textured soil with edible vegetation. Their main runways are located up to 18 inches below the surface, though their nesting chambers are much deeper, often six feet below the surface.

Gophers are the notorious hoarders. They carry their food in cheek pouches and stockpile astounding amount of food in the huge underground settlements, hence the name pocket gophers.

Gophers are the omnivorous species and feed on nuts, berries, grass, leaves and insects. Gophers are small creatures of 5 to 12 inches. They have their front feet long, sharp claws useful for burrowing. Their hairy tails are four inches long useful to navigate through tunnels when moving backwards.

They create fan-shaped mounds that are large enough to damage irrigation systems, dams, fields and of course homeowners’ lawns and gardens.

The image shows how big mounds are created by these tiny gophers.

Following are the evidences explaining the damage.

Gophers slowing construction in Thurston County

Posted 12:36 pm, April 26, 2017, by Q13 news staff

The Mazama pocket gopher is listed as threatened in Thurston County, and that is putting construction on hold, regardless of what property owners may want.

“They have more rights to our property than we do,” Deborah Mclain told Q13.

“In one instance, I had to give up 64% of my property where we built the house,” homebuilder Larry Weaver said. It was a little over an acre of ground, and 64% had to be fenced off as gopher habitat.”

‘Pest’ pocket gophers to be killed off

By Daniel J. Chacón, The New Mexican, Jan 10, 2017

The city of Santa Fe is going on a killing spree.

Hundreds, possibly thousands, of pocket gophers are the target.

The little critters — rodents, really — have infested two parks in the south-central part of the city, dotting them with dirt mounds and, according to city officials, compromising irrigation lines, ruining the turf and making the areas unsafe for sports and other recreational activities.

“Go to Franklin Miles, and you can see that it looks like thousands of little landmines have exploded, and that’s throughout the entire park,” Trujillo said Tuesday. “These pocket gophers dig.”

“Pocket gophers are not protected by any state or federal law or local ordinance,” said Victor Lucero, manager of the city’s integrated pest management program. “They’re not considered endangered. They are a rodent pest.”

One pocket gopher has the potential to create 60 mounds in the course of one month,” he said.

Pocket gophers – No. 1 enemy in subsurface drip irrigation in western alfalfa

Cary Blake | Dec 31, 2015

The continued farming skirmish pits western alfalfa growers – who want to upgrade from traditional surface irrigation systems to more water efficient subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) systems – against vertebrate pests, mainly pocket gophers, which chew up underground SDI drip tape.

While the stakes are high and producers have an upper hand, gophers remain the No. 1 enemy.

“Rodents are undoubtedly the major challenge for SDI in alfalfa in northern California,” said Dan Putnam, University of California Extension alfalfa and forage specialist based at Davis.

Are you now aware of the Gophers nuisance? Then let think for the solution and which is provided by CTech Corporation’s product RODREPELTM

The evidence shows the havoc created by gophers and it so great that people tried to kill them by using insecticides. Killing the animal is not an economically and environmentally feasible solution.

CTech Corporation provides you with an eco-friendly solution against gophers. Our product RodrepelTM is extremely low toxic, non-hazardous, non-mutagenic anti-rodent, anti-animal aversive. It can be effectively used against gophers and other similar damage causing rodents like voles, moles, rats, etc.

RodrepelTM  is the product manufactured on the basis of green technology. Our product is RoHS, RoHS2, ISO complaint and FIFRA exempted which proves are low toxicity and environment safety concerns.

RodrepelTM  is available in the forms masterbatch, liquid concentrate and lacquer.

RodrepelTM Masterbatch is incorporated while processing in polymer based products such as drip irrigation pipes, electric supply cables, etc.

RodrepelTM Liquid concentrate is to be mixed in paints in proper proportion and RodrepelTM  lacquer is a direct top coat application which can be applied on fences, installed products, walls, etc.

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Rodent nuisance in offices

Your office provides an exceptional shelter for mice; it hides them from the cold weather and protects them from predators. To add to this with all the food you leave behind, your office is like a giant all-you-can-eat buffet.

There are many ways in which a mouse, or rat, can get into your office. Mice are very nimble creatures, able to run and jump at great lengths, as well as climb almost any surface. On top of that young mice can squeeze through a gap as small as 6mm.

One way in which mice can navigate their way into your workplace is through connections between different buildings such as water pipes, cables and other underground methods. This allows rats and mice to quickly move between different buildings with ease.

A mouse/rat can’t fit through a hole they will gnaw at it with their teeth until they can. Their teeth are very sharp and strong and can gnaw through almost anything. This can include some metals, especially when it’s old and weak, i.e. water pipes.

With more and more buildings being built every day, each sharing the same pipes and cables, rats and mice are finding it even easier to explore new territories in search for food and a place to live, and this can be your office?

Once inside, mice can find their way around using ‘mouse motorways’ we have created: Cable risers, false ceilings, false floors, wall partitions, lift shafts – quick ways to travel longer distances in search for food.

Another way mice navigate their way into your office from a rural environment is through food pallets.

If a food preparation plant has an infestation of rats or mice then this can quickly spread to other areas. If a mouse finds its way onto a truck transporting food, it will no doubt explore the environment of the new area they have travel to. All mice need to survive is shelter and minimal food and water, plus they can multiply within months.

Rodents such as rats and mice can spread diseases through their droppings. Unlike you and me mice aren’t toilet trained so they leave a mess anywhere and everywhere, including your keyboard and phone. You don’t want to be touching that first thing on a Monday morning.

Mice also like to urinate everywhere, especially in a new place. It lets them keep track of the places they’ve been and is a way of leaving messages behind for their friends. When mice urinate in certain areas multiple times you start to get urine pillars. This is where the urine merges with the grease from their fur and creates small piles which look a lot like stalagmites, that’s not something you want to see during lunch break.

