Military men too need protection: Rodent menace in Army

There are times when the army is attacked! Yes, they are attacked!
And the attack is from the natural enemies.The rivals are pests like rodents and insects.
One may wonder, how can these tiny critters be a threat to these warriors?!

The military men have to face numerous problems due to rodents. The damage is not only caused to the materials but also to the military men in physical form.

This menace due to rodents has been recorded for a long period of time. In spite of this, the mice are considered to be inadvertent allies in repulsing attackers. Some epidemics, such as bubonic plague, were transmitted by insects on rodents. Rats and mice eating and gnawing leather military gear was a widespread omen of imminent epidemics. Few battles fought recorded more deaths due to rodents than human attack.

Besides physical damage, the natural predators like the rodents and insects menace are significant to the armed equipment and devices. Wearable Technologies such as technologies/instruments/equipment/gadgets are used by the armed forces which help them to carry out some of their functions more freely. But this equipment can easily get attacked by pests. These equipment are expensive and damage to them can cause huge monetary loss

The military equipment’s with wires and cables are easily attacked by rodents. The base for these materials is polymers, which attracts the rodents. Rodents are responsible for damaging the wires and cables of RADARS, motors, and many other sensitive defense based applications. Wire and cable damage in RADARS due to rodents has dangerous outcomes. Signal failure, disruption in object detection, loss of vital data, and disruption in communication are some of the highly undesirable outcomes threatening our national security.

The Textbooks of Military Medicine: Military Preventive Medicine, Mobilization and Deployment, V. l states that “Wild rodents and mammals are often attracted to camp sites by the accumulation of trash, improper food storage, and other sanitary practices. An animal bite can be a frequent occurrence in deploying settings if effective animal control measures are not in place.”

The U.S. army medical department center and school Fort Sam Houston, Texas, mentions in its rodent biology, survey, and control that “The Armed Forces are concerned with rodents primarily because these animals act as reservoirs of some of the most serious diseases affecting man. Nevertheless, the economic aspects of a rodent population are also of considerable significance. The monetary losses encountered through consumption and contamination of foodstuff and through damage to buildings and property amount to millions of dollars annually.”

They also mention the below points
a. Destruction or contamination of foodstuffs by rodents amounts to millions of dollars annually.
b. Damage to buildings and manufactured goods are estimated in the millions of dollars per annum.
c. Damage to insulated wiring, earthen dams, and forest products costs additional dollars each year, and the damage to the insulation of electrical wiring creates fire hazards.
d. To the costs of disease and of damage, destruction, and contamination should be added to the cost of rodent control and totals billions of dollars.


Defence being a major sector defines the growth and development of a nation’s security. It is needless to describe how important this is to a nation’s integrity and prosperity. Billions of rupees are allocated every year for the advancement of the defence sector. A large portion of a nation’s budget is made available for the establishment of the defence capability necessary to face threats and challenges. As the demand for precision weaponry and hi-tech electronic warfare equipment’s is increasing, the need for their ability to withstand harsh outdoor elements, extreme heat and heavy loads as well as protection from the natural predator is also very important.
Thus healthy society is as important to national security as a healthy economy. There is an urgent need for an effective solution to combat the pest nuisance in this sector.

C Tech Corporation provides an animal and bird aversive, Rodrepel™
is a product resulting from smart technology and green chemistry. The most striking feature of this product is that it is completely environment-friendly; it does not kill the target species, nor does it harm humans or the environment. The product is available in lacquer form and can be coated on the application to be protected, or it could be incorporated into wires and cables in masterbatch form. The product functions from a distance due to the peculiar smell which generates a typical fear response in rodents. Rodents are further restricted from biting the applications treated with our products due to advanced mechanisms like dermal irritation, extremely bitter taste, sensory stimuli modification etc.
A healthy and safe society is as important to national security as a healthy economy. And a society can be safe only when the military men protecting this society are safe from the natural predators.

Evidently, using Rodrepel™ could greatly assist in safeguarding a nation’s integrity.