Rats Under Cover!!

imagesDuring the time of cold winter people just switch on their heater in order 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 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. Below is the recent article which gives us the proof of car breakdown caused due to a small rat.

Rodents find new car wiring tasty

Has the push to go green gone too far? 

automotive_rodent_damage_injector_harnessThat may be the case when it comes to the wiring in our cars, trucks, and SUV’s.  It turns out a new type of environmentally friendly wiring may be too friendly to animals.

No Start, Wiring on Driveway

Woody and Mary Herald couldn’t figure out why their Buick Lucerne suddenly wouldn’t run.

“I got in it,” she said, “and it would just click click and would not start!”

automotive_rodent_damage_under_hood_insulationSo her husband popped the hood, looked around, and on the ground underneath spotted a chewed off wiring harness.

“On the ground is this connector with 6 inches of wire on either end of it,” Herald said,”that the varmints had chewed in 2 completely.”

New Wiring Tasty to Rodents 
It turns out a number of car brands have wiring that is tasty to rodents, according toConnecticut Watchdog, Car Talk 
 , and a number of automotive blogs.

Mechanic Marc Dueubber of Duebber’s Automotive in Cincinnati’s Delhi Township says many automakers have moved to biodegradable, soy based wiring insulation in the past 10 years. It won’t last forever in landfills, like older plastic wiring.

automotive_rodent_damage_fuel_pump_harnessIt’s great for the environment, but even better for hungry mice and squirrels.

“They are drawn to it, therefore they are chewing and eating it,” Duebber said. “And we are finding nests created in the upper plenums (fresh air intakes).”

He showed an air filter that mice recently turned into a nest, using bits of wiring insulation.

What You Can Do

Some automakers are responding.  Honda dealers now sell rolls of anti rodent tape for wires, that can be used on any car, not just Hondas.

“There are some products you can put there as a rodent deterrent,” Duebber said.

Mary and Woody Herald bought a product called Rodent Repellent, for use under the hood.  They have also put bits of mothballs around the wiring, just to be sure.

They say they simply wish they had been warned, before their $400 repair.

“They want to go green but they should warn the public,” Mary Herald said.
If you suspect a critter has gotten under the hood of your car, you need to take action immediately, because he will be back. And he may bring his friends and family next time. 

As always, don’t waste your money. 

Well, spending $400 for the repairs and that to with the guarantee that the rat will return back and may even be accompanied by his friends and family to cause more wreckage is no laughing matter. So now it is high time that we look for the solutions which will ensure that the rats cannot damage the wiring.

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 and Termites hidden danger inside the railway coaches

Rodents have constant growing incisors in their upper and lower jaw, rat101311to wear them out, they need to gnaw. Railways are most infected by pest like rodents, termites, cockroaches, bedbugs etc. Rodents and other pests also spread diseases such as Leptospirosis, bubonic plague, Salmonellosis, rat- bite fever, dysentery, typhoid, poliomyelitis, gastroenteritis and skin infection. Thus they are a threat to passenger’s health. The Indian Railways spend about Rs 60,000 every month to get rid of the rodent menace.

termiteTermites are small organisms of about 4-15 mm long and vary in color from white to tan and even black. Termite’s bodies are divided into three parts- head, thorn, domain and six legs. They eat 24 hours a day and seven day in a week. Termites cause $2 billion in damage every year.

Rodents and termites are a threat to the railway sector. Indian indian-railwaysRailways is operated by government of India through the Ministry of Railways. It is one of the world’s largest railway networks comprising 115000 km of track over a route of 65000 km and 7500 stations. About 25 million passengers travel daily and 2.8 million tons of freight is transported. Indian Railways collect revenues of about Rs 111984 crore.

Problem created by rats in Rapti Sagar Express in 2012

downloadRats damaged the wires of AC and created a massive problem for the passengers. The inconveniences created by them led to the delay of the train departure. They also injured 4 people. The RPF personnel searched the train but failed to catch the rats. The passengers were provided with primary treatment.

Bedbug create menace in Mangalore-Chennai Express

Bedbugs created a threat in Mangalore- Chennai Express. Bedbugs Bedbugs029are small parasitic insects and they prefer to feed on human blood. They were present in linen and blankets given to the passengers travelling on AC coaches. The passengers had no other option than to spend the night without sleeping. One of the passengers explained that it was stressful to travel in this condition “As he always prefers AC 2 tier for traveling so that he can get a proper sleep and work in a fresh mood from the next day but he was forced by the nuisances created by bedbug to spend a night without sleeping.”

Rat attacks the women in New York subway

A rodent attacked a woman in the subway when she is travelling from Harlem to Midtown. The women felt something crawling on her pant and she started shouting for help. She was provided with medical attention at a nearby station.

Many conventional methods are used like fumigation, glue boards, rodents traps to control the nuisance created by rodents, but these methods are proved worthless. Also these methods are unhygienic as well as toxic to humans as they contain harmful chemicals. As glue board cause slow death to the rat and they slowly decompose, it leads to an unhygienic environment. Glue board is also not very effective if exposed to the moisture.

