Be wary of squirrels!

s00Squirrels surely don’t love just nuts! This may come as a surprise for most of us as squirrels have been time and again associated with nuts, making them their favorite food. Mind you only nuts are not enough for this particular breed of mammal. Many of us are unaware of the not so advertised fact that these cute creatures are basically rodents. Yes, they are cute, they are not filthy as one would imagine a rodent to be, but they are still rodents! More dangerous so as they do not produce a sense of disgust or revulsion that a normal rodent would.

Squirrels belong to  family Sciuridae of small or medium-size rodents . The family includes tree squirrels , ground squirrels, chipmunks,  marmots,. Squirrels are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa, and have been introduced to Australia. The teeth of sciurids follow the typical rodent pattern, with large gnawing incisors  that grow throughout life.

s1Squirrels as rodents grow have a pair of ever growing incisors which have to be kept short by gnawing. In order to do so these creatures chew at anything and everything possible, in search of food as well. In the process, they cause massive destruction of property including cables, wires, textiles, plastic sheets, etc. This is so as the squirrels can nibble onto anything hard like plastic just so that they can keep their incisors in check.

Indiscriminate nibbling by these creatures can thus lead to colossal losses. Let us look at the below recent article highlighting the same:

 

 Squirrel trashes home leaving USD $11,500 of damage

January 17, 2014

 

64 year-old Englishwoman Margaret Bousfield had a surprise visitor down her chimney this winter but, unlike Santa Claus, this unexpected squirrel guest (not pictured) caused damage worth £7,000 (around USD $11,500). After falling down the chimney in Hartlepool, UK, the panicked rodent clawed, bit and soiled its way through curtains, carpets and furniture, even scratching through the plastic double-glazing window frames. The creature set off the burglar alarm and Ms Bousfield and a neighbor finally managed to get the squirrel off the premises. Luckily, the damage was covered by insurance.

s3 As stated here the aggrieved party was in luck and the damage was covered by insurance. But this is not always the case especially in damage to care wired by squirrels. They seek for a cozy and warm place in the winters and car hoods are the haven of choice. Here in their safe haven, they chew through the car wires and other plastic components in the car and result in humungous damages.

Thus squirrel nibbling can be a big problem not only in your house but anywhere and everywhere. There has to be an effective and easy way to handle this problem.

Rodrepel™ a product by C Tech Corporation works effectively in handling this problem. Rodrepel™ is a non-toxic, non hazardous rodent additive. It is basically a polymer additive which can be incorporated in polymer products like cable insulation, curtain rods, films and any other polymer components. On addition and proper dispersion of the product, the final product obtained is rodent repellant. The best and unique part of this product is that it is completely non-toxic, non-hazardous and eco-friendly. It works by the mechanism of repellence keeping the target species at bay and doesn’t kill them.

We can thus protect our applications while at the same time avoiding killing the target species. This is a potential win-win situation.

 

 

 

 

Rats damaging fiber optic cables!!!

Nowadays, thief’s and hooligans’ job has become more tedious and risky as they are vulnerable to getting caught easily; thanks to the technology which gave us CCTV. Today most of the places are guarded by CCTVs instead of a human guard as a lookout for thieves. People feel more protected as various places are now guarded with CCTVs. However rat, notorious for creating problems in human life can actually turn out to be a thief’s friend and make his life easier by chewing the cables of the CCTV and making them invalid! (Alas! There is no way of knowing who the robber was.) This is a real problem as a rat cannot be arrested and charged with ‘accessory to the crime/incident’.

One of the biggest problems caused by rats is when they chew out the electrical wiring. The damages caused by the rats can be very 
imagesexpensive and sometimes lead to fires and loss of lives! Rats have very sharp teeth that grow continuously. These teeth can even cut through soft metals. Rats also cause problems by biting the electrical wiring in cars, trucks and trailers. The damage can sometimes be very difficult to locate, resulting in large repair bills!
The below article reports one such incident in which rats damage the cable of a CCTV which endangers the safety of people;

Rats damage fibre optic cabling to Inverness CCTV

 7 March 2014

Rats gnawed on cabling to a camera used for detecting and deterring anti-social behavior

Rats caused £4,800-worth of damage to underground fibre optic cabling for a camera in Inverness’ CCTV network.

