The little critters – Midges

They are often mistaken as mosquitoes because of their similar size and body shape. They are tiny flying insects with a wingspan of 2-3 mm. They are also called as the blind mosquitoes.

Guess who are those?

Those are the midges!

These little critters are tiny flies, about the size of a pin head.

Male midges tend to have feathery antennae, something not seen on mosquitoes. Also they rest with their two front legs hovering above the surface.

Midges can be found on along the coast, shores and beds of any body of water. They are also found around ponds or streams in late afternoon and evening in swarms that produce a humming sound. Midges may breed in water or manure or under tree bark. They lay their eggs shallow waters and worm like larvae are hatched.

Due to their poor flying ability they are often at the mercy of wind currents and can be blown into backyards. For this reason, they may be considered a nuisance to homeowners. They may take shelters under soffits, eaves etc.

They easily get attracted to artificial lights at night and thus are attracted towards many homes. Spiders are their predators which get attracted to the places where midges are found.

Only the female midges bite. They need a protein-rich meal of fresh blood in order to mature their eggs. Both the males and the females rely on sugar meals for energy for flight but the females need more than this to ensure the next generation. Female midges feed on the blood of birds as well as mammals. Each species has its own preferred choice of host. Most of the animals they bite are cattle, sheep and deer but they can also feast on human skin, leaving an irritating bite mark that can swell up.

Biting midges are most active under calm conditions. They tend to bite around dawn and dusk, but may continue to bite through the night. On overcast days they are also known to bite throughout the day. In order to develop more eggs, they need more protein and hunt down blood in order to boost their supplies.

When they bite, midges firstly pierce the skin before pumping salvia into the wound to stop the blood from clotting. It’s the salvia that then often produces a reaction in humans, which can lead to itchy red spots that can last minutes or days.In some extreme cases, people can also develop fluid-filled blisters and swelling as a response to their midge bite. Most individuals are unaware they are being bitten at the time.

Midges are often thought to be a problem unique to Scotland but that is untrue as they can be found in many Northern areas of England and Wales and, thanks climate change, they seem to be spreading even further South and East each year. Areas such as the Highlands and Western Scotland suffer the worst when compared to the rest of the country.

Below are few evidence where midges are found causing trouble to humans:

Experts warn HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS of midges set to swarm the north of Scotland

By Mike Merritt – 14th June 2017

The number of the biting critters is officially up 100 per cent on last year with a second bumper hatch due in weeks.

An incredible 139 billion midges are in the Highlands and Islands – 44.8 million per person.

Now leading midge expert Dr Alison Blackwell said one trap in Glencoe caught 1.3 million of the biting beasties last week – double the number in the same period last year when weekly catches were just 680,000.

Hogan pushes Kamenetz on money for midges

By Dresser Reporter –  The Baltimore Sun

Midges — those tiny swarming insects that drive people indoors — have become the latest subject of political jockeying between Gov. Larry Hogan and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

On Wednesday, the Republican governor called on Kamenetz, a Democrat, to come up with $650,000 for a spraying program to combat the persistent midge nuisance on the Back River in the eastern part of the county.

Hogan, speaking during a meeting of the Board of Public Works, said his administration offered last week to pay half the cost of spraying the gnat-like insects this year and next if the county matches that sum.

This shows that such small creatures can cause a huge nuisance. This menace needs to be stopped. Also the solution to stop the nuisance caused by the midges has to effective and environment friendly.

C Tech Corporation has a solution against midges menace.

We, at C Tech Corporation have thought about this problem in detail and have come up with a viable solution. The solution is named as Combirepel™.  We are the sole manufacturers of the product Combirepel™.

Our company believes in the principles of sustainability and eco balance. We do not want to imbalance the cycle of life; therefore Combirepel™ can be easily described as insect aversive, used also against all types of insects and which works on the mechanism of repellence. It means that it does not kill the target insects but only repel them, thus balancing the ecology and helping in maintaining the goal of sustainability. There are more than 500 species of insects against which this product works.

This product can be easily used against a number of insects. It can be used in terms of lacquer as well as liquid form. It can be coated on the end applications and thus midges can be kept away from homes, buildings and other public places.

Encountering Gopher Nuisance??

Do you encounter any tunnel system (ref. below fig.) of some 18 inches below ground and some fresh mounds all over your landscape?

Then these are definitely done by a rodent called as GOPHER, commonly referred as Pocket Gopher.

Let’s get introduced to this tiny critter creating a great havoc in the backyards.

Gophers fall under order Rodentia commonly known for their extensive tunneling activities. The 35 species of gophers live in a habitat such as woodlands, grass prairies, coastal to mountainous regions. They spend their days building complex underground tunnels in the areas having soft soil and abundance of food availability.

Gophers are attracted to moist, light-textured soil with edible vegetation. Their main runways are located up to 18 inches below the surface, though their nesting chambers are much deeper, often six feet below the surface.

Gophers are the notorious hoarders. They carry their food in cheek pouches and stockpile astounding amount of food in the huge underground settlements, hence the name pocket gophers.

Gophers are the omnivorous species and feed on nuts, berries, grass, leaves and insects.Gophers are small creatures of 5 to 12 inches. They have their front feet long, sharp claws useful for burrowing. Their hairy tails are four inches long useful to navigate through tunnels when moving backwards.

They create fan-shaped mounds that are large enough to damage irrigation systems, dams, fields and of course homeowners’ lawns and gardens.

The image shows how big mounds are created by these tiny gophers.

Following are the evidences explaining the damage.

Gophers slowing construction in Thurston County

Posted 12:36 pm, April 26, 2017, by Q13 news staff

The Mazama pocket gopher is listed as threatened in Thurston County, and that is putting construction on hold, regardless of what property owners may want.

“They have more rights to our property than we do,” Deborah Mclain told Q13.

“In one instance, I had to give up 64% of my property where we built the house,” homebuilder Larry Weaver said. “It was a little over an acre of ground, and 64% had to be fenced off as gopher habitat.”

‘Pest’ pocket gophers to be killed off

By Daniel J. Chacón, The New Mexican, Jan 10, 2017

The city of Santa Fe is going on a killing spree.

Hundreds, possibly thousands, of pocket gophers are the target.

The little critters — rodents, really — have infested two parks in the south-central part of the city, dotting them with dirt mounds and, according to city officials, compromising irrigation lines, ruining the turf and making the areas unsafe for sports and other recreational activities.

“Go to Franklin Miles, and you can see that it looks like thousands of little landmines have exploded, and that’s throughout the entire park,” Trujillo said Tuesday. “These pocket gophers dig.”

“Pocket gophers are not protected by any state or federal law or local ordinance,” said Victor Lucero, manager of the city’s integrated pest management program. “They’re not considered endangered. They are a rodent pest.”

“One pocket gopher has the potential to create 60 mounds in the course of one month,” he said.

Pocket gophers – No. 1 enemy in subsurface drip irrigation in western alfalfa

Cary Blake | Dec 31, 2015

The continued farming skirmish pits western alfalfa growers – who want to upgrade from traditional surface irrigation systems to more water efficient subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) systems – against vertebrate pests, mainly pocket gophers, which chew up underground SDI drip tape.

While the stakes are high and producers have an upper hand, gophers remain the No. 1 enemy.

“Rodents are undoubtedly the major challenge for SDI in alfalfa in northern California,” said Dan Putnam, University of California Extension alfalfa and forage specialist based at Davis.

Are you now aware of the Gophers nuisance? Then let think for the solution and which is provided by CTech Corporation’s product RODREPELTM

The evidence shows the havoc created by gophers and it so great that people tried to kill them by using insecticides. Killing the animal is not an economically and environmentally feasible solution.

CTech Corporation provides you with an eco-friendly solution against gophers. Our product RodrepelTM is extremely low toxic, non-hazardous, non-mutagenic anti-rodent, anti-animal aversive. It can be effectively used against gophers and other similar damage causing rodents like voles, moles, rats, etc.

RodrepelTM  is the product manufactured on the basis of green technology. Our product is RoHS, RoHS2, ISO complaint and FIFRA exempted which proves are low toxicity and environment safety concerns.

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RodrepelTM Masterbatch is incorporated while processing in polymer based products such as drip irrigation pipes, electric supply cables, etc.

RodrepelTM Liquid concentrate is to be mixed in paints in proper proportion and RodrepelTM  lacquer is a direct top coat application which can be applied on fences, installed products, walls, etc.

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Rodent nuisance in offices

Your office provides an exceptional shelter for mice; it hides them from the cold weather and protects them from predators. To add to this with all the food you leave behind, your office is like a giant all-you-can-eat buffet.

There are many ways in which a mouse, or rat, can get into your office. Mice are very nimble creatures, able to run and jump at great lengths, as well as climb almost any surface. On top of that young mice can squeeze through a gap as small as 6mm.

One way in which mice can navigate their way into your workplace is through connections between different buildings such as water pipes, cables and other underground methods. This allows rats and mice to quickly move between different buildings with ease.

A mouse/rat can’t fit through a hole they will gnaw at it with their teeth until they can. Their teeth are very sharp and strong and can gnaw through almost anything. This can include some metals, especially when it’s old and weak, i.e. water pipes.

With more and more buildings being built every day, each sharing the same pipes and cables, rats and mice are finding it even easier to explore new territories in search for food and a place to live, and this can be your office?

Once inside, mice can find their way around using ‘mouse motorways’ we have created: Cable risers, false ceilings, false floors, wall partitions, lift shafts – quick ways to travel longer distances in search for food.

Another way mice navigate their way into your office from a rural environment is through food pallets.

If a food preparation plant has an infestation of rats or mice then this can quickly spread to other areas. If a mouse finds its way onto a truck transporting food, it will no doubt explore the environment of the new area they have travel to. All mice need to survive is shelter and minimal food and water, plus they can multiply within months.

Rodents such as rats and mice can spread diseases through their droppings. Unlike you and me mice aren’t toilet trained so they leave a mess anywhere and everywhere, including your keyboard and phone. You don’t want to be touching that first thing on a Monday morning.

Mice also like to urinate everywhere, especially in a new place. It lets them keep track of the places they’ve been and is a way of leaving messages behind for their friends. When mice urinate in certain areas multiple times you start to get urine pillars. This is where the urine merges with the grease from their fur and creates small piles which look a lot like stalagmites, that’s not something you want to see during lunch break.

On top of this mice and rat urine is also one of the main instigators of the spread of rodent borne diseases. These harmful pathogens could be picked up on your hands or sometimes mix with dust, which, if disturbed, can be inhaled.

Mice are very neophilic creatures; it is in their nature to explore – especially with their teeth. They gnaw at items to test for food, gain passage, or just out of curiosity.

Being in an office environment this curiosity can lead to rats and mice chewing on the billions of cables in your office. This can be anywhere from keyboard and phone wires to internet and server cables.

One of the potential downfalls of rodents gnawing at the wires in your office is the potential to start fires.  By chewing on the wires, the mice leave the rubber casing open, which can lead to them short circuiting and catching alight.

On top of the potential fire hazard having mice in your office creates, there is a risk of losing work.  Nowadays everything is done on computers, having a mouse gnawing its way through the power cables can result in computer failure leading to loss of work.

