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Rodents and Trash!

Rats eating our food, chewing on our articles, and causing chaos everywhere is a very common sight. These rats chew and damage our articles, penetrate through our packaged bags and consume our food which may eventually lead to a huge loss of food and money. An even more serious problem is the hygiene issue associated with it alg-rat-eating-jpgand the possibility of disease transmission. But what if these rats didn’t just eat and contaminate our fresh or stored food? What if these creatures also wreaked havoc in the unhealthiest and unhygienic places like our garbage? Garbage and trash is a breeding ground for insects and other disease causing organisms. They contain rotten and spoilt food, various unwanted commodities, hazardous and non-hazardous waste etc. Imagine the threat when our already unhygienic and potentially dangerous garbage also attracts rodents! The rodents would considerably add to the threat of disease transmission and air and water pollution.

Rats excel at infecting others. They catch and pass on dozens of horrifying diseases, including salmonella, hepatitis, tularemia, plague, and a handful of parasites. Humans and dogs catch the disease by playing in or around these areas. Rats thrive on garbage, which, according to the Department of Sanitation, collects 12,000 tons of refuse per day in New York. There is no reliable census of rats, though some estimates for New York City have gone as high as 30 million, up from 250,000 at mid-century. Garbage is an excellent food source for rodents. Thus, as long as there is garbage on the streets or in our homes, there is a very high possibility of rodent infestations. One would think that the obvious solution would be to control the amount of garbage created and implement safe garbage disposal practices. However, this is easier said than done. Many stores place their garbage out in the street after closing, allowing rats to feed on it. Also, in case of the absence of trash cans around, people would just toss their garbage on the ground. All these are excellent sources of food for rodents.

The following article published on Mail Online would effectively explain this situation further.

Now New York faces an invasion of RATS as garbage bags pile up after snow chaos


Posted: 6 January 2011


The streets of New York may now be clear of snow but massive piles of garbage bags are bringing even bigger problems for the city’s beleaguered residents – giant rats.

Ten days after the worst blizzard on record hit the Big Apple, huge piles of snow have been replaced with mountains of trash bags.

The piles of garbage have been caused by the huge backlog facing sanitation collection workers after the city was paralysed by snow – and there’s more snow on the way, forecasters warned today.

As the backlog of trash collection starts to clear, it has left an unpleasant legacy – soaring numbers of rats.

‘It’s really bad. All the rats come out here at night… big, giant rats,’ Domingo Colon said. ‘You could see them running all over the place.’

Brooklyn property manager Larry Glick told CBS: ‘Williamsburg has been forgotten – it’s a land of garbage. It’s ridiculous.’

Mr Glick is among hundreds of people who are angry because of the garbage they’ve had on their streets for days.

And many Williamsburg residents hold Mayor Michael Bloomberg responsible.

‘Look at this, all the garbage everywhere,’ one resident said. ‘He’s not doing anything for us, nothing at all.’

Another added: ‘The mayor should stop hiding and come out to pick up the garbage.’

In Manhattan, some of the piles were even taller – some nearly 7ft.

The Department of Sanitation said they were making steady progress in reducing the backlog of trash, with nearly 40,000 tons collected on Monday and Tuesday. 

It expects to have all the rubbish collected by the end of the week.

 The only effective way to get rid Brown Rats (Rattus norvegicus) amongst garbageof rats is to get rid of garbage. This is obviously impossible as garbage or trash is produced by almost all activities and processes in our day to day lives. Thus we need a better alternative which would help us prevent the rise of population of rodents in such areas and thereby reduce the risk of disease transmission. Rat traps are one of the ways which could help us control rat infestations; however, this method is tedious and more often than not the rodents outsmart us and escape easily.

C Tech Corporation offers a non-toxic rodent repellent called Rodrepel™ which effectively keeps rodents such as rats and squirrels away from the application. The reason this product is unique is because it does not harm the animal in any way, it only repels the species. Rodrepel™ is available in masterbatch, lacquer or as a liquid solution. It is an environment-friendly product which causes minimum impact on the environment. To keep rodents away from garbage areas and to control their proliferation, Rodrepel™ in masterbatch form can be incorporated into garbage bags or trash cans during processing.

Car Damage: Rats and Bunnies found guilty!

During the time of cold winter people just switch on their heater in imagesorder to keep them and their house warm and comfortable. But the animals and other species are left outside to fend for themselves. Such animals who are left in open often have to find creative solution to be warm and cozy. The dogs and cats have a tendency to find shelter for themselves without disturbing download (3)the people around. But rats being notorious for having luxuries at the expense of humans always turn towards the human belonging. They shelter themselves under the hood in the car and sitting there jobless they tend to chew the car wiring to sharpen their teeth. Even the cute bunnies create havoc by damaging the car wirings. Below is the recent article which gives us the proof of car breakdown caused due to bunnies and rodents;

Bunnies attacking cars at Denver Airport, rats attacking cars in San Diego: Help

February 17, 2013

Bunnies are attacking cars at the Denver International Airport, invading large parking lots, and causing hundreds and thousands of dollars in damage. The invasion of bunnies at Denver’s International Airport has security officials puzzled. While it is known what the bunnies are after, the warmth under the hood of cars and the soy-based coating of ignition cables, it is unclear how to defend the cars at the Denver International Airport against such a bunny attack.