Combirepel®™ is a product manufactured by the C-tech Corporation which is non-toxic, non- hazardous and eco-friendly. Combirepel®™ is a blend of Rodrepel®™ and Termirepel®™ and is applicable for use against both termites as well as rodents.

Rodrepel®™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous and eco-friendly anti-rodent aversive. Termirepel®™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous and environmental safe anti-termite and anti-insect aversive to keep away termites and insects.

In Railways, Combirepel®™ is used in lacquer based form by mixing it with the lacquer or in a paint compatible form.

Combirepel®™ is tested on various railway zones- south-western zone, Konkan zone, Northern zone and central zone. It was tested extensively in the Northern Railway as it is the biggest in terms of network having 6807 km route. Four coaches were used for the testing, 1 pantry car and 3 AC coaches. The coaches are painted in 3 stages- the painting of the under carriage, the painting of the body panel and the painting of the interiors. The galvanized surface is painted with lacquer based paint. The interiors of the coach, body panel, doors, lavatory passage, window sides, seat sides and seat corner were also coated with the Combirepel®™ and the complete inspection are carried out every 2 months.

The pantry area is mostly attacked by the rodents due to the presence of food. The pantry area, resting area of passengers, the lavatory and the storage area were painted and checked.

No sign of infestation was noted. There were no pests in the storage rooms where mostly roaches and insects are found due to the darkness. There is a large difference noted in the numbers of rodents, termites, roaches and other insects after the treatment with Combirepel®™. It is also very safe for pantry cars and other sensitive areas as it is non-toxic.

Its application is very easy and effective. Combirepel®™ is mixed with lacquer in a ratio of 1:100 by simple mixing and the surfaces are painted. The mixture is blended by blender before application for uniform mixing. The paint is applied on the surfaces to be coated in uniform manner. Wooden surface and walls are painted with 1 coat; while on galvanized surface 2 coats of paint are used.

Combirepel can be used as an effective solution for the pest problem in railways.

Automobile industry under threat from martens!

1Don’t confuse them with the “martians”. They are not from Mars; they are very much on our planet and living freely amongst us. These are furry ferret like creatures called martens. There are around 70 species of martens all over the world. The beech marten (Martes foina), also known as the stone marten or white breasted marten, is a species of marten  native to much of Europe  and Central Asia, though it has established a feral population in North America.  Also the beech marten is a widespread species.

The beech marten is mainly a crepuscular and nocturnal animal. Beech martens range in coloration from dark brown to pale grayish brown. A white or buffy streak can be seen just below the chin running down the neck to the chest. Martes foina  have little to no fur on the soles of their feet. The limbs are long, a bushy tail is present. They typically hunt on the ground. The beech marten does not dig burrows, nor does it occupy those of other animals. Instead, it nests in naturally occurring fissures and clefts in rocks, spaces between stones  and inhabited or uninhabited stone structures. The beech marten’s diet includes a much higher quantity of plant food than that of the other martens. .

Now these wily creatures are extremely download (1)inquisitive by nature and have a strong tendency to inspect everything they come across and judge it using their teeth. Also they are highly territorial creatures.  This inquisitive nature of theirs cause a lot of heart burn to car owners.  Since the mid-1970s, the beech marten has been known to cause damage to cars. Cars attacked by martens typically have cut tubes and cables. Stone martens commonly climb into car engine compartments, where they may tear up heat and noise insulation mats or bite into rubber or plastic components. A beech marten can slice through the cables of a starter motor with just one bite. There is  a seasonal peak in marten attacks on cars in spring, when young martens explore their surroundings more often and have yet to learn which items in their habitat are edible or not. The fish oil, often contained in the cables of cars of Japanese origin, may contribute to this. Also a threat to their marked territory i.e. the car,  by any other marten or animal sets them off on a wild pillaging spree of the car in question.

Experts have estimated the annual repair costs of damages caused by these creatures to be around 50-70 million Euros. Beech-martens cause damages amounting to millions by biting into rubber and soft synthetic material parts of vehicles every year. They attack various parts of the cars like high tension cables and rubber cuffs, etc. The bites by these martens are not so noticeable at first but they can lead to subsequent damage as they target vital wires and pipes. It can most often than not cause over heating leading to major engine trouble.

These beech or stone martens are most common in Germany and there have been numerous reports of damage caused to cars owing to them. Let us look at the following article:

More and more cars damaged by Beech martens

Fri 12/04/2013 – 15:32 MB

A growing number of Flemish motorists are seeing their vehicles damaged by beech martens. The small predator that is about the size of a ferret chews through cables causing motor vehicles’ electrics to short-circuit. In the worse cases cars are unable to start as a result of damage caused by beech martens.