On top of this mice and rat urine is also one of the main instigators of the spread of rodent borne diseases. These harmful pathogens could be picked up on your hands or sometimes mix with dust, which, if disturbed, can be inhaled.

Mice are very neophilic creatures; it is in their nature to explore – especially with their teeth. They gnaw at items to test for food, gain passage, or just out of curiosity.

Being in an office environment this curiosity can lead to rats and mice chewing on the billions of cables in your office. This can be anywhere from keyboard and phone wires to internet and server cables.

One of the potential downfalls of rodents gnawing at the wires in your office is the potential to start fires.  By chewing on the wires, the mice leave the rubber casing open, which can lead to them short circuiting and catching alight.

On top of the potential fire hazard having mice in your office creates, there is a risk of losing work.  Nowadays everything is done on computers, having a mouse gnawing its way through the power cables can result in computer failure leading to loss of work.

Let us look at look at some of the evidences:

Rats Sack Buhari from Office, Now Works From Home

August 22, 2017, PM News

President Muhammadu Buhari will work from home after rodents damaged his official office during a more than 100-day overseas medical absence, a presidential spokesman disclosed on Tuesday.The rodents damaged furniture and air conditioning fittings in the president’s official Abuja office while he was in London receiving treatment

The rodents damaged furniture and air conditioning fittings in the president’s official Abuja office while he was in London receiving treatment But government spokesman Garba Shehu said the office required renovation after

But government spokesman Garba Shehu said the office required renovation after damage was done to the furniture and air conditioning in his absence.

He told the BBC the president had a “well-equipped” office at home that he could work “perfectly” from.

Manhattan post office overrun by RATS as rodents devour parcels

By Nina Golgowski ,22 December 2011

With 16.5 billion letters, packages and cards expected through the U.S. Postal Service this holiday season, the last obstacle senders might expect their packages to face, are thieving rats.

A post office in Manhattan is fighting a rat infestation leaving chewed boxes and envelopes that carries any item found edible, by both human and rodent taste.

Packages found deliverable despite their outside damage of visible gnawing and gaping holes are showing up in the hands of their recipients as mere shells.

The little animals can smell the chocolate and goodies,’ Maureen Marion, a USPS spokeswoman for the North East told the New York Times, whose office has found the most reported damaged packages.

On Monday the post office changed its usual visitation by an exterminator from every two weeks to once a week.Ms Marion says that for items ‘damaged in handling,’ unless they were insured, there is no ability for compensation, ‘regardless of the nature of the damage.’

Ms Marion says that for items ‘damaged in handling,’ unless they were insured, there is no ability for compensation, ‘regardless of the nature of the damage.’It is a high time that we take appropriate action to control the rodent menace in offices.

It is a high time that we take appropriate action to control the rodent menace in offices.Seemingly innocuous attacks by mice can cost us dearly in terms of monetary value as well as human life. It is imperative that we take steps to control and contain this damage. Conventional methods of dealing with these creatures included use of armored cable, use of glass roving, insecticidal baits, glue boards and use of toxic chemical additives. Along the years each of these tried and tested methods have failed at some levels due to many reasons including adaptability of rodents, development of immunity to traditional poisons etc.

Seemingly innocuous attacks by mice can cost us dearly in terms of monetary value as well as human life. It is imperative that we take steps to control and contain this damage. Conventional methods of dealing with these creatures included use of armored cable, use of glass roving, insecticidal baits, glue boards and use of toxic chemical additives. Along the years each of these tried and tested methods have failed at some levels due to many reasons including adaptability of rodents, development of immunity to traditional poisons etc.

The time has come to look for a better alternative which is effective, ecofriendly and long lasting solution.

A solution involving using the mechanism of repellence will be the best way to go about this as it will mean that the rodents are kept away from the application in the long run.

We at CTech Corporation are in a unique position to provide solutions to the problems caused by these creatures.

At C Tech Corporation we make use of Mother Nature’s gift of senses to these rodents in developing non- toxic & non- hazardous formulation!

RodrepelTM is a low-toxic, non-hazardous rodent aversive. RodrepelTM is a perfect blend of smart technology and green chemistry. This product acts through a series of highly developed intricate mechanism ensuring that the rodents are kept away from the application.The product is compliant with RoHS, RoHS, REACH and is FIFRA exempted. Our ecofriendly products do not kill the target species but only repel them.

The product is compliant with RoHS, RoHS, REACH and is FIFRA exempted. Our ecofriendly products do not kill the target species but only repel them.

The products are available in the form of masterbatch which can be incorporated in pipes, films, 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 RodrepelTM liquid concentrate (diluted in paints) and RodrepelTM lacquer solution can be coated over the applications which need protection. Our products provide a safe and environmentally friendly solution to avoid rodent infestation in office.

Contact us, for any problems with insects, animals or both!!!!

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Mysterious holes in the garden!

Very often one finds holes in the home garden, lawns, grounds, farms, and one does wonders how these holes appear overnight. It’s just not a big deal to dig those holes for the guests who peep into our territories.

These mysterious creatures start owing their home in one’s gardens and lawns. They litter the area and cause menace.
Who are these trespassers?

How do they make holes in our territories?

Let’s know about these trespassers.

The culprits include rodents such as rats, mice, voles, pocket gophers, ground squirrels etc.

One of the two species of rats that live near people is a burrower. Norway rats like to live at ground level or underground, so they commonly dig holes.