According to a Feb. 16, 2013, NBC News report, “Although officials have been removing 100 rabbits from the area every month, the damage continues.”

Wiley Faris, a spokesman for the Arapahoe Autotek repair center which is located near the Denver International Airport explained to officials that the bunnies are attacking the cars because they like the warmth that the recently driven cars are providing. The bunnies also “find that many of the materials used for coating ignition cables are soy-based, and the rabbits find that quite tasty.”

download (4)San Diegan’s know the story of bunnies attacking cars all too well. Except in San Diego, it is not bunnies that are attacking cars but rats. And San Diego’s rats do not limit themselves to cars at the airport but cars that are parked anywhere; especially right in front of people’s houses.

Like the car drivers who return to their cars at the Denver International Airport, San Diego’s drivers find out about the animal attack once a car won’t start or once a car won’t run as well because the wires are all chewed up.

A trip to the auto repair shop usually results in an auto mechanic showing a car owner chewed up cables, animal poop, and, in San Diego, even brought in rat food and nesting materials from the outside.

After spending hundreds of dollars in repair costs due to a bunny or rat attack, the first line of defense against a future critter attack should be clear. Unfortunately, it is not.

In Denver, officials are trying to defend the cars against the bunny attack by using special fencing, installing perches for bunny predators like hawks and eagles, and by applying coyote urine on the wires under the hood.

In San Diego, car owners are trying to defend their cars against rat attacks by using moth balls, spreading pepper under the hood, or leaving the hood open so there won’t be a warm place for rats to hide and build their nests.

Wiley Faris’ advice for dealing with the bunnies attack at the Denver International Airport is to use “Predator urine is a good deterrent. Either coyotes or foxes. And you can pick it up at any professional hunting shop.”

Since rabbits are still attacking cars at the Denver International Airport and rats are still attacking cars in front of people’s homes in San Diego, the case of the attacking critters is still open.

Desperate help is needed. Other than installing a radar device to detect these attacking critters, does anyone have a more successful rabbit or rat defense advice

Just warning people about the dangers these bunnies and rats pose is not enough, as the car owners have no option but to park their car somewhere. A solution is to be adopted such that the wiring is protected from attack of such species. The only way this can be achieved is to make the cables rodent proof. The best solution is offered by C Tech Corporation.

C Tech Corporation has come up with a solution called Rodrepel™ which will put people at ease by protecting their cars from the likes of rats. Rodrepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous and environment friendly aversive and repels all rodents as well as birds. It is an anti-rodent additive for masterbatches specially developed for a range of polymeric and coating applications including films, wires and cables. It also available in the lacquer and solution form which can be coated on the surface to keep the rodents at bay.

Rodents – The perpetuators of misery

r2Forty percent of mammalian species are rodents. There are about 2,277 species of rodents. They are one of the most abundant creatures on this planet. Rodents are found in vast numbers on all continents except Antarctica, most islands, and in all habitats except oceans.  Nearly all rodents share the characteristic of dentition highly specialized for gnawing. This specialization gives rodents their name from the Latin, rodere, to gnaw. During gnawing, the incisors grind against each other, wearing away the softer dentine, leaving the enamel edge as the blade of a chisel. This ‘self-sharpening’ system is very effective and is one of the keys to the enormous success of rodents. They can survive in the worst possible conditions too. Their success is probably due to their small size, short breeding cycle, and ability to gnaw and eat a wide variety of foods. Rodents are important in many ecosystems because they reproduce rapidly, and can function as food sources for predators, mechanisms for seed dispersal , and disease vectors. Humans use rodents as a source of fur, as pets, as model organisms  in animal testing, for food, and even for detecting land mines  as they have an acute sense of smell. Also their success rates in such operations are nearly 100%. Due to the wide diversity of their characteristics, some of which are considered uncommon or unique amongst mammals, rodents are used widely in research.

But these creatures spread havoc in all areas of lifeRat-bite-on-babys-face owing to their continuous gnawing. Recently the damage incurred due to this has increased manifold .The most horrifying incident that has come to light recently is that of a little girl attacked by rats in her very home the place where children think they are the safest. Becky Evans of Daily News U.K reported on 7th March, 2013 the hair rising tale of seven year old Francesca Williams who was bitten by a foot long rat while in her merry sleep. The rat bit the girl on her face and arms before she could even realize what had happened. The unprecedented incident left the girl traumatized to the point where she couldn’t sleep in her own bed for almost a week.

1These rodents know no discrimination while selecting their targets. They can attack the common man as well as highly placed Govt. officials and politicians as was aptly proved in a recent attack. On 22nd April, 2013 a news channel Soweton Live reported that at 100 Plein Street, one of the buildings in the parliamentary precinct, rats wreaked havoc as they chewed telephone wires and left even left droppings on an official’s desk. Neglecting up gradation of the building was believed to be the cause of the infection. Poison traps were promptly set up to counter the infestation. But the damage was already done.