Highland Council said the rodents caused the damage while sharpening their teeth on the toughened outer casing of the cable.

download (1)Repairs have been carried out and measures will be taken to better seal off the cables from rats.

Two other cameras in the CCTV system have also been replaced because of “general wear and tear”.

Highland Council said: “It is not in the interest of public safety to identify where these cameras are as they are used in prevention and detection of crime.”

Litter louts

There are 40 cameras covering various streets in Inverness city centre.

A new one is to be installed in Castle Wynd later this month.

Police Scotland and Highland Council jointly run the system and use it to monitor for late night disorder and litter louts.

Increasingly, camera footage has been used to detect road traffic offences and for finding missing people.

The system was used in 406 missing person cases in 2012/13 – 3% more than three years ago, according to a report given to Highland councilors earlier this month.

Police also used the cameras in dealing with road safety incidents on 356 occasions, an increase of 4%, the report said.

Rat population is growing so vigorously that it is difficult to stop them from damaging applications by killing them; as when one is killed the other is always ready to take its place. A full proof solution will be to ensure cable has properties which will dissuade rodents from damaging it. C Tech Corporation offers a perfect solution: Rodrepel™. 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 like 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. 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 cable polymer during the polymer procduct

Beautiful birds causing damage to crops!!!!

Even the most beautifully created things have flaws. Cockatoo Cockatoo Major Mitchellalthough one of the most beautiful and also the most cuddly birds. They are admired by humans because of their beauty, friendly nature and physical affection. But there are a few negative points also which results in unwanted behavior including property destruction, mind numbing decibel levels and even bloodshed.

Sulphur-Crested-Cockatoo-PicturesCockatoo belongs to a bird family Cacatuidae. They prefer to eat seeds, tuberscorms, fruit, flowers and insects. Cockatoos are found in regions ranging from Philippines and the eastern Indonesian islands of Wallacea to New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Australia. Cockatoos are medium to large-sized parrots with thick, heavy bills that range from 12-28 in (30-70 cm) in length. The most common pet cockatoos are the umbrella, sulphur-crested, lesser sulphur-crested and Moluccan cockatoo.

In Australia, cockatoos result into damages of overr927312_9685175 $450,000 in orchards season. Between 1999 and 2001 in Queensland it was estimated that net damage across 5 properties caused by redr tailed black cockatoos and sulphur crested cockatoos was over $125,000. Farmers in the south western parts of Australia have reported that cockatoos and parrots can cause yield losses up to 50 percent in protea flower crops.

There are many complaints filed owing to damage by cockatoo. There are some news reports which show how destructive cockatoos can be-:

Beak hour traffic destroying heritage buildings

Date September 3, 2011

RESIDENTS have tried everything to get rid of them: flashing lights,327265 rubber snakes, spikes on sills, mirrors on windows, chilli oil on woodwork, even lying in wait with hoses or water pistols. But the sulphur-crested cockatoos of Potts Point, which have caused more than $40,000 in damage to one building alone, are absolutely incorrigible, say infuriated residents, whose plan for a cull is stuck in bureaucratic limbo.

Many of the homes affected are in heritage-listed, art-deco buildings, with wooden windowframes eaten through by the birds. At Kingsclere, a 1912 building on Macleay Street, cockatoos have destroyed slate roof tiles, causing them to drop seven storeys to the street.

The birds have also caused damage to Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay apartment buildings Werrington, Ikon, Villard, Byron Hall, Tara and the Devere Hotel, where a neon sign fell after cockatoo sabotage.

