Pigeons- Domestic birds or Winged rats?

Known by many as rats of the bird world, pigeons may be one of the most unloved birds around. Pigeons are a very common sighting, especially in cities and suburbs. They can usually be seen on roofs, dumps and city parks, where they are often fed by visitors. They are terribly annoying pigeonjuvenile_swan-620x413and often leave their mark on your roof by leaving you gifts of their unsightly pigeon droppings. Pigeons flutter and peck and flop on every available human living and working space they can find. In fact, pigeons are better adapted to urban streets and windowsills than gardens. It has been reported that pigeons cause tens of millions of dollars of damage every year to machinery, automobiles, roofs and ventilation systems. In fact, pigeon is supposed to be the single, most serious pest bird in the United States. Pigeon damages reported to Wildlife Services ranged from $198,209 to $6,412,725 per year!

Evidently, these pesky creatures can cause significant damage to structures in urban areas. Pigeon activity in and around a building may directly damage the structure by lifting roof coverings to force an entry. More seriously, they are known to block rainwater drainage systems with their faeces and feathers. This could result in massive water leakage and severe decay problems. Warehouses, in particular, may experience great damage, even collapsed roofs, when drainage systems are blocked and standing water is forced to rise. This is because iuhbird droppings contain uric acid, which, at a pH of 3 to 4.5, can eat through most of the building materials. A collapsed roof could put a company out of business, cause serious physical damage or even result in death. Also, these birds may build nests in chimneys and ventilation systems which could effectively block airflow to the building. People can be killed by carbon monoxide poisoning when bird nests block the exhaust system. Besides, the nests are usually flammable as they are made up of twigs, straw and dried droppings. Nests constructed on or near electric machinery pose a severe risk of fire hazards. Thus bird droppings and nesting materials may be a huge cause of concern if they are not corrected immediately and allowed to accumulate.

The presence of feral pigeons and most importantly their faeces represents a potential health hazard to the general public. These annoying birds are known to be carriers of a number of life-threatening diseases including salmonellosis, psittacosis and pseudo-tuberculosis. The faeces of pigeons provide an ideal environment for bgthe growth of the organisms causing several such diseases. Pigeon droppings are thus a huge problem in places where large accumulations have been allowed to build-up. Dealing with such accumulations can be expensive and time consuming because of the protective equipment and procedures that may be required for its maintenance. The presence of faeces on walkways and ledges leads to slippery roads which may pose a serious risk of accidents if not taken care of at once. An apprentice elevator mechanic obtained a $2.7 million settlement from a property owner after bird droppings caused him to slip and fall down an elevator shaft!

Let us look at this article published in the Southern Courier.

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Pigeons collapse ceiling on sleeping residents

The ceiling was home to a flock of pigeons that caused the damage as they forced their way inside the roof.

By James Mahlokwane and Lucky Thusi | 8 May 2014

SOUTH HILLS – Five family members and one pregnant lady from South Hills were woken by a shocking sound of a ceiling falling in on the morning of Monday May 05 at around 03:00.

The ceiling fell inches away from the pregnant lady and two young men who were sleeping on the bed and sofas in the room.

The ceiling was home to a flock of pigeons that caused the damage even after repairs as they forced their way inside the roof.

Vivian de Villiers (55) had to evacuate her children out of the flatUntitled immediately. They stayed outside their flat from 03:00 while other tenants slept.

“My son did not go to school today because of what happened. The furniture is ruined and I do not see us using them again, because they are infested by pigeon lice.

“The whole Tornaka Court building needs to be fixed, especially the top block. Our next door neighbours also have ceilings breaking and falling,” said DeVilliers.

ANC councilor Bev Turk said she has advised Housing about the state of the flats and they are now aware of it and would try to eradicate the problem.

The De Villiers family said they would appreciate it if people could donate a ceiling, TV, beds and sofas to them at 27 Tornaka Court, Outspan Road, South Hills.

“We would be happy if we could get an electrician to come help us with the wiring. Anyone who could help fumigate the flat to kill the pigeon lice would also be appreciated,” said Rene de Villiers.

It has been reported that the management costs associated with pigeon control are $9 per bird per year! This highlights the importance of control of these birds to avoid significant problems related to building management and maintenance and health hazards. However, the control techniques used today are often inappropriate or misapplied with the result that they are ineffective. This is not a grave issue as tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars can be spent on techniques of pigeon control which eventually fail. This is because these creatures are able to adapt over time to circumvent most measures. Pigeons are graceful creatures and an integral part of our eco-system. Hence, killing of such birds would have a profound impact on the environment. This calls for a safe and environment-friendly modus operandi to deal with the damage caused by pigeons.

