Rodents of Unusual Size – Nutria

The nutria invasion of California continues.

Native to South America, nutria is now found in at least 40 states and three Canadian provinces, and in Europe, Asia, and Africa, thanks to the booming fur trade at the end of the 1890s. The word nutria refers to the animal’s pelt and has been adopted to denote the species in the states. Elsewhere they are called coypu, an Ancient Greek interpretation meaning beaver rat. The critters also are called river rats. They migrate via rivers.

As long as there is water nearby, nutria will hang around. They live in burrows that have openings below the water surface. They are semi-aquatic, wetland-dwelling rodents. They are omnivorous mammals, eating mainly vegetation and small creatures like snails and mussels.

Nutria can grow to 2 1/2-feet long, not counting their tail, weigh from 12 to 20 pounds and live up to 10 years.

Their most notable feature is their orange incisors.

However, the bad news about these animals quickly came to light. They can eat a quarter of their body weight in plant matter every day. They eat leaves, stems, and roots. Their voracious eating habits destroy wetlands vegetation, land crops, and residential lawns and gardens.

Their burrowing causes major erosion and eventual damage to natural and public flood control systems, banks and levees.

That’s not all, they are incredibly prolific. The female can have two to three litters a year, giving birth to five to 13 young each litter.

This invasive 20-pound rodent could devastate California’s agriculture industry

Jaymi Heimbuch │March 18, 2019

Nutria are already an invasive species wreaking havoc in Louisiana, Oregon, and Maryland. They can quickly turn a wetland into a mudflat as they chomp down on plants. So when the species was spotted in Merced County, California, in March of 2017, officials knew exactly how worried they should be.

“They can consume up to 25% of their body weight in above- and below-ground vegetation each day, but they waste and destroy up to 10 times as much, causing extensive damage to the native plant community and soil structure, as well as significant losses to nearby agricultural crops,” notes the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

Nutria have enormous potential not only to damage the infrastructure critical to delivering water to cities and farms, but they also threaten wetlands and riparian habitat as well as existing restoration projects. They can carry tuberculosis, septicemia, tapeworm and other parasites that can contaminate water supplies. They are certainly not a welcome visitor, and they can quickly become an expensive problem.

“Within five years, the state estimates there could be nearly a quarter million nutria chewing up California’s endangered wetlands,” reports The Sacramento Bee.

As of February, 386 nutria have been found by CDFW, up from 20 nutria a year ago.

$1.9 Million to Be Spent on Ridding California Marshlands of Giant Rodents

February 16, 2019, By Los Angeles Times

For more than a year, giant rodent invaders with orange-hued teeth have munched through California’s marshland, threatening significant damage to the state’s wetlands and water infrastructure.

Nutria — large, web-footed mammals native to South America that resemble beavers — showed up in Merced County in 2017, alarming wildlife officials with their propensity to quickly reproduce, their voracious appetite for vegetation and their ability to destroy underground infrastructure.

Nutria populations not only destroy the state’s already diminished wetlands by consuming vegetation, but also burrow into the ground, potentially damaging irrigation canals and levees. This poses a risk to the state’s drinking water supply and could expose communities and farm fields to flooding, said Peter Tira, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Pesky Silverleaf whiteflies

Ever wondered how to get rid of the white or lotion coloured creatures, resembling an ant once and for all? Silverleaf whiteflies are one of those tiny pests that can engage in havoc if left uncontrolled. These tiny insects are really powerful capable of even destroying the entire vegetation!

Feeding whiteflies extract important plant nutrients, causing defoliation, stunting and poor yield. Sticky honeydew is excreted by whitefly nymphs and adults, promoting the growth of black sooty mold on leaves. The sticky residue allows the fungus to grow, turning the leaves black and making it harder for them to photosynthesize.

Silverleaf whitefly has been reported on an estimated 500 plants worldwide. Silverleaf whitefly populations feed on various plants, particularly the undersides of leaves. They are also known to feed on crops, such as tomato, eggplant, and cucumber.

Direct damage is caused by the removal of sap, and indirect damage as a disease vector. The Silverleaf whitefly is a vector for several important virus diseases of lettuce and melons in the southwestern United States. Both the adult and nymphal stages contribute to direct damage.