Frustrated Kingsclere residents have applied to the National Parks and Wildlife Service for a licence to kill cockatoos. Asked how many birds would need to be culled to fix the problem, Kingsclere resident David Crompton said: ”I don’t know. But it seems the same five or six keep coming.”

There is one more news report which shows damage due to cockatoos-:

Potts Point Cockatoos put on the hit list

The NSW government has allowed building owners to shoot and kill Cockatoos by giving them culling permits.

The Potts Point building owners accused the native birds of eating their property and applied to the state government in July for permission to kill the birds.

The building owners tried various means of deterring the birds such as soaking window sills in chilli oil then once given the green light, they hired a registered pest controller to eliminate the Cockatoos.

Head of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Sally Barnes said a licence to harm or kill any animal or bird is only issued in exceptional circumstances and as a last resort.

“The NPWS has been working with the building owners and the City of Sydney Council over the last 12 months to explore all the options available to stop the birds, including using bird spikes on the window ledges, rubber snakes, flashing lights and noise,” she said.

Infuriated residents of the building have spent more than $40,000 on repairing damages.

Resident Lisa Harrison sent a petition of over 450 signatures to the NSW Government and said the decision is unethical and ineffective. “I believe this is more a case of the building’s negligence over time than damage by birds.”

“Culls don’t actually work. This is a scientific fact,” she said. “More birds are likely to take the place of any that are killed.”

Ms Harrison questioned how the damage could get so out of hand.

City of Sydney had been working with NPWS to come up with more humane methods of dealing with the destruction the native birds are causing.

Solutions included the implementation of a shock-track system along window sills. These were quickly dismissed by the building owners because of the expense and the impact to the heritage of the building.

Greens Councillor Irene Doutney said quotes from ANC Bird Control predicted this would cost $260 per window.

City of Sydney introduced a free trial for the shock trap but this was rejected since ANC Bird Control deemed it an inappropriate course of action.

Strata manager of Strata Plus, Luke Derwent informed the Council that shock tape was not a viable solution. “The advice which the Owners Corporation has received is that shock tape is not an appropriate means of addressing the problem faced by this building,” he wrote in a letter.

Cr Doutney is furious the permits have been given and said the building owners wanted the birds killed from the beginning.

“[It’s a] totally irresponsible way to solve the problem, we should be working together to save our heritage and our wildlife,” she said.

Bird expert, Dion Hobcroft said he recognised the ethical dilemma for NPWS.

“They wouldn’t be issuing these permits lightly, they must have exhausted all their other options,” he said.

“It does seem drastic; however these birds aren’t endangered so it won’t have a detrimental effect on the environment”.

Bird vet Ross Perry said a cull is inhumane and only a short term option.
“I personally think it is an act of ignorance. If they manage the cockatoos differently then they’ll find a long term solution, it is setting a poor example to the community and to future generations.”

Katie Cuttriss

Despite of the entire nuisance caused by these beautiful creatures killing them is not the best solution. It is a merciless course of action as they fall in the endangered category. There must be a feasible solution available apart from killing them.

We at C- Tech Corporation provide Rodrepel the best suited solution for this problem. Rodrepel   is a non-toxic, non-hazardous and eco-friendly anti-rodent/ bird aversive.  Rodrepel can be used in Agricultural films to protect crops from Cockatoos. Lacquer based Rodrepel in paint can be used to protect heritage structures.

Coyotes

Coyotes are also known as American jackal, brush wolf, Coyoteor the prairie wolf. It is a species of canine found throughout North and Central America, ranging from Panama in the south, north through Mexico, the United States, and Canada. It occurs as far north as Alaska and all but the northernmost portions of Canada. They are omnivorous, consuming both animal and vegetable matter.

coyote11Gardens or fruit-producing plants and trees can be prime targets for these animals whether in rural, suburban or urban settings. Watermelons and sweet corn are the two favorite garden species that coyotes heavily damage.

In some parts of the state they cause damage to drip irrigation systems by biting holes in the pipe.