The Flemish Motoring Association VAB told the press agency Belga that the damage can cost as much as 300 euro to put right.
It’s not known why the beech martens like to chew through cables in cars and vans. VAB’s Maarten Matienko told Belga that “One reason could be that the plastic casing of some cables contains fish oil. In addition to this, the beech marten is marking its territory. If another beech marten climbs into the engine area of a vehicle it will pick up the scent of a rival and try to get rid of it by chewing the cables.”

Modern cars run less risk of damage from beech martens than older models as the engine areas of newer vehicles are better protected.

The problem of damage to cars caused by beech martens isn’t universal to the whole of our region, but mainly occurs in Limburg and Flemish Brabant.

“It is a limited and local problem. Three out of ten breakdown calls to VAB are as a result of beech marten damage. 22% of these are in Flemish Brabant 26% in Limburg and 52% in Wallonia”.

The Wild Animal Rescue Centre at Opglabbeek in Limburg is currently testing substance that could be used to deter beech martens.

There are numerous such news articles that portray the damage done to cars due to these creatures. They are a source of great nuisance. The automobile industry is a big one in the German market and thus these creatures pose a palpable threat to it.   Various methods have been used before to combat them but to no avail.

C Tech Corporation has come up with a new way of dealing with them. Rodrepel™ a product by C Tech Corporation is a non-toxic, non-hazardous animal and rodent repellant. Rodrepel™ is a result of years of great thinking and green technology.  It is available in the form of masterbatch as well as liquid. It is 100 % effective in repelling rodents, and other animals like bears, martens, dogs, cats, raccoons, etc. It can be incorporated in the wire insulation during processing. Also it can be applied as a coating on the automobile parts. Thus Rodrepel™ can be used to protect our beloved automobiles against these martens.

 

 

Pine Marten creating ruckus in Europe and USA

Pine martens are elusive members of the weasel family and sport a tumblr_m1pef4axov1roj0ebo1_500creamy yellow throat bib and a magnificent long thick tail. They are generally found in the European continent and America. The European pine marten is commonly known as the pine marten in Anglophone Europe, and is also recognized as pineten, baum marten, or sweet marten. In America, they just referred to as American Marten.

Their habitats are usually well-wooded areas. European pine martens mapeuusually make their own dens in hollow trees or scrub-covered fields. Martens are the only mustelids with semi-retractable claws. This enables them to lead more arboreal lifestyles, such as climbing or running on tree branches, although they are also relatively quick runners on the ground. They are mainly active at night and dusk. They have small rounded, highly sensitive ears and sharp teeth for eating small mammals, birds, insects, frogs, and carrion. They have also been known to eat berries, bird’s eggs, meat, nuts and honey.  Pine martens are territorial, and mark their range with faeces (scats) deposited in prominent locations.

ertThe pine marten has a wide distribution in the Palaearctic, being found throughout most of Europe, Asia Minor, northern Iraq and Iran, the Caucasus, and in westernmost parts of Asian Russia. It is widespread in continental Europe, with the exception of most of Iberia and Greece, and parts of Belgium and the Netherlands. It was formerly widespread in the British Isles, but is now restricted to northern Britain and Ireland.

The habit of this pine marten to prey on bird has become an issue of concern as they have become a major threat to capercaillie.

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Pine martens blamed for fall in number of capercaillie

Friday 27 September 2013

SCOTLAND’S gamekeepers are warning that the capercaillie is doomed unless conservationists advising Government agencies protect the birds from natural predators such as the pine marten.

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) says that despite an assurance by First Minister Alex Salmond the Capercaillie would not be allowed to “die on his watch”, keepers fear its disappearance is perilously downloadclose.While individual birds exist in fragmented pockets, the only remaining viable breeding population is in Badenoch and Strathspey.

The SGA says it warned 12 years ago predation by pine martens, foxes and crows would imperil the largest member of the grouse family. The SGA claims a scientific study in 2009, using cameras at 20 nests, showed predators destroying 65% of those nests in Abernethy Forest, part of a reserve run by RSPB Scotland in Badenoch and Strathspey.

Of those destroyed, 57% were proven to be by pine martens which, like the Capercaillie, areprotected but more numerous.Members of the Scottish Government’s Biodiversity Action Plan (Bap) group for Capercaillie had acknowledged the need for a trial removal of pine martens from core areas to assess the problem.

However so far, no research licence has been granted and gamekeepers represented on the group fear conservationists are running scared of making the tough decisions required to prevent the bird becoming extinct.Allan Hodgson, who sits on the Bap group, said: “If all the right things are done, there is still a good chance we could save the capercaillie. However, there needs to be some hard decisions taken and some bravery from the Government and those advising it when it comes to dealing with the pine marten issue.”

Duncan Orr-Ewing, head of species and land management at RSPB Scotland, agreed urgent action was required to help save capercaillie in Scotland, and the role of the pine marten considered. But both species were scarce and protected under wildlife laws, he said. He thought it was much too early to embark on a trial removal without considering other options such as increased deer reduction measures, deer fence removal to reduce mortality of capercaillie through fence strikes and diversionary feeding.