The rat digs a hole that’s generally 2 to 4 inches wide, less than 18 inches deep and up to 36 inches long. It makes other holes at ground level for emergency exits. A dominant male, his female and their young and low-ranking males share the burrow, which has a nest at the center. Unlike a mole’s digging, the rat digs deep enough underground that there’s no raised soil showing at the surface. They are usually close to the water but are also found in a variety of other habitats such as hedgerows, rubbish tips and often under covers such as tree roots and logs. Rat holes generally have a fan-shaped mass of freshly dug soil outside and the holes are connected by well-trodden runways.

Mice can dig extensive burrow systems, often under tree roots. Woodmice dig burrows in cereal fields and similar open situations. The tunnels are generally only a few centimeters below ground, with entrance holes about 3cm in diameter. Mouse holes are often camouflaged or blocked with debris, such as small stones, clods of earth or twigs. Tunnels frequently connect to runways above ground through dense vegetation.

Voles often eat succulent root systems and burrow under plants or ground cover and eat away until the plant is dead. Bulbs in the ground are another favorite target for voles; their excellent burrowing and tunneling skills give them access to sensitive areas without clear or early warning.

Pocket gophers, commonly referred to as gophers, are burrowing rodents of the family -Geomyidae. They are commonly known for their extensive tunneling activities. All pocket gophers create a network of tunnel systems that provide protection and a means of collecting food. Their burrows can be found in many areas where the soil is softer and easily tunneled. They often appear in vegetable gardens, lawns, or farms, as gophers like moist soil. The burrow system can cover an area of 200 to 2,000 square feet with the main runway situated parallel to the surface and about 6 to 18 inches below. Nesting and food storage areas will be located as deep as 6 feet.  Tunnel systems that cover a larger area are usually found in areas with dry landscaping in order to be near an adequate amount of food resources. The infrastructure can continually be changing as gophers seal off areas or dig new pathways as needed for food or mating. Underground water lines or sprinkler systems can be damaged by the incisor teeth of a gopher as they create burrows. Trees can also be damaged during the burrowing process from root pruning or clipping.

The ground squirrels are members of the squirrel family of rodents – Sciuridae, which generally live on or in the ground, rather than trees. Like their name implies, ground squirrels burrow into the ground, creating massive hideouts 15 to 20 feet long. These tunnels and dens typically have more than one entrance, which is small, two-inch- diameter holes. It is relatively easy to identify ground squirrel holes in the yard, as they are distinct from those of other burrowing pests. These holes are typically clean and devoid of excavated soil, with the surrounding grass worn from continued use. As with other burrowing animals, ground squirrel holes in yards, gardens, pastures, and crop fields can quickly become a problem. Due to the very nature and size of the tunnels themselves, the ground above can collapse over time. Additionally, these holes easily become tripping hazards. Burrows around ornamental trees and other plantings can expedite the drying out of root systems. Finally, ground squirrel holes under structures can erode away the soil, causing issues with foundations.

These trespassers need to be prosecuted!

How can it be done?

CTech Corporation has a solution for this menace. RodrepelTM, a rodent aversive produced by CTech Corporation is an extremely low at toxicity, non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic compound, non-hazardous, non-dangerous and environmentally safe rodent repellent.

Our product is available in the form of a masterbatch, which can be directly incorporated while manufacturing an application. Also, it is available in form of top coating namely lacquer that can be directly applied as a top coat on the surface of wooden/concrete/metal fences. The liquid solution can be mixed with paints and used as the topical protector. RodrepelTM does not kill but only keeps the rodents away by making use of the sensory mechanisms.
Rodents are 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 cables which make them stay away from them. Thus, RodrepelTM actually helps in modifying rodent behavior. Hence the spread of diseases caused by rodents can be eliminated.

 

Notorious Beavers!!

The beaver is the largest rodent in North America with adults ranging from 35 to 46 inches long (including a flattened 12-18 inch tail) and weighing from 45 to 60 pounds. Beaver weighing over 100 pounds have been recorded. The hind feet are very large with 5 long webbed toes. Front feet are small and dexterous, which allows the beaver to carry dam construction material such as stones and sticks. Both sexes of beavers breed at 21 months of age from December through February. Females ovulate 2 to 4 times at 7 to 15 day intervals during each mid-winter breeding season.

Beavers have several physical characteristics that enable them to thrive in aquatic environments, such as webbed feet, nostrils and ears that close underwater membrane that cover the eyes underwater, and a broad, flat, scaly tail. They can remain submerged for up to 20 minutes by slowing their heart rates and using oxygen stored in their large livers. Beavers mark their territories by excreting a sweet, yet pungent, musk from paired glands around their anus called, castors. Their habitat is in small lakes, rivers, wetlands and other waterways. Beavers build dams using woody material to modify their habitat, and they feed on the bark and small branches of fast growing hardwood trees.

Beavers are equipped with powerful jaws that are capable of taking down (felling) large trees with ease. In some cases, beaver activity can threaten property, agricultural crops, or public health and safety. Beavers have been known to eat almost every tree and shrub species available. Beaver activity may cause damage to public and private property in the form of flooding or tree damage. Girdled, cut or felled trees may topple over, fall onto other trees, utility lines, or precariously hang over public pathways or roadways.  In addition, they often gnaw on living trees just to grind down and sharpen their continuously growing incisor teeth.

Dams built by beavers may cause flooding, which in the most severe cases may weaken structures, washout roads, and alter watercourses. Beaver dams also may negatively affect other natural resources. For example, dams can serve as barriers to migrating fish and cause inundation and siltation of rare plant and animal habitats.

Beavers have been known to be extremely aggressive in defending their territory against perceived encroachment. They may attack humans when suffering from rabies, and “can also become disoriented during the daytime and attack out of fear”. When beavers feel in trapped by others, they sometimes resort to truculent measures such as biting. The trademark sharp front teeth of both species pose a particular danger, as they are long enough to pass through limbs and cause significant bleeding.