C Tech Corporation offers a non-toxic, non-hazardous means of averting these birds. Rodrepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous, eco-friendly rodent and bird aversive. This product works by repelling the birds; it causes no harm to the bird or the surroundings. It is available in lacquer form which can be used to coat wood and other polymeric surfaces. Thus it can be applied on pipes, roof panels, heritage structures and statues to inhibit any bird activity near it. It is also available in the form of masterbatch and liquid solutions which can be incorporated in a wide range of applications. This eco-friendly product would surely clear the way for absolute harmony between mankind and birds!

Military bases jeopardized by rodents!

The question of when rodents left their natural habitat and invaded man’s dwelling is still unanswered. It is evident that since the start of time, there has never been a moment when man was without his unwelcome associate. Rats have followed man to his home and armedsquirrelwreaked havoc. They have accompanied man to the field, damaging crops and grains. Regrettably, they have also followed soldiers to the battlefield and caused irreversible damage there! Because of special circumstances of the garrisons, such as the need to save significant amount of food, weapons, clothing and military equipments, as well as production of food waste, etc., military bases prove to be suitable environments for the nutrition and reproduction of rodents. Thus, most species of the rodents are interested in military garrisons. Research conducted by the U. S. Army Electronics Component Laboratory, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey showed that 50-80 percent of the cable samples buried in untreated soil, including samples of armoured cable, are damaged within six months by gnawing animals! This is especially dangerous as it could result in the failure of military communication at a critical time.

Rodents have continuously growing front incisors which are kept short by gnawing. This essential habit of the rat causes major damagealg-rat-grand-army-jpg to any facility and equipment which are available around its living environment. They chew objects such as pipes, wires of electric facilities, gas hose, etc. causing extensive destruction of military bases. Wires and cables find extensive applications in military such as power and lighting cables, field signal wires, telephone and telegraph wires and cables, wire rope slings for lifting guns, bomb demolition wires, degaussing cables for repelling magnet mines, many sorts of wire rope and electrical cables for use on battle ships, anchor cables for captive balloons, etc. Any damage to any one of these equipments would result in a huge loss of revenue and pose a threat to a country’s security!

Expensive military items such as fire control systems, radar, communication equipment, optical and photographic equipment, automotive components, ammunition and other supplies can be damaged, weakened or made ineffective if not protected from these creatures. Additionally, there may be a possibility of short circuiting of electrical equipments due to damage caused as a result of rodents chewing the insulation on wires. Squirrels have been known to fry themselves on power lines and transformers causing tens of thousands of blackouts very year!

 The Armed forces are especially concerned with rodents because these animals act as reservoirs of some of the most serious diseases affecting man. They are potential carriers of bubonic plague, one of the most life-threatening diseases known to 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 military bases amount to millions of dollars annually! Moreover, military logistical operations require enormous amounts of packaged food to be stored for months together. Pantries, canteens etc. store a large amount of food which makes these places especially conducive to rodent attacks. For the safety and sanitation of the military, it is of utmost priority to make these areas rodent-proof.

Let us look at an article that describes how rodents threaten a nation’s security.

Rodent Threatens National Security

 Posted on September 24, 2013

 Conservation biology is not to be taken lightly. For example, Richardson’s ground squirrels pose a threat to national security.

How you may ask? Well it’s quite simple; try to kick them out of their natural setting by placing a nuclear missile base in the middle of their territory. This has demanded the attention of many scientist and extensive research on how to keep these rodents out of a military base.

These ground squirrels live in the northern states of the U.S. where they carry out task such as burrowing for hibernation, fleeing like cowards from predators, and other very crucial duties. Humans occupy the same area in Montana with purposes like national security.

So while ground squirrels are busy building 30 feet long, 6 feet deep tunnels through concrete and even metal—rather impressive to be honest—humans are maintaining things like Malmstrom Air Force Base and its 150 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles, each of which contains a nuclear warhead.

In case those vague descriptions didn’t sink in:

  • Ground squirrel tunnels 10 yards long (a first down distance for those football fans) and 2 yards deep
  • Each 1 out of the 150 missiles at Malmstrom has at least 15 times the explosive power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.

Now to be honest, due to stringent processes it is highly unlikely to have a nuclear accident, let alone one caused by a Richardson’s ground squirrel; but that does not mean these rodents should be ignored. They cause destruction to a lesser degree.

By nibbling wire and burrowing near missile silos, they have threatened the base’s infrastructure and mission readiness. Above all though, these squirrels continuously trip the motion sensors near the missile silo—which doesn’t sound that bad. But when you consider Malmstrom’s missile silos dispersed across 23,000 square miles and having to clear each security threat, it suddenly becomes a huge waste of time and fuel.

Hence experts were brought in to solve this pest problem. To be specific, the Department of Defence reached out to the Natural Wildlife Research Center.

Scientist such as Gary Whitmer carried out simple experiments. Put a squirrel on one side of a fence, a delicious treat on the other side, and test what material can keep the squirrel from getting the food (keeping in mind the squirrel might try to go above or below ground). Numerous things were tested and failed such as steel coils.