Let us look at look at some of the evidences:

Rats Sack Buhari from Office, Now Works From Home

August 22, 2017, PM News

President Muhammadu Buhari will work from home after rodents damaged his official office during a more than 100-day overseas medical absence, a presidential spokesman disclosed on Tuesday.

The rodents damaged furniture and air conditioning fittings in the president’s official Abuja office while he was in London receiving treatment

But government spokesman Garba Shehu said the office required renovation after damage was done to the furniture and air conditioning in his absence.

He told the BBC the president had a “well-equipped” office at home that he could work “perfectly” from.

Manhattan post office overrun by RATS as rodents devour parcels

By Nina Golgowski ,22 December 2011

With 16.5 billion letters, packages and cards expected through the U.S. Postal Service this holiday season, the last obstacle senders might expect their packages to face, are thieving rats.

A post office in Manhattan is fighting a rat infestation leaving chewed boxes and envelopes that carries any item found edible, by both human and rodent taste.

Packages found deliverable despite their outside damage of visible gnawing and gaping holes are showing up in the hands of their recipients as mere shells.

The little animals can smell the chocolate and goodies,’ Maureen Marion, a USPS spokeswoman for the North East told the New York Times, whose office has found the most reported damaged packages.
On Monday the post office changed its usual visitation by an exterminator from every two weeks to once a week.Ms Marion says that for items ‘damaged in handling,’ unless they were insured, there is no ability for compensation, ‘regardless of the nature of the damage.’

Ms Marion says that for items ‘damaged in handling,’ unless they were insured, there is no ability for compensation, ‘regardless of the nature of the damage.’

It is a high time that we take appropriate action to control the rodent menace in offices.

Seemingly innocuous attacks by mice can cost us dearly in terms of monetary value as well as human life. It is imperative that we take steps to control and contain this damage. Conventional methods of dealing with these creatures included use of armored cable, use of glass roving, insecticidal baits, glue boards and use of toxic chemical additives. Along the years each of these tried and tested methods have failed at some levels due to many reasons including adaptability of rodents, development of immunity to traditional poisons etc.

The time has come to look for a better alternative which is effective, eco-friendly and long lasting solution.

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 application in the long run.

We at CTech Corporation are in a unique position to provide solutions to the problems caused by these creatures.

At C Tech Corporation we make use of Mother Nature’s gift of senses to these rodents in developing non- toxic & non- hazardous formulation!

RodrepelTM is a low-toxic, non-hazardous rodent aversive. RodrepelTM is a perfect blend of smart technology and green chemistry. This product acts through a series of highly developed intricate mechanism ensuring that the rodents are kept away from the application.

The product is compliant with RoHS, RoHS, REACH and is FIFRA exempted. Our ecofriendly products do not kill the target species but only repel them.

The products are available in the form of masterbatch which can be incorporated in pipes, films, cables etc while manufacturing. This would result in the final cable or wire being rodent repellent. This would be an efficient way of deterring the rodents from chewing the cables and wires and thus negate the possibility of a short circuit. While the RodrepelTM liquid concentrate (diluted in paints) and RodrepelTM lacquer solution can be coated over the applications which need protection. Our products provide a safe and environmentally friendly solution to avoid rodent infestation in office.

Contact us, for any problems with insects, animals or both!!!!

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Pesticides in your Body

You might remember hearing the tragic news when 13 kids died in Dinajpur, Bangladesh when they had consumed highly toxic chemicals endosulfan which was sprayed on litchi orchards.

….or when in Karnataka, India 34 sheep, including a few goats were found dead in Nrupathunga town, after they allegedly consumed water that contained traces of chemicals from pesticides.

Each time we hear about such tragic cases of pesticide poisoning, the obvious question is, “how can we prevent this from happening again?”

Pesticides are chemical substances that are meant to kill pestsIn general, a pesticide is a chemical or a biological agent such as a virus, bacterium, antimicrobial, or disinfectant that deters, incapacitates, kills, pests.

This use of pesticides is so common that the term pesticide is often treated as synonymous with plant protection product. It is commonly used to eliminate or control a variety of agricultural pests that can damage crops and livestock and reduce farm productivity.

The most common of these are herbicides which account for approximately 80% of all pesticide use.

Most pesticides are intended to serve as plant protection products (also known as crop protection products), which in general, protect plants from weeds, fungi, or insects.

Target pests can include insects, plant pathogens, weeds, molluscs, birds, mammals, fish, nematodes(roundworms), and microbes that destroy property, cause nuisance, or spread disease, or are disease vectors.

Pesticides are highly toxic to humans and other species. According to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, 9 of the 12 most dangerous and persistent organic chemicals are organochlorine pesticides.

The toxic chemicals in these are designed to deliberately released into the environment. Though each pesticide is meant to kill a certain pest, but a very large percentage of pesticides reach a destination other than their target. Instead, they enter the air, water, sediments, and even end up in our food.Pesticides have been linked with human health hazards, from short-term impacts such as headaches and nausea to chronic impacts like cancerreproductive harm.

The use of these also the soil there is a higher soil quality, and this allows for higher water retention, which is necessary for decreases the general biodiversity in the soil. If there is no chemicals in plants to grow.Let us look at the below news article that was published by Mr. Brett on futurity.org

Common pesticide may cause lung problems in kids.

August 16th, 2017

The most heavily used pesticide in California, elemental sulfur, may harm the respiratory health of children who live near farms that use it, new research suggests.

In a study of children in the Salinas Valley’s agricultural community, researchers found significant associations between elemental sulfur use and poorer respiratory health.

The study, which appears in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, linked reduced lung function, more asthma-related symptoms, and higher asthma medication use in children living about a half-mile or less from recent elemental sulfur applications compared to unexposed children.

The Environmental Protection Agency generally considers elemental sulfur as safe for the environment and human health, but previous studies have shown that it is a respiratory irritant to exposed farmworkers.

Elemental sulfur’s effect on residential populations, especially children, living near treated fields has not previously been studied despite the chemical’s widespread use and potential to drift from the fields where it is applied. This study links agricultural use of sulfur with poorer respiratory health in children living nearby.

Elemental sulfur is allowed for use on conventional and organic crops to control fungus and other pests and is very important to both systems. It is the most heavily used agricultural pesticide in California and Europe. In California alone, more than 21 million kilograms of elemental sulfur were applied in agriculture in 2013.

“Sulfur is widely used because it is effective and low in toxicity to people. It is naturally present in our food and soil and is part of normal human biochemistry, but breathing in sulfur dust can irritate airways and cause coughing,” says coauthor Asa Bradman, associate director of the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

For the study, the research team examined associations between lung function and asthma-related respiratory symptoms in hundreds of children living near fields where sulfur had been applied.

The study found several associations between poorer respiratory health and nearby elemental sulfur use. A 10-fold increase in the estimated amount of sulfur used within 1 kilometer of a child’s residence during the year prior to pulmonary evaluation was associated with 3.5-fold increased odd in asthma medication usage and two-fold increased odds in respiratory symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath.

The study also found that each 10-fold increase in the amount of elemental sulfur applied in the previous 12 months within a 1-kilometer radius of the home was associated with an average decrease of 143 milliliters per second (mL/s) in the maximal amount of air that the 7-year-old children could forcefully exhale in one second.

“This study provides the first data consistent with anecdotal reports of farmworkers and shows that residents, in this case, children, living near fields may be more likely to have respiratory problems from nearby agricultural sulfur applications,” says senior author Brenda Eskenazi, a professor at the School of Public Health.

Given elemental sulfur’s widespread use worldwide, the study authors call urgently for more research to confirm these findings and possible changes in regulations and application methods to limit impacts of sulfur use on respiratory health.

We need to move toward a more sustaining and low toxic methods by which we can protect our environment and protect the human civilization.

The solution to above is been given by CTech Corporation. Its product CombirepelTM is extremely low concern extremely low toxic, non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic compounds and non-hazardous insect/termite/animal aversive.

CombirepelTM which has been designed for polymeric applications as well as natural materials like wood. It combines the best of chemistry and green practices to give an environmentally safe product which keeps away effectively while at the same time guaranteeing safety to the environment, plants, animals and fragile ecosystems. It is a coming of age product which heralds an era of environmental consciousness and maintains a delicate balance while addressing problems caused by insects in myriad applications without causing any harm.

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Mysterious holes in the garden!

Very often one finds holes in the home garden, lawns, grounds, farms and one does wonders how these holes appear overnight. It’s just a not a big deal to dig those holes for the guests who peep into our territories.

These mysterious creatures start owing their home in one’s gardens and lawns. They litter the area and cause menace.
Who are these trespassers?

How do they make holes in our territories?

Let’s know about these trespassers.

The culprits include rodents such as rats, mice, voles, pocket gophers, ground squirrels etc.

One of the two species of rats that live near people is a burrower. Norway rats like to live at ground level or underground, so they commonly dig holes.

The rat digs a hole that’s generally 2 to 4 inches wide, less than 18 inches deep and up to 36 inches long. It makes other holes at ground level for emergency exits. A dominant male, his female and their young and low-ranking males share the burrow, which has a nest at the center. Unlike a mole’s digging, the rat digs deep enough underground that there’s no raised soil showing at the surface. They are usually close to water, but are also found in a variety of other habitats such as hedgerows, rubbish tips and often under cover such as tree roots and logs. Rat holes generally have a fan-shaped mass of freshly dug soil outside and the holes are connected by well-trodden runways.

Mice can dig extensive burrow systems, often under tree roots. Wood mice dig burrows in cereal fields and similar open situations. The tunnels are generally only a few centimeters below ground, with entrance holes about 3 cm in diameter. Mouse holes are often camouflaged or blocked with debris, such as small stones, clods of earth or twigs. Tunnels frequently connect to runways above ground through dense vegetation.

Voles often eat succulent root systems and burrow under plants or ground cover and eat away until the plant is dead. Bulbs in the ground are another favorite target for voles; their excellent burrowing and tunneling skills give them access to sensitive areas without clear or early warning.

Pocket gophers, commonly referred to as gophers, are burrowing rodents of the family -Geomyidae. They are commonly known for their extensive tunneling activities. All pocket gophers create a network of tunnel systems that provide protection and a means of collecting food. Their burrows can be found in many areas where the soil is softer and easily tunneled. They often appear in vegetable gardens, lawns, or farms, as gophers like moist soil. The burrow system can cover an area of 200 to 2,000 square feet with the main runway situated parallel to the surface and about 6 to 18 inches below. Nesting and food storage areas will be located as deep as 6 feet.  Tunnel systems that cover a larger area are usually found in areas with dry landscaping in order to be near an adequate amount of food resources. The infrastructure can continually be changing as gophers seal off areas or dig new pathways as needed for food or mating. Underground water lines or sprinkler systems can be damaged by the incisor teeth of a gopher as they create burrows. Trees can also be damaged during the burrow process from root pruning or clipping.

The ground squirrels are members of the squirrel family of rodents – Sciuridae, which generally live on or in the ground, rather than trees. Like their name implies, ground squirrels burrow into the ground, creating massive hideouts 15 to 20 feet long. These tunnels and dens typically have more than one entrance, which are small, two-inch- diameter holes. It is relatively easy to identify ground squirrel holes in the yard, as they are distinct from those of other burrowing pests. These holes are typically clean and devoid of excavated soil, with the surrounding grass worn from continued use. As with other burrowing animals, ground squirrel holes in yards, gardens, pastures, and crop fields can quickly become a problem. Due to the very nature and size of the tunnels themselves, the ground above can collapse over time. Additionally, these holes easily become tripping hazards. Burrows around ornamental trees and other plantings can expedite the drying out of root systems. Finally, ground squirrel holes under structures can erode away the soil, causing issues with foundations.