Let us look at below news articles that show threats from beavers:

 Animals threaten Hopkins County roads, crops, timber

By Mike Alexieff , Kentucky new era, Sep 4, 2017

They’ve cost the county nearly $100,000 since 2015. They damage cropland and timber. They cause flooding and threaten roads.

They are beavers, and they are a growing problem in Hopkins County. Now, a working group under the commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources that includes state and federal agencies as well as state and local elected officials is studying the problem.

“They stop culverts up. They stop drainage areas up with sticks and mud,” said Jeff Browning, Hopkins County public works director. “The water backs up and causes damage to roads, crops and woods.”

Browning has four employees who are pulled off their regular jobs every winter to spend time trapping beavers, really the only method of controlling the members of the rodent family that can grow as large as 90 pounds.

“We start trapping every day, for eight hours a day, in December,” he said.

And from January 2015 through April of this year the county spent $96,000 dealing with the beaver problem.

“We’re not gaining on it,” Browning said. “And I think it’s getting worse.”

Beavers causing damage in Bristol

By Jill Tatge-Rozell, Kenosha news, Sep 1 2017

Residents’ reaction to the problems that the large rodents’ work causes in the Dutch Gap Canal.

The dams, removed for decades by residents, were identified at the Bristol Village Board meeting this week as a factor contributing to flooding in the Lake George area.

“We’ve got to get someone out here to trap them,” resident Scott Shannon, said. “It’s a friggin’ nightmare. I’ve taken probably 100 dams out with my (backhoe).”

It is not only a problem in Bristol. Residents in Paddock Lake and Wheatland have also experienced the damage beavers can cause. Longtime residents in all three communities said the beaver population is on the rise.

Paddock Lake administrator Tim Popanda said beaver were causing problems in the canal that leads to the lake a couple of years ago.

Homeowners and industry struggling with beaver dam flooding

By Samantha Samson, CBC News, Aug 07, 2017

Sticks and branches pierce the silence of a quiet summer day in rural Greater Sudbury. They crack and crunch under the weight of Paul Van Zutpen’s shoes.

“With this dam here, they’re raising it up at least three feet of water,” Van Zutpen says.

“If it breaks accidentally, it could wash this whole culvert out.”Van Zutpen is the director of the Ontario Fur Managers Federation for the Sudbury area. He’s examining a beaver dam that’s recently been torn out of a residential culvert.

Van Zutpen is the director of the Ontario Fur Managers Federation for the Sudbury area. He’s examining a beaver dam that’s recently been torn out of a residential culvert.

The dam has caused flooding in the area, and Van Zutpen says it looks like the beavers have started a second dam down the creek in case this first one gives way.

The situation is getting so bad, that even people who are used to dealing with nearby beavers are frustrated.

Rhonda Hall has lived on her property for 25 years. She says beaver dams have flooded her property to the point where her septic field and well water are at risk.

That beaver dams flooded an area near a Sudbury transmission line, and they needed to lower the water levels to complete the work safely.

Rolly Coulombe, vice president of the council, says he’s received 100 calls this year alone. As someone who’s been trapping for 35 years, he’s seen a lot of different dam scenarios.

“They build up water to the point where it could go down the mine shaft,” says Coulombe.

“Plus, these mining companies have large tracts of land and they have roads everywhere. There’s culverts in the roads, so beavers plug those culverts and you have the same problems as you have at homes.”To control beaver damage trapping is one option. Biologists classify beavers as ‘keystone species’. Beavers build dams in water and create wetlands upon which many species and endangered species depend. They purify and control water by filtering silt from water bodies in which they live. High water table, less erosion and cleaner water results from these beaver dams. They can also prevent

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

This is a serious issue which needs to be noticed and addressed immediately.

Application of conventional methods like rodenticides kills the target as well as non-target species. They have high release mechanism which can leach out and pose a serious effect on human health.

These factors haveled to the search of low-toxic, non-hazardous and non-carcinogenic and environmentally safe anti-rodent aversive.

RodrepelTM is low-toxic, non-hazardous aversive which does not kill the animal but repels them from the application. RodrepelTM is consumed globally for myriad applications. It is a product resulting from green chemistry.

The products are available in the form of solid masterbatch, liquid concentrate and lacquer form. Our products are in the form of a masterbatch that can be incorporated in pipes, agricultural film, mulches etc. while manufacturing. The RodrepelTM liquid concentrate and the RodrepelTM lacquer can be applied to fencing of trees, house, croplands etc.

Rodrepel™ does not kill but repel. It is engineered using unique set of complex compounds. Thus Rodrepel™ is definitely an effective and a long lasting solution to avoid the beaver menace.

Contact us, for any problems with insects, animals or both!!!!

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Voles creating holes in lawns!!!

Voles, the tiny rodents, are the relative species of mice and rats depicting similar characteristics. The vole has a stouter body with short hairy tail. There are approximately 155 species of voles classified under Rodentia order. Voles outwardly resemble several other small animals such as gophers, moles, etc.

Voles may be small, but they are a force to be reckoned with. If these underground, fast-breeding varmints have ever invaded your lawn or garden, you may know what we’re talking about. Voles may not be life-threatening and maybe no one has ever died from having them in their yard, but we’re betting the problem is front and center for those of you have had their lawns destroyed by these covert invaders.

It’s an undisputable fact that voles have exceptional burrowing and tunneling abilities. A good indicator that you have voles in your yard is the visible, above ground runways that connect their burrow openings. These well-defined, surface runways, about two inches wide, are typically constructed in grassy areas.

Vole runways are formed by a combination of voles eating the grass blades and the steady traffic from their shallow underground burrow to seek food along the runways. Runways are often hidden by ground cover, so you may have to pull back overhanging cover to find them.