What material could possibly be better at keeping squirrels out then? Scientist found that clear hard plastic was too slippery for the rodents to climb above ground. Similarly, they found pea gravel filled trenches to be impossible for squirrels to burrow through—as they collapse easily—so the squirrels didn’t even bother.

Thanks to these findings, soldiers of the 341st Missile Wing no longer have to play pest control and can now focus on matters of national security and their role—being able to launch a nuclear missile at a moment’s notice.

The military, with millions of acres of land on its installations and bases, uses pesticides to protect against pest populations that inhibit military activities or damage property. Populations of rodents such as prairie dogs or rats may exceed the natural carrying capacity of the area; rodenticides may be needed to reduce these populations, especially if they impede the use of military equipment in the area or a plague outbreak should occur that may threaten human populations. A more aggressive approach, sometimes used by the military for high-security areas, is to pressurize the riser cable with nitrogen gas, as if it were outside-plant cable. Although it is deadly to the rodents, nitrogen is a safety hazard to people in confined spaces. Pesticides or rodenticides are extremely toxic and may leak out of the polymer matrix affecting the soldiers and the surrounding. Moreover, these pesticides are known to cause aggression, memory problems and hyperactivity in the soldiers, ultimately leading to psychosis. Thus, searching for a non-toxic, environmentally safe solution to this problem is of utmost importance.

C Tech Corporation provides an animal and bird aversive, Rodrepel™, which is a non-toxic, non-hazardous product meant to keep the target species at bay. 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 in lacquer form can be coated on the application to be protected, or it could be incorporated into wires and cables in masterbatch form.  Defence is one of the major sectors defining the growth and development of a nation. It is needless to describe how important these areas are to a nation’s security and opulence. Evidently, using Rodrepel™ could greatly assist in safeguarding a nation’s integrity.

Rats taking over airplanes!

Air travel is a luxury that most people pay large sums for. Guess images (1)what? You can now do it for free! But only if you are a sneaky little rodent! Yes, you read it right. These little troublemakers can travel in the most expensive airlines, without spending a penny!

These vermin are not only trespassing airplanes, but also, being big foodies, are relishing the food originally meant for passengers! Sure, when Stuart Little drives a car and rides on a plane, it looks really awesome. And one can empathize with a rat in the kitchen only when one’s watching Disney’s Ratatouille. But watching little rodents scurrying about, building nests and stealing food in an airplane is nothing short of a nightmare- both for the airline staff and the passengers!

imagesRats on a plane spell doom for the reputation of an airline. People paying large sums to the airlines surely wouldn’t want to be stuck mid-flight with rats around them! Not only do these pests mar the image of reputed airlines, they also destroy the general hygiene in the cleanest of airplanes. And as if it wasn’t enough to eat away the food supplies, they also chew on the cables and wires and practically anything they can find! Imagine the horror of a passenger on being served a half-nibbled sandwich! Or worse, the horror of the plane staff, when they find half-nibbled cables and wires! Even worse- imagine this happening mid-air!

Discovering chewed cables and wires can wreak havoc in an airplane that is scheduled to take off within a few minutes. This happening once the plane has already taken flight? Then it’s nothing but recipe for a total disaster! Chewed cables, thus, only signal towards one thing: an imminent catastrophe. So do chewed airplane seats, cabinets, and vermin-infested food!

Planes plagued by rats have made it to the news headlines numerous times before. Ranging from reports about nests of rats in the aircraft cabinet, to reports of rat droppings that were “too numerous to count”, the media has shown it all. Following is a news article about the infamous rat trouble of Delta Airlines, and the ensuing FDA assessment of the scenario:

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Rodent Droppings ‘Too Numerous to Count’ Found on Delta Jet

By Mary Jane Credeur Apr 19, 2011 11:39 PM GMT+0530 

Rodent droppings “too numerous to count” were found by U.S. health inspectors near a Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) jet’s galley where food and drink are stored.

The excrement and mammalian urine turned up in inspections from Jan. 26 through Feb. 2 at a Delta hangar at its Atlanta headquarters, the Food and Drug Administration said in an April 13 letter to the airline. Delta said today the plane was cleaned and returned to service within days.

Mechanical traps probably would be preferable to chemicals in trying to end a rodent infestation on a plane, said Chad Artimovich, who is the president of pest-control company Atlanta Wildlife Solutions LLC and has exterminated rats in recreational vehicles, mobile homes and a hot tub.

“You don’t want to use poison because then you have to go through the process of tracking it down and finding it and maybe tearing the whole airplane apart,” Artimovich said in an interview. “A dead rat stinks to high heaven.”

Delta took the rodent case “very seriously” and resolved the issue by temporarily parking the jet and “humanely catching the animal,” said Ashley Black, a spokeswoman for the Atlanta- based carrier.

International Plane

Black declined to specify the type of plane involved, other than that it was used on international flights. It was returned to service within days after the rodent’s removal, she said.

“We believe this was an isolated incident and we cooperated with the FDA immediately to resolve it earlier this year,” Black said. “The health and safety of Delta’s customers and employees are Delta’s top priority.”