Coyotes also damage property generally by chewing orfig24 gnawing activities. In 1970, Texas coyotes gnawed on runway light wiring at DFW airport and within the last 5years this activity has occurred at the Temple-Bell County airport and at the Longview airport too.

On June 13, 1994, an inspection was made on a public golf course in Arlington due to the complaints of coyotes attacking and eating pets adjacent to the course. The coyotes were raising their young ones on the golf course.

Coyotes also spread diseases like heartworm, rabies etc.

Sleeping_coyote_in_Amarillo_Zoo_IMG_0166To control the coyote’s damage high electric fencing is one option. But it is not very effective in preventing damage to the livestock, crops and orchards as coyotes manage to cross through these fencings. Trapping and killing are the other two methods used to control coyote damage which is against animal law and humanity.

News was reported in abc13 News “coyote is blamed for damage, causes stir in deep creek“-

CHESAPEAKE — “There’s canine marks on the hood,” Robert Peek said. “This animal tried to eat my car!”

Peek found claw marks, teeth marks, fur, and blood on his Toyota Avalon Sunday morning.

“This was ripped out,” Peek said, as he held on to a front portion of his car. “I can,t tear this, all the strength I have, I cannot tear this, and he tore it like it was paper.”

Peek told 13News Now he called police who sent a forensics crew to investigate. It collected fur samples from the car which had saliva on it.

Peek is pretty sure a coyote is to blame, adding that something killed his neighbor’s chickens several days ago.

“There’s an animal, a dangerous animal out here,” stated Peek, “and until he’s gone, we need to keep an eye on our kids, our pets, and ourselves.”

To control the coyote’s damages best solution should be non-toxic and eco-friendly which does not harm the animal as well as environment.

Rodrepel®™is a non- toxic, non-hazardous and eco-friendly aversive which does not kill the animals but repels them from the application.  Its life span is upto 40years depending on the application. 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.

To repel coyotes from the agricultural land Rodrepel®™ can be incorporated into drip irrigation pipes and tubes and agricultural films.

Crop damage by Blackbird

Blackbird loosely refers to a diverse group of about 10 species fpublic0016-the-song-of-the-blackbird-lord-dunsany_fullof North American birds that belong to the subfamily Icterinae. Its subfamily includes orioles, meadowlarks, and bobolinks. All blackbirds are omnivorous- eat grains, weed seeds, fruits, and insects. They generally feed in flocks and roost at night in congregations varying from a few birds to over one million birds. The species also have many important differences in their nesting biology, preferred foods, migration patterns, and their damage and benefits to agriculture. Few blackbirds’ species are red-winged blackbird, common grackle, great-tailed grackle, brown headed cowbird, yellow headed blackbird, Brewer’s blackbird, Rusty blackbird.

images_6Blackbirds can cause considerable damage to ripening corn, sunflower, sorghum, and oats in the milk and dough stages, and to sprouting and ripening rice. But these birds also provide some benefits by feeding on harmful insects, such as rootworm beetles and corn earworms, and on weed seeds, such as Johnson grass.

Bird populations cause an estimated annual loss of $100 million to U.S. agriculture, according to Charles Lee, an Extension wildlife specialist at Kansas State University.

Blackbirds cause severe damage to ripening crops in North Dakota, South Dakota & Minnesota. Scientific surveys show that blackbirds damage $4 million to $11million worth of sunflower each year in these three states. An Auckland University master’s researcher wants tips from growers on what they use to limit crop damage by blackbirds, estimated by some to cost up to $12,000 a week.

In Canada, losses to wheat crops are amounted to $86 million in 10 provinces to seed-eating birds and $33 million in four provinces to waterfowl. Losses were most significant in Ontario ($40 million), Quebec ($24 million), and Manitoba ($21 million).

In 1971, 80% loss of rice was due to damage caused by blackbird in Argentina. In 1974, Uruguay, blackbird caused $0.25 million wheat damage.