The opening to a vole burrow can be identified by neat, round holes that measure an inch or two in diameter. Vole holes can be found in open turf or hidden under ground cover, plantings or mulch.

Voles mostly thrive on small plants, yet like shrews, they will eat dead animals, and like mice or rats, they can live on almost any nut or fruit. Additionally, voles target plants more than most other small animals, making their presence evident. Voles readily girdle small trees and ground cover much like a porcupine. This girdling can easily kill young plants and is not healthy for trees or other shrubs.

Let’s have a look on following evidences revealing damage caused to lawns by voles:

Beware a coming invasion of voles

 Prolific breeding voles can wreak havoc on a lawn or garden

By JOAN MORRIS | jmorris@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group

PUBLISHED: June 27, 2017 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: June 28, 2017 at 8:03 am

I could not figure out what was causing furrows in my lawn until one morning at first light, I saw a mouse running in the trail and grabbing a quick bite of grass before retreating back under the plants for cover.

Mice are not, as a rule, big grass eaters; however, you don’t have mice, you have voles. The paths you see in your grass are called runways, and they connect the holes in the vole network. The opening to the tunnels are usually concealed beneath vegetation.

Voles ripping up yards across Winnipeg

One exterminator said voles are hitting some parts of the city hard this spring.

By: Michelle Bailey For Metro Published on Wed Apr 26 2017

“The newer areas of the city have definitely been hit hard,” said Taz Stuart, Director of Technical Operations with Poulin’s Exterminators. “But really, they are causing problems all over because the heavier the snow, the better they can survive the winter.”

Stuart explained “predators can’t hear them scurrying under all of that snow,” and Winnipeg became a vole haven following heavy snowfall in late December.

Typically, voles welcome spring by creating visible tunnels, or “runways” at or near the surface that are about two inches wide by eating grass blades and zipping back and forth on consistent paths.

Hence from the evidences we can conclude that though the voles are small they cause huge damage to grass, weeds, roots of plants, etc. in lawns.

Voles grow to 3–9 in (7.6–22.9 cm), depending on the species. They can have 5 to 10 litters per year. Gestation lasts for three weeks and the young voles reach sexual maturity in a month. As a result of this biological exponential growth, vole populations can grow very large within a very short time.

So, they can’t be neglected and we need to use some protective measures against them. There are many control measures to be used to control voles like exclusion, habitat modification, trapping, etc. but they are ineffective.

We CTech Corporation provide you with the effective solution. Our product RodrepelTM is developed by using green technology. It is extremely low concern, low toxic, non-hazardous and non-mutagenic animal aversive. It is durable at extreme climatic conditions.

Our product is ROHS, ROHS2, ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001:1996 complaint and FIFRA exempted. Our product does not cause harm to targeted as well as non-targeted species. It just repels them from the applied product. It works on the mechanism of fear, discomfort, aversion, training and conditioning.

RodrepelTM is available in three forms namely masterbatch, liquid concentrate and lacquer. Masterbatch can be incorporated into applications like fencing, wires, cables, water pipes, etc. Liquid concentrate can be mixed in paints to repel voles from the area required. Lacquer form can be directly applied on the application such as wooden fences, guards, etc. Hence by using RodrepelTM the lawns can be prevented from vole damage effectively and considerably.

Rodents Invading on Flights

Worldwide, rodents have been the major vertebrate pest group. Rodents are implicated in many types of damage, including crop and tree damage, structural property and cable damage, disease transmission, and significant predation on native species of animals and plants on islands to which rodents have been accidentally introduced. With increasing buzz in the aviation industry and with the vision of our Prime Minister a scheme of UDAN “Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik” was launched by Ministry of Civil Aviation. With the advent of affordable fares it has become the new luxury that the middle and upper middle class can now afford .Another species which is making the most of the affordable air travel is the rodents! Contrary to popular belief they are making these huge carriers their home.

The ways in which rodents can enter an airplane are the airports, jet ways, food carts or food vending companies, cargo etc. Also since the carrier is a confined space they have no means of getting out once they are in. Airports often provide good year round habitat for rodent populations. Rodents at airports can cause damage directly by gnawing and burrowing activities

They not only eat the stored food but also attack the wires and cables, pipes or plastic components used in various equipment’s  which can endanger the safety of people and the electrical equipment. There can be a loss of communication if any of the wire is nibbled on.  Larger rodents (e.g., beaver, porcupine, woodchucks) can pose a direct collision hazard to aircraft moving on the ground. Perhaps the most serious hazard posed by a sizeable rodent population at airports, however, is the indirect hazard of attracting foraging raptors with an associated raptor aircraft strike. Raptors pose one of the most hazardous groups of birds at the airport setting. Unfortunately many of our activities at airports result in good habitat for rodents (e.g., allowing tall grass in an effort to reduce loafing habitat for flocking birds) or reduced predation of rodents (e.g., perch removal, bird hazing, carnivore-proof perimeter fencing)

Below is a news article pertaining to rodents nuisance on plane.

Rat delays US-bound Air India flight by over 9 hours

Aug 28, 2017

NEW DELHI: A rat on board Air India’s Delhi-San Francisco flight delayed it by over nine hours on Sunday.The Boeing 777 was taxiing at IGI airport to operate one of the world’s longest nonstop flights when the rodent was spotted. As per safety protocol, it had to be brought back to the terminal and fumigated. Then with a new crew, the almost-full flight (AI 173) finally took off around noon on Sunday instead of the schedule time of 2.30am.Air India’s new chairman Rajiv Bansal has taken a serious view of this delay. He has sought a detailed report on how the rat managed to get on the aircraft and how this could be prevented in future.The B-777 was almost full with 172 economy and 34 business class passengers.