These trespassers need to be prosecuted!

How can it be done?

CTech Corporation has solution for this menace. CombirepelTM, a rodent aversive produced by CTech Corporation is an extremely low at toxicity, non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic compound, non-hazardous, non-dangerous and environmentally safe rodent repellent.

Our product is available in the form of a masterbatch, which can be directly incorporated while manufacturing an application. Also, it is available in form of top coating namely lacquer that can be directly applied as a top coat on the surface of wooden/concrete/metal fences. The liquid solution can be mixed with paints and used as topical protector. CombirepelTM does not kill but only keeps the rodents away by making use of the sensory mechanisms.
Rodents are restricted from biting the applications treated with our products due to advanced mechanisms like dermal irritation, extremely bitter taste, sensory stimuli modification etc.

Further, they acquire a fear towards the CombirepelTMcontaining cables which make them stay away from them. Thus, CombirepelTMactually helps in modifying rodent behavior. Hence the spread of diseases caused by rodents can be eliminated.

 

Rise of beetle infestation in your woods and forests!!!

Are the trees appearing to be dead?

And does the tree bark appears to be dry, damaged and sickly brown, without any sheen?

Then it’s probably because of the nasty bug commonly known as THE BARK BEETLE!

Yes, the bark beetle, one of about 220 types of Insect Genera with 6,000 species in the subfamily Scolytinae, are responsible for the damage to forests trees.

Are you aware of the havoc created by these tiny bark beetles in California!?

If not then have a glance at the damage caused to the trees from the following image.

Aerial surveys around the state show more than 20 million dead trees.

This fact is that the bark beetle infestation is not limited to only California.

The ravenous insects have decimated 45 million acres of forest in the Western United States in recent years, including 15 million acres of Forest Service land.

These are the more recent evidences for the bark beetle infestation in woods.

8,600 bags of wood recalled over bark beetle fears

By Conor Macauley BBC NI Agriculture & Environment Correspondent, 8 September 2017

From the section: Northern Ireland

Six major retailers in Northern Ireland have had to destroy or send back thousands of bags of firewood they had on sale because it posed a potential risk to commercial forestry.

A total of 8,600 bags of conifer firewood were taken off the shelves.It followed an inspection by plant inspectors from the Forest Service.

They found the wood was from Britain where a certain type of beetle exists that is not present in NI, and that the wood did not comply with regulations.

Beetles Threatening Alabama Timber

By Alex Aubuchon & Apr student reporter Allison Mollenkamp , Sep 5, 2017

Alabama’s eleven billion dollar timber industry could be at risk due to a very small bug.

Southern Pine Beetle populations have reached epidemic levels in Montgomery County. The beetles are also found in the Oakmulgee district of the Talladega National Forest and an area including Marengo, Clarke, and Choctaw counties.

Tree-Eating Beetles March Northward, Lured by Milder Winters

By HIROKO TABUCHI | AUG. 28, 2017

For lovers of the stately pine forests of the Northeast, sightings of a destructive tree-eating beetle in recent years have been nothing short of alarming.

Southern pine beetles are now frequently spotted in New Jersey, New York and parts of New England. And their range will only grow farther as the planet continues to warm, according to a study published on Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

By midcentury, some 40,000 square miles of the pitch pine forests from eastern Ohio to southern Maine will be hospitable to the beetle. And by 2080, vast areas of forest in the northeastern United States and into Ontario and Quebec will be vulnerable.

The bark beetles responsible for such deep infestation are the tiny pesky pests of size approximately 5 mm. Bark beetles reproduce in the inner bark (living and dead phloem and cambium tissues) of trees. Adults typically appear in the spring and females deposit eggs in galleries just under the bark. The eggs hatch into small white legless larvae with brown heads. The larvae tunnel under the bark as they eat and grow, producing winding tunnels between the bark and the sapwood of the tree.

Though small, the Bark beetles play an important role in forest ecology, for example by creating complex early successional forest. Infestations can have significant economic impact.

In undisturbed forests, bark beetles serve the purpose of hastening the recycling and decomposition of dead and dying wood and renewing the forest. Bark beetles often attack trees that are already weakened by disease, drought, smog, overcrowding, conspecific beetles, or physical damage.

Individuals are not much larger than a piece of cooked rice. They survive in trees that are stressed or diseased and cannot secrete enough defensive resin, or sap, to drown the beetles. The beetles emit pheromones that attract other beetles.  This can result in heavy infestations and eventually death of the tree.

There is an urgent need to find an effective solution to protect our wood?

We have one!!!!

Our company CTech Corporation provides you with an eco-friendly solution Termirepel™.

Termirepel™ manufactured by using green practices is developed against these insects. It is an excellent aversive which not only protect wood from beetle infestation but also reduces the colonial expansion of them in woods.

Termirepel™ is extremely low concern, low toxic, non-hazardous and non-mutagenic INSECT aversive.

It is durable at extreme climatic conditions such as changes in temperature, rainfall, etc. Our product is ROHS, ROHS2, ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001:1996 complaint and FIFRA exempted. Our product will not kill the targeted as well as non-targeted species but only repel.

Termirepel™ is available in many forms i.e. coating, Liquid solution and Lacquer.

Besides this we offer pre dispersed Termirepel™ plastic masterbatches that can be added to film, pipes, even cables to protect them from the ravaging insects

The Breathable Termirepel™ lacquer is a proper solution to be used for wood protection.

Our patented Termirepel™ Breathable product lacquer can be applied on the wooden surfaces of antiques, heritage structures, utility poles, fences, shipping industry, etc.

The following images show the application of lacquer form over wood surface.

Sample I was without coating and Sample II was with coating of our Termirepel™ lacquer or coating product and was tested under field conditions for several years.

It can be clearly seen that sample I is completely destroyed by pests and  the Termirepel™ Treated sample II was pest free which shows our product efficiency, while maintaining ecological balance as none of our products are toxic either to animals, insects or the environment.

The lacquer is transparent and breathable and is applied as direct coating over the wood surface to be covered.

Termirepel™ Lacquers and coatings do not interfere with the aesthetic properties of the application.

Termirepel™ Lacquers and coatings enhances the properties of wood by adding glossy appearance.

Thus Termirepel™ Lacquers and coatings provides you with the best protection from beetle infestation in woods in an ecofriendly way.

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Notorious Beavers!!

The beaver is the largest rodent in North America with adults ranging from 35 to 46 inches long (including a flattened 12-18 inch tail) and weighing from 45 to 60 pounds. Beaver weighing over 100 pounds have been recorded. The hind feet are very large with 5 long webbed toes. Front feet are small and dexterous, which allows the beaver to carry dam construction material such as stones and sticks. Both sexes of beavers breed at 21 months of age from December through February. Females ovulate 2 to 4 times at 7 to 15 day intervals during each mid-winter breeding season.

Beavers have several physical characteristics that enable them to thrive in aquatic environments, such as webbed feet, nostrils and ears that close underwater membrane that cover the eyes underwater, and a broad, flat, scaly tail. They can remain submerged for up to 20 minutes by slowing their heart rates and using oxygen stored in their large livers. Beavers mark their territories by excreting a sweet, yet pungent, musk from paired glands around their anus called, castors. Their habitat is in small lakes, rivers, wetlands and other waterways. Beavers build dams using woody material to modify their habitat, and they feed on the bark and small branches of fast growing hardwood trees.

Beavers are equipped with powerful jaws that are capable of taking down (felling) large trees with ease. In some cases, beaver activity can threaten property, agricultural crops, or public health and safety. Beavers have been known to eat almost every tree and shrub species available. Beaver activity may cause damage to public and private property in the form of flooding or tree damage. Girdled, cut or felled trees may topple over, fall onto other trees, utility lines, or precariously hang over public pathways or roadways.  In addition, they often gnaw on living trees just to grind down and sharpen their continuously growing incisor teeth.

Dams built by beavers may cause flooding, which in the most severe cases may weaken structures, wash out roads, and alter watercourses. Beaver dams also may negatively affect other natural resources. For example, dams can serve as barriers to migrating fish and cause inundation and siltation of rare plant and animal habitats.

Beavers have been known to be extremely aggressive in defending their territory against perceived encroachment. They may attack humans when suffering from rabies, and “can also become disoriented during the daytime and attack out of fear”. When beavers feel in trapped by others, they sometimes resort to truculent measures such as biting. The trademark sharp front teeth of both species pose a particular danger, as they are long enough to pass through limbs and cause significant bleeding.

Let us look at below news articles that show threats from beavers:

 Animals threaten Hopkins County roads, crops, timber

By Mike Alexieff , Kentucky new era, Sep 4, 2017

They’ve cost the county nearly $100,000 since 2015. They damage cropland and timber. They cause flooding and threaten roads.

They are beavers, and they are a growing problem in Hopkins County. Now, a working group under the commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources that includes state and federal agencies as well as state and local elected officials is studying the problem.

“They stop culverts up. They stop drainage areas up with sticks and mud,” said Jeff Browning, Hopkins County public works director. “The water backs up and causes damage to roads, crops and woods.”

Browning has four employees who are pulled off their regular jobs every winter to spend time trapping beavers, really the only method of controlling the members of the rodent family that can grow as large as 90 pounds.

“We start trapping every day, for eight hours a day, in December,” he said.

And from January 2015 through April of this year the county spent $96,000 dealing with the beaver problem.

“We’re not gaining on it,” Browning said. “And I think it’s getting worse.”

Beavers causing damage in Bristol

By Jill Tatge-Rozell, Kenosha news, Sep 1 2017

Residents’ reaction to the problems that the large rodents’ work causes in the Dutch Gap Canal.

The dams, removed for decades by residents, were identified at the Bristol Village Board meeting this week as a factor contributing to flooding in the Lake George area.

“We’ve got to get someone out here to trap them,” resident Scott Shannon, said. “It’s a friggin’ nightmare. I’ve taken probably 100 dams out with my (backhoe).”

It is not only a problem in Bristol. Residents in Paddock Lake and Wheatland have also experienced the damage beavers can cause. Longtime residents in all three communities said the beaver population is on the rise.

Paddock Lake administrator Tim Popanda said beaver were causing problems in the canal that leads to the lake a couple of years ago.

Homeowners and industry struggling with beaver dam flooding

By Samantha Samson, CBC News, August 7, 2017

Sticks and branches pierce the silence of a quiet summer day in rural Greater Sudbury. They crack and crunch under the weight of Paul Van Zutpen’s shoes.

“With this dam here, they’re raising it up at least three feet of water,” Van Zutpen says.

“If it breaks accidentally, it could wash this whole culvert out.”

Van Zutpen is the director of the Ontario Fur Managers Federation for the Sudbury area. He’s examining a beaver dam that’s recently been torn out of a residential culvert.

The dam has caused flooding in the area, and Van Zutpen says it looks like the beavers have started a second dam down the creek in case this first one gives way.

The situation is getting so bad, that even people who are used to dealing with nearby beavers are frustrated.