Various methods used to control blackbirds problems are merle-noir1live traps, repellents, bird proofing, habitat modification, and frightening, shooting, toxicants. All these conventional methods have failed to provide protection to crops. Chemicals used to control blackbird’s damages are Benzyl diethyl ammonium saccharide which is toxic to humans as well as the environment.

We at C- Tech Corporation provide Rodrepel™ the best suited solution for this problem. Rodrepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous and eco-friendly anti-rodent/ bird aversive. It can be incorporated in the agricultural films during manufacturing of the final film to protect crops from black bird’s damage.

Danger roaming in your home

Rodents have a gnawing tendency as their incisors grow continuouslyrat so they need keep on filing them away. Rodent infestation is increasing at a rapid pace and creating problems.An increaseof 31 percentin infestation was recorded from September to October in the year 2011. This was majorly attributed to the coldweather which prompted the rodents to search for sources of steady food and shelter.

The United States annually receives more than 10,000 complaints about rodent problems and performs tens of thousands of rodent control inspections and baiting services.

Rodents consume and contaminate food with their fur, urine and feces. Rodents are not only unhygienic, but also dangerous because of their gnawing tendency as they chew through the wires and gas pipelines which results in fires and destruction.

The bad news is that most insurers don’t cover home owners for the damage caused by rodents and other pests.

In case of cars, damages are caused to wiring and wiring harness, automotive parts made form plastic this damage is also not covered by insurance.

Squirrels damage more than 17% of Fiber optic networks, according to Level 3 communications.

In this developing and continuously changing world every other day we come cross an invention which makes our life simpler and easier. The pipe line gas is one of the biggest steps towards a developing nation as it makes life easy as well saves time. Earlier we used to use cylinder gasLPG (Liquefied petroleum gas) whichwould contain mercaptans.Mercaptans are special compounds having characteristic smells,added to detect a leakage if any. But in the case of directly piped gas, natural gas is supplied which doesn’t contain any odoriferous compounds added to it, so leakage detection is not possible. Thus if there is a gas leak due to possible gnawing of a rodent, on a gas pipe, it becomes impossible to detect. Also since these gas pipelines are buried in the ground for transport they are more prone to attack by rodents.Rodents are nocturnal and more active underground.

We cannot even imagine the scale of damage it can cause as we have already heard about cases of fires caused by rodents due to the wire damage.

Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Ltd (GSPC), which supplies piped cooking gas to most parts of Vapi and its surrounding areas by its 400 km network, have expressed concern regarding this. As reported by Mr.Hardik Shah of Times of India on 11th March, 2013:12

Rodrepelsuits the entire requirement in the best possible way as it is non-toxic, non-hazardous and environmentally friendly anti-rodent aversive, it’s effective for a period of 15-40 years.

Hidden enemies!!!!

Rats and mice cause more damage inside our homes than anyrodent-eradication-declared-success-south-georgia_55 other mammal in the world. They spoil food, spread salmonella, Hantavirus and many other diseases, and chew essential house parts such as electrical wires, gas pipelines.

A rodent can contaminate 10 times the amount of feed it eats with its droppings, urine and hair.  The US Department of Agriculture estimates that the equivalent of more than US$2 billion in feed is destroyed by rodents each year.

rodent-proof-your-homeUsing poison to keep rodents at bay is not a viable solution. Most of the rodents have become immune towards these harmful chemicals.

There are many methods used to control rodent’s populations. They are snap trap, glue boards, predators, sound and ultrasound devices and rodenticides (toxic baits). The basic rodenticides used are acute poisons and anti-coagulants.

The damages caused by these creatures are not covered by insurance agencies.

There is a news article reported in “The News-Herald” regarding the rodent problem;

SOUTHGATE: Rat problems persist

Published: Sunday, July 07, 2013

People can buy poison to use, but the city cannot provide it because of liability issues.

Fournier said there have been plenty of rat complaints since the perished_and_eaten_rubber_cablereconstruction began in the spring of 2012.

“Ultimately, it is private issue,” he said. “We urge people to use their own exterminators because if they have pets or children, poison can be dangerous.”