Having said that rats are not the only rodents which are capable of causing damage. David Maccar on 12th April, 2013   reported that an angler was killed by a Beaver a kind of rodent while on a fishing trip to Belarus. Beavers are the 2nd largest rodents in the world. Beaver is basically a nocturnal semi-aquatic rodent having very powerful front teeth. Beavers have two distinct species the North American Beaver (Castor Canadensis) (native to North America) and Eurasian beaver. The victim was bit by the rodent while trying to click its picture. The rodent bit him on the thigh severing an artery in the process which led to heavy blood loss and consequent death.

A new problem is emerging which needs our immediate attention. It is that of mutant rats. This has come to light as we see Iran struggling to treat its rat problem. The problem has reached epic proportions owing to mutant rats to the levels   that snipers are being deployed at night to kill the rats. Giant rats that have been flushed out of their nests by melting snow are the focus of a renewed extermination effort in the Iranian capital, according to several reports. Some of the rodents reportedly weigh as much as 11 pounds. The Iranian scientists postulate that a genetic mutation seems to have occurred in the rats owing to the chemicals and radiation that they have been exposed to earlier. Attempts to kill the earlier generations of these rats with toxic chemicals is believed to have triggered this mutation which would have normally taken millions of years to evolve and develop. The result has been catastrophic as these rats now weigh 5-6 kilos instead of the earlier 60gm thus making it more difficult to capture them by the conventional means. Although some scientists   express disbelief regarding the existence of these mutated   rats they all seem to agree on the fact that some rats species have become resistant to traditional poisons. In 2012, a researchers in Britain published findings that estimated 75 percent of rats in West England were resistant to rodenticide.

Thus   we have seen those rodents true to the title are perpetuators of misery and suffering worldwide. Also increasing number of species are becoming resistant to the traditional poisons. Thus the time has come to develop an out of the box approach and find new innovative ways of handling the rodent menace.

 

 

Rodents- An Annoying pest or a Threat to life?

There has never been a time when rats were welcomed or even remotely bearable for the human masses. To say that rats and mice make unwelcome house guests is probably the understatement of the year. These annoying creatures have always been a cause of great anguish for everyone in all walks of life. People with a serious rat phobia seem really silly- shrieking and climbing atop the nearest chair in response to a measly little rodent. Agreed, rats are gross and kind of creepy. But they’re not all that bad, right? Wrong! It turns out that those of us who scoff at a rat sighting and make no big deal out of it are actually the ignorant ones. Because these tiny monsters aren’t just annoying or gross; they’re downright dangerous!

06c8ecfb931c2dfbc862da1f730f5b81_MThis statement needs no further explanation if one reads about the incident that occurred in Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant. It was reported that on March 20th 2013, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) lost power to its cooling system for 29 hours after a rat short-circuited a switchboard and caused the shutdown of the plant. The body of the dead rat was found scorched and close to a makeshift electricity switchboard, suggesting the animal caused the 30 hour blackout at Fukushima by chewing though wires. Water in three spent but still highly radioactive fuel ponds began heating up after the power cut and this outage disabled nine facilities at the plant. TEPCO dispatched 25 specialists to deal with the problem, but it took 30 hours for technicians to repair the systems! Imagine the disaster that would have ensued had the temperatures reached dangerous levels and spewed massive levels of radiation!

And that’s not all. In April, two more dead rats were found in the plant’s electrical work which caused another power outage. Operators of Fukushima nuclear power plant were forced to halt the cooling of a spent fuel pool in order to remove the dead rats. The disastrous consequences that would have occurred had the animals spread dangerous radioactive contamination from the plant to the outside world is unimaginable!

While this incident didn’t cause any apparent tuphysical damage, the same cannot be said for another incident that occurred in France in July, 2014. Based on reports by France’s state-owned rail company SNCF, rats nibbling at signaling cables, which led to it staying green when it should have been red, led to a crash between two passenger trains. This collision between two trains left 40 people injured. An excerpt from an article published on The Local would shed some light on this incident.

A train collision earlier this month that injured some 40 people was immediately blamed on a signal failure, but until now no one knew why the traffic control device quit working near the town of Denguin.

As outlandish as it sounds it appears rats chewed through some cables on the signal which led to it staying green, when it should have been red, as a TER train carrying 60 people blasted through a junction at 120 km/h, according to results released by France’s state-owned rail company SNCF.

Moments later the TER slammed into a high-speed TGV train that had 178 aboard as it travelled to Paris. Miraculously only three people, of the 40 injured, were seriously hurt. No one was killed.

And as if that wasn’t bad enough, one of these pesky creatures caused a fire and a subsequent blackout in Madrid which left around 12,000 people in darkness. Apparently, a rat crept into a transformer, leading to a short circuit and a resulting fire. Luckily, no one was harmed and the fire was put out within an hour.

Rodents chew through electrical wiring because these animals are constantly teething. A rodent’s incisors never stop growing – they can grow as much as 10 inches per year, and the animals must chew constantly to keep them worn down. These animals gnaw or burrow their way into transformers for the same reason they enter rotting cavities of old trees; hollow spaces offer them a home and safety from predators.

B821418503Z.1_20131019084728_000_G4013GO3A.2_ContentRats aren’t the only ones causing trouble. A cursory analysis in The New York Times found that over a four month span in 2013, squirrels caused at least 50 power outages across the country – and those were just the ones that made the news. And while no one knows how many people are affected by squirrel-related outages each year, in just two days last June, four squirrel-related incidents left more than 18,000 homes in four different states in the dark. A 2005 study by the State of California estimated that such incidents cost California’s economy between $32 million and $317 million a year!