A major crop pest can make tomato plants lie to their neighbors

Whiteflies use plants’ chemical eavesdropping powers to get an easier meal

By Susan Milius │April 4, 2019

Silverleaf whiteflies can make a tomato plant give off deceptive smells that trick neighboring plants into becoming easier targets for the insects’ attack.

Don’t blame the tomato. Tiny pests called Silverleaf whiteflies can make a tomato plant spread deceptive scents that leave its neighbors vulnerable to attach.

Sap-sucking Bemisia tabaci, an invasive menace to a wide range of crops, are definitely insects. Yet when they attack a tomato plant, prompting a silent shriek of scents, the plant starts smelling as if bacteria or fungi have struck instead. Those phony odors prime neighboring tomato plants for an attack, but not from an insect, an international research team found.

Those plants prepare to mount a fast and strong resistance against an incoming pathogen. But that high alert suppresses the plants’ chemistry for resisting insects and “leaves them far more vulnerable to the whiteflies when they arrive,” says Xiao-Ping Yu, an entomologist at China Jiliang University in Hangzhou.

Control of Silverleaf whiteflies is difficult because the eggs and older immature forms are resistant to many aerosol and insecticide sprays (in addition, the adults are extremely resistant to dry pesticide residue). Evidence or the same is given below:

Pesticide-resistant whitefly could ‘devastate’ many US crops

By Kerry Sheridan

A tiny, invasive whitefly that is resistant to pesticides and carries crop-devastating viruses has been found outdoors in the United States for the first time,
raising concerns among fruit and vegetable growers.

Having whiteflies outdoors makes the problem “much more difficult to control,” and they may never be fully eradicated, said Lance Osborne, a professor of entomology at the University of Florida.

The resistance to pesticides—that is what really sets them apart,” he told a few dozen growers who attended a recent session to learn about the whitefly in Homestead, an agricultural area south of Miami.

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This product can be easily used against a number of insects.

The product available in the form of masterbatch can be incorporated into the base polymer of applications like the wire and cables, pipes, agricultural films, and mulches, irrigation pipes, etc.

The lacquer can be applied as a topical application on the fence, wooden objects, furniture, frames, etc.

Combirepel™ liquid concentrate can be diluted in paints in a pre-determined ratio can be applied on walls and many other end applications to keep the Silverleaf whiteflies away from homes, gardens, and greenhouses.

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Pesticides: The silent bird killers

Tens of millions of birds have died, due to their accidental deaths from pesticides occurring on a global scale ultimately leading to a decline in numerous species populations.

Many a time the birds are not even the intended target but they are the accidental victims of pesticides targeted at the pests by farmers to protect livestock and harvests.

An estimated 672 million birds are exposed to pesticides every year in the United States from agricultural use alone. Amongst which nearly 10% i.e. 67 million birds die! The loss of even a few individuals from rare, endangered, or threatened species pushes the entire species much closer to the extinction.

Use of pesticides, in modern agriculture has increased tremendously. Many people believe that more pesticides mean fewer pests and greater crop yield but research states that crop losses to pests have nearly doubled since the increase in the use of pesticides.

Pesticide blamed for mass bird deaths

Taiwan News │January 19, 2019

A powerful pesticide is to blame for the death of an estimated 1,200 birds in Beinan Township, the Taitung County Animal Disease Control Center said on Wednesday.

An examination found that rice in the stomachs of the birds contained high residual levels of carbofuran, one of the most toxic pesticides available on the market, which was ruled to be the cause of death, the center said in a statement.

A subtype of carbamate pesticides, carbofuran is most commonly used to control insects at newly planted rice or vegetable fields, the center said.

22 egret carcasses found, pesticide poisoning suspected

TNN | December 1, 2018

AHMEDABAD: In the area near Kalol, on the periphery of the Thol Bird Sanctuary, some 22 cattle egrets have died and 34 more have been sent to the forest department’s Van Chetna Kendra for treatment. The deaths have likely been caused by consumption of pesticide which may have been left in the open. 

Forest department officials said postmortems of these birds will be carried out to ascertain the cause of death. 

Kalpesh Devani, a wildlife volunteer, said that on Wednesday they got a call informing them of the large-scale deaths of cattle egrets. A team rushed to the area and found 20 dead birds and 20 birds in distress. “On examining the bodies, it became clear that the likely cause of the problem was pesticide poisoning. On Friday we got more reports of cattle egrets deaths and 14 sick birds were found.”