The FDA said rodent excrement was discovered above the right and left forward galleys and mammalian urine was detected in six areas on ceiling panels over a galley. Delta’s response to the agency didn’t include steps to prevent a recurrence, which is “likely” unless such measures are taken, the FDA said.

Federal regulations for transportation companies require that “all places where food is prepared, served, or stored shall be constructed and maintained as to be clean and free from flies, rodents and other vermin,” the FDA said.

The animal most likely to be involved in an airplane infestation is a roof rat, a species prevalent in Atlanta, Artimovich said.

Those rodents leave as many as 50 droppings a day, and a jetliner provides “everything a rat needs” with spilled nuts and pretzel crumbs and sources of water, he said.

“Once it gets in there and gets established, there’s no reason to leave,” he said. “The real concern is if a rat started chewing on wires. Almost every house I go into where there are rats, they’ve chewed on wood and wiring and ornaments. Their teeth are harder than iron and they have to keep them gnawed down.”

 

As suggested by the above article, killing rats is not a feasible option, especially on an airplane. Yes, because it’s gruesome, but also because it would just lead to rat-corpses in nooks and corners that would just further deteriorate the hygiene of the plane! What we need is a non-toxic modus operandi. We do not want to be murderers of a fellow earth-dwelling species, and yet want to find feasible ways of clearly marking our territory and keeping these pests away.

C Tech Corporation has the answer to the woes of all rat-troubled airlines! C Tech Corporation’s unique product, Rodrepel, is a non-toxic and environment friendly animal repellent additive. It is an efficient way of keeping the rats away without having to kill them, or to call for a Pied Piper! Rodrepel can be incorporated in polymeric applications during processing, and can also be coated on the end application externally. Airplanes can be protected using this product by incorporating it in various parts of the plane, or by applying it as a film wherever necessary. Thus, air travel can be made hijack-proof, atleast from the little nibbling creatures!

Rat invasion in hospitals!

Would you trust a hospital that is infested with rats?

The answer is obviously no! There is zero tolerance for rodent problems in hospitals. Hygiene being of utmost priority; a rodent infestation would be an absolute no-no at these places. Yet, they are all too common. Regardless of how stringent your maintenance plan is, rats somehow always manage to enter the premises and wreak havoc.

Rodent infestation in hospitals is an extremely serious issue. Theserats_110112 creatures contaminate the food and the surrounding environment with their fur and urine. They make use of plumbing voids as well as circulation vents to travel from one part of a building to another. It is this habit that assures the spread of contaminated nesting material, faeces, urine and body hairs. This fur and urine may come in contact with the patients in the hospital through food and water, thus aggravating their condition further and putting their recovery at risk.

These pests may carry various parasites and other disease causing germs. One of the diseases spread by rat urine is Weil’s disease. Weil’s disease is a severe form of a bacterial infection known as leptospirosis. It is a bacterial infection that typically causes mild flu-like symptoms, including headaches and chills. In severe cases, such as in Weil’s disease, it can lead to organ failure and bleeding. Globally, it is estimated that 10 million people get leptospirosis every year! Another disease spread by rodents is the Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. Hantaviruses are found in the saliva, urine, and droppings of infected rodents, which show no signs of illness. This syndrome is characterized by symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting etc. If left untreated, this disease could prove deadly. Moreover, experts warn that these massive rat infestations cause conditions which are “ripe for a return of bubonic plague”, also known as the Black Death, which destroyed a quarter of Europe’s population in the 14th century, wiping out 25 million people, and also invaded South Africa’s harbour regions during the 19th century!

It is not a surprise that rats gain entry into the hospital premises. These creatures can enter a building through the smallest of spaces- holes in walls, cracks in the building’s exterior, open windows, vents etc. Also, these rats are most likely to be near sources of food such as food leftovers and garbage, where it eventually builds a nest and reproduces.

Besides spreading viruses and causing infection, rats can also cause extensive damage to a vast range of expensive equipment in hospitals. Polymeric products like wires, power cables, optical fibre cables etc. are especially susceptible to a rodent attack, leading to fire hazards. Mice and rats are suspected in one fourth of all fires of unknown origin! This is because rodents such as rats and squirrelsrat_cables_250
are characterized by a pair of incisors which are used like chisels to gnaw on hard surfaces. This gnawing is essential as it helps these rodents keep their teeth short and sharp. Hospitals comprise of a number of expensive equipment that makes use of optical fibre cables. Traditional medical fibre optic applications include light therapy, x-ray imaging, ophthalmic lasers, lab and clinical diagnostics, dental hand pieces, surgical and diagnostic instrumentation, endoscopy, surgical microscopy, and a wide range of equipment and instrument illumination. In case of a rat infestation in a hospital, rats may chew on the polymer coating or insulation of the cable, and ultimately damage the equipment. This may lead to a huge loss of revenue for the hospital and prove to be a hurdle in the treatment of patients.