Here is an excerpt from an article published in The Eagle on damage caused by squirrels.

A power outage and $27,000 in damages is not an unimpressive day’s work for one renegade squirrel.

In June a squirrel got into one of Sauk City’s two electrical substations and wrecked havoc when it grounded an electrical charge by acting as a conduit between a high-voltage line and the metal infrastructure.

“It burned everything up,” said Herman Mack, Director of Sauk City Public Works and Utilities.

Mack said power in half the village was down between 45 and 50 minutes.

“It took the whole substation out,” Mack said. “It’s not uncommon. It probably happens more in the rural areas than in town here. It’s just that when it does happen it causes quite a mess.”

Countless such cases can be read where a single rodent causes millions worth of damage, putting thousands of lives at risk. One cannot even begin to comprehend the extent of damage that could be caused by this supposed chewing action of rodents. An entire nuclear plant shutdown due to these tiny pests. Thousands of people in darkness just because of one annoying chewing habit of this teeny tiny monster. Nothing more needs to be said about the devastating consequences of having a rat anywhere near a human facility. Or anywhere for that matter. Because these creatures do not care whether it’s a restaurant, a park, a house, or even an agricultural field. They are more than ready to cause damage to anything they set their eyes on.

Can anything be done to thwart these New York City skyline, during blackout of November 9, 1965.creatures’ efforts to destroy our lives and property? Certainly! Pesticides have been used ubiquitously to combat the attack of rodents. But are they really effective? Studies show that rodents have started to become immune to these conventional pesticides. Besides, our main aim is to ward off these animals to protect the lives and commodities of people. The use of toxic, hazardous pesticides has been known to have a detrimental effect on the health of people, posing a threat to their lives if exposed to it at higher concentrations. Evidently, the use of these toxins beats the primary reason for finding a solution to the rodent problem.

We, at C tech Corporation, offer a solution to both these problems! Rodrepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous additive that helps us keep rodents at bay without causing any harm to the rodent or any other species that consumes or comes in contact with it. It is an eco-friendly product that can be safely incorporated in polymers or coated on surfaces to repel rodents and other animals without killing them. Rodrepel™ is available in masterbatch and lacquer form, or as a liquid solution.  This product can be safely incorporated into wires and cables to keep rodents from chewing them.

It is unlikely that the attack of the rodents on mankind will stop anytime soon, and we would soon be living our lives without any interference from these creatures. However, by employing safe preventive techniques such as incorporating Rodrepel™ in our applications, we can help guard our infrastructure and equipment against their attack.

Rodrepel™ against swamp rats!

n1The nutria or coypu as they are more widely known are a class of animals quite like beavers but smaller than them and akin to rats. The nutria, Myocastor coypus, is a large semi-aquatic rodent. The generic name is derived from two Greek words (mys, for mouse, and kastor, for beaver) that translate as mouse beaver.

Nutria is smaller than a beaver but larger than a muskrat; unlike beavers or muskrats, however, it has a round, slightly haired tail. The forelegs are small compared with its body size. The forepaws have five toes; four are clawed and the fifth is reduced in size. The digits are used to groom and to excavate roots, rhizomes, and burrows, and are used in feeding. The hind foot consists of four webbed, strongly clawed toes and one unwebbed toe. The hind legs are large compared with the forelegs; consequently, when moving on land, the nutria’s chest drags on the ground and its back appears hunched. Although appearing awkward, the nutria is capable of fast overland travel for considerable distances. The ears are small and the eyes are set high on the head. The nose and mouth are valvular (i.e., can be closed to prevent entry of water), and nutria are capable of swimming long distances underwater. When pursued while underwater, nutria can see and will take evasive action to avoid capture.

Nutria are well adapted for movement on land,n2 however, are more at home in the water. In the coastal marshes they are often seen moving about leisurely in the daytime, but their period of greatest feeding activity is just prior to sunrise and after sunset. Nutria are strict vegetarians, consuming their food both on land and water, where they shove aquatic plants to their mouths with their forepaws. These animals consume approximately 25 percent of their weight daily. Nutria predominately feed on the base of plant stems and dig for roots and rhizomes in the winter. They often construct circular platforms of compacted, coarse emergent vegetation, which they use for feeding, birthing, resting and grooming. Nutria may also construct burrows in levees, dikes and embankments

They are pre-dominantly herbivores and feed on grass and wetland plants, inadvertently putting the wetlands at great risk. Nutria rodents have caused damage to great extents in the wetlands of United States, especially in Louisiana. Nutria are known for their hearty appetite and remain a serious threat to Louisiana’s wetlands because they feed on the roots of plants. Nutria are varied eaters, most fond of aquatic plants and roots. Without the root system to hold the soil together, the land becomes even more vulnerable to erosion and flooding.

In addition to damaging vegetation and crops, nutria destroys the banks of ditches, lakes, and other water bodies. Of greatest significance, however, is the permanent damage nutria can cause to marshes and other wetlands. In these areas, nutria feed on native plants that hold wetland soil together. The destruction of this vegetation intensifies the loss of coastal marshes that has been stimulated by rising sea levels.