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CombirepelTM works on the mechanism of repellency. It is an extremely low concern, low toxic, low hazard, non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic pest aversive. It does not kill or cause harm to the pests as well as to the environment which indirectly helps to maintain the ecological balance.

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Squirrel Power: Behind your power outages

These days, the number of animal lovers is gradually increasing and it’s good to be an animal lover but what if some of these creatures are eating up your gadgets and thus not allowing you to take advantage of some of the greatest inventions by the mankind. Shocking?? Yes, but it is true!!

Believe it or not, a certain furry rodent is responsible for more than half of U.S. power outages. Sometimes rodents gnaw through insulation guarding power lines and sometimes they end up lurking in high voltage system due to their inability to read the high warnings. There have been myriad cases of damages to power systems. In June 2015, squirrels caused a power outage for 45,000 people in East Bay, Berkeley in the USA. Another incident of March 2013 shows that these rodents are suicide bombers where a rat caused a power outage in Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant. The damage caused by rodents proves to be very expensive for the plant and owner of the equipment. Rodents have a bad habit of chewing; therefore they are allured by wires and other appliances as they are hard and help them in sharpening their teeth

Squirrels often use power lines as their roadways; the line is high, convenient, and offer safe routes over roads, near to food-bearing trees and roof-lines. Of course, this means that squirrels can bridge the space between wires, transformer components, and other pieces of the electrical grid that can lead to a short circuit. What you’re left with is a dead squirrel and several people and businesses without power.

According to the American Public Power Association, the squirrels are a frequent cause of such power outages. These rodents are such a problem to the society that the American Public Power Association tracks the blackouts caused in America through the SquirrelIndex. These power outages and blackouts are increasing day by day and the worst part is that we cannot do much to prevent them.

The rodents are no less than a threat to cybersecurity. In 1987, a squirrel took out the data from NASDAQ computer centers which eventually lead to the loss in trading. There have been various such cases. There is even a site, CyberSquirrel.com which especially runs to create awareness about the harm caused by these rodents to cybersecurity. CyberSquirrel, an organization that tracks the outages caused by the furry beasts, says it logged 560 events in 2015 in the state of Montana alone.Yes, the squirrel is a bigger threat to cybersecurity than hackers, and there’s data to back this up. According to the officials of Georgia Power (US), squirrels can cause up to $2 million dollars’ worth of damage yearly. To avoid these issues, one must take precautions.

Most electrical cables are jacketed or sheathed by several layers of electrically insulating materials such as lead, rubber, jute, cotton, tar asphalt, or various synthetic resins. A layer of steel or copper tape is often wrapped about the insulated cable to protect it from external damage, and finally, a water repellent layer or coating is added to prevent corrosion of the metal tape. Although the deterioration of electric cables is usually caused by mechanical, electrical and chemical forces, it can also occur in consequence of biological processes. On or more of the layers of protective or jacketing materials is often destroyed by microorganisms, marine invertebrates, insects, rodents, or other gnawing animals.

This Threat To America’s Energy Grid Is Driving Security Experts Nuts

Posted to Energy April 10th 2019 by Erin Mundahl

Last week, President Donald Trump released an executive order intended to protect the U.S. from electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks against the electric grid. But there is another threat to the grid, one that is far more low-tech and far more common, than a smuggled EMP device:

Squirrels.

“I’m all for increasing grid resilience, but here’s a threat priority list: 1. Squirrels 2. Tree branches 3. Heat waves/hurricanes/other climate-amplified threats” joked Costa Samaras, an Adjunct Senior Researcher at the RAND Corporation in a tweet.

He may have been joking, but his math is dead on.  For a small mammal, squirrels cause a surprising amount of damage to the grid. In 2016 alone, utilities reported 3,456 outages caused by squirrels, cutting off power to more than 193,873 customers. These incidents are more common in the spring and fall but can happen throughout the year.

To try to stop the furry menaces and to keep equipment safe, utility companies employ a variety of deterrents like wheels, cages, and guards. Despite these efforts, squirrels are a constant operating hazard.