Just when the plane was taxiing, the rat was spotted. By the time fumigation was being done, the maximum flying time for the crew — four sets of pilots are needed for this ultra-long haul flight or flight duty and time limitations (FDTL) kicked in. The airline had to, at the last minute, look for a replacement crew,” said a source. So while fumigation of the aircraft, to ensure that the rodent is eliminated, was over in six hours, it took time to find two commanders and two copilots for this flight. The combined impact was that the plane took off with a delay of nine hours. Passengers were unhappy at the long delay.

An aircraft needs to be fumigated after a rodent is sighted to ensure it is eliminated and does not pose a threat to safety by cutting electric wires and sending the systems haywire. “Rats on board an aircraft can lead to a catastrophe if they start chewing up electric wires of a plane. If that happens, pilots will have no control on any system on board leading to a disaster,” a senior commander said.

What usually leads to such a situation is that passengers inadvertently drop a lot of food on the cabin floor, which keeps rats busy. The most common way for rats to get on board an aircraft is through catering vans. “This is a universal phenomenon. Rats follow the large storage cases in which food trays are kept. The catering vans are like a home for them as food keeps getting dropped. Rats get on the high lifts that take those storage cases to aircraft and then remain there. This happens across the world,” said an official.

AI flies on the Delhi-San Francisco route over the Pacific, making it the longest flight in terms of distance flown nonstop by a commercial aircraft. The 15,300-km journey covered in 16 to 17 hours needs two sets of crew, with one commander and copilot operating first half of the flight and the other two, the second half. “Taking off with the same crew originally rostered for AI 173 was not possible as their maximum flying duty time would have got over. AI had to look for more pilots and this took additional time,” said a source.

We need to find a solution for the rodents infestation. By using pesticides and killing the species the problem is not solved. Rodents have many important ecological roles. Some of the roles include soil mixing and aeration, seed and spore dispersal, influences on plant species composition and abundance, and a prey base for many predatory vertebrates. By killing we would break the circle of life which would in turn affect us in more multiplied form.

We at CTech Corporation can offer a solution to this problem. Our product Rodrepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous rodent aversive. It does not kill the species but only repels it. It is available in the form of masterbatch which can be directly incorporated in the polymer matrix during processing of wires and cables. This would result in the final cable or wire being rodent repellent. This would be an efficient way of deterring the rodents from chewing the cables and wires.

Rodrepel™ is also available in lacquer form which can be applied directly on the outside as well as inside of the plane and liquid concentrate can be incorporated in the paints while painting the plane. The product can effectively control the proliferation of these undesired pests! Rodrepel™ is RoHS, RoHS2 and REACH compliant and FIFRA exempted.

So these diseases are spread by rodents!

Rodent, of the order Rodentia, are any of more than 2,050 living species of mammals characterized by upper and lower pairs of ever-growing rootless incisor teeth. Rodents are the largest group of mammals, constituting almost half the class Mammalia’s approximately 4,660 species. They are indigenous to every land area except Antarctica. This huge order of animals encompasses 27families, including diverse groups such as porcupines, beavers, squirrels, marmots, pocket gophers, and chinchillas.

When it comes to spreading diseases, rodents are not innocent creatures. In fact, they are one of the most dangerous pests since they spread a range of diseases that can cause serious harm to humans, as well as their pets. Rodents can pose a serious threat to human health and can transmit disease to humans by a variety of means, including, contamination of food or utensils with rodent urine or faeces, contamination by direct contact with urine or faeces, where bacteria enter the skin through small scratches, indirect contamination via blood-sucking insects, indirect contamination via pets to humans, Contamination by directly biting humans, indirect contamination by being eaten by an intermediate carrier.

Rodents carry a wide range of disease-causing organisms, including many species of bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and helminths (worms). They also act as vectors or reservoirs for many diseases via their ectoparasites such as fleas, ticks, lice, and mites, as well as some diseases carried by mosquitoes.

A study of rats on farms in the UK found 13 zoonotic (infect humans) parasites and 10 non-zoonotic parasites, with some rats having nine zoonotic parasites at the same time. Many of these had rarely or never previously been investigated in wild rats e.g. Cryptosporidium, Pasteurella, Listeria, Yersinia, Coxiella, and Hantavirus, showing that the threat to human health is greater than previously thought.

Historically rodents have played a profound role in the transmission of diseases to humans.

One of the most historically dangerous rat-borne diseases is the bubonic plague, also called “Black Plague,” and its variants. The “Black Death” (Bubonic Plague), which claimed more than 25 million lives in 14th Century Europe, is perhaps the most documented case history of rats and disease. Transfer of disease occurs when fleas from the rats bite human beings.  The plague bacterium (Yersinia Pestis) was transmitted amongst rats and from rats to humans by the bite of the Oriental Rat Flea. Even today incidence of plague has not been entirely wiped out, but a closer understanding of the mechanism involved has seen a significant reduction in the occurrence of this dreaded disease. Fleas transported on rats are considered responsible for this plague during the Middle Ages, which killed millions. From the transmission of bubonic plague to typhus and hantavirus, rat infestations can prove harmful to human health.

Many species of rodent carry hantaviruses, especially voles and mice. Humans can catch this disease through contact with rodent urine, saliva, and faeces, by touch, contaminated food or drink, or from breathing in aerosolized particles.

There are two types of rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis nana and H. diminuta. Both species use a beetle (e.g. a flour beetle) as the main secondary host and are found in warm climates worldwide. H. nana is the most common as, unusually for helminths, it can have a complete life cycle in human intestines and spread from person to person through eggs in faeces. It attaches to the intestine wall and absorbs nutrients through the cells lining the intestine.