Rhonda Hall has lived on her property for 25 years. She says beaver dams have flooded her property to the point where her septic field and well water are at risk.

That beaver dams flooded an area near a Sudbury transmission line, and they needed to lower the water levels to complete the work safely.

Rolly Coulombe, vice president of the council, says he’s received 100 calls this year alone. As someone who’s been trapping for 35 years, he’s seen a lot of different dam scenarios.

“They build up water to the point where it could go down the mine shaft,” says Coulombe.

“Plus, these mining companies have large tracts of land and they have roads everywhere. There’s culverts in the roads, so beavers plug those culverts and you have the same problems as you have at homes.”

To control beaver damage trapping is one option. Biologists classify beavers as ‘keystone species’. Beavers build dams in water and create wetlands upon which many species and endangered species depend. They purify and control water by filtering silt from water bodies in which they live. High water table, less erosion and cleaner water results from these beaver dams. They can also prevent forest fire from spreading in neighboring region. Beaver dams also protect downstream spawning areas from sedimentation and increase salmon and trout populations.
Hence to use conventional methods like electric fencing, exclusion fencing, frightening devices, toxicants, fumigants, toxic rodenticides would not be appropriate. As these methods directly harm beavers.

This is a serious issue which needs to be noticed and addressed immediately.

Application of conventional methods like rodenticides kills the target as well as non-target species. They have high release mechanism which can leach out and pose a serious effect on human health.

These factors haveled to the search of low-toxic, non-hazardous and non-carcinogenic and environmentally safe anti-rodent aversive.

CombirepelTM is low-toxic, non-hazardous aversive which does not kill the animal but repels them from the application. CombirepelTM is consumed globally for myriad applications. It is a product resulting from green chemistry.

The products are available in the form of solid masterbatch, liquid concentrate and lacquer form. Our products are in the form of a masterbatch that can be incorporated in pipes, agricultural film, mulches etc. while manufacturing. The CombirepelTM liquid concentrate and the CombirepelTM lacquer can be applied to fencing of trees, house, croplands etc.

Combirepel™ does not kill but repel. It is engineered using unique set of complex compounds. Thus Combirepel™ is definitely an effective and a long-lasting solution to avoid the beaver menace.

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Stink bug feast on your food!!!

The brown marmorated stink bug is considered to be an agricultural pest. It feeds on a wide variety of host plants. Fruits attacked include apples, peaches, figs, mulberries, citrus fruits and persimmons. This true bug has also been reported on many ornamental plants, weeds, soybeans and beans for human consumption.

This insect is becoming an important agricultural pest all around the world.

In 2010, it produced severe losses in some apple and peach orchards by damaging peaches and apples.  It also has been found feeding on blackberry, sweet corn, field corn and soybeans.  In has also been observed damaging tomatoes, lima beans and green peppers.

Physical damage to fruit includes pitting and scarring, sometimes leading to a mealy texture. This injury makes the fruit unmarketable as a fresh product and in severe cases can even render the crop unusable for processed products.

The brown marmorated stink bug also feeds on leaves, and a characteristic symptom of leaf injury is stippled areas approximately 1/8 inch in diameter around feeding sites. In addition to physical damage, wounds caused by feeding can provide an entryway for disease to attack the host fruit or plant.

In field crops, damage caused by brown marmorated stink bug is not usually evident immediately upon visual inspection. For instance, in corn the stink bugs feed through the husk, piercing kernels and sucking out the juice resulting in shriveled kernels. Stink bug feeding in soybeans is similar to corn, where the bugs pierce the pods and suck juices out of the seeds. One visual symptom of brown marmorated stink bug feeding in soybeans is referred to as the “stay green” effect, where injured soybean plants stay green later into the season while other plants in the field senesce as usual.

This species has a single generation per year depending on the temperatures. Warm spring and summer conditions could permit the development of two or three generations.  However, in parts of sub-tropical China, records indicate from four to possibly six generations per year. Adults will emerge sometime in the spring of the year (late April to mid-May), and mate and deposit eggs from May through August. The eggs hatch into small black and red nymphs that go through five molts. Adults begin to search for overwintering sites starting in September through the first half of October.

These insects can produce allergic reactions like rhinitis or conjunctivitis in some individuals who are sensitive to the bugs odor. These chemicals are produced by dorsal scent glands.  Additionally, if the insects are crushed or smashed against exposed skin they have been reported to produce dermatitis at the point of contact. This is particularly important for agricultural workers picking fruits and vegetables.

They not only affect the agriculture but also try to enter the living areas of the home Typically, stink bugs will emerge from cracks, under or behind baseboards, around window and door trim, and around exhaust fans or lights in ceilings.

Managing this pest species is challenging because there are currently few effective pesticides that are labeled for use against them.

It is also not advisable to use insecticides against these bugs as they directly attack the crop. The insecticides are highly toxic and can damage the nervous system of a human being.

Hence we need more ecofriendly solution to combat the menace caused by these stinky bugs.

Let us have a look at the menace caused by these species in agricultural sector.

Stink Bugs on the Move in Soybeans

August 4, 2017

According to the article published in agweb.com by Ms. Brooks-Director at Farm Journal Media.“In 2016 a number of farmers had significant stink bug damage but didn’t realize it until harvest, when they discovered shriveled, blasted seeds,” Tilmon and Michel report in the latest issue of C.O.R.N. newsletter. “Both nymphs and adults feed on the developing seed by using their piercing/sucking mouthparts to poke through the pod. Seed that is fed upon will take a flat or shriveled appearance.”

There are several species of stink bugs that can be found in soybean, including the green, the brown, the red-shouldered and the brown marmorated stink bug.

The heaviest populations of stink bug are usually found in the Eastern Corn Belt, particularly in the mid-Atlantic region, but the BMSB is increasingly found in the central U.S.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension entomologists are encouraging soybean farmers in the state to scout for stink bug this season. “Planting dates were late in many areas and cool weather has slowed plant growth, leading to delayed maturity in many areas. These late maturing crops may remain vulnerable to pest injury longer than usual,” they write in the online newsletter Cropwatch.

Ohio’s Tilmon and Michel write that seed damage can be prevented by scouting and treatment at appropriate threshold levels:

“Most insecticides labeled for soybean include stink bugs on the label, and most are adequately effective.  Keep in mind it is easier to kill immatures than adults.  To sample for stink bugs, take multiple 10-sweep samples with a sweep net in multiple locations throughout the field. Average the number of stink bugs in the 10-sweep samples. The threshold to treat is four or more stink bugs. If soybeans are being grown for seed, the threshold can be dropped to two or more stink bugs.”

Stink bugs pose increasing threat in Midwest

July 03, 2017

This news article was published by Ms. Atyeo in tristateneighbor.com.

Stink bugs are a pest South Dakota corn growers might not be accustomed to checking for, but they’re becoming a greater threat in northern states, and they can harm corn early in the season and move on before you know it.

The bugs are named for the musty smell they make when crushed. There are some species native to the Midwest, but it’s the brown marmorated stink bug that has been moving in from southern states that poses a bigger threat to corn and soybean crops.

The brown marmorated stink bug was found for the first time last year by Minnesota observers. Jami Loecker is an agronomist with Syngenta in eastern Kansas.

“In the Midwest, it’s kind of been an overlooked issue,” she said. “No doubt it’s increasing. ”Even the native bugs – the green, brown and one-spotted stink bugs – are a threat as their populations increase. The conditions are right this year for bugs to thrive because a mild winter allowed more to survive.

In harvest time revealed an abundance of stink bug damaged soybean samples, according to Dr. Kelley Tilmon, extension pest specialist. “It’s not just a southern problem anymore,” Loecker said.

Stink bugs can be a threat to corn from the time it emerges through its reproductive stages, with later season injury being particularity detrimental. The bugs pierce the plant with their mouths and insert an enzyme to pre-digest it.

“They’re robbing the plant of what it needs to live effectively and produce yield,” Loecker said.

Not only are they feeding on the crop, but the injury also gives diseases a spot to attack. Soybeans are most at risk during pod development. Stink bugs like to feed on the pod and seeds. Soybeans with stink bug damage produce small, shrunken seeds.

Stink bug damage in corn is usually overlooked, especially early in the season, Loecker said.

The bugs feed on the outside of the leaves as they are unfurling. The damage looks like small holes across corn leaf. It may also feed on the whorl. Later, they feed on the ear

“It’s really important we inform ourselves,” she said recently. “They’re robbing yields that we don’t even know about.”

To combat this nuisance we need to find ways that are ecofriendly and sustainable.

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Taking into mind the problems faced by the farmers CTech Corporation has developed this unique product Combirepel™ that is been made from green technology. It is 100% ecofriendly, non-hazardous and non-toxic. It is  also an environmentally safe insect repellent.

It can repel more than 500 species of insects on account of it being a broad spectrum anti-insect repellent. The most striking feature of Combirepel™ is that it neither kills the target species, nor the non-target species. It will simply keep the insects away from the application. This product is available in masterbatch and lacquer form, and as a liquid solution. Combirepel™ can be added in mulches or incorporated in agricultural bags and films, which could be used to keep our fields safe and guarded against the pesky Stink bugs!!!!

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Who’s that in the leopard skin?

The giant leopard moth or eyed tiger moth (Hypercompe scribonia) is a moth of the family Erebidae. It is distributed throughout the Americas from southern Ontario, and southern and eastern United States through New England, Mexico and down to Panama. The obsolete name Ecpantheria scribonia is still occasionally encountered.

The Giant Leopard Moth caterpillar spends the winter in a state of hibernation, although in more temperate parts of its range it may wake temporarily on mild days for a mid-winter snack. When spring arrives, Giant Leopard Moth caterpillars become active again and feed heavily until the optimal size is reached, at which time each larva shucks off its spiny exoskeleton one more time and makes a pupa. The adult metamorphoses therein and emerges after only a few weeks; thus, the cycle begins again for the Giant Leopard Moth.This species has a wingspan of 76 mm (3 in). Wings have a stark white base on which black color rings are visible. The wings of this moth are bright white with a pattern of neat black blotches, some solid and some hollow. The spots on the forewings of adult giant leopard moths may serve as disruptive coloration to make them less conspicuous to predators  The over

This species has a wingspan of 76 mm (3 in). Wings have a stark white base on which black color rings are visible. The wings of this moth are bright white with a pattern of neat black blotches, some solid and some hollow. The spots on the forewings of adult giant leopard moths may serve as disruptive coloration to make them less conspicuous to predators  The over the side of the abdomen is dark blue with orange markings, while the underside is white with solid black spots, and males have a narrow yellow line on the sides. Its legs have black and white bands. Adult moths are strictly nocturnal and do not generally fly before nightfall.

Adult giant leopard moths have ears, probably to detect the echolocation sonar of hunting bats allowing them to take evasive action. The ears are located immediately behind the bases of the hind wings.  This species has a notable sexual dimorphism in size, the adult male reaching about 51 mm (2 in) in length, while the adult female grows up to 30 mm (1.2 in). Males have borders around the sides of its body and black legs comprise white markings on them. The adults fly during at night but can sometimes be seen resting during the day on tree trunks. The adults are incapable of feeding.