He said: “It is also hugely important to remember that in other countries, such as Sweden, capercaillie and pine marten live side by side, where predation occurs, and neither species is endangered. Levels of predation of capercaillie by pine martens recorded by RSPB Scotland at Abernethy are similar to Sweden and elsewhere on the European continent.”

Ron Macdonald, Scottish Natural Heritage’s head of policy and advice, said: “We published two reports in 2011 which looked at this subject. One did not find a direct link between pine marten numbers and capercaillie breeding success. The other found a link when the effects of weather were also taken into account. So the ecological situation is complex.”

He said two key measures of capercaillie productivity – “chicks per hen” and “broods per hen” -were lower when April was warmer and in forests with more signs of pine martens and more crow sightings. “We are keen to take forward research into the role of predation alongside the effects of land use and climate,” he said.

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “Our agencies are committed 22233to ensuring its long-term survival.”

The pine martens are known to attack humans. “Football player bitten by affronted Pine Marten on the pitch”, reported by the Telegraph.

They  have been also known to chew rubber and soft plastic parts e.g. windscreen wipers, garden hoses, etc., often those of parked cars, ostensibly to sharpen/clean their teeth, though the exact drive for this behavior is not known, and they do not actually ingest the rubber; damage to brake cables is a particular hazard. In rural areas it is not uncommon for wire fencing to be placed on the ground under parked cars or dog musk or other natural repellents to be sprayed under the car hood to avoid the martens. But these methods are obsolete and hence they are not an effective solution for the marten problem.

An irate car owner in Germany reported the following after facing the marten problem

It’s Marder time, lock away your cars! – Germany

“Well, it’s that time of year again.
People who are new in Germany or don’t own a car will not know what on Earth I am on about.
The “Marder”, or in English, a “Pine Marten
“, is a vicious little mammal post-15-1177494726that enjoys chewing on hot rubber or plastic. To prevent these animals getting into your car’s inner bits and bobs it’s recommended that you park your car in your garage. Other preventative methods are to place rolled up mesh wire under the engine compartment of your car.
It may well be worth looking at your insurance to see if you are covered for Marder damage.
See the photo for what they look like. Take care out there!”

Well no insurance company is going to provide insurance for damages done by the likes of pine marten!  So what is the solution out of this problem?

Hunting and killing them is definitely not an option as hunting of the animals banned in almost all countries. And also this species are economically important and add value to our flora and fauna.

So to stop the martens from causing any damage without harming them; Rodrepel®™ is a perfect solution. Rodrepel®™ is a product by C Tech Corporation which is non-toxic, non-hazardous product. It is an additive available as masterbatch specially developed for a range of polymeric and coating applications including films, wires and cables. It can be used for a number of applications including agricultural films, tarps, pipes, plastics, ducts, tubing and hosing, wires and cables, railways, aviation, mulches and the automobile sector. It is also available in lacquer form which can be coated on the surface of the application to keep the rodents away. It can also be applied on the fence around the capercaillie farm.

 

 

Rats on Planes!! And creating problems for aircraft carriers and fighter jets

Arresting gear is a mechanical system used to rapidly decelerate image003an aircraft as it lands. Arresting gear on aircraft carriers is an essential component of naval aviation. Each plane needs a tail hook, an extended hook attached to the plane’s tail.

Land- based military airfields operating fighter or jet trainer aircraft also use arresting gear systems. They use arrestors for landing aircraft on short or temporary runways or for emergencies involving brake failure, steering problems or other situations in which using the full length of the runway is not possible or safe.

arrestorMulti-element nets are used to stop an aircraft from overshooting the runway in emergency. Rodents have been reported to inflict severe damage to the multi-element nylon tapes used as aircraft arresters in airfields. Though, several methods have been used to control rodents, depending upon the situation, there is no particular method available to protect multi-element nets from rodents.

Many rodenticides have been used for the control of rodents. The application of rodenticides or other conventional methods of rodent control are neither economical nor feasible for the protection of nylon tapes.

Conventionally used chemicals in nylon tape to make them rodent proof are o-cholobenzylidine malanonitril, chloroacetophenone, orthoamino phenol. But these chemicals are harmful to human beings and are effective for a very short period of time.

Other conventional methods used are trappings and repellents which do not give effective results.

News article reported in “Mail online” about the nuisance created by rodents in air craft. rat“Passengers jetting off to New York are grounded after runaway rodent spotted on board British Airways plane”

A British Airways plane had to be grounded shortly before take-off after a stowaway mouse was discovered on board the trans-Atlantic flight.

As the 350 passengers were waiting to jet off to New York they found their flight was cancelled, with staff revealing there was a rodent problem.

One mouse had been spotted on the plane, meaning pest control specialists had to be called to Heathrow Airport to find it before the aircraft was allowed to take off again.


The airline made the decision to ground the plane because of the potential damage the hungry mouse could have done to the aircraft.