Rat bites and scratches can result in disease and rat-bite fever. Rat urine is responsible for the spread of leptospirosis, which can result in liver and kidney damage. It can also be contracted through handling or inhalation of scat. Complications include renal and liver failure, as well as cardiovascular problems.

Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), a viral infectious disease, is transmitted through the saliva and urine of rats. Some individuals experience long-term effects of lymphocytic choriomeningitis, while others experience only temporary discomfort.

Rats also are a potential source of allergens. Their droppings, dander and shed hair can cause people to sneeze and experience other allergic reactions.

Diseases transmitted by rats fall into one of two categories: diseases transmitted directly from exposure to rat-infected feces, urine or bites and diseases indirectly transmitted to people by an intermediate arthropod vector such as fleas, ticks or mites. While the following list of diseases or medical conditions are all associated with rats, most are not commonly encountered in the United States.

New tapeworm species infecting people in Alberta
By Alexis Kienlen, Alberta Farmer Express

There have only been five cases so far but experts are urging dog owners to take precautions

There’s a new parasite in Alberta being spread by coyotes, but there is no reason to be overly alarmed, says an infectious diseases expert.

“We’re definitely not trying to encourage wholesale panic,” said Stan Houston, a professor at the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health.

The parasite, introduced from Europe, is a potentially lethal tapeworm and can infect humans through the feces of coyotes and dogs, and can also be spread through rodents.

The rare parasite is called Echinococcus multilocularis, and five cases have been found in Alberta so far, with the most recent one in Calgary last month.

“Unless it can be caught at a time when you can chop it all out, we can’t cure it with drugs,” said Houston.

Anyone who catches the parasite will have to be on medication for the rest of their life and it’s hard to get the required drug in Canada.

Nigeria’s large rat population threatens Lassa fever war
 August 27, 2017, Punch

Toluwani Eniola writes on the menace of rats in Nigeria and how proper research on rodents can end incessant cases of Lassa fever

Jolted by the creak of the door, two rats darted in different directions, squeezing their bodies under the chair to hide.

Desperate to kill “his enemies” as he entered the room, Akin Ojo quickly grabbed a stick. Rats are his regular visitors and he had killed several of them in past weeks. He was ready to deal with them again.

As if they were anticipating his moves, the rats ran out from behind the chairs in separate directions.

In order to keep rodents away, many conventional methods are used which can be harmful to rodents and humans as well.

Is there any solution to keep rodents away and stop the spread of diseases?

Yes, there is a solution which is provided by CTech Corporation. RodrepelTM is an extremely low at toxicity, non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic compound, non-hazardous, nondangerous and environmentally safe rodent repellent.

Our product is available in the form of a masterbatch, which can be directly incorporated in the cables while manufacturing them. Also, it is available in form of top coatings namely lacquer that can be directly applied as a top coat on the surface of cables and liquid solution which can be used in paints. RodrepelTM does not kill but only keeps the rodents away by making use of the sensory mechanisms.

Rodents are 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 cables which make them stay away from them. Thus, RodrepelTM actually helps in modifying rodent behavior. Hence the spread of diseases caused by rodents can be eliminated.

Don’t let rodents check in your hotel

Hotels and accommodation plays a vital role in popularizing any tourist destination. Hotels are important globally as providing the facilities for recreation, entertainment, meeting, conferences and business transmission. Rodents are a problem not only because of the diseases they can carry like salmonella, typhus, plague and Hantavirus etc. Rodent sighting in a restaurant area or worse in a guestroom could severely damage your reputation and result in the loss of the customers. As the weather gets colder, pests start moving indoors seeking food and warmth. Rats and mice are among some of the biggest pest threats to hospitality businesses. From the warm laundry rooms creating a perfect nesting environment to kitchens full of tasty treats, hotels offer great respite for these pests. Rodent infestations in hotel can spell disaster for a number of reasons.

Rodents cause costly damage to the property. Since rodent teeth are continuously growing, they are constantly gnawing on things. If these pests stumble upon some wiring, that leads to power outage and replacing some electrical wires. Burrowing rodents can also cause extensive damage to sewer systems.

In the search for food, rodents may find their way to food cache. Rats and mice are attracted to hotels by the food supplies in kitchens, restaurants and waste storage areas. Populations can quickly build up if there are poor food and waste handling practices.

It is not just guests’ reactions to rodents that can damage a hotel business; rodents can contaminate food and surfaces they run along with a range of diseases. Contamination from rodents can lead to transmission of a number of diseases including Salmonella and Hantavirus. These diseases can be spread through direct contact like a bite, or contamination of any food or water with droppings or urine. In addition to the bacteria and disease rodents carry, they also carry parasites like ticks, fleas and lice which come with their own list of transmissible diseases.

All rodents need moisture to survive – rats need half to one fluid ounce of free-standing water each day, while mice can often glean enough water from the foods they eat. Rats find water sources around perspiring soda and ice machines, leaky pipes and HVAC units and around water fountains.

Though windows and doors are common sites of entry, holes and cracks around doors, windows, vents and utility penetrations are often overlooked as entry points. Rodents can squeeze through surprisingly small openings – rats can fit through holes, while mice only need a dime-sized space to enter. Since rodents can enlarge any size hole by gnawing.

Let us consider some news articles:

Rodent droppings shut down 4 San Fernando Valley restaurants

By Stephanie K. Baer, 20th July 2017, LA Daily News

Five restaurants in Los Angeles were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards.

Facilities had their health permits suspended for cockroach infestations, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department.

Restaurants and markets whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems have been fixed. Closures can occur during routine and owner-initiated inspections, complaint investigations, and reinspections.