Unfortunately, giant leopard moths don’t live very long as they don’t have mouthparts and don’t eat during this stage of their lives. As moths, they basically exist just to lay eggs before passing away. It is because of this short lifespan and its nocturnal habits that many insect enthusiasts rarely catch a glimpse of this moth, making the discovery and/or capture of one a pretty big deal for bug lovers.

Giant moth found crawling inside a bag of ‘fresh and washed’ Woolworths spinach

 

By Alisha Buaya For Daily Mail Australia, Published: 23:01 BST, 17 November 2016

A customer has found a huge moth crawling inside a bag of spinach.

Woolworths customer Josh Dan found a large moth inside a 120g bag of ‘fresh and washed’ spinach.

He wrote a post to the supermarket’s Facebook page and shared a video showing the bug moving around in the bag.

‘Check out what I found in a bag of spinach I just purchased,’ he wrote.

‘I’ve been disappointed with your “fresh” produce before, but this is taking it a bit far.

The supermarket responded to the customer’s post via private message.

A Woolworths spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia: ‘We take all customer concerns seriously and are investigating the issue.’

Earlier this year a Sydney woman found a live huntsman spider in a bag of Woolworths Italian salad mix.

Freeze moths out of your life: They got her clothes, her carpets, and her curtains… but then author Raffaella Barker got rid of her pests

 

By Raffaela Barker For The Daily Mail Published: 23:12 BST, 21 May 2017
No cloth, no cashmere, no carpet is safe from the stealth missile that is the pale-backed clothes moth.

This I found out a few weeks ago, when, humming a little, I went to unwrap my summer wardrobe from its winter home.

Opening the door to our spare bedroom, not much stirred at first. But as I stepped past the bed, a flutter of wings spiralled up from the floor — a single harbinger of the doom that I was still oblivious to.

Such a huge nuisance of this tiny species cannot be neglected. The pesticides and insecticides are proven to be ineffective against them. However, these methods are hazardous methods causing harm to targeted and non-targeted species.

CTech Corporation can offer an eco-friendly solution to problems from moths. Our product CombirepelTM is low-toxic, non-hazardous and insect aversive. Our product work on the mechanism of repellence and they do not harm or kill the target species but generate fear or trigger temporary discomfort within the pests that keeps the pests away from the application. The unpleasant experience with our products is imprinted within animal’s memory and passed on its progeny.

CombirepelTM is available in liquid concentrate which can be diluted in paints as well as available in lacquer form. These products can be directly sprayed or applied on the application. Our product is compliant with RoHS, RoHS2, and REACH and is FIFRA exempted. The green technology-based product can protect the crop and indirectly against huge economic loss.

 

 

Voles creating holes in lawns!

Voles, the tiny rodents, are the relative species of mice and rats depicting similar characteristics. The vole has a stouter body with short hairy tail. There are approximately 155 species of voles classified under Rodentia order. Voles outwardly resemble several other small animals such as gophers, moles, etc.

Voles may be small, but they are a force to be reckoned with. If these underground, fast-breeding varmints have ever invaded your lawn or garden, you may know what we’re talking about. Voles may not be life-threatening and maybe no one has ever died from having them in their yard, but we’re betting the problem is front and center for those of you have had their lawns destroyed by these covert invaders.

It’s an undisputable fact that voles have exceptional burrowing and tunneling abilities. A good indicator that you have voles in your yard is the visible, above ground runways that connect their burrow openings. These well-defined, surface runways, about two inches wide, are typically constructed in grassy areas.

Vole runways are formed by a combination of voles eating the grass blades and the steady traffic from their shallow underground burrow to seek food along the runways. Runways are often hidden by ground cover, so you may have to pull back overhanging cover to find them.

The opening to a vole burrow can be identified by neat, round holes that measure an inch or two in diameter. Vole holes can be found in open turf or hidden under ground cover, plantings or mulch.

Voles mostly thrive on small plants, yet like shrews, they will eat dead animals, and like mice or rats, they can live on almost any nut or fruit. Additionally, voles target plants more than most other small animals, making their presence evident. Voles readily girdle small trees and ground cover much like a porcupine. This girdling can easily kill young plants and is not healthy for trees or other shrubs.

 

Let’s have a look on following evidences revealing damage caused to lawns by voles:

Beware a coming invasion of voles

Prolific breeding voles can wreak havoc on a lawn or garden

By JOAN MORRIS | jmorris@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group

PUBLISHED: June 27, 2017 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: June 28, 2017 at 8:03 am

I could not figure out what was causing furrows in my lawn until one morning at first light, I saw a mouse running in the trail and grabbing a quick bite of grass before retreating back under the plants for cover.

Mice are not, as a rule, big grass eaters; however, you don’t have mice, you have voles. The paths you see in your grass are called runways, and they connect the holes in the vole network. The opening to the tunnels are usually concealed beneath vegetation.

Voles ripping up yards across Winnipeg

One exterminator said voles are hitting some parts of the city hard this spring.

By: Michelle Bailey For Metro Published on Wed Apr 26 2017

“The newer areas of the city have definitely been hit hard,” said Taz Stuart, Director of Technical Operations with Poulin’s Exterminators. “But really, they are causing problems all over because the heavier the snow, the better they can survive the winter.”

Stuart explained “predators can’t hear them scurrying under all of that snow,” and Winnipeg became a vole haven following heavy snowfall in late December.

Typically, voles welcome spring by creating visible tunnels, or “runways” at or near the surface that are about two inches wide by eating grass blades and zipping back and forth on consistent paths.

Hence from the evidences we can conclude that though the voles are small they cause huge damage to grass, weeds, roots of plants, etc. in lawns.

Voles grow to 3–9 in (7.6–22.9 cm), depending on the species. They can have 5 to 10 litters per year. Gestation lasts for three weeks and the young voles reach sexual maturity in a month. As a result of this biological exponential growth, vole populations can grow very large within a very short time.

So, they can’t be neglected and we need to use some protective measures against them. There are many control measures to be used to control voles like exclusion, habitat modification, trapping, etc. but they are ineffective.

We CTech Corporation provide you with the effective solution. Our product CombirepelTM is developed by using green technology. It is extremely low concern, low toxic, non-hazardous and non-mutagenic animal aversive. It is durable at extreme climatic conditions.

Our product is ROHS, ROHS2, ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001:1996 complaint and FIFRA exempted. Our product does not cause harm to targeted as well as non-targeted species. It just repels them from the applied product. It works on the mechanism of fear, discomfort, aversion, training and conditioning.

CombirepelTM is available in three forms namely masterbatch, liquid concentrate and lacquer. Masterbatch can be incorporated into applications like fencing, wires, cables, water pipes, etc. Liquid concentrate can be mixed in paints to repel voles from the area required. Lacquer form can be directly applied on the application such as wooden fences, guards, etc. Hence by using CombirepelTM the lawns can be prevented from vole damage effectively and considerably.

 

 

Insects that prey on your log home

Termites are one of the deadliest pests that can damage your household furniture. Your log home is a very tempting morsel for any number of damaging insects who will make it their home and their food source if allowed to do so. A whole host of troublesome insects that prey on your log home are out there and unless you know what to look for and know how to treat any invasions, your home’s value and structural integrity can be at stake. Being proactive is the name of the game since seasoned wood, dry wood, and wet wood and, of course, rotting wood are all potential targets for creeping, crawling, flying things.

Common bugs that infest log homes include beetles, borers, carpenter bee larvae, and termites. Some pests, like bark beetles and round- and flatheaded borers, are already in the wood when harvested and can emerge up to three years or more after the home is built.

The main source of nutrients in the diet of termites is cellulose. A complex sugar molecule and the main component of plant cell walls, cellulose gives wood structural strength. Termites use mandibles to tear off tiny chunks of wood to ingest and store in the gut. Incapable of breaking down cellulose without aid, termites benefit from a symbiotic relationship with various species of protozoa and microorganisms which live in the stomachs of the termites. Once the cellulose is broken down and digested, the resulting biomass (a substance known as humus) helps replenish the fertility of the soil. Wood already in the process of decay due to the presence of fungi produces an odor that is attractive to termites.

Though termites most commonly consume wood, any kind of plant matter supplies the pests with appropriate nourishment. The diet of a termite includes roots, mulch, paper, cardboard, cotton, burlap, and the occasional fruit or nut. Additionally, termites require large amounts of moisture, and soil is the main water source. Consequently, subterranean termites often invade homes and other buildings from the base of the structure where soil is plentiful. As the pests tunnel and explore a building, defective plumbing, leaky roofs, leaky air conditioning systems, and poorly maintained gutters provide the necessary moisture for the continued survival of termites.

Inn Harmony: Hidden log house becomes a sweet rehab

August 26, 2017, Pittsburgh

Dennis Lapic had no clue what he’d do with the dilapidated, aluminum-sided house in Ambridge when he purchased it from an elderly neighbor in the mid-1990s. Mr. Lapic got started, and quickly discovered bad news: Termites had chewed their way through two sides of the house. The floors slumped in some places and bulged in others. To repair the damage, the house had to be jacked up 16 inches. Mr. Lapic got started, and quickly discovered bad news: Termites had chewed their way through two sides of the house. The floors slumped in some places and bulged in others. To repair the damage, the house had to be jacked up 16 inches.

Family’s dream home turns into termite-infested nightmare

Jul 20th 2017, U.S. News

Williams and her parents came across a spacious house tucked away in a quiet Cordova neighborhood complete with its own Jacuzzi; they thought they had found the perfect home. Williams and her parents didn’t notice about the house when they started renting it in March 2016 that they say caused all the headaches that and frequent nosebleeds along with unexplained itchy, red bumps covering Williams’ body had her in and out of the hospital, she claims. Her parents said they finally realized what was causing all of their daughter’s health issues: black mold throughout their home they say was painted and caulked over, along with termites they say were leaving bites on their daughter. The Williams ended up throwing out a lot of their furniture to get rid of the termites and moved to a new home.

So for this particular problem, we, at C Tech Corporation have come up with a viable solution.

Termirepel™ is an aversive for termites and insects. It is non-toxic, non-hazardous and environment-friendly repellent which works even against the most aggressive insects.

Termirepel™ which is an anti-termite has been designed for polymeric applications as well as for natural materials like wood. It combines the best of chemistry and green practices to give an environmentally safe product which keeps the termites away effectively while at the same time guaranteeing safety to the environment, plants, animals and fragile ecosystems.

TermirepelTM is available in the form of Masterbatch, liquid concentrate, and lacquer solution. Termirepel Lacquer can be applied as a top coat over the wooden objects and furniture to protect them from log home damage.

 

Rodents Invading on Flights

Worldwide, rodents have been the major vertebrate pest group. Rodents are implicated in many types of damage, including crop and tree damage, structural property and cable damage, disease transmission, and significant predation on native species of animals and plants on islands to which rodents have been accidentally introduced. With increasing buzz in the aviation industry and with the vision of our Prime Minister a scheme of UDAN “Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik” was launched by Ministry of Civil Aviation. 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.

The ways in which rodents can enter an airplane are the airports, jet ways, food carts or food vending companies, cargo etc. Also since the carrier is a confined space they have no means of getting out once they are in. Airports often provide good year round habitat for rodent populations. Rodents at airports can cause damage directly by gnawing and burrowing activities.

