Squirrels the uninvited guest….!!

Rodents are uninvited guest that are very common in winter season.  Squirrel3Rats, mice and even squirrel are looking for a warmer place to spend the winter. Pet food, cereal, household garbage and heat, our homes are very appealing to rodents. Rodents do major damage to our homes. They will make holes in our duct work. Rodents also chew on wires that can mess up electricity in our house and in the worst case that can lead to a fire.

Rodents 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. Forty percent of mammal species are rodents, and they are found in vast numbers on all continents other than Antarctica. Common rodents include mice, rats, squirrels, porcupines, beavers, guinea, pigs and hamsters. Rodents use their sharp incisors to gnaw wood, break into food, and bite predators. Most rodents eat seeds or plants, though some have more varied diets. Some species have historically been pests, eating seeds stored by people and spreading disease.

News articles reported in Daily mail shows how squirrel cause damage of million dollars.

Oh nuts! Squirrels chew through electrical wires… and burn down £400,000 home

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
UPDATED: 16:19 GMT, 12 August 2010

housefireA family were left devastated after returning from holiday to find their £400,000 luxury home burnt to the ground – after squirrels chewed through wires in the loft. 

The rodents sparked a huge blaze which destroyed the roof, first floor and much of the ground floor of the semi-detached property in Cuffley, Hertfordshire. 

Six fire crews battle the flames but the three-bed dormer bungalow could not be saved.


Owners Glen and Laura Borner were forced to rush back from a weekend break when police alerted them. 

Nuisance: The squirrels had burrowed into the loft of the bungalow

Horrified neighbours looked on as up to 30 firefighters spent more than three hours battling the blaze, which started at around midnight last Friday.

Investigators returned at 9am the following morning and found the fire was started by squirrels which had burrowed into the loft and chewed on cables. 

A Neighbour who watched the blaze take hold, said: ‘It was awful – the flames were huge. ‘It’s so odd that it was caused by squirrels – you just don’t expect it to happen.’ 

The couple’s next-door neighbour, who did not wish to be named, had part of his roof and chimney burnt when the fire spread to his home, which is attached to the Borner’s house.

He said: ‘We got out as quickly as we could. I was in with my wife and children. ‘There is not a great deal of damage compared to next door. We just thank God noone was hurt.’ 

‘Once you got outside you could see exactly where it had started, the heat coming off it was incredible.’

Another neighbour who did not wish to be named, was still awake when the blaze ripped through the house and described the carnage.

She said: ‘We saw the whole thing. The entire upper part of the house was ablaze.

‘The flames were about 20ft to 30ft high and took emergency services a long time to extinguish.

‘It was a scary thing and has completely destroyed their home.’

A Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said they had received 11 calls from terrified neighbours as the blaze took hold.

She said: ‘It is believed that the fire began after squirrels burrowed into the loft and chewed on some electricity cables.

‘No one was hurt in the fire and the family has currently vacated the house while discussions are carried out with insurers.’

Marc Borner, 22, who lives with his parents at the house, today said the family were too distraught to comment on the blaze.

He said: ‘It is absolutely awful.’

There should be an eco-friendly solution for this problem which must be non-toxic, non-hazardous with longer life span.

Rodrepel®™suits the entire requirement in the best possible way as it is non-toxic, non-hazardous and environmentally friendly anti-rodent aversive, it has shelf life of 15-40 years. Rodrepel®™ can be incorporated in wire and cable for protection; it can also be incorporated in foundation to created rodent barrier.