He recommends that residents contact code enforcement when they see a house that is not being maintained well or that has piles of debris and also urged caution when thinking about what extermination methods to use.

However, keeping up your own property won’t always be enough if there are vacant houses in the neighborhood. In Matthews’ neighborhood, there aren’t many vacant houses, but for people like Denise Quiroz, who lives next door to what she thought was a vacant house on Superior Street, just east of Dix-Toledo, there isn’t much that they can do. She began seeing rats last year after the road project on Fort and they returned this spring and summer, she said.

Actually, according to Fournier, the house is occupied and code enforcement is now working with the owner to have it kept up. Quiroz said a couple used to live there until last year and he didn’t think anyone was living there since then. Fournier said Moore and Robert Casanova, the city’s building director, will use the powers the city has — i.e. issue tickets — until the problem is solved.

Quiroz, 57, maintains her lawn and yard, but she still sees rats regularly. She used to mow the front lawn of the house, but said she won’t be able to anymore because of a foot injury. Weeds more than four feet high cover the yard next to hers. There isn’t much grass in the yard and Quiroz said she believes that yard is the source of her rat problems.

On private property that is vacant, Fournier said, the city can still issue citations to compel the homeowner, whether it is a bank or individual, to clean it up. If it isn’t an enclosed yard — not the case for Quiroz — city workers can go in and take care of the problem. If tickets do not convince the owner to clean up, the city can get a court order to go on the land and either alleviate the problem or force the homeowner to do so, Fournier said.

“Which we’ve done on rare occasions, but it’s usually more than just tall grass,” Fournier said.

Quiroz is worried because not only do her six grandchildren visit regularly, but there are many children in the area and the pests can be a danger to their health and safety. She said she has lived there for 34 years and had never had a problem with rats until last year.

The most important part in combating the spread of unwelcome vermin is educating people about it, DiPierro said.

In Quiroz’s case, perhaps once her neighbor’s house is brought up to code, it will drive the rats out. Information on how to control rodents is available at City Hall, 14400 Dix-Toledo.

“If you can limit their habitat and limit their food supply, they will move on,” DiPierro said.

All the conventional methods have been tried and found to be ineffective. So to tackle this problem a non-toxic, non-hazardous and environmental friendly method is required.

We at C-Tech Corporation provide you our product Rodrepel®™ which is non-toxic, non-hazardous and eco-friendly aversive used to repel rodents and other animals and birds from the applied area. Rodrepel®™ can be incorporate in wires and cables to protect them from rodent damage; it can also be used as a rodent barrier when incorporated in foundation, it is also available in lacquer form which can be applied as a floor lamination.

Rats attack cables!

Rats are one of those increasingly annoying creatures you just can’t seem to get rid off! They are everywhere, the location, season; temperature has absolutely no effect on them. Such is the extent of their unstoppable proliferation. 1Given the inquisitive nature of these rodents, our wires and cables which are the means of carrying information and various services to our doorstep are at maximum risk from them. Inquisitive rodents don’t think twice before digging into our precious cables. This has resulted in many a power failure. Rodents like rats, raccoons, squirrels have cost the whole world way too much money. If a cable is chewed in even on place, the repercussions are felt over the entire expanse of the cable, in all the towns through which it passes. Cables have to be replaced in their entirety even because of a single bite along its length. Every day we hear of numerous reports elaborating the extent of damage caused by the cables, costing us millions of dollars. Now let us look at the following news article

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Rats Running Riot at BBMP Head Office, Chew Up Cables By Ashwini M Sripad – BANGALORE Published: 10th February 2014 08:32 AM Last Updated: 10th February 2014 08:32 AM The rodents are giving municipal officials a tough time by frequently cutting Internet cables and chewing up files. 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 are 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

3 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. “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 Government organizations like the ones stated in the above article suffer owing to these rodents. 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 repellent by C Tech Corporation is ideal for this job. Rodrepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous rodent repellant available in the form of masterbatch as well as liquid solution can be incorporated in the cable sheathing during polymer processing. Rodrepel™ in liquid form can be coated on the cable insulation to provide short term protection from rodents. The coating of Rodrepel™ will have to  be reapplied after certain intervals of time.