According to CyberSquirrel1, a website and Twitter feed that tracks “all unclassified Cyber Squirrel Operations that have been released to the public that we have been able to confirm,” squirrels have caused 1,254 outages since 2013. These include a fire department call for an “exploding squirrel” that caused a neighborhood in Massachusetts to lose power last month and 135 customers in New Hampshire who temporarily lost power because of a squirrel on March 12, 2019.

Squirrels are nature’s furry little terrorists

By Tim Grobaty in Commentary │November 20, 2018

When I read that a squirrel had caused a power outage in California Heights and Signal Hill last weekend, you could’ve knocked me over with a wrecking ball swinging from a crane.

The American Public Power Association is perhaps the nation’s No. 1 watchdog when it comes to POCBS. It maintains a data tracker called (why not?) “The Squirrel Index” that follows trends in squirrel-caused electrical calamities.

The association reports that in 2016 alone, utilities reported 3,456 outages caused by squirrels that cut off power to more than 193,873 customers. North Korean hackers drool at such numbers.

A 1989 University of Nebraska study noted that some of the POCBS incidents may be caused by squirrels hiding their food and noted that incidents of squirrel-related incidents occur in neighborhoods where there are more acorn-producing oak trees.

The damage caused by rodents proves to be very expensive for the plant and owner of equipment.

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•     Environmentally safe

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Leafcutter ant menace!

An ant infestation can be annoying for the average homeowner, but there are other ant species which can be devastating to those who are in the agricultural industry or growing a garden. One particular ant that can be a threat to plant life is Leafcutter Ant. Leaf cutter ants get their name due to their habit of cutting into leaves and carrying pieces of leaves around. Leafcutter ants are known to damage residential areas but are also considered an agricultural pest and do a lot of damage to vegetation when they infest areas in heavy numbers. High populations of leaf cutter ants have the ability to defoliate plants in the span of a day and have lead to annual decreases in plant yield, affecting the agricultural economy.

Leafcutter ants prefer to live in warm areas, and unlike other species of ants, leafcutter ants cultivate and feed on fungus within their nests.

While leaf cutter ants are usually a problem in rural and agricultural areas they can also travel to urban areas and be a problem for homeowners because of their ability to rapidly defoliate lawns and gardens.

Leaf cutting ants damage weeds, grasses, fruit trees, blackberry bushes and much other fruit, nut, and ornamental plants as well as several grain and forage crops.

Leaf cutter ants are often regarded as the planets first farmers. What’s surprising about the leaf cutter ant is that they actually don’t eat the leaves they cut down. In fact, they use them to grow a fungus garden which becomes both their food and living space. They keep their fungus garden well maintained with bacteria on their body. Bacteria on the body of a leaf-cutter ant keep harmful microbes from damaging the fungus.

Wherever leaf cutting ants are plentiful, it can be nearly impossible for plantlife to grow and survive because of how efficient they are in tearing down plants, grasses, and other foliage.

Britain’s biggest colony of leafcutter ants has self-destructed after chewing through a power cable in its tank

By Sophie Jane Evans │22nd May 2014 

More than a million of the tropical insects – who can carry 20 times their weight in their jaws – had been living at Butterfly World near St Albans, Hertfordshire.

They were dominated by a giant queen ant, the size of a small mouse, who was protected by an inner circle of soldier ants.


Disaster: Britain’s biggest colony of leafcutter ants has self-destructed after chewing through a power cable in its tank. Above, a worker ant at Butterfly World near St Albans, Herfordshire, where the incident happened

But in recent weeks, some of the ants had started nibbling on a power lead in their glass cabinet, which was linked to a water tank regulating their temperature.

They finally bit through the lead and sent an electric current shooting through the colony – killing the queen and her soldier guards. 

Most of the worker ants escaped the shock as they were in a separate part of the enclosure cutting leaves. But carnage erupted when they returned to find the queen and her inner circle dead.

Without a queen to protect, fighting broke out and the leaderless ants started dying in huge numbers as they killed each other or starved to death.

Homeowners Left Vulnerable To Leafcutter Ant Excavations

April 15, 2005

Leafcutter ants can be a huge pain when it comes to your house’s landscape and foundation.

Merchant said that though the leafcutter ant has yet to become a widespread problem in the Dallas metroplex area, it has been a problem for homeowners in east, south and central Texas.