Let us look at the following news article:

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Louisiana is shrinking, thanks to     giant swamp rats

  By Matt Cantor, Newser Staff

 12:18 p.m. EDT May 9, 2013

(NEWSER) – When it comes to invasive species, Louisiana may have Florida and its giant snailsbeat. The state’s beloved swampland is literally vanishing at the hands of gigantic swamp rats.

Nutria—described by a documentarian tracking the creatures as “a cross between a beaver and a New York sewer rat”—is booming in the area, and they’re partly to blame for heavy coastal erosion. They devour the plants needed to hold down the soil, and with some 5 million of them now inhabiting Louisiana’s southern coast, they’re contributing to a rate of soil erosion pegged at 40 square miles a year, Chris Metzier tells Take Part.

The 20-pound animals, which are the subject of Metzier’s upcoming Rodents of Unusual Size, are native to Argentina but were delivered to Louisiana about eight decades ago to be raised for their fur.

“One way or another, they escaped into the swamps and have just gone crazy,” says Metzier. So what can be done? Some have tried to popularize eating nutria, and Metzier himself has tried nutria jerky and jambalaya and deemed it “quite tasty.”

Unfortunately, most people can’t get over the knowledge that they’re eating swamp rat. A potentially better option: nutria fur, which is being plugged as less cruel and more sustainable, since the animals must be killed as an invasive species anyway.

Nutria damage is evident to varying degrees in every area they are found. Burrowing causes the most noticeable damage. Intentional and accidental introductions of nutria had an impact in Louisiana beyond what was originally realized; by the late 1950’s there were estimated 20 million nutria in coastal Louisiana. Because of increasing damage to sugar cane and rice fields in the 1950’s, the Louisiana legislature promoted fur harvest by offering a $0.25 bounty in 16 parishes (counties) for every nutria killed.

Now alternate means need to be found to control the damage caused due to this species  but at the same time killing them or declaring a bounty is not the ideal way to go about this. Rodrepel™, a product by C Tech Corporation offers some hope to the residents of Louisiana. Rodrepel™ is an anti-rodent, anti-animal aversive which works on the mechanism of repellence.  Rodrepel™ if applied on fencing near the wetlands can discourage the nutria from coming near it. Also it can be applied on field fencing in sugarcane fields, which would ensure that the animal is kept away from the fields.

 

 

Squirrel chewing our cables? – Rodrepel™ a perfect solution!

Squirrels are one of those cute but increasingly annoying creatures you just can’t seem to get rid off! They are everywhere, the location, season; temperature has absolutely no effect on them.

imagesGiven the inquisitive nature of these rodents, our wires and cables which are the means of carrying information and various services to our doorstep are at maximum risk from them. Inquisitive rodents don’t think twice before digging into our precious cables. This has resulted in many a power failure. Rodents like rats, raccoons, squirrels have cost the whole world way too much money. If a cable is chewed in even on place, the repercussions are felt over the entire expanse of the cable, in all the towns through which it passes. Cables have to be replaced in their entirety even because of a single bite along its length.

Every day we hear of numerous reports elaborating the extent of damage caused by the cables, costing us millions of dollars.

Now let us look at the following news article:

Squirrels and electricity: A shocking problem

The bushy-tailed rodents are responsible for tens of thousands of costly power outages each year.

By Bruce Kennedy Sep 6, 2013

They seem cute, alright, but watch out: It appears America’s squirrel population is hell-bent on plunging us humans into the dark, while wreaking havoc on the nation’s infrastructure.

 These furry, long-tailed rodents have been responsible for power outages for decades. Several years ago USA Today reported squirrels that images (1)electrocuted themselves by jumping onto transformers or chewing into power lines were to blame for tens of thousands of blackouts annually.

But a reporter at The New York Times did his best to keep track of power outages blamed on squirrels this summer, and he came up with some startling (or perhaps electrifying?) results.

Jon Mooallem says he became interested in the subject this past April, after reading about how a squirrel knocked out power in Tampa, Fla., putting hundreds of homes there in the dark and suspending state student achievement tests at several local schools.

Mooallem then set up a Google (GOOG) news alert for the term, “squirrel power.” And during the 100 or so days between Memorial Day and Labor Day he recorded 50 major, squirrel-related power outages in 24 states. And, as he noted, these 50 blackouts “are only those power outages severe enough to make the news.”

So many of these squirrel electrocution/power outages take place that no one seems to have any real data on the overall economic damage the animals cause.

Of course, utilities often take the biggest financial hit. Georgia Power estimated squirrel-related damage cost the company $2 million in 2006, according to USA Today. And a spokeswoman for Austin Energy recently told KXAN-TVin the Texas capital that the animals cause more than 300 power outages every year.

But squirrels appear to be conspiring to bring down America’s stock markets, too. The Nasdaq exchange halted trading for 40 minutes in 1987 and again for 34 minutes in 1994 due to squirrel-related power disruptions. And The Wall Street Journal’s Moneybeat blog was only half-joking when it reported that no squirrels were believed responsible for the most recent Nasdaq trading disruption, three hours long, on Aug. 22

Action needs to be taken to control the rodent menace in order to protect our wires and cables. A sure shot and effective way of doing this is ensuring that these rodents are kept away from our wires and cables. 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 cables in the long run.