It is understood that it took several hours to find the runaway rodent, while passengers who had been due to fly to the US on Friday were offered an alternative flight the following day.


One passenger said: ‘I was going to New York just for the weekend so it was no good to me to be delayed until the Saturday.
 

‘I refused the alternative flight and instead got offered £100 BA vouchers.

‘But I couldn’t believe it when they said the flight was cancelled because of a mouse. That’s never happened to me before. 

1290340503001‘It sounded like a joke but I suppose you can understand their concern that the
mouse might have nibbled through a vital cable.’

A British Airways spokesman said there had been no option but to ground the plane.
‘We’re sorry that we had to move customers onto alternative New York flights after their original flight was cancelled,’ he said.

‘Cancelling a flight is always a last resort, but we took the precaution of searching for the mouse to prevent it from damaging any of the aircraft’s systems. 

‘A mouse was caught and removed and the aircraft is now backing in service.’

Conventional methods are not very effective to tackle rodent nuisance. To provide the best effective and long lasting method; product should be non-toxic and eco-friendly.

Rodrepel™ is a non-toxic, non- hazardous and eco-friendly aversive for rodent and other animals. It has life span upto 40years depending upon the application. It is compatible with different grades of polymers. It is stable at high polymer processing.

Rodrepel™ can be incorporated in the aircraft systems instead of nylon tapes to protect them from the rodent menace.

Real life bugs bunny creating chaos!

images (9)And we thought our beloved Bugs Bunny of the Looney Tunes fame has a carrot fetish alone! Sadly this is not the case. Rabbits despite their cute reputation as the much loved cartoon character in the form of bugs bunny or peter rabbit, are also a major pest species all over the world. This mammal is largely underestimated by most, but its capabilities to breed as well as, chew, eat and dig through most landscapes is second to none. A small population of rabbits can decimate a colossal amount of crop. It is estimated that rabbits cost the British agricultural industry £100million a year through crop damage.

Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagmorpha , found in several parts of the world. There are eight different genera  in the family classified as rabbits.  Rabbits live in groups, or rabbit holes. A group of burrows is called a warren. Rabbits have open-rooted teeth that grow continually throughout their lives. In the wild, rabbits chew on a wide variety of items that naturally wear down their teeth. Due to this tendency these animals much like rodents tend to gnaw on whatever it is that they can lay their hands on.

Rabbits are a major source of headache for farmers all over the world.  In areas where coppicing takes place and rabbits eat the new growth, the remainder of the tree will die off. Saplings are often targeted as well, meaning they will need to be replaced to provide correct woodland management. Rabbits are also capable of reaching heights of 50 cm plus when stretched out on hind legs and capable of climbing if there is low foliage around. When rabbits attack fruit trees, the next harvest will be a ‘bumper’ crop as it is natures’ way of carrying on by producing extra seeds. This however is short-lived as the trees invariably die. Rabbits cause all sorts of problems in gardens. They love eating plants and flowers, so cause great annoyance to those who like to keep their garden aesthetically pleasing. They have become such a major pest that just 7 to 10 rabbits can eat the same amount of food as one adult sheep, grazing on crops, grassland and young trees. Considering current estimates place the rabbit population at 35 million, growing 2 percent every year, it’s easy to see how they cause millions of dollars in damage to agriculture every year. To make the problem worse, in extreme conditions such as a drought year, rabbits can remove too much vegetation, leading to soil erosion. It is estimated that rabbit grazing will remove more seedlings in one year than would be planted in a decade of land care. Some of the species of plants being endangered due to rabbit grazing are Mulga, sugarwood, black oak, etc. What is more fascinating yet disturbing is the fact that rabbits don’t stop at grazing plants to ground level, they will dig plants up to get to moisture in roots and even ring-bark plants, all of which may cause the death of the plant and contribute to the soil erosion problem. Rabbits have had a catastrophic impact not only on the rangeland plants; but also on the fauna – both directly and indirectly. The effect of rabbits on soil erosion is difficult to measure. The removal of perennial plants by rabbit grazing will cause accelerated erosion, especially during drought. The removal of topsoil results in these areas being unsuitable for the capture and germination of seeds, so they remain bare and subject to further erosion. Even rabbit digging activities can contribute accelerated soil erosion.

Rabbit damage is not restricted toimages (2) the agricultural sector. Rabbits owing to their ever-growing incisors feel a perennial need to gnaw at every opportunity that they get. This annoying habit of theirs has become a reason for wide caused damage.

Bad habits by bad rabbits cause chaos at Denver airport

 on February 16, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Wild rabbits have been wreaking havoc on cars parked at Denver International Airport by eating spark plug cables and other wiring.

DENVER — Who says rabbits love eating carrots?

Bad bunnies in Denver seem to prefer chewing on car parts.

The furry creatures have been wreaking havoc on cars parked at Denver International Airport by eating spark plug cables and other wiring, according to a report by the Associated Press and KCNC-TV.