Magpie birds: A threat to crops, humans and other animals

Magpies have lived in close association with humans for centuries. They are found throughout the Northern Hemisphere and are a common bird of tales and superstitions. Magpies and their many brash behaviors are the basis for the cartoon characters Heckyl and Jeckyl.
magpie_crEgoGuiotto_mainMagpies are members of the corvid family, which also includes ravens, crows, and jays. They are easily distinguished from other birds by their size and striking black and white color pattern. They have unusually long tails and short, rounded wings. The feathers of the tail and wings are iridescent, reflecting a bronzy-green to purple. They have white bellies and shoulder patches and their wings flash white in flight. Like other corvids, they are very vocal, even boisterous. Typical calls include a whining “maag” and a series of loud, harsh “chuck” notes. Where magpies are not harassed, they can be extremely bold. If hunted or harassed, though, they become elusive and secretive.
There are about 15 species of magpie in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. Also, many magpies are found in North America. They live for about 8-15 years and have top speed of 20mph.
Magpies are omnivorous and very opportunistic, a characteristic typical of other corvids. They have a preference for animal matter, primarily insects, but readily take anything that is available. Congregations of magpies can commonly be seen along roadsides feeding on animals killed by cars or in ripening fruit and nut orchards. They also pick insects from the backs of large animals and were historically associated with large herds of bison. Their diet changes during the year, reflecting the availability of food during different seasons.
Magpies have come into conflict with humans all over the world for quite some time. Magpies cause a variety of problems, especially where their numbers are high. Most problems occur in localized areas where loose colonies have concentrated in close proximity to humans.
downloadMagpies can cause substantial damage locally to crops such as almonds, cherries, corn, walnuts, melons, grapes, peaches, wheat, figs, and milo. Their damage is probably greatest in areas where insects and wild mast are relatively unavailable.
Magpies are often found near livestock where they feed on dung-and carrion-associated insects. They also forage for ticks and other insects on the backs of domestic animals. Perhaps the most notorious magpie behavior is the picking of open wounds and scabs on the backs of livestock. If they find an open wound, such as that from a new brand, they may pick at it until they create a much larger wound. The wound may eventually become infected and, in some instances, may kill the animal. Magpies, like ravens, may peck the eyes out of newborn or sick livestock.
Magpies rob wild bird and poultry nests of eggs and hatchlings. Typically, that does not affect wild bird populations except in local areas where limited habitat makes nests easy to find. They can be very destructive to poultry, however, especially during the nesting season when magpie parents are gathering food for their young.
They even attack humans in aggression and on several occasion cause them serious injuries. The following article shows how an innocent girl became a victim of the vicious magpie attack.

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Magpie attack leaves girl with permanent eye injury
December 4, 2008
A three-year-old Dalyellup girl has been left traumatized and has permanent damage to her left eye after being attacked by a magpie last month.
Brave Anika Pittman and her mother Demelza were with a group of mothers and their children at Big Swamp Wildlife Park on November 15 when the incident took place.
I didn’t realize it had got to Anika’s eye.
The children were happily playing at the playground when they decided to walk across the grassed area to another set of swings.
As they made their way across a magpie swooped down on one of the children.
anika-420x0Mrs. Pittman and the other mothers ran across to grab their children but the magpie became more aggressive.
”I didn’t know if it was because the kids were crying that it got more aggressive,” Mrs. Pittman said.
”I didn’t realize it had got to Anika’s eye.”
Anika’s left cornea was damaged by the bird and she was taken to her local doctor and an eye surgeon before being rushedup to Princess Margaret Hospital.
Luckily Anika did not require surgery.
However the youngster has lost vision in her eye, has a permanent scar on her cornea and wears a shield to protect her eye from further damage.
”It is disappointing because now she is going to be limited to what she can do as she gets older,” Mrs. Pittman said.
Mrs. Pittman said even though she has been told the magpie had been put down it was an incident that could have been prevented.
Department for Environment and Conservation nature conservation leader Kim Williams said they had been monitoring the bird before the attack but had not witnessed any danger.
A DEC staff member euthanized the bird shortly after the attack.

100764-magpie-attackkIn a country like Australia magpie bird are known to chase down and attack people riding bicycles. The general method of protection i.e. traps for the magpie is not a fool proof solution.
Protection from these birds should be very effective and efficient so that the bird can be kept at bay from the concerned areas. C- Tech images (1)Corporation can provide with a fool proof solution for the existing magpie problem. Rodrepel®™ a non-toxic, non-hazardousand environment friendly product repels birds like magpies. Along with magpie Rodrepel also repels rodents and other animals. The product works on the mechanism of repellence and do not kill the target or non-target species. The product can be incorporated in agriculture films, irrigation pipes, mulches etc. to protect the crops from the magpies.
To protect humans from the attack of the magpie, one can apply Rodrepel®™ as a coating on the fences, poles, and other such area near the house. Also the product can be applied on the bicycle parts and also on the helmets so that the attacking magpies are repelled.

Rats on a plane!!

imagesAir travel is a booming industry. With the advent of affordable fares it has become the new luxury that the middle and upper middle class can now afford. Another species which is making the most of the affordable air travel is the rodents!! Contrary to popular belief they are making these huge carriers their home. In the recent years there have been numerable incidents of rodent sightings on planes domestic as well as international. So why do these creatures want to be air borne? The primary reason for this is food. Rodents are constantly gnawing creatures they are always searching for new food sources and also shelter in case of cold weather.