Rodrepel™ a rodent and animal repellant by C Tech Corporation is ideal for this job. Rodrepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous rodent repellant available in the form of masterbatch as well as liquid solution can be incorporated in the cable sheathing during polymer processing. Rodrepel™ in liquid form can be coated on the cable insulation to provide short term protection from rodents. The coating of Rodrepel™ will have to be reapplied in certain intervals of time.

Rodrepel™ against rodents

Sometimes even the most inconsequential looking creature can cause great consequences and spread havoc all around us. Rat is one such creature.  Rats figure at the very bottom of the food chain and are r1almost excluded from the food web. Rats are creatures that have minimal importance in our day to day life. One may form a false impression that they can never pose a threat to us unlike other creatures of the wild.  Unfortunately these are very dangerous assumptions. A small creature like rat can cost us millions of dollars in monetary losses. In extreme circumstances they can also cause loss of life.

Rats belong to the family Rodentia and there r2are more than 2400 species of them. Although characteristics of these species may differ, one thing common to all of them is the presence of ever growing incisors. Rodents of all kinds and sizes have a pair of ever growing incisors. These incisors grow throughout the life span of the rodents. In order to keep these incisors trimmed, rodents bite and gnaw on everything hard around them. Rodents chewing on cable insulations cause routine power failure, network shutdowns, etc.  Rodents chewing on plastic pipes can cause gas leaks, and result into gas explosions killing people. Rodents also cause large scale damage in the agricultural sector as they attack crops, feed on plants, etc. Rats are also carriers of dangerous diseases. They can proliferate in all environments without any difficulties.

Apart from the indirect harm that rodents can cause us humans, they are capable of harming us directly too! There have been various shocking incidences reported where rodents have attacked infants and adults alike in places as safe as their own homes. Let us look at this news article illustrated below

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Rats attack Joburg baby

Article By: Zunaid Ismael

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 8:39 AM

A one-month old baby will need reconstructive surgery after three of her fingers and part of her nose were eaten by rats.


According to a New Age report, Erena Yekanyi was attacked on Monday while she was asleep in her Alexandra home in Johannesburg.

Erena’s mother, Thandaza, was reportedly doing the washing outside when the rats attacked.

The baby has been put on the reconstructive surgery waiting list at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital while the family tries to raise the funds for the surgery.

The attack is not the first in the township as children and elderly people have reportedly been killed in their sleep by the “larger than normal” rats.

A City of Johannesburg spokesperson said that townships and informal settlements were prone to such infestations as domestic waste was not being properly disposed of.

The spokesperson said that the City of Johannesburg was implementing various strategies to deal with the rodent infestation.

Sleeping babies seem to be easy targets for rodents. Rodents are attracted to human settlements due to presence of abundant food and shelter. The make themselves at home in your own sacred home.

Since rats are inquisitive by nature, they try nibbling on all kinds of stuff. This puts children especially infants at risks from possible infection to a horrendous rat bite! Such a shocking incident as above can scar a child for his entire life. Agreed that reconstructive surgery can help stem the damage but the emotional trauma is permanent and the scars visible, there for all to see.

A possible solution is proper disposal of garbage, adoption of more clean practices, etc. But apart from this what could really help and ensure avoidance of such incidences is the use of rodent proof materials in housing applications.

Rodrepel™ -a non-toxic, non-hazardous anti-rodent polymer additive by C Tech Corporation can be effectively used in household applications to protect them from rodent damage.  Rodrepel™ is available in the form of polymer masterbatch that can be incorporated in plastic articles during polymer processing. Rodrepel™ is also available in the form of lacquer solution which can be applied on household articles to protect them from rodents. Rodrepel™, unlike conventional rodenticides, has extreme low toxicity. It is especially designed for polymeric applications. It is non-volatile and extremely stable even at high temperatures. It works on a unique mechanism of repellence by which it acts in stages to keep the rodent away from the end application instead of killing it.

Rodrepel™ is RoHS, RoHS2 compliant and FIFRA exempted. Rodrepel™ can be used to keep rodents away from our homes and thus away from infants and children. It can thus be used in effectively tackling the rodent menace.

 

Rodenticide- A Devil in Disguise!

r1The disappearance or obliteration of rodents from earth is an event eagerly awaited by almost everyone. These pests have caused irreparable damage to humans by invading their homes and surroundings, so much so that poisons or other treatment methods used for dealing with them have become a million-dollar industry now. It has been postulated that the market for rodenticides is projected to exceed $900 million by 2019! No doubt, the control of rodent proliferation is of utmost importance to stop them from wreaking havoc; however, causing the demise of rodents may have the unintended effect of killing off other living beings too.

p1The ill-effects of rodenticides were first explained by Rachel Carson in her book ‘Silent Spring’ in 1962 which highlighted the devastating consequences of using these poisons indiscriminately. Regrettably, not much has changed since then. Rodenticides are still used without constraint and their impact on non-target species is vast and far-reaching. Children are particularly susceptible to these risks because they play on floors and explore by putting items in their mouths, which can include rat poisons. In 2009, approximately 40,000 children were exposed to rodenticides and the majority of calls to poison control centers concerned children under the age of three. Children poisoned by ingesting rodenticides can suffer internal bleeding, coma, anemia, nosebleeds, bleeding gums, bloody urine and bloody stools. Many are anticoagulants, chemicals that prevent blood from clotting. Data from New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene also indicate that between 2000 and 2010, of a total of 4,250 unintentional exposures to rodenticides, 79% were children less than six years old.