In an effort to stop the problem, federal wildlife workers are removing at least 100 bunnies a month while parking companies install better fences and build perches for predator hawks and eagles.

KCNC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Denver, says some airport visitors have sustained hundreds of dollars, even thousands, worth of damage to their vehicle

The TV station reports there’s another way to stop the damage that can cost thousands of dollars to repair.

Mechanics say coating the wires with fox or coyote urine can rob the rabbits of their appetite. Fox urine can be purchased at many hunting shops.

Airport spokeswoman Laura Coale says that out of 4.3 million parking transactions in 2012, three claims were submitted for rodent or rabbit damage. None was submitted with a claim for towing.

The above incident is not an isolated one. There have been various incidences reported all over the world where rabbits have known to nibble on car wires to keep their incisors in shape.

Given the extent of damage that these creatures cause, necessary steps in the right direction must be taken so as to minimize the impact that their eating habits have on our lives. Killing them is not an option as they are a part of our very diverse eco-system and an integral one at that. A healthy rabbit population is necessary for the preservation of some species and habitats, e.g. rabbit-grazed dunes are needed for the breeding success of the rare natter jack toad, while wild rabbits are beneficial to some species of rare grassland butterflies in controlled grazing conditions. Rabbit grazing also helps prevent the colonization of undesirable species on sand dunes, and so helps sustain that habitat.

Thus a new and unique method needs to be devised to keep these jumpy mischief mongers away from our precious wires as well as garden plants. As we have already established that they are indeed an integral part of our eco-system, killing them is not an option. C Tech Corporation, an Indian company has come up with a novel solution to counteract problems caused by such creatures. They have come up with a range of non-toxic, non-hazardous environmental friendly animal and insect aversive. Their product Rodrepel®™ is a broad spectrum animal aversive majorly designed to be a rodent repellent but highly effective against other animals like rabbits and bears. It works by the action of repellence due to which it will drive away the rabbit from the application to be protected without harming the rabbit. The product is available in the form of polymer masterbatches that can be incorporated in piping for irrigation as also can be incorporated in wires and cables to protect them from rabbits. It is also available in the form of lacquer that can be applied on farm fencing, wood etc to ward off rabbits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seagulls damage architecture!!

Gulls or seagulls are seabirds of the family Laridae in the1373957050_seagulls sub-order Lari. They are only distantly related to auks, skimmers, and more distantly to the wanders. They belong to the genus Larus. Gulls are typically medium to large sized birds, usually grey or white, often with black markings on the head or wings. They typically have harsh wailing or squawking calls, stout, longish bills, and webbed feet. Most gulls, particularly Larus species, are ground-nesting carnivores, which will take live food or scavenge opportunistically.

Gull species range in size from the little gull, at 120g and 29cm, to the great black-backed gull, at 1.75kg and 76cm. They are generally uniform in shape, with heavy bodies, long wings, moderately long necks.

Droppings and detritus from roosting and nesting gulls can cause damage to the architecture of a building as well as cause them to look unsightly. The debris from nests and feathers can often block gutter and drainage systems, potentially leading to damage from penetrating damp.

A news has been reported in The Argus, “Revenge of the seagulls: Birds’ £500 damage to Seaford pest controller’s car”

images_9A pest control boss was landed with a £500 bill after returning from holiday to find his new Mercedes covered in seagull mess.

Jon Whitehead, a director of pest control firm Clean kill Environmental Services, had parked his shiny blue Mercedes outside his home in Seaford, before jetting off on a two-week break.

But when he returned last Friday, he found his beloved car – which he only bought a week before going on holiday – splattered with seagull poo.

After scrubbing the motor with soapy water for more than an hour, Jon, who is in his 50s, gave up, realizing he needed professional help as the mess had eaten away some of the paintwork.

Mr. Whitehead said: “The gulls used my new car as target practice while I was away on holiday.

“It was completely covered and the droppings had eaten right through the paintwork.

“I took it to a local garage who told me the whole area needed re-spraying.”

He said the bill ended up topping £500, adding: “Part of my work involves deterring seagulls and removing nests so it’s as though the birds decided to get their revenge on me.”

Andy Melville, who runs Motorline Engineering near Lewes, said: “The poo only needs to be left on the car for a period of 12 hours and the damage will have been done and the whole area will probably need re-painting.

“The hot weather has literally been baking the poo into the paintwork and setting it hard really quickly.

“The best advice is to wash it off with soap and water straight away.”

He said repair bills range from £100 for minor damage and go up to £2,000 if the whole car needs re-spraying.

A 2008 study by insurance firm Zurich found that British motorists paid out a staggering £57 million a year to repair paintwork damaged by bird poo.

Another study in 2012 revealed red cars were most likely to be the victims of avian feces.

Many prevention methods are used to control gulls damages. download_3The various methods used are culling, nest removal, egg removal and disturbance of birds, frightening mechanisms, repellents, toxicants, trapping, shooting. Pesticide used for protection from gulls is DRC-1339 which is restricted by US; Polybutenes is also used as repellent. These conventional pesticides are every harmful for the environment. They kill target as well as non-target species.