There are generally four ways in which rodents enter in an airplane-the airports, jet ways, food carts or food vending companies, and cargo. Also since the carrier is a confined space they have no means of getting out once they are in. Rodents and rats in particular can cause damage of a serious nature. Rats consume and contaminate food, damage containers and packaging, also damage wiring. They also spread parasites and disease to other animals, and in some cases to humans. Once they enter into the aircraft they are hard to detect because of all the nooks and corners that they have to hide in.

finalRats have been the cause of great financial losses to various airlines. There have been numerable incidences wherein flights were delayed or even cancelled owing to rodent spotting. An incident was reported on 18th March, 2011 where a plane enroute Paphos was grounded due to presence of a rat in the cockpit. The pilot feared that the rat might chew on some wire thus endangering the safety of all the passengers aboard. The flight was grounded and a thorough inspection was done to rat out the rat before the plane could resume its journey. Many airlines have a safety measure in place where built-in alarm system   is present so that any break in the wires would set off a flashing light alert and the plane would be diverted to the nearest airport for landing.

wire3Another incident which came to light was in June, 2011 when five baby rats were found in a Quantas flight which forced an emergency landing. Flight attendants discovered the five rodents in a storage compartment just before the passengers were due to embark on the Brisbane-bound flight at Sydney. Engineers who inspected the aircraft deemed no damage had been done. Rats are proving to be a cause of grief for these airlines in more than one way as reported in AOI. Qantas is facing a lawsuit after one of the airline’s Platinum customers claims rats chewed through the wiring of his Aston Martin which he had sent for valet parking at the airport.

Another incident which came to light in August, 2011 was that of an SAS flight which was grounded at Stockholm as a rat was found mischievously scurrying the flight floor. All the 250 passengers were stranded and they had to rebook a separate flight. Airports resorted to using smoke to force the mouse out of the plane, but were not successful doing the same. These rats pose a safety as well as a health hazard as there have been incidences of rat droppings being discovered on plane. One such incident was recorded on the Delta Airlines flight. FDA investigators say they found “rodent excreta pellets” in some Delta planes. The primary areas of occurrence were in ceiling panels and places of food preparation and storage. The presence of these droppings so near the food storage area was alarming as the chances of a contamination occurring became very high. To comply with FDA regulations, all places where food is prepared, served, or stored including airline cabins must be kept free of flies, rodents, and other vermin.

The conventional methods being used to tackle this new threat are pest control using rodenticides. But these have been largely unsuccessful as cases such as mentioned above have been on the rise over the past few years. A rat once inside a plane can cause a great deal of damage in terms of life and money. A better way would be to devise such a strategy which ensures that the rats don’t gain access to the carrier.Rodrepel offers such a solution as it is non-toxic, aversive rodent repellant. It is available in paint or lacquer formulation which can be applied on the surface to be protected. Moreover it has very low leachability and very low vapor pressure and thus can’t leach out of the application or vaporize.

 

Feral pigs attack Europe!!

images (12)Wild boars are native across much of Northern and Central Europe. The first wild pigs in the United States originated solely from domestic stock brought to North America by early European explorers and settlers. Many years later, Eurasian wild boar were introduced into parts of the United States for hunting purposes. Feral pigs are a huge nuisance all over the European continent. They cause millions of dollars in damage as they attack agricultural fields, lawns and gardens. They uproot trees from their bases, dig through land and create huge craters rendering the land useless for any useful activity in the future.

There have been numerous reports of the damage inflicted by this invasive animal in all fields. The feral pig menace is an old one, hounding the European Union since the 1990’s. An incident was reported by The Independent, a newspaper in U.K on 28th June, 1997; that feral pigs were breeding at an alarming rate, their rate unhindered due to lack of a known natural predator. The article further went on to say that the pigs were also responsible for damaging crops, attacking humans and spreading diseases amongst livestock.

In yet another incident, a popular newspaper inimages (1) Europe reported on 25th November, 2009 that Europe was at war with wild pigs. The main reason for a surge in the population of wild pigs was attributed to climate change. The population had been on a rise in Germany specifically owing to radical human changes like change in agricultural land use, etc as was reported. The article further went on to state that humans had become targets for the pigs with many pigs attacking joggers, invading homes and tossing around furniture, etc. The article further went on to compare the pre-existing and the current populations of these feral pigs in various countries like France, Spain, Germany, Poland, etc. The article summarized that the feral pig population was on a steady increase all over Europe. Also a change in agricultural patterns in certain countries which resulted in increased growth of certain pig favorable crops played a major role in boosting their population; the article concluded.

The rendezvous of wild pigs with humans was demonstrated when a French woman had to be rescued via helicopter from wild pigs in France. This incident was reported by The Telegraph on 8th December, 2010. The article stated that young French woman had to be rescued from a tree on which she sought refuge to get away from a herd of wild pigs while strolling in a valley. The young woman was scandalized beyond doubt as she was stuck there for 6 long tedious hours fearing an attack least she fell down.