r2Beyond the known health risks at home, there is strong evidence that pets and wildlife are being poisoned due to secondary exposure to rodenticides. Federally listed threatened and endangered species, such as the San Joaquin kit fox and the bald eagle have suffered lethal effects from these rodenticides, either through direct or indirect contact. Rodents can feed on poisoned bait multiple times before death, and as a result their carcasses contain residues that may be many times the lethal dose. Poisonings occur when predators or scavengers feed on these poisoned rodents. Reports show that in 1983-84 the proportion of dead Barn Owls found to contain rodenticides was 5% and by 2010 this had increased to a staggering 91%! In California, rodenticides showed up in 79% of fishers, 78% of mountain lions and 92% of raptors.

The article given below will emphasize the adverse effects of rodenticides;

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Poisoned school lunch kills Peru children

22 September 2011 

Three children have died and more than 50 others are seriously ill in Peru after eating a school meal contaminated with rodenticides, officials say.

The children were being fed by a government nutrition programme for the poor, at a remote mountain village in the north of the country.

It is thought the meal of rice and fish was prepared in a container which may have previously held rat poison.

At least three adults have also been taken ill.

The mass poisoning happened in the village of Redondo in the Cajamarca region, about 750 km (470 miles) north of the capital, Lima.

The three dead were between six and 10 years old.

The food had been donated by the National Food Assistance Programme, which gives food to schools in the poorest parts of the country.

The mother of one of the children who died said they showed signs of having been poisoned.

“I think it was poison because all the kids are purple, from all parts of the school,” said the mother, who was not named.

“My little boy has died. My nine-year-old boy, Miguel Angel, has died.”

Peruvian health official Miguel Zumaeta said the incident “looks like it was a carbonates intoxication, which means rat poison”.

Prosecutors and health ministry officials are investigating how the meal became tainted.

In a similar case in 1999, 24 children died in a village near Cusco in southern Peru after eating food contaminated by pesticide.

The death of creatures like owls and hawks will compel us to live without nature’s own rodent control system. Eating the poisoned rodents causes their consumers to bleed uncontrollably internally and die slow and agonizing deaths. Moreover, while rodenticides are very labor and cost effective, they do not provide a permanent solution to rodent problems. Thus, we are in dire need of a safe, harmless and environment friendly course of action to deal with rodent trouble.

That is precisely what C Tech Corporation provides! The non-toxic, non-hazardous product, Rodrepel™, offered by C tech Corporation help us keep rodents at bay without causing any harm to the rodent or any other species that consumes or comes in contact with it. It is an eco-friendly product that can be safely incorporated in polymers or coated on surfaces to repel rodents and other animals without killing them. Rodrepel™ is available in masterbatch and lacquer form, or as a liquid solution.

The current situation makes it evident that if mankind poisoned nature, nature would in turn poison mankind. The use of Rodrepel™ instead of conventional rodenticides would no doubt reduce the toxic impact on Mother Nature and allow her children to live in peace and harmony.

Rat rampage in cars!

Rats in cars look cute when they’re animated, and can drive. Let’s talk 384253_f1024about real rats. Pesky, sneaky, constantly chewing rats. They won’t look cute in a car. Especially on a Monday morning, when you try to start your car, and it just wouldn’t! To investigate further, you look under the hood, and voila! You’re greeted by a party of little critters, probably chilling out in their new “apartment”, and well, your half chewed engine. The scene seems nightmarish, doesn’t it? But it’s more than just a bad dream. It’s the reality of many woebegone car owners, who’ve paid hefty sums to get their chewed cars into workable conditions again.

It doesn’t matter which country, region or terrain you stay in. These omnipresent nibblers will find you, and will snuggle up inside your car, unless you first find a way to armor your beloved car against them. And that’s not an easy task, since all they need is a little hole to get in and camp out in your car’s plush interiors. A typical scene that will greet most infested-car owners is a snug nest built up with twigs, plastic bags, and random things they pick up for building their home. Oh, and ofcourse, chewed wires, nibbled plastic parts, and in some cases, a gnawed engine. There will also be little rat-droppings to further intensify the pain of watching the silent car wreckage.

Car owners around the globe have been grappling with the problem of trespassing rodents for a long time now. Mechanics and garages see innumerable cases of chewed up car wiring each year, and a large sum of money is spent worldwide in repairs of cars attacked by rats. The following news article is a glimpse of the rodent menace occurring in almost every city of every country of the world:

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Under the Hood, a Cozy Rat Retreat

By PATRICIA COHEN

Published: December 29, 2007

29rats.1-190As if New York City car owners don’t already endure enough indignities — $500-a-month garages, alternate-side parking, the B.Q.E. — it turns out that rats, of which the city has an ample supply, love to cozy up inside car engines this time of year.

“They like to go into the engine’s compartment to stay warm and they build a nest there,” said Gus Kerkoulas, the owner of Z P Auto on Great Jones Street in Greenwich Village. “They hang out, and during the night they must get bored, and they eat the wires.”