We at C Tech Corporation can provide you a solution in the form of our niche product Rodrepel™. Rodrepel™ is a non- toxic, non-hazardous and eco-friendly aversive for birds which repels the target species from the application without harming them. Our product is available in masterbatch as well as in lacquer form. It does not kill non-target species just keeps them away from the application. It is compatible with different kinds of polymers. It has a shelf life of 25-40 years depending on the application. It can also be applied on the application to prevent damage from seagulls.

Possum…Opossum…

The saying: Live and let live falls on the deaf ears of most of the images animal living among humans. Animals constantly interfere and try to create distress among people’s life.  The problem has become so huge, it seems that every animal especially rodent has made a solemn promise that their sole job will be to create havoc in people’s life. Possum also called as opossum is one among the many animals responsible for making the pockets of the people lighter by damaging human belongings.

Possums are generally treated as rodents because of their appearance, behavior etc. Possums, however, are not rodents, but marsupials which, like kangaroos, have pouches and carry their young with them from an early age.

images (1)Possums (Didelphis virginiana) have white to gray coloration in their fur, grow to the size of housecats and weigh around 10 pounds. Their pointed face and rat-like tail lead many people to consider them to be oversized rats. They are omnivores, but prefer insects, carrion and fruit. Like raccoons, opossums will use existing dens rather than build their own. They are capable climbers but prefer to climb trees rather than structures.

Possum damage is however, not uniform across habitats. Possum g1688-3damage appears to be variable within and between plant populations, communities and ecosystems, and is influenced by a range of biotic and abiotic (living and non-living) factors. These factors may predispose plant communities to possum damage, trigger damage episodes, or accelerate the rate of vegetation change.

Possums are seen in urban areas, running across a street, up a lamppost, in trees or on house roofs. If left unchecked, they will set up a den inside the wall or roof of a house, in a shed, basement, under floorboards, or anywhere that is dry and dark.

They have sharp claws and a strong tail, enabling them to climb the Oct-phone-import-172-225x300side of a house and scratch their way through rotting weatherboards.

Damage to timber fascia board is often the work of possums which can result in the formation of holes in the ceiling. A hole can form in the Gyprock, ending in a possum falling through the ceiling into your lounge room or even worse your child’s bedroom.

Possums chew and destroy everything in their way. In the following news article, because of possum a house was on the verge of getting burned down.

SAFD: critter chewed through wire, sparking fire

FEBRUARY 28, 2011 

An opossum chewing through wiring caused an electrical short that sparked a fire early Monday at a home north of downtown, San Antonio Fire Department officials said.

UntitledFlames erupted from a lighting fixture on the front porch of a home in the 1000 block of West Huisache Avenue around 6:15 a.m. Monday. Three families who lived in the two-story home, which is divided into apartments, evacuated safely before SAFD crews arrived, according to Battalion Chief Keith Crusius.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze, Crusius said, adding that interior walls at the home sustained the most damage. He warned residents who hear animals in attics and inside walls to take heed.

“It was a fairly easy fire to put out,” he said. “But rats and other animals, if they get in there, they can cause real damage.”

No one was injured. The opossum believed to have caused the blaze was found dead.

In another incident, the possums were actually successful and the entire church was destroyed because the fire caused due to short circuit.

“The 1861 church in Otter Street was gutted by fire in April 2007 after a possum chewed through wires, not long after the congregation had finished a five-year, $400,000 refurbishment.”; as reported in The Age National, 2009.

As long as there have been gardens there have been pests, but the g1688-8possum is about as tricky as they get.  Not only do their opposable thumbs make them very capable thieves, but they are also easily adaptable to deterrents set in their path.  Take a look down the pest control aisle in the hardware store and you will find a suite of products ranging from chilli sprays to high-frequency audio devices- all claiming to be the definitive solution.  Unfortunately, possums seem to have now found a fondness for chilli/garlic sprays and these audio devices are much more likely to annoy your poodle than save your lettuce and wires. Even the protective net fence does not stand strong in front of the possum.

So, stronger walls have to be created to keep such creatures from wrecking our home, metaphorically speaking. C-Tech Corporation has a perfect solution for the possum problem. Rodrepel®™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous and environment friendly product which is 100% effective in keeping the possum at bay. The product works on the mechanism of repellence and does not kill the target or non-target species. Rodrepel®™ can be incorporated in wires and cables, films, pipes, etc. It is also available in lacquer form and can be applied on the fence, roof and other applications so that they are protected from the possums.

 

Voles boring a hole in cultivator’s pockets!!

download (1)As if all the pests in the world were not enough, cultivators have been forced to time and again acknowledge the fact that certain four-legged creatures are set to wreak havoc in our backyards and orchards! They are voles!