They not only eat the stored food but also attack the wires and cables, pipes or plastic components used in various equipment’s  which can endanger the safety of people and the electrical equipment. There can be a loss of communication if any of the wire is nibbled on.  Larger rodents (e.g., beaver, porcupine, woodchucks) can pose a direct collision hazard to aircraft moving on the ground. Perhaps the most serious hazard posed by a sizeable rodent population at airports, however, is the indirect hazard of attracting foraging raptors with an associated raptor aircraft strike. Raptors pose one of the most hazardous groups of birds at the airport setting. Unfortunately many of our activities at airports result in good habitat for rodents (e.g., allowing tall grass in an effort to reduce loafing habitat for flocking birds) or reduced predation of rodents (e.g., perch removal, bird hazing, carnivore-proof perimeter fencing)

Below is a news article pertaining to rodents nuisance on plane.

Rat delays US-bound Air India flight by over 9 hours

Aug 28, 2017

NEW DELHI: A rat on board Air India’s Delhi-San Francisco flight delayed it by over nine hours on Sunday.The Boeing 777 was taxiing at IGI airport to operate one of the world’s longest nonstop flights when the rodent was spotted. As per safety protocol, it had to be brought back to the terminal and fumigated. Then with a new crew, the almost-full flight (AI 173) finally took off around noon on Sunday instead of the schedule time of 2.30 am. Air India’s new chairman Rajiv Bansal has taken a serious view of this delay. He has sought a detailed report on how the rat managed to get on the aircraft and how this could be prevented in future.The B-777 was almost full with 172 economy and 34 business class passengers.

Just when the plane was taxiing, the rat was spotted. By the time fumigation was being done, the maximum flying time for the crew — four sets of pilots are needed for this ultra-long haul flight or flight duty and time limitations (FDTL) kicked in. The airline had to, at the last minute, look for a replacement crew,” said a source. So while fumigation of the aircraft, to ensure that the rodent is eliminated, was over in six hours, it took time to find two commanders and two copilots for this flight. The combined impact was that the plane took off with a delay of nine hours. Passengers were unhappy at the long delay.

An aircraft needs to be fumigated after a rodent is sighted to ensure it is eliminated and does not pose a threat to safety by cutting electric wires and sending the systems haywire. “Rats on board an aircraft can lead to a catastrophe if they start chewing up electric wires of a plane. If that happens, pilots will have no control on any system on board leading to a disaster,” a senior commander said.

What usually leads to such a situation is that passengers inadvertently drop a lot of food on the cabin floor, which keeps rats busy. The most common way for rats to get on board an aircraft is through catering vans. “This is a universal phenomenon. Rats follow the large storage cases in which food trays are kept. The catering vans are like a home for them as food keeps getting dropped. Rats get on the high lifts that take those storage cases to aircraft and then remain there. This happens across the world,” said an official.

AI flies on the Delhi-San Francisco route over the Pacific, making it the longest flight in terms of distance flown nonstop by a commercial aircraft. The 15,300-km journey covered in 16 to 17 hours needs two sets of crew, with one commander and copilot operating first half of the flight and the other two, the second half. “Taking off with the same crew originally rostered for AI 173 was not possible as their maximum flying duty time would have got over. AI had to look for more pilots and this took additional time,” said a source.

We need to find a solution for the rodents infestation. By using pesticides and killing the species the problem is not solved. Rodents have many important ecological roles. Some of the roles include soil mixing and aeration, seed and spore dispersal, influences on plant species composition and abundance, and a prey base for many predatory vertebrates. By killing we would break the circle of life which would in turn affect us in more multiplied form.

We at CTech Corporation can offer a solution to this problem. Our product Combirepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous rodent aversive. It does not kill the species but only repels it. It is available in the form of masterbatch which can be directly incorporated in the polymer matrix during processing of wires and cables. This would result in the final cable or wire being rodent repellent. This would be an efficient way of deterring the rodents from chewing the cables and wires.

Combirepel™ is also available in lacquer form which can be applied directly on the outside as well as inside of the plane and liquid concentrate can be incorporated in the paints while painting the plane. The product can effectively control the proliferation of these undesired pests! Combirepel™ is RoHS, RoHS2 and REACH compliant and FIFRA exempted.

Crops under attack by white flies!

Agriculture is the backbone of the economic sector of country. Also agriculture was the key development in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that nurtured the development of civilization. Agriculture sector provides us with one of the basic requirement of life i.e. food. Hence the damage caused to this sector directly or indirectly affects each sector of country.

Recently a new threat to this sector is of white flies. White flies, the tiny creatures with a wingspan of less than 3 mm and a body length of 1 mm to 2 mm. More than 1550 species of white flies have been described which typically feed on the undersides of plant leaves. In warm or tropical climates and especially in greenhouses, whiteflies present major problems in crop protection. Worldwide economic losses are estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

Whiteflies feed by tapping into the phloem of plants, introducing toxic saliva and decreasing the plants’ overall turgor pressure. Since whiteflies congregate in large numbers, susceptible plants can be quickly overwhelmed. Further harm is done by mold growth encouraged by the honeydew whiteflies secrete. This may also seriously impede the ability of farms to process cotton harvests.

Cotton crops are called as the cash crops and they are severely attacked by the white flies. Following are the evidences for the same.

Whitefly affects a fraction of cotton crops: Punjab govt.

24 Aug, 2017
Merely 18.1 hectares of land under cotton cultivation out of the total area of 3.82 lakh hectares has been affected by whitefly pest in Punjab, as per a report formulated by the agriculture department of the state.

In Bathinda, only 3.6 hectares of area was affected out of the total area of 1, 40,000 hectares, while only 10.2 hectares was infested by pest in Mansa out of the total area of 86,010 hectares, as per the report.

In Sri Muktsar Sahib, the total area under cotton cultivation was 64,608 hectares and only 1.6 hectares was affected, whereas Fazilka reported damage to 2 per cent of the land out of 74,655 hectares. In Barnala, merely 0.7 per cent of the land out 5,460 hectares was infested by whitefly. Infestation was not seen in Faridkot, Moga and Sangrur.

India’s cotton yield to decline on whitefly, pink bollworm attacks

From north to west, farmers seek protection from pest attacks to improve productivity

Dilip Kumar Jha  | Mumbai Last Updated at August 10, 2017 01:01 IST

In a major disappointment for new entrant farmers, cotton crop has come under severe pest and bollworm attacks in major producing states, which is sparking fears of a sharp decline in India’s fibre productivity this Kharif season.

While a substantial cotton area came under whitefly attack in Punjab and Haryana, pink bollworm was reported to have attacked standing crop in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Consequently, analysts have started revising estimates of cotton output growth for the current season to 4-5 per cent now from 10 per cent earlier on a sharp increase in acreage.

Acting immediately to avoid farmers’ menace, the government of Maharashtra, according to sources, has ordered seed firms to pay a compensation of Rs 36, 83,000 to farmers in the state.

Whitefly Alert

Posted on July 6, 2017 by Phillip Roberts

Silver leaf whitefly (SLWF) infestations are being observed in cotton in parts of Georgia.  Historically SLWF is a localized pest, requiring management in a relatively small geographic area.  High populations of SLWF were observed during the fall of 2016 and the mild winter resulted in higher than normal populations surviving the winter.

It is likely that timely intervention with SLWF insecticides will be needed in areas which have experienced SLWF in previous years (all fields are at risk, not just late planted as in most years) and perhaps areas which have rarely observed SLWF will be infested in 2017. On cotton during the summer, SLWF complete a generation in about 2 weeks.

Such a huge nuisance of this tiny species to the agriculture sector cannot be neglected. The pesticides and insecticides are proven to be ineffective against them. However these methods are hazardous methods causing harm to other non-targeted species as well as to the crops.

CTech Corporation can offer an ecofriendly solution to this problem. Our product CombirepelTM is low-toxic, non-hazardous and insect/animal aversive. Our product work on the mechanism of repellence and they do not harm or kill the target species but generate fear or trigger temporary discomfort within the pests that keeps the pests away from the application. The unpleasant experience with our products is imprinted within animal’s memory and passed on its progeny.

CombirepelTM is available in liquid concentrate which can be diluted in paints as well as available in lacquer form. These products can be directly sprayed or applied on the application. Our product is compliant with RoHS, RoHS2, and REACH and is FIFRA exempted. The green technology based product can protect the crop and indirectly against huge economic loss.

 

So these diseases are spread by rodents!

Rodent, of the order Rodentia, are any of more than 2,050 living species of mammals characterized by upper and lower pairs of ever-growing rootless incisor teeth. Rodents are the largest group of mammals, constituting almost half the class Mammalia’s approximately 4,660 species. They are indigenous to every land area except Antarctica. This huge order of animals encompasses 27 separate families, including diverse groups such as porcupines, beavers, squirrels, marmots, pocket gophers, and chinchillas.

Rodents have lived on the planet for at least 56 million years and modern humans for less than one million, but the consequences of their interactions during that short overlap of evolutionary time have been profound.

For rodents, early humans were just another predator to avoid. The impact of these species upon human populations ranges from inconvenient to deadly. Crops are damaged before harvest; stored food is contaminated by rodent waste; water-impounding structures leak from burrowing, and objects are damaged by gnawing.

When it comes to spreading diseases, rodents are not innocent creatures. In fact, they are one of the most dangerous pests since they spread a range of diseases that can cause serious harm to humans, as well as their pets. Rodents can pose a serious threat to human health and can transmit disease to humans by a variety of means, including, contamination of food or utensils with rodent urine or faeces, contamination by direct contact with urine or faeces, where bacteria enter the skin through small scratches, indirect contamination via blood-sucking insects, indirect contamination via pets to humans, Contamination by directly biting humans, indirect contamination by being eaten by an intermediate carrier.

Rodents carry a wide range of disease-causing organisms, including many species of bacteria, viruses, protozoa and helminths (worms). They also act as vectors or reservoirs for many diseases via their ectoparasites such as fleas, ticks, lice and mites, as well as some diseases carried by mosquitoes.

A study of rats on farms in the UK found 13 zoonotic (infect humans) parasites and 10 non-zoonotic parasites, with some rats having nine zoonotic parasites at the same time. Many of these had rarely or never previously been investigated in wild rats e.g. Cryptosporidium, Pasteurella, Listeria, Yersinia, Coxiella and Hantavirus, showing that the threat to human health is greater than previously thought.

Historically rodents have played a profound role in the transmission of diseases to humans.

One of the most historically dangerous rat-borne diseases is the bubonic plague, also called “Black Plague,” and its variants. The “Black Death” (Bubonic Plague), which claimed more than 25 million lives in 14th Century Europe, is perhaps the most documented case history of rats and disease. Transfer of disease occurs when fleas from the rats bite human beings.  The plague bacterium (Yersinia Pestis) was transmitted amongst rats and from rats to humans by the bite of the Oriental Rat Flea. Even today incidence of plague has not been entirely wiped out, but a closer understanding of the mechanism involved has seen a significant reduction in the occurrence of this dreaded disease. Fleas transported on rats are considered responsible for this plague during the Middle Ages, which killed millions. From the transmission of bubonic plague to typhus and hantavirus, rat infestations can prove harmful to human health.

Many species of rodent carry hantaviruses, especially voles and mice. Humans can catch this disease through contact with rodent urine, saliva and faeces, by touch, contaminated food or drink, or from breathing in aerosolised particles.