Marmot!!!!

monster_marmotThere are different types of rodents like rats, squirrels, porcupines, beavers, guinea pigs and hamsters. Marmots are large ground squirrels in the genus Marmota, of which there are 15 species. Marmots live in mountainous areas, such as the Alps, northern Apennines, Eurasian steppes, Carpathians, Tatras and Pyrenees in Europe and northwestern Asia; the Rocky Mountains, Black Hills, Cascades, Pacific Ranges and Sierra Nevada in North America, and the Deosai Plateau in Pakistan and Ladakh in India. Marmots are highly social and use loud whistles to communicate with one another. They mainly eat greens and many types of grasses, berries, lichens, mosses, roots and flowers.

In 2006 and 2007, in Washington, Herald city yellow-2dbellied-20marmot-smallspent $1000- $5,700 in two years because the damage caused by marmots.

Marmots are nuisance as they frequently damage vegetable, flower gardens, agricultural crops, orchards, nurseries, and areas around buildings. They can damage fruit trees and ornamental shrubs as they gnaw or claw woody vegetation in orchards.

There are many methods used to control marmots like shooting, trapping, or treating their home by lethal gases but all these methods are seem to be unsuccessful in reducing marmots damage. Some used methods like spraying bobcat urine around the base of apple trees which has reduced the Marmots gnawing by 98 percent. In New York, bobcat urine in combination with electric or rope fences was used to reduce the damage to cabbage fields. Though the method is effective, it is a short term solution.

Below is the news report which gives proof of Marmot causing damage;

 

Marmot damage possible factor in B.C. plane crash

2 people on board died when plane crashed shortly after take off Saturday

CBC News Posted: Jul 09, 2012 9:57 AM PT Last Updated: Jul 09, 2012 9:26 PM PT

Marmots have posed problems at the Kelowna, B.C., hi-bc-120707-vernon-crash-8col (1)airport where a plane involved in a fatal crash Saturday had been stored, but there’s no indication the gnawing rodents had caused any damage to the plane.

The twin-engine Piper Apache crashed into the empty field near Vernon’s airport shortly after takeoff around 1:30 p.m. PT. Witnesses said they heard the engine sputter before the plane fell from the sky, clipping trees and bursting into flames.

A Kelowna man, 59, and his passenger, a 55-year-old man from the Port Moody area, died on impact. The sports field was empty and no one else was harmed in the crash.

The B.C. Coroner’s Service has not officially released the identities of the victims, but the plane is registered to Shaida Langley of Kelowna, B.C. She was not one of the passengers at the time of the crash, officials have said.

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash, but one local pilot said marmots have damaged some aircraft at the airport.

Marmots have been damaging planes by chewing on some aircraft components, according to Ray Young, a member of the Kelowna Flying Club.

“We were all expecting something sooner or later because of the amount of damage they’ve been doing to almost 80 per cent of the airplanes that are parked out here,” Young said.

However, another pilot who uses the airport doesn’t buy into the theory that marmots had a role in this crash.

Robert Anderson has been keeping his airplanes in the same hangar as the crashed plane for two years, and said the marmots haven’t been a problem on planes stored indoors.

“We haven’t had any [marmots] in the hangar. They don’t get in the hangar. But on the grass strip they can get in, chew brake lines, nibble on tires,” Anderson said.

Trevor Erhardt, who says he trained the pilot to fly the Apache, said the victim was very experienced and had significant flight training in twin-engine aircraft. He bought the plane with his wife to make excursions to Florida and the Caribbean, Erhardt said.

People close to the pilot say he modified his aircraft to make it safer, including increasing the size of the tail to improve directional control and stability in the event of an engine failure.

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