Now let us see the following article:

Boar wars: wild pigs are running riot through Europe’s towns and forests

From Fred Bridgland in Panzano, Italy

Sunday 14 November 2010

 

Two decades ago Tuscany’s boar population was almost hunted to extinction but then wild boar began migrating into northern Italy from the Balkans. Now about 150,000 boars roam the Tuscan hills and valleys once more.

Hunters cull about 30,000 animals each year, but barely make a dent on the overall population figure – female boars are ready to breed from the age of nine months and give birth to up to 13 piglets twice a year.

The exploding wild boar population is a phenomenon across most of Europe, and while conservationists welcome the population boom others with itchy trigger fingers want to bring the numbers tumbling down.

In Germany, where about 2.5 million boar roam the country’s forests and maize fields and even its urban gardens, barely a week passes without a newspaper reporting a human-boar encounter. Typical stories involve joggers getting chased into tree tops, boars smashing their way into houses and herds of the animals – weighing up to 200kg apiece – rampaging through village streets.

German hunters kill about 450,000 boars a year. In France, the figure is half a million. In Poland, the best guess is 200,000. Boar numbers are also on the increase in Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and throughout eastern Europe and Russia.

Zoologists believe that warmer winters have reduced the death rates of older boars and of young ones born late in the year. They also argue that a rise in carbon dioxide levels has intensified sunlight and resulted in trees producing more acorns and chestnuts – high-energy snacks for boars, whose reproduction abilities increase with the amount of food available.

Boars in Europe are partial to maize and rapeseed, both of which are grown in large quantities for animal feed and biofuel. And one-fifth of Germany is covered in forest, the perfect habitat.

It is no surprise boars are doing so well. They are intelligent and adaptable, happy to eat discarded pizzas if maize and acorns aren’t available. Despite their weight, they can run at more than 30 miles per hour over short distances and are excellent swimmers.

Torsten Reinwald, a wild boar expert with the German Hunting Federation, said: “They have a well-organised social structure, and if the lead sow senses danger they all follow her. When they smell after-shave lotion or hear car doors slamming they immediately retreat from the hunting zone and hide in reeds until danger has passed.”

While farmers rant about their crops being plundered, the animals also cause about 25,000 traffic accidents each year.

An invasion of cities is also causing concern – Berlin has a wild boar population estimated at between 8000 and 10,000 and whole families of boar are often seen trotting through the streets of the Italian city of Genoa.

“People make it worse by feeding them,” Reinwald said. “In Berlin, buses avoid some stops because boars hang around begging, because people have decided to put out maize for them.”

The above article goes further to shed light on the alarming rate at which the feral pig population is growing all across Europe.

download (6)Damage from wild pigs is nothing new, and wherever wild pigs are present, they inevitably become a problem. Feral pigs can damage agricultural crops by eating or trampling them. They can also damage crops while rooting and wallowing, which damages plant roots, creates holes and ruts that can damage farm equipment and endanger operators. Wild hogs may occasionally prey on livestock, especially newborn lambs, goats or calves; when this happens, they are usually attracted to birthing grounds by the scent of afterbirth or fetal tissue. Acorns, hickory nuts, beechnuts, and other hard mast are a major food source for wild boars, leaving very few to grow into new trees in areas with high pig populations. Wild pigs use saplings and even mature trees of both pines and hardwoods as scratching and scent marking posts,  thus damaging them. The intense rubbing can damage bark layers, leaving the tree susceptible to harmful insects and pathogens.

Thus the damage caused by these wild pigs is a manifold one and it needs to be stemmed before it becomes uncontrollable. The best way of going about it would be to prevent the damage from occurring, that is finding a way of keeping these savage beasts away from our property and fields. Rodrepel®™ a product by C Tech Corporation can prove to be of use to combat the feral pig menace. Rodrepel®™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous rodent and animal repellent which works by the mechanism of repellence. It acts on the olfactory sense of the target species and repels them from the application that needs to be protected. This product is available in the form of polymer additive masterbatches which can be incorporated in agricultural films, micro-irrigation pipes, etc during processing so that the end product will be able to successfully repel the target species. Rodrepel™ can also be used in the automobile sector as it is available in the form of lacquer which can be applied in the form of coating on the cars or can be incorporated in the plastic body part of the car during processing. It can also be applied on fences and compounds to deter feral pigs from going there and causing damage. Thus Rodrepel™ can go a long way in limiting damage caused by this extremely filthy and wild creature.

 

 

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