Problems of rodent infestation in hospitals have been increasing at an alarming rate in recent times. A high rodent population points to poor sanitation and poses a serious health risk to patients. Attention had been drawn to falling standards in the cleanliness of hospitals. Rat-bite-on-babys-faceThere have been numerous cases where babies and infants have been attacked by rats leading to their deaths. There has also been news about the rodents feeding on paralysed patients and corpses in the morgue! There have been cases where dozens of surgeries had to be cancelled due to rat infestation in the operation theatres.

There have been reports of hospitals calling in pest controllers a number of times to deal with infestations of vermin. These incidents take place in all areas of hospitals, from intensive care wards and A&E departments to staff rooms and canteens. Cases of rats in a palliative care ward, children’s nursery, maternity units, etc. are all too common.

Let us look at this article published in the Mid Day.

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Rats leave CT scan machine out of action for 10 days

By Sujit Mahamulkar

Published on 20-Oct-2012

One of the city’s busiest civic-run hospital’s CT scan machine was shut down for 10 days after rats gnawed its cable. It was the second time in a matter of a month when authorities at Lokmanya Tilak hospital, also known as Sion hospital, had to turn away patients because the machine was out of order.

It’s a crying shame: Lokmanya Tilak hospital, also known as Sion hospital, is infested with rodents.

Between 70 and 80 patients from the city and its outskirts make their way to Sion hospital for the tests daily, and with the machine busted, patients were forced to pay large sums at private hospitals for the test.

Earlier this month, the CT scan machine, which was bought at a cost of Rs 3.5 crore two years ago, was inoperable for 10 days because of a technical problem, according to hospital authorities.

Mangesh Satamkar, a former corporator from the area, said, “As the CT scan machine is installed on the ground floor, it’s adjoining the mortuary, which is infested with rats. The fibre optics of the CT scan machine attracts the rats”.

He also alleged that even the breaking down of the machine on the previous occasion was because of rats biting the wires.

Dr. Anuradha Pednekar, a member of BMC’s Health Committee, while criticizing the administration, said, “First the BMC should solve the rodent problem at their hospitals, rather than concentrating on killing rats from the streets.”

Dr. Suleman Merchant, dean of the hospital, said, “Yes, rodents damaged the cable, but this was an isolated incident. Earlier, the cause was not rodents.” He added that rodents are a huge problem at the hospital, and that they are taking steps to eliminate the nuisance. 

Because these rats are becoming increasingly resistant to the conventional toxic and hazardous rodenticides, the traditional baiting and trapping pest control methods recommended by many pest control businesses no longer work. Therefore, we are in dire need of an infallible plan to combat the problem of increasing number of rodents.

At C tech Corporation, we provide a safe and non-toxic solution to deal with this issue. Rodrepel is a non-hazardous, environment-friendly product of C Tech Corporation that helps to keep rodents at bay. However, the best feature of this product is that it does not kill the animal! In fact, it is completely safe for the target as well as non-target species. This innovative product, in masterbatch form, can be incorporated with wires and cables in a vast range of medical equipment, which would protect these expensive equipments from the gnawing habit of rodents. Various PVC surfaces can also be coated with our product in lacquer form which would ensure complete protection against these creatures. The hospital premises such as canteens, operation theatres etc. can be also be kept safe by coating the surfaces in lacquer form. Thus, this safe and reliable product could pave the way for a rodent-free environment at hospitals!

Rodents destroying food!

“Rat floods turn the whole ecology upside down. There is a huge impact on insects and other wildlife too – habitats and food are simply wiped out.” This statement given by Dr. Grant Singleton to the BBC News, explains just how catastrophic rats can be. imagesThe sighting of a single rat in our house can send us into a state of panic. We buy rat poisons, set up rat traps or call the exterminator to make sure that we get rid of the rat for good. However, by then the rat may have reproduced and multiplied to a large number. There is no saying how much damage may have already been caused by them!

Rats and other rodents invade a man’s house, destroy his articles, live at his expenses and eat his food. Diseases such as leptospirosis may be caused by consuming food or water contaminated with the urine from infected rats! Stored foods, most commonly maize, rice, sorghum, millet, cereal products, etc. are particularly prone to rodent attacks. The loss of food worldwide due to these menacing creatures is astounding. It has been estimated that rats and mice destroy enough food each year to feed around 200 million people!

Rats consume approximately 25 gm of food per day and mice eat around 3-4 gm of food per day. A brown rat will have eaten as much as 50 kg of food by that time it reaches the age of 2 years. What they don’t eat, they spoil by contaminating the stored food with their urine, feces, hair and various pathogenic agents, thus rendering the food unfit for human consumption. It was reported that small colonies of Norway rats, each with access to a sack of wheat for about 18 weeks, contaminated 70% of the grain and caused a 4.4% loss in weight. The total monetary losses amounted to 18.2% of the value of the wheat and the sacks. Warehouses that contain food stored in bags or in bulk are particularly vulnerable to rodent attack.