The rats don’t discriminate. A new Bentley is as much at risk as a ’78 Buick; a car parked in an attended indoor garage is as susceptible as one on the street, Mr. Kerkoulas said.

Kevin Centanni said that after his BMW was parked in a private spot next to his house in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for a couple of days this fall, it wouldn’t start. “When I looked under the hood, there was a nest up in the engine” constructed of plastic bags and twigs, he said, as well as “rat droppings around, on top of the engine and near the battery.”

Fixing a car after a rat attack can cost a couple of hundred dollars or more, depending on the diligence of the rats and the prices of the mechanic. And while city rats are more likely to set up their chop shops in the winter than in summer, it’s a year-round problem.

Sally Schermerhorn said several of her neighbors on the Lower East Side have had overnight guests in their cars’ engines, and she has had them twice in her own. The first time was a couple of summers back; her Buick wouldn’t start, so she opened the hood. “They had a little picnic set up in there, with chicken bones and a little red and white checkered table,” she said.

Just kidding. “But the chicken bones really happened,” Ms. Schermerhorn said. “It wouldn’t run. I called the mechanic, and he said, ‘Oh yeah, the rats ate the wires.’ I said, ‘Oh come on, you can come up with something better than that.’”

Aaron Gruber, whose family has owned Manhattan Alignment and Diagnostic Center on West 131st Street for 30 years, said incredulity is a common response among his customers.

“They think it’s a joke,” he said, and so “we show them the wires chewed up.”

Ignition wires seem to be a particular favorite, he said.

Mr. Gruber, who often finds telltale chicken bones and candy wrappers, said he sees cars with the problem about twice a month; they have often been parked near Riverside Park.

Paul D. Curtis, an associate professor at Cornell University who specializes in wildlife management, said rodents in general tend to be attracted to plastic tubing and wires. “They do need to chew constantly to wear down their incisors,” he said, “and there’s something about the texture of the plastic that they really like.”

In some cases, having the car fail to start may actually be preferable to the alternative. “Once you start the engine, if a rat is caught between the fan belt, you have a bloody mess and you hear eeehhhhhhhhhh!” Mr. Kerkoulas said.

Afterward, he said, “Someone will come in and say then, ‘I have a real bad smell.’”

After 28 years in the business, Mr. Kerkoulas is not fazed by the cleanup. “We put gloves on,” he said, “and then you move on with your life.”

He said that even if a city dweller has not had engine problems, chances are rats have still visited the car. “I guarantee you that there is not one car in New York City” that you won’t find rat droppings in, he said.

Although the rats-in-cars tales have an only-in-New-York quality to them, anecdotes come from far and near. Greg Gordon just spent $500 getting his 2003 Honda Accord repaired after rats ate through the knock-sensor system, which monitors how the pistons fire. The car was parked near his home in Greenwich Village. Looking on the Web, he found other Honda owners complaining about rats nesting in their knock-sensor systems.

Mr. Gordon’s car is a hand-me-down from his parents, who had a similar problem in the Arizona desert. “My father was telling me that people will leave their hoods open so animals won’t seek shelter” from the scorching sun, he said.

In 2004, emergency managers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico advised employees to take a fire extinguisher course after twigs, leaves and weeds from rats’ nests caused fires in two new trucks.

It happens “anywhere where rodent populations are high,” Professor Curtis said.

Maple syrup producers have a particular problem with it, and on farms, woodchucks like to get into tractors.

One solution, Mr. Kerkoulas said, is two socks filled with moth balls, an old farmer’s trick. Hang them in the engine — away from any moving parts — and that will deter the rats, he declared. There are side effects, though: the musty smell of moth balls is likely to seep into your car.

As an alternative, Mr. Gruber said, one of his customers sprinkled cayenne pepper around the engine and, so far, the rats had not returned.

Professor Curtis is skeptical of both of those simple approaches, saying, “They have almost no effect in outdoor applications.” He said maple syrup producers used a product called Millers Hot Sauce that repels animals like rats, mice and deer.

Cats may not keep the rats away, but they certainly know about the protection available under a car hood. Mr. Centanni said that a few years ago, a stray cat had crept into his engine to have her babies. “A bunch came running out,” dropping down from the front of the car. Maybe not what one hopes to find under the hood, but at least there were no rats.

 

There’s not much that conventional methods can do to make the car 384250_f1024totally inaccessible to the rodents. Planting rat poison and other ingenious solutions might help for a while, or might not help at all! Also, spending exorbitant amounts on car repairs is unacceptable! What is needed is a more foolproof solution to keep the car completely safe from the nibblers. As more and more car owners are lamenting the shredded wires and chewed up car parts, it is the need of the hour to come up with something that will clearly draw a line for the rodents to stay away from our prized possessions.

C Tech Corporation offers the most efficient solution to the rampant rat trouble. Rodrepel is a unique, non-toxic and environment friendly animal repellent polymer additive that repels pests like rats, but without resorting to any harmful techniques. The rats are merely repelled from the end application, and would simply stay away from it. It’s a win-win situation, since your car is safe, and no one ends up dead! No harm is caused to the environment too, and that’s added brownie points! Rodrepelis your new age car insurance against pests, just at a much lower cost!