These relatively huge creatures, i.e. if you compare them with the measly crop pests that you usually encounter; can be a source of great nuisance to trees in the orchards almost to the extent of driving you up the wall.

A vole is a small rodent resembling a mouse but with a stouter body, a shorter, hairy tail, a slightly rounder head, smaller ears and eyes, and differently formed molars – high-crowned and with angular cusps instead of low-crowned and with rounded cusps. There are approximately 155 speciesof voles. They are sometimes known as meadow mice or field mice in North America.

The two main types of voles that cause damage are woodland voles also known as pine voles and meadow voles. The woodland vole (Microtus pinetorum) is a small vole  found in eastern North America . The woodland vole lives throughout the eastern United States, ranging as far as Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. They inhabit deciduous forests, dry fields, and apple orchards. In addition, apple orchards are a favorite habitat. Woodland voles tend to be sparsely distributed in natural habitats; densities usually are highest in orchards during fall. The average population density is up to 2.4 per hectare. Recorded densities range up to 15 per hectare, although they are likely to reach higher numbers in orchards. The root systems of trees are an important food source for voles and thus tree spacing affects the density of vole populations. Woodland voles amount to high economic losses owing to the damage they cause to apple orchards. Vole feeding costs apple growers annual losses of nearly $50 million.

The meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus), sometimes called the field mouse or meadow mouse, is  found across Canada and the northern  US. Its range extends further south along the Atlantic coast. Meadow voles are most commonly found in grasslands, preferring moister areas, but are also found in wooded areas. Meadow voles are active year-round and day or night, with no clear 24-hour rhythm in many areas. Meadow voles eat most available species of grasses, sedges, and forbs, including many agricultural plant species.  Leaves, flowers, and fruits of forbs are also typical components of their summer diet. Fungi have also been reported in meadow vole diets. They occasionally consume insects and snails, and occasionally scavenge on animal remains. Meadow voles may damage woody vegetation by girdling when population density is high. In winter, meadow voles consume green basal portions of grass plants, often hidden under snow. Other winter diet components include seeds, roots, and bulbs. They occasionally strip the bark from woody plants. Seeds and tubers are stored in nests and burrows.

images (2)Voles in general are a rodent species capable of causing a lot of damage because of their ability to multiply quickly in response to abundant food. Cultivated crops, orchards, and lawns all over often feel the brunt of this damage. The damage may be particularly severe in areas experiencing drought conditions. Population levels generally peak every 2 to 5 years, but these cycles are not predictable. These populations’ shifts may result in densities ranging from a few to several hundred voles per acre. In rare cases, vole populations may become extremely dense. During the early 1900s, vole populations were estimated at 25,000 per acre in some areas of Nevada.

Voles may cause extensive damage to fruit trees and orchards as a result of girdling seedlings and trees damaging roots. They will readily thrive on small plants. This girdling can easily kill young plants and is not healthy for trees or other shrubs. Voles will often eat succulent root systems and will 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. Voles feed on both the roots and stem system and the vegetation of plants, as well as fruits, seeds, bark, subterranean fungus and insects.. Vole damage can kill a tree outright, allow diseases to enter, or weaken the tree, resulting in decreased fruit production for the life of the tree. Damage occurs primarily during winter when other types of food are scarce. Since voles burrow in the snow, they may damage tree trunks as high as snow accumulates. Young trees are especially susceptible to attack. Damage from pine voles is harder to detect because it occurs underground as they consume small roots, girdle large roots and eat bark from the base of trees. By the time orchardists note weak, unhealthy trees, the damage is already extensive.

The most easily identified sign of meadow vole presence is a system of surface runways in the grass. Pine voles do not use surface runways, so their presence is much harder to detect. In apple orchards, tiny, elongated tooth marks on apples on the ground are signs of both meadow voles and pine voles. Probing the area under the tree with your fingers may help determine if there are vole runs close to the surface.

The estimated annual loss from vole damage to apple growers in North Carolina is $2.5 million!

Currently used methods of dealing with these annoying rodents are the use of extremely toxic and potentially dangerous rodenticides like Zinc phosphide, chlorophacinone and diphacinone. Zinc phosphide is acutely toxic to all vertebrates and therefore presents risks to non target wildlife in the orchard as well as safety risks to people. Chlorophacinone and diphacinone are much more toxic to rodents than to other mammals or birds but we still cannot eliminate the risk they pose to the non-target species.

Thus the time has come for us to let go of the past and move forward. The best way to achieve this is to stop taking undue risks posed by the use of toxic rodenticides and opt for a better and greener solution which will be non-toxic and harmless to the non-target species. C- Tech Corporation can provide with desirable and viable solution for the existing vole problem. Rodrepel™ a non-toxic, non-hazardous and environment friendly product repels rodents like voles. The product works on the mechanism of repellence and does not kill the target or non-target species. Thus it will be effective in keeping the voles away from our precious crops. The product can be incorporated in agriculture films, irrigation pipes, mulches etc. to protect the crops from the voles.

 

 

 

 

 

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