Several incidences of rat infestation in warehouses and food storage areas have been reported up till now. The following article was published in the Southeast Missourian;

Rat patrol – Food warehouses under attack by USDA, rodents

By Don Babwin, The Associated Press

(July 8, 2002)

CHICAGO — On the city’s South Side is a six-story brick warehouse. Behind its walls are 14 million pounds of meat and poultry, and several million pounds of butter, fish, nuts and other food.

And it is home to some well-fed rats.

It’s the rats — determined creatures that apparently swam into LaGrou Cold Storage from the sewer — that led authorities to put a legal padlock on the door last week and raised the real possibility that all that food would be destroyed.

The food is now in limbo. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is waiting to see if dozens of companies with meat stored there can come up with a proposal to prove to the agency that at least some of the meat remains safe to eat. Meanwhile, federal officials have asked a judge to condemn the rest of the food.

‘Detained’ meat

Such a massive lockup is unusual. USDA spokesman Steven Cohen said nobody in his office can recall more meat being “detained.” At the same time, though, it is just another chapter in the ongoing war to protect meat and other food.

Last year, a Chicago wholesale food distributor and its chief executive pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the discovery of more than 61,000 pounds of rat-infested poultry products.

The charges came after an inspection of Hop Kee Inc. revealed, among other things, more than 50 live rats and several dead ones. There was evidence that some had enjoyed some meat in the freezer.

The presence of rats almost always signals other problems, and that was the case at Hop Kee. Along with the rats, inspectors found dead birds and “live and dead cockroaches in the bean wash room and bean incubator room, including inside pails of soaking beans…” according to a press release issued by Patrick Fitzgerald, the United States Attorney for the northern district of Illinois.

In 2000, a USDA compliance officer described conditions at Helmos Food Products in Chicago as the worst he’d ever seen. The officer told of live mice and rodent droppings covering a pallet of meat. Officials ended up destroying about 100,000 pounds of food. The owner was convicted of federal charges related to storing and distributing rodent-infested products.

Rat infestation, if detected early, can help prevent further destruction
by these creatures. The shape, size and appearance of their droppings can provide information about the spshutterstock_149284433ecies of rodent and the degree of infestation. The droppings of Norway rats are around 20mm in length while those of Black rats are around 15mm. Mouse droppings may be around 3 to 8mm in length. Once an infestation is detected, appropriate measures can be taken to counter the problem.

The control of rodents is integral to safeguard human health and to prevent food and economic losses. Most of this control work is directed towards preventing rats and other rodents from living in and around buildings, warehouses and storage areas containing food. This can effectively be done with the help of C-tech Corporation’s non-toxic and environment-friendly product, Rodrepel™. Rodrepel™ is a non-hazardous product that acts as a repellent for animals, especially rodents. It is unique in that it does not kill the animal; it only keeps the animal away thereby providing us with an environmentally safe solution for the rodent problem. Refrigerator gaskets, seals and other PVC applications can be incorporated with Rodrepel™ to keep the rodents at bay. The surroundings of the warehouses can be coated with this product in lacquer form which would effectively keep the rodents away. Rodrepel™ can also be used in the bags and storage containers used to store food in storage areas.

Squirrels- Just rats in a cuter outfit!

Rodents have been tagged as troublemakers by humans for many years now. The term ‘rodent’ encompasses numerous mammal species (roughrodent2ly 40 per cent!) including mice, rats, squirrels, porcupines, beavers, guinea pigs, and hamsters. Of these, rats and mice have been infamous for their notoriety since hundreds of years. The diseases and epidemics spread by them are proof enough of their menace. Squirrels, on the other hand, may seem harmless and cute to most people.

News Flash: The reality is somewhat different! These little nibbling creatures may seem fun to look at in the nearby park, but once they set foot in your domestic space, they spell trouble! The rosy picture painted by cartoons & comics doesn’t quite encompass the troublemaking ability of squirrels. There are numerous news articles reporting new squirrel-troubles every now and then. The internet is replete with articles about squirrels causing power outages, damaging plastic pipes, damaging infrastructures (both domestic & commercial), thereby leading to large economic losses. It has been reported, about $2 billion worth of damage is caused by rodents in the U.S. each year. They are also the cause of 8% of all house fires in the U.S.

These slender bodied mammals may be up to 1 to 2 feet long, with bushy tails and large eyes; although their physical features vary with geographical regions. One of the main characteristics of all rodents is their ever-growing teeth. This is the squirrel-1tpss0aroot cause of most squirrel-nuisances encountered by humans. The front teeth of rodents grow throughout their entire life, and therefore need to be ground down by constant chewing. This explains the habit of chewing and gnawing of all rodents, and the damage caused by it. Squirrels are no exception to this attribute, and are therefore just as dangerous to property and accessories such as piping etc. as any other rodent.