There are two types of rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis nana and H. diminuta. Both species use a beetle (e.g. a flour beetle) as the main secondary host and are found in warm climates worldwide. H. nana is the most common as, unusually for helminths, it can have a complete life cycle in human intestines and spread from person to person through eggs in faeces. It attaches to the intestine wall and absorbs nutrients through the cells lining the intestine.

Rat bites and scratches can result in disease and rat-bite fever. Rat urine is responsible for the spread of leptospirosis, which can result in liver and kidney damage. It can also be contracted through handling or inhalation of scat. Complications include renal and liver failure, as well as cardiovascular problems.

Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), a viral infectious disease, is transmitted through the saliva and urine of rats. Some individuals experience long-term effects of lymphocytic choriomeningitis, while others experience only temporary discomfort.

Rats also are a potential source of allergens. Their droppings, dander and shed hair can cause people to sneeze and experience other allergic reactions.

Diseases transmitted by rats fall into one of two categories: diseases transmitted directly from exposure to rat-infected feces, urine or bites and diseases indirectly transmitted to people by an intermediate arthropod vector such as fleas, ticks or mites. While the following list of diseases or medical conditions are all associated with rats, most are not commonly encountered in the United States.

New tapeworm species infecting people in Alberta
By Alexis Kienlen, Alberta Farmer Express

There have only been five cases so far but experts are urging dog owners to take precautions

There’s a new parasite in Alberta being spread by coyotes, but there is no reason to be overly alarmed, says an infectious diseases expert.

“We’re definitely not trying to encourage wholesale panic,” said Stan Houston, a professor at the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health.

The parasite, introduced from Europe, is a potentially lethal tapeworm and can infect humans through the feces of coyotes and dogs, and can also be spread through rodents.

The rare parasite is called Echinococcus multilocularis, and five cases have been found in Alberta so far, with the most recent one in Calgary last month.

“Unless it can be caught at a time when you can chop it all out, we can’t cure it with drugs,” said Houston.

Anyone who catches the parasite will have to be on medication for the rest of their life and it’s hard to get the required drug in Canada.

Nigeria’s large rat population threatens Lassa fever war
 August 27, 2017, Punch

Toluwani Eniola writes on the menace of rats in Nigeria and how proper research on rodents can end incessant cases of Lassa fever

Jolted by the creak of the door, two rats darted in different directions, squeezing their bodies under the chair to hide.

Desperate to kill “his enemies” as he entered the room, Akin Ojo quickly grabbed a stick. Rats are his regular visitors and he had killed several of them in past weeks. He was ready to deal with them again.

As if they were anticipating his moves, the rats ran out from behind the chairs in separate directions.

In order to keep rodents away, many conventional methods are used which can be harmful to rodents and humans as well.

Is there any solution to keep rodents away and stop the spread of diseases?

Yes, there is a solution which is provided by CTech Corporation. RodrepelTM is an extremely low at toxicity, non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic compound, non-hazardous, non-dangerous and environmentally safe rodent repellent.

Our product is available in the form of a masterbatch, which can be directly incorporated in the cables while manufacturing them. Also, it is available in form of top coatings namely lacquer that can be directly applied as a top coat on the surface of cables and liquid solution which can be used in paints. RodrepelTM does not kill but only keeps the rodents away by making use of the sensory mechanisms.

Rodents are restricted from biting the applications treated with our products due to advanced mechanisms like dermal irritation, extremely bitter taste, sensory stimuli modification etc.

Further, they acquire a fear towards the RodrepelTM containing cables which make them stay away from them. Thus, RodrepelTM actually helps in modifying rodent behavior. Hence the spread of diseases caused by rodents can be eliminated.

Don’t let rodents check in your hotel

Hotels and accommodation plays a vital role in popularizing any tourist destination. Hotels are important globally as providing the facilities for recreation, entertainment, meeting, conferences and business transmission. Rodents are a problem not only because of the diseases they can carry like salmonella, typhus, plague and Hantavirus etc. Rodent and insect sighting in a restaurant area or worse in a guestroom could severely damage your reputation and result in the loss of the customers. As the weather gets colder, pests start moving indoors seeking food and warmth. Rats and mice are among some of the biggest pest threats to hospitality businesses. From the warm laundry rooms creating a perfect nesting environment to kitchens full of tasty treats, hotels offer great respite for these pests. Rodent and insects infestations in hotel can spell disaster for a number of reasons.

Rodents and insect cause costly damage to the property. Since rodent teeth are continuously growing, they are constantly gnawing on things. If these pests stumble upon some wiring, that leads to power outage and replacing some electrical wires. Burrowing rodents can also cause extensive damage to sewer systems.

In the search for food, rodents may find their way to food cache. Rats and mice are attracted to hotels by the food supplies in kitchens, restaurants, and waste storage areas. Populations can quickly build up if there are poor food and waste handling practices.

It is not just guests’ reactions to rodents and insects that can damage a hotel business; rodents and insects can contaminate food and surfaces they run along with a range of diseases. Contamination from rodents can lead to transmission of a number of diseases including Salmonella and Hantavirus. These diseases can be spread through direct contact like a bite, or contamination of any food or water with droppings or urine. In addition to the bacteria and disease rodents carry, they also carry parasites like ticks, fleas and lice which come with their own list of transmissible diseases.

All rodents and insects need moisture to survive – rats need half to one fluid ounce of free-standing water each day, while mice can often glean enough water from the foods they eat. Rats find water sources around perspiring soda and ice machines, leaky pipes and HVAC units and around water fountains.

Though windows and doors are common sites of entry, holes and cracks around doors, windows, vents and utility penetrations are often overlooked as entry points. Rodents can squeeze through surprisingly small openings – rats can fit through holes, while mice only need a dime-sized space to enter. Since rodents can enlarge any size hole by gnawing.

Let us consider some news articles:

Rodent droppings shut down 4 San Fernando Valley restaurants

By Stephanie K. Baer, 20th July 2017, LA Daily News

Five restaurants in Los Angeles were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards.

Facilities had their health permits suspended for cockroach infestations, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department.

Restaurants and markets whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems have been fixed. Closures can occur during routine and owner-initiated inspections, complaint investigations and reinspections.

The department did not provide details about the nature of the rodent and cockroach and rodent infestations — like the number of cockroaches or rodent droppings and where in the facility they were found.

Rats and mice found in Adelphi hotel kitchens

By Alan Weston, 20 Jun 2017, Echo news

An environmental health expert who inspected the kitchens at Liverpool’s Adelphi hotel reported she had “never encountered a food business with such a persistent problem of pests.”

These inspections found live cockroaches in restaurant kitchens, unclean floor surfaces and evidence of rats and mice.

The findings were revealed during a hearing at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court, where Adelphi owners Britannia Hotels Ltd (BHL) were charged with a string of food safety breaches.

The case was initially listed for trial after BHL denied a total of 20 charges brought by Liverpool City Council.

The charges related to failing to have adequate procedures in place to control pests, failing to keep food premises clean, and failing to prevent pests from accessing food premises.

Mouse Infestation shut downs Rochester Radisson Kitchen

By WHAM, January 11th 2017, Wham Rochester, Newyork The kitchen at the Rochester Radisson Hotel in downtown Rochester was closed Monday by the Monroe County Health Department.

The kitchen at the Rochester Radisson Hotel in downtown Rochester was closed Monday by the Monroe County Health Department.

Spokesman John Ricci confirmed the kitchen was closed due to a mouse infestation.

There is no illness or outbreak. Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) – The kitchen at the Rochester Radisson Hotel in downtown Rochester was closed Monday by the Monroe County Health Department.

Spokesman John Ricci confirmed the kitchen was closed due to a mouse infestation.

There is no illness or outbreak.Health inspectors showed up Monday and found a significant mouse infestation in the kitchen and food storage area. The department decided to shut the kitchen down until the problem is fixed.

In the meantime, the hotel itself remains open. However, there will be no food or restaurant service and no room service. No banquets or weddings or conventions can be held that involve food.

CTech Corporation can offer a solution to this problem. Our product CombirepelTM low-toxic, non-hazardous and rodent aversive.  All our products work on mechanism of repellence and they do not harm or kill the target species but generate fear or trigger temporary discomfort within the pests that keeps the pests away from the application. The unpleasant experience with our products is imprinted within animals memory and passed on its progeny. Combirepel™ is available in liquid concentrate which can be diluted in paints as well as in lacquer form. These products can be directly applied in the kitchen, laundry areas etc. to avoid damages due to rodents.  The product is compliant with RoHS, RoHS2, and REACH and is FIFRA exempted.

Cockroaches: Invincible under control

Cockroaches have been around for millions of years, evolving into some of the most adaptable pests on Earth. There are approximately 4,000 living species of cockroaches in the world. They are pests because of their filthy habits and bad smell. Cockroaches are commonly found in buildings and homes because they prefer warm environments close to food and water. Unfortunately, cockroaches can cause allergies and trigger asthma attacks, especially in children. They can also spread nearly 33 different kinds of bacteria.

Cockroaches are insects, flattened from top to bottom, usually with two pairs of wings folded flat over the back. Most species rarely fly but they walk very fast. The color usually varies from light brown to black. The species vary from 2-3mm to over 80mm in length. There over 3500 identified species of Cockroaches. Pest cockroaches live in close association with people. They are tropical in origin but in the temperate zones most species live in parts of houses and other buildings where warmth, moisture and food are adequate. Cockroaches usually live in groups. They are mostly active at night; in the daytime they hide in cracks and crevices in walls, door frames and furniture, and in secure places in bathrooms, cupboards, steam tunnels, animal houses, basements, televisions, radios and other electric devices, drains and sewer systems. If the lights are turned on in an infested kitchen at night the cockroaches will run from dishes, utensils, working surfaces and the floor towards shelter.

Cockroaches eat a great variety of food, including all food used for human consumption. They prefer starchy and sugary materials. They sip milk and nibble at cheese, meats, pastry, grain products, sugar and sweet chocolate. They also feed on cardboard, book bindings, ceiling boards containing starch, the sized inner lining of shoe soles, their own cast-off skins, dead and crippled cockroaches, fresh and dried blood, excrement, sputum, and the finger nails and toe nails of babies ,sleeping or sick persons.

Cockroaches are important pests because they spread filth and ruin food, fabrics and book-bindings. They disgorge portions of their partially digested food at intervals and drop faeces. They also discharge a nauseous secretion both from their mouths and from glands opening on the body which give a long-lasting, offensive cockroach smell to areas or food visited by them.

Cockroaches move freely from building to building or from drains, gardens, sewers and latrines to human habitations. Because they feed on human faeces as well as human food they can spread germs that cause disease .Cockroaches are not usually the most important cause of a disease, but like house flies they do play a supplementary role in the spread of some diseases. They are proven or suspected carriers of the organisms causing: diarrhoea , dysentery, cholera ,leprosy, plague , typhoid fever ,viral diseases such as poliomyelitis. In addition they carry the eggs of parasitic worms and may cause allergic reactions, including dermatitis, itching, swelling of the eyelids and more serious respiratory conditions.