The department did not provide details about the nature of the rodent and cockroach and rodent infestations — like the number of cockroaches or rodent droppings and where in the facility they were found.

Rats and mice found in Adelphi hotel kitchens

By Alan Weston, 20 Jun 2017, Echo news

An environmental health expert who inspected the kitchens at Liverpool’s Adelphi hotel reported she had “never encountered a food business with such a persistent problem of pests.”

These inspections found live cockroaches in restaurant kitchens, unclean floor surfaces and evidence of rats and mice.

The findings were revealed during a hearing at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court, where Adelphi owners Britannia Hotels Ltd (BHL) were charged with a string of food safety breaches.

The case was initially listed for trial after BHL denied a total of 20 charges brought by Liverpool City Council.

The charges related to failing to have adequate procedures in place to control pests, failing to keep food premises clean, and failing to prevent pests from accessing food premises.

Mouse Infestation shut downs Rochester Radisson Kitchen

By WHAM, January 11th 2017, Wham Rochester, Newyork

The kitchen at the Rochester Radisson Hotel in downtown Rochester was closed Monday by the Monroe County Health Department.

Spokesman John Ricci confirmed the kitchen was closed due to a mouse infestation.

There is no illness or outbreak. Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) – The kitchen at the Rochester Radisson Hotel in downtown Rochester was closed Monday by the Monroe County Health Department.

Spokesman John Ricci confirmed the kitchen was closed due to a mouse infestation.

There is no illness or outbreak.Health inspectors showed up Monday and found a significant mouse infestation in the kitchen and food storage area. The department decided to shut the kitchen down until the problem is fixed.

In the meantime, the hotel itself remains open. However, there will be no food or restaurant service and no room service. No banquets or weddings or conventions can be held that involve food.

CTech Corporation can offer a solution to this problem. Our product RodrepelTM low-toxic, non-hazardous and rodent aversive.  All our products work on the mechanism of repellence and they do not harm or kill the target species but generate fear or trigger temporary discomfort within the pests that keeps the pests away from the application. The unpleasant experience with our products is imprinted within animals memory and passed on its progeny. Rodrepel™ is available in liquid concentrate which can be diluted in paints as well as in lacquer form. These products can be directly applied in the kitchen, laundry areas etc. to avoid damages due to rodents.  The product is compliant with RoHS, RoHS2, and REACH and is FIFRA exempted.

Squirrels responsible for power outage!

Squirrels the medium sized rodents are the most famous among the family for a power outage. Squirrels typically having slender bodies with bushy tails and large eyes are attractive but are the main culprits of many problems in power sector.

Squirrels live in almost every habitat from tropical rainforest to semiarid desert, avoiding only the high Polar Regions and the driest of deserts. As their large eyes indicate, in general squirrels have an excellent sense of vision, which is especially important. They also have very versatile and sturdy claws for grasping and climbing. Many also have a good sense of touch, with vibrissae on their heads and limbs.

The cables made from polymers are available in surrounding very easily. Cables have the attractive properties like peculiar sweet odor, glossy color and smooth texture. Hence squirrels are attracted to cables using their strong sense power. Squirrels feed on cables in order to sharpen their incisors growing continuously throughout life.

Squirrels chewing on cables lead physical and monetary loss every year. Let’s have a look on some of the power outages occurred due to them.

Casper Squirrel Causes Brief Downtown Power Outage

By KCWY, Aug 16, 2017

This afternoon stoplights in downtown Casper were out. Other locations downtown were without power as well.

City of Casper officials reported at about 2:00 pm City Hall lost power, but with backup generators, power was restored.

We spoke with Rocky Mountain Power who reported an outage, affecting 323 customers around downtown Casper at approximately 1:55 pm.

Power was restored at 2:01 pm and the cause of the outage, a squirrel.

Squirrel to blame for power outage in Midland Park, utility says

Jessica Presinzano, Aug 14, 2017, ET 

A squirrel made contact with an energized power line Sunday morning, causing an outage for 850 Midland Park residents while lines were repaired, Public Service Enterprise Group said.

The affected area included the Kent shire apartments, a community for people 55 and older, which contains 148 one- and two-bedroom units.

Midland Park police also responded to the outage area around 9 a.m. to assist residents of the Kent shire, on Paterson Avenue, and remove at least one person trapped in an elevator at the residence.

EMS workers were on standby due to concerns about residents in need of oxygen.

 

 

Squirrel knocks out power in Princeton

Kim Shute, Aug 14, 2017

Princeton experienced a city-wide power outage Monday just after 10:30 a.m. when a squirrel found its way into the bus work at one of the sub stations.

Having a look at the evidence we understand that there is a huge loss in the power due to squirrels. Hence a solution is required to stop squirrels feeding on cables. There are some traditional methods used to stop them. The metal clad and armored cables are used wherever is possible. The cables are also protected by using glass roving and polyamide sheathing which lowers the flexibility of cables. The sheathing is composed of chemicals which are proven to be harmful to human health. The pesticides and insecticides are not designed for the polymeric applications like cables.

So is there any eco-friendly alternative method against all the harmful methods? Yes, there is a solution which is provided by CTech Corporation. RodrepelTM is an extremely low at toxicity, non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic compound, non-hazardous, nondangerous and environmentally safe rodent repellent.

Our product is available in the form of a masterbatch, which can be directly incorporated in the cables while manufacturing them. Also, it is available in form of top coatings namely lacquer that can be directly applied as a top coat on the surface of cables and liquid solution which can be used in paints. RodrepelTM does not kill but only keeps the rodents away by making use of the sensory mechanisms.

Squirrels are 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 cables which make them stay away from them. Thus, RodrepelTM actually helps in modifying rodent behavior. Hence the cables can be effectively protected from biting of squirrels leading to stop the outages.