Several types of squirrels can be encountered, such as tree squirrels, ground squirrels and so on. A
s their names suggest, these squirrels are found inhabiting trees and ground or below the ground respectively. While tre
e squirrels may cause nuisance mainly by chewing on overhead cables, etc; ground squirrels are being reported to cause troubles in their own special ways. These include their burrowing habits, chewing underground pipes and cables, etc. The chewing of underground pipes has damaged many sprinkler systems in domestic and agricultural spaces.

John Cuddy from Missoula, owner of the firm Sprinkler Maniac, works with sprinkler systems, which involves their installation, maintenance and repairs. John Cuddy writes about a special case involving ground squirrels, wherein a customer reported a broken pipe in his sprinkler system. The mishap led to a flooded yard, and a rather troubled customer, not once, but twice! Let’s read about the incident:

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“GROUND SQUIRRELS! I had heard about this, but had never experienced it. A customer called us up thinking he had a broken pipe due toDSC00298-1024x768 a freeze in the line. However, what we discovered was that a furry little
enemy had chewed up the sprinkler pipe and caused a big flood in his y
ard. We fixed it, and called it good. A week later he called again
with the same synopsis. Turns out the furry enemy was at it again! We found the leak, fixed the pipe, and it lasted all summer. In the picture you can see the 2 separate attacks on the tasty poly pipe!”

-John Cuddy.

The picture shows the pipe that had fallen prey to a ground squirrel. In such incidences, C-Tech Corporation’s revolutionary product- Rodrepel™ can come to the rescue with great efficacy. Rodrepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous rodent and animal repellant, that repels nuisance causing animals without any lethal damage to them, or another non-target organism. It is an environment friendly and efficient approach at creating a peaceful co-existence with our fellow earth dwellers. Rodrepel™ is available in the form of master batch, lacquer, and also as a liquid solution. Plastic pipes can be incorporated with Rodrepel™ to protect them for a long time period. Alternatively, the pipes can be coated with a sheath of Rodrepel™ on their outer surface. The thermal stability and chemically inert nature of Rodrepel™ makes it a great fit for a wide variety of applications in the piping sector.

Rodents: A nuisance in office!!

Rats are one of those increasingly annoying creatures you just can’t seem to get rid off! They are everywhere, the location, season;

images (1)temperature has absolutely no effect on them. Such is the extent of their unstoppable proliferation. Given 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, network failure, etc. 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. Rodents are a nuisance in everyday life as they turn up in every corner and cause troubles for us.

Let’s take a look at the following article, reports in Indian Express how rodents chewed cables disrupting internet service;

Rats Running Riot at BBMP Head Office, Chew Up Cables

10th February 2014, By Ashwini M Sripad – BANGALORE

Looks like the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) needs the services of a Pied Piper to get rid of rats at its headquarters! The rodents 1are giving municipal officials a tough time by frequently cutting Internet cables and chewing up files.  Food leftovers attract rodents in all five buildings of the municipal corporation. “Everyday, a number of meetings are held in many places within the head office. Food is ordered for most meetings,” said an official.

Employees and councillors also get food delivered at their chambers. Rodents also love the smell of the gum used in files.

An officer in the IT department in the BBMP said rats damage computer and other cables. “Fortunately, our main IT server is located at the IPP centre, Malleswaram, where we have no rat problem. Otherwise, things would have been worse,” he said.

He also said the Building Maintenance Division, to which officials had complained at least five times, had done nothing about the menace.

An employee from the BBMP engineering department said chewed-up cables meant no Internet or intra-office networking.

images (2)“We can’t take printouts or scan documents. If we do not submit our work on time, we are pulled up by our seniors,” the engineer said.

Girish Shetty, in charge of building maintenance, said the BBMP had recently outsourced pest control to a private agency.

“We are paying them `30,000 a month and awarded a one-year contract. We will see how they work,” he said.

However, BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana said he was not aware of the problem. “To the best of my knowledge, there is no such problem in our office,” he said

It is high time that we take appropriate action 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 to solve this problem. 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.

Once again: Squirrels cause power outage!

s0Squirrels are the proverbial devils in disguises! They look extremely harmless and almost cute with their tiny frame and furry torso. But we should not forget that these comely animals are basically rodents. The teeth of squirrels follow the typical rodent pattern, with large gnawing incisors that grow throughout life, and grinding cheek teeth set back behind a wide gap. In one year’s time, a squirrel’s incisors can grow up to six inches. Optical fiber cables, coaxial cables, prove to be too tempting to these squirrels, mainly owing to their smooth texture, and the odor of plasticizers in the polymers.