Let us take a look at the below news article

Man orders a cappuccino, gets a side of cockroach

August 12, 2017

A Manhattan man claims in a lawsuit his cappuccino at a swanky Upper East Side steakhouse came with a nasty addition: a large cockroach.The insect was a nightmarish way to end a meal at The Arlington Club, where dinners can easily hit the $500 mark, said Steven Fleming, who brought friends to the eatery in April.His pals were interested in opening a restaurant, so Fleming wanted to show them the place launched by star chef Laurent Tourondel in 2012.They chowed down on salad, steak, and a glass of wine before ordering dessert and coffee, he said.

“I took a sip of my cappuccino, I felt something disgusting in my throat, and then something crunchy,” Fleming, 43, told The Post. “And then I spit it out and I was like, ‘Oh my God.’”

Fleming, who is now suing The Arlington Club in Manhattan Supreme Court, snapped a couple of pictures before running outside to vomit on Lexington Avenue, he said.

He claims he then spent 12 hours in the emergency room with a variety of symptoms, including nausea and high blood pressure.

“We want to make sure we hold this restaurant accountable, and that this doesn’t happen to anyone else,” said his lawyer, Michael Joseph. “For the prices they’re charging the very least they could do is make sure the customers don’t have bugs in their food. We think New Yorkers deserve better.”

Fleming, who runs the executive search firm Wall Street Options, said the incident “really grossed me out.”

“On the surface, it looks like a very nice place,” he said. “I thought this would be a good example of something relatively trendy and with above average food. … I’ve been going to restaurants for 20 years in New York City and nothing like this has ever happened to me.”

A manager at The Arlington Club, where Tourondel is no longer the chef, declined comment, adding he was unaware of the lawsuit.

The best product to combat the cockroach problem is Combirepel™, a product of C Tech Corporation.Our company believes in the principles of sustainability and eco balance. We do not want to imbalance the cycle of life; therefore Combirepel™ can be easily described as termite aversive, used also against all types of insects and which works on the mechanism of repellence. It means that it does not kill the target species but only repels them, thus balancing the ecology and helping in maintaining the goal of sustainability. This product can be easily used against cockroaches. It can be used in terms of lacquer as well as liquid form. It can be coated on the end applications and thus cockroaches can be kept away from homes, buildings and other public places.

SQUIRRELS RESPONSIBLE FOR POWER OUTAGE!

Squirrels the medium sized rodents are the most famous among the family for a power outage. Squirrels typically having slender bodies with bushy tails and large eyes are attractive but are the main culprits of many problems in power sector.

Squirrels live in almost every habitat from tropical rainforest to semiarid desert, avoiding only the high Polar Regions and the driest of deserts. As their large eyes indicate, in general squirrels have an excellent sense of vision, which is especially important. They also have very versatile and sturdy claws for grasping and climbing. Many also have a good sense of touch, with vibrissae on their heads and limbs.

The cables made from polymers are available in surrounding very easily. Cables have the attractive properties like peculiar sweet odor, glossy color and smooth texture. Hence squirrels are attracted to cables using their strong sense power. Squirrels feed on cables in order to sharpen their incisors growing continuously throughout life.

Squirrels chewing on cables lead physical and monetary loss every year. Let’s have a look on some of the power outages occurred due to them.

Casper Squirrel Causes Brief Downtown Power Outage

By KCWY, Aug 16, 2017

This afternoon stoplights in downtown Casper were out. Other locations downtown were without power as well.

City of Casper officials reported at about 2:00 pm City Hall lost power, but with backup generators, power was restored.

We spoke with Rocky Mountain Power who reported an outage, affecting 323 customers around downtown Casper at approximately 1:55 pm.

Power was restored at 2:01 pm and the cause of the outage, a squirrel.

Squirrel to blame for power outage in Midland Park, utility says

Jessica Presinzano, Aug 14, 2017, ET 

A squirrel made contact with an energized power line Sunday morning, causing an outage for 850 Midland Park residents while lines were repaired, Public Service Enterprise Group said.

The affected area included the Kent shire apartments, a community for people 55 and older, which contains 148 one- and two-bedroom units.

Midland Park police also responded to the outage area around 9 a.m. to assist residents of the Kent shire, on Paterson Avenue, and remove at least one person trapped in an elevator at the residence.

EMS workers were on standby due to concerns about residents in need of oxygen.

 

 

Squirrel knocks out power in Princeton

Kim Shute, Aug 14, 2017

Princeton experienced a city-wide power outage Monday just after 10:30 a.m. when a squirrel found its way into the bus work at one of the sub stations.

Having a look at the evidence we understand that there is a huge loss in the power due to squirrels. Hence a solution is required to stop squirrels feeding on cables. There are some traditional methods used to stop them. The metal clad and armored cables are used wherever is possible. The cables are also protected by using glass roving and polyamide sheathing which lowers the flexibility of cables. The sheathing is composed of chemicals which are proven to be harmful to human health. The pesticides and insecticides are not designed for the polymeric applications like cables.

So is there any eco-friendly alternative method against all the harmful methods? Yes, there is a solution which is provided by CTech Corporation. RodrepelTM is an extremely low at toxicity, non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic compound, non-hazardous, nondangerous and environmentally safe rodent repellent.

Our product is available in the form of a masterbatch, which can be directly incorporated in the cables while manufacturing them. Also, it is available in form of top coatings namely lacquer that can be directly applied as a top coat on the surface of cables and liquid solution which can be used in paints. RodrepelTM does not kill but only keeps the rodents away by making use of the sensory mechanisms.

Squirrels are restricted from biting the applications treated with our products due to advanced mechanisms like dermal irritation, extremely bitter taste, sensory stimuli modification etc.

Further, they acquire a fear towards the RodrepelTM containing cables which make them stay away from them. Thus, RodrepelTM actually helps in modifying rodent behavior. Hence the cables can be effectively protected from biting of squirrels leading to stop the outages.

PESTICIDES: BOON OR CURSE

An increase in population demands an increase in food supply and with it increases the need for production of food sources. So as to stabilize the food supply rate, ways are found out to increase the cultivation of different crops. The use of pesticides too hikes when an increase in production of food is demanded.

The term pesticide covers a wide range of compounds including insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, rodenticides, molluscicides, nematicides, plant growth regulators and others.

Pesticides are used worldwide to manage agricultural pests. They kill and repel unwanted pests, but also cause harms to the environment in different ways.

The production of pesticides started in India in 1952 with the establishment of a plant for the production of BHC near Calcutta, and India is now the second largest manufacturer of pesticides in Asia after China and ranks twelfth globally.

If the credits of pesticides include enhanced economic potential in terms of increased production of food and fibre, and amelioration of vector-borne diseases, then their debits have resulted in serious health implications to man and his environment. There is now overwhelming evidence that some of these chemicals do pose a potential risk to humans and other life forms and unwanted side effects to the environment.

According to The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, 9 of the 12 most dangerous and persistent chemicals are pesticides. Highly hazardous pesticides may have acute and/or chronic toxic effects and pose a particular risk.

The high-risk groups exposed to pesticides include production workers, formulators, sprayers, mixers, loaders and agricultural farm workers. During manufacture and formulation, the possibility of hazards may be higher because the processes involved are not risk-free. In industrial settings, workers are at increased risk since they handle various toxic chemicals including pesticides, raw materials, toxic solvents and inert carriers.

The symptoms of pesticide poisoning can range from a mild skin irritation to coma or even death. Acute health problems may occur in workers that handle pesticides, such as abdominal pain, dizziness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, as well as skin and eye problems. In China, an estimated half million people are poisoned by pesticides each year, 500 of whom die. Pyrethrins, insecticides commonly used in common bug killers, can cause a potentially deadly condition if breathed in.

Another major problem associated with pesticide use is bioaccumulation and biological magnification. Bioaccumulation is when a substance builds up in the body because the body does not have the proper mechanisms to remove it. Many synthetic pesticides are not able to be broken down. Once they enter the body of an organism, they are permanently stored in the body tissue. The pesticides that accumulate in an organism’s body can cause harm to the organism or can be passed on to a predator.

Pesticides can contaminate soil, water, turf, and other vegetation. In addition to killing insects or weeds, pesticides can be toxic to a host of other organisms including birds, fish, beneficial insects, and non-target plants.

In India, the first report of poisoning due to pesticides was from Kerala in 1958, where over 100 people died after consuming wheat flour contaminated with parathion (Karunakaran, 1958).

According to WHO data, in 2012 an estimated 193,460 people died worldwide from unintentional poisoning. Of these deaths, 84% occurred in low- and middle-income countries. In the same year, unintentional poisoning caused the loss of over 10.7 million years of healthy life (disability adjusted life years, DALYs).

Nearly a million people die each year as a result of suicide, and chemicals account for a significant number of these deaths. For example, it is estimated that deliberate ingestion of pesticides causes 370,000 deaths each year. The number of these deaths can be reduced by limiting the availability of, and access to, highly toxic pesticides.

Pesticides can contaminate soil, water, turf, and other vegetation. In addition to killing insects or weeds, pesticides can be toxic to a host of other organisms including birds, fish, beneficial insects, and non-target plants. Insecticides are generally the most acutely toxic class of pesticides, but herbicides can also pose risks to non-target organisms.

10 samples of pesticides, insecticides fail quality check

Wed, 09 Aug 2017

BATHINDA: The Punjab agriculture department has issued notices to six companies manufacturing pesticides and insecticides after some samples failed the quality check. “Bains said the agriculture department was serious about the quality of pesticides and insecticides as the low quality products could cause loss to the cotton crop and hurt farmers’ interests. As many as 22 samples were collected from Fazilka, 27 from Bathinda and 51 samples were collected from Mansa and Muktsar. As per the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), samples have tolerance limit up to 10% to clear the quality check in the first category, 5% in the second category and 3-5% in the third category. Seven samples from Fazilka and three from Bathinda failed the inspection.

Eggs contaminated with ‘potentially harmful’ pesticide being sold in the UK

Eggs contaminated with the ‘potentially harmful’ pesticide fipronil have been distributed in the UK, after warnings from the EU sparked panic across the continent.

Aldi and Lidl stores in Germany have already taken millions of eggs off shelves amid fears they have tainted with traces of the pesticide Fipronil.

EU bodies immediately notified food safety authorities in Britain, France, Sweden, and Switzerland after it emerged that eggs contaminated with the insecticide may have entered their territories.

Supermarket giant Aldi said it was a ‘purely precautionary’ measure and added that eggs sold in its UK stores were produced in Britain.

The Food Standards Agency has reassured buyers that the actual number of eggs sprayed with the insecticide in the UK is ‘very small’.

And the risk to public health is reportedly ‘very low’, the FSA added, although the World Health Organisation warns that the pesticide is moderately toxic.

The WHO considers fipronil to be moderately toxic, and says very large quantities can cause organ damage.

Belgian and Dutch authorities are now investigating how the insecticide came into illegal contact with egg-laying chickens.

C Tech Corporation offers a non-toxic and non-hazardous product, Combirepel™ to protect the agricultural applications from the ravenous insects and rodents. It is an environmentally safe product that works by repelling the insects without causing any harm to the target or non-target species. Combirepel™ is available in concentrate and lacquer form. It can also be used as a liquid solution for topical coating. Combirepel™ can be safely incorporated into the agricultural application while they are being manufactured. Combirepel™ can be incorporated in agricultural films and mulches for the protection of trees and bushes against these creatures.