Optical fibers have revolutionized modern day communication including cable T.V and internet. These optical fiber cables can be damaged seriously by gnawing rodents. In August 2011, The Atlantic reported the spokesperson of Level 3 communication, a fiber network company with 84,000 miles of cable to having incurred losses to the level of 17% due to damage done by squirrels. These rodents chew on the fiber optic cables thus damaging them. Another cable company Time Warner Cables recently reported that they suffer heavy damage to fiber optic cables owing to squirrels as they chew through the lines. When this occurs the fiber optic cables protection is lost and they become susceptible to rain and other natural elements.”Squirrel chews” had compelled them to replace 87 miles of cable during 2011 incurring losses in hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Squirrel’s knack of chewing into cables extends to coaxial cables too. There have been reports of sudden long cable outages owing to chewing by squirrels. Carra Higgins of The Inter Mountain reported that there were sudden outages in the Rich Mountain area owing to squirrel gnawing in certain portions of the cable. The cable company spokesman was quoted as saying that squirrels climbed on telephone wires to access the cable lines. These coaxial cables were typically coated with aluminum which fell prey to the squirrels. These ubiquitous, furry buzz saws are most likely damaging aerial cable plant in worldwide settings, increasing maintenance expenses and reducing productivity of technical operations groups. Service outages caused by squirrels can also adversely affect the image of service providers, possibly reducing revenue growth.

Let us look at the below news article:

 

Squirrel Knocks Out Power for 1,700 Boise Residents

  By Boomer May 28, 2014 1:10 PM

Paul Gilham – ThinkStock

BOISE (KTVB) Electricity went down for about 1,700 customers in Boise’s North End Wednesday morning when a squirrel got tangled in the power lines.

The affected areas stretched from West Good Street to Stewart Avenue, and from 15th Street to 34th Street, including State and Ridenbaugh Streets.

Idaho Power crews got the electricity back up for all customers by 9:30 a.m.
This recent piece of news again draws our attention to the ever increasing problem of rodents and squirrels.

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.

 

Rodent attack on cars!!

download-11Rodents are mammals  of the order Rodentia, characterized by a single pair of continuously growing incisors in each of the upper and lower jaws that must be kept short by gnawing.  About 40% of mammal species are rodents, and they are found in vast numbers on all continents other than Antartica . Common rodents include mice, rats, squirrels, etc. With about 2,277  species of rodents, over 40% of mammalian species belong to the order. Their success is probably due to their small size, short breeding cycle, and ability to gnaw and eat a wide variety of foods.

During 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 which 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.

Let us look at the below news article:

North Burnaby garage sees influx of mice-damaged cars

 Wanda Chow- Burnaby NewsLeader

   Posted Jan 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM

The mechanics at Firestone Burnaby on Hastings Street are used to dealing with oil changes, brake jobs and repairs to engines and transmissions.

But in recent weeks, they’ve also had to add “detective” to their job descriptions.

Since Jan. 1, they’ve seen at least 10 vehicles brought in where the underlying cause of their problems were the same unusual source: mice.

Nick Acimovic, co-owner of Firestone Burnaby, believes local mice populations just aren’t deterred by the mild winter weather in this part of the world compared to colder climes.

But while repair jobs caused by mice aren’t entirely out of the ordinary, “this year it’s definitely more problematic than previous years,” he said.

Lately it appears imports, especially German makes such as BMWs, Mercedes and Volkswagens, have been more vulnerable.

“There’s something in the wiring I’ve been told … that mice like to chew.”

But no car is really resistant, he said Wednesday, when his shop was repairing a similarly-afflicted Toyota RAV4.

Most newer vehicles have extensive electronics systems. Often affected vehicles will have their engine light come on as the first sign that something’s wrong. Other times the vehicles will barely run or run rough, depending on what sensors the mice have tackled.

Acimovic said oxygen sensors are a common site of the problem because they’re installed as part of the exhaust system and the wiring is easily reachable for mice.

“So what happens is they would sit on the exhaust pipe, which is warm, and they would chew on that one.” From there they carry on until they reach other parts of the car, such as the engine compartment.

Last week his mechanics had the “bizarre” case of a BMW SUV whose electronics  indicated there was something wrong with the extensive airbag system.

The mice made it into the door frames and caused lots of damage to the wiring, creating a problem that was also very time consuming and expensive to figure out.

It wasn’t until they removed all the seats that they found signs of chewed up wiring and material, he said, noting the job took 40 hours to diagnose and repair.

“I’ve never seen something like it in all my years being in automotive repair.”

As for the Toyota RAV4, they found a mouse nest underneath the shield covering the engine. Again, there was damage to the wiring and at least one sensor.

Acimovic suggests that customers purchase electronic devices, available at hardware stores, which emit a noise inaudible to humans but which will drive rodents away.

They had one installed in their Firestone shop because “once we opened up the hood in one of the cars a couple mice just ran out and we didn’t know where they went.”

As for covering the cost of such damage, there is some good news. ICBC customers are covered for vehicle damage caused by animals under their comprehensive insurance.

downloadThus there has been an increase in the number of incidences where damages due to rodents have been reported in the automobile sector. This increase is alarming as innocent chews by rodents can result into major accidents. These accidents could prove fatal in some cases.

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.

 

 

 

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