“Their large colony sizes, impressive soil excavating power and destructive potential against plants makes them a serious pest,” said Merchant, who is based at the Texas A&M University System Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Dallas.

Not only do leafcutter ants strip landscape foliage of leaves, they create huge underground storage vaults for the leaves they gather. They don’t actually eat the leaves, but use them in a form of ant agriculture, inoculating the leaves with a fungus. The fungus eats the leaves; the ants eat the fungus.

Though vegetarian ants may sound charming, in the process of excavating, they can cause both sunken areas in lawns and create large unsightly mounds. On many occasions, they have reportedly tunneled under house slabs and cause them to crack, Merchant said.

Control of leafcutter ants used to be fairly straight-forward with a bait product called Volcano, Merchant said.

Because these ants eat only the fungus they cultivate, they do not respond to most conventional ant baits, such as those labeled for fire ants.

So what can be used efficiently to keep the leafcutter ants away from your plants?

C Tech Corporation offers a range of low toxic and low hazard insect aversive repellent, which can be successfully used to keep pesky creatures at bay.

Combirepel™ can be easily described as insect aversive repellent, used also against all types of insects and which works on the mechanism of repellency. 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.

This product can be easily used against a number of insects.

The product available in the form of masterbatch can be incorporated into the base polymer of applications like the wire and cables, pipes, agricultural films, and mulches, irrigation pipes, etc.

The lacquer can be applied as a topical application on the fence, wooden objects, furniture, ceilings, frames, etc.

CombirepelTM liquid concentrate can be diluted in paints in a pre-determined ratio can be applied on walls and many other end applications to keep the leafcutter ants away from homes, gardens and farms.

CombirepelTM pest repellent spray can be sprayed on infested and susceptible areas to keep them away from the application.

Combirepel™ is thermally stable and does not degrade on exposure to heat and sunlight. It does not kill or harm the insect but repels them. It does not volatilize and does not degrade the soil. It is RoHS, RoHS2, ISO, EU BPR, REACH, APVMA, NEA compliant and FIFRA exempted.

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Military application endangered by rodents

In most recent aspects, ‘the rodent problem’, as it has come to be known, is a perfect nightmare. Wherever humans go, they follow, forming shadow cities under our metropolises and hollows beneath our farmlands. They thrive in our filth, making homes of our sewers, abandoned lanes, and neglected parks. They poison food, bite babies, undermine buildings, spread disease, decimate crop yields, and very occasionally even bring the nation’s defence activities to a still.

Yes, you read it right.

They have also followed soldiers to the battlefield and caused irreversible damage there!

Rodents have two pairs of continuously growing front incisors which are kept short by gnawing. This essential habit of the rat causes major damage to any facility and equipment which are available around its living environment. They  chew  objects  such  as  pipes,  wires  of  electric  facilities,  gas  hose,  etc.  causing extensive destruction of military bases.

Wires and cables find extensive applications in the military. Any damage to any one of these types of equipment would result in a huge loss of revenue and pose a threat to a country’s security!

Recent news reported is as below:

Pentagon on Emergency Shutdown as Critical Comm Cable Severed

By Staff | Published April 1, 2019

Arlington, Virginia–A main fiber optic communications cable was severed at the Pentagon, forcing the Department of Defense to shut down all critical functions and seal off its headquarters for emergency repairs. All 40,000 Pentagon personnel are being told to expect to stay home for as much as two weeks beginning April 1 until the damage can be fully assessed and service restored.

A groundhog is being blamed for incapacitating the command center and symbol of the world’s largest military.

Tech Sergeant Phil Robbins was on night watch when he heard chewing noises in the wall near a central passage. “I thought it was just a hungry security guard eating a pizza,” he said.

Then everything went dark.

“I heard him in there, but there was nothing we could do. The walls are thick, the walls are a special concrete. We just couldn’t get through to the groundhog in time to stop the damage,” TSGT Robbins said.

Eventually, intelligence specialists lured out the saboteur with corn and clover.

Pentagon spokesperson Patricia Marmet said the closure was necessary to repair the critical cable and clean up all the take-out containers and Snickers wrappers the groundhog left behind.

This is not the first time a rodent has caused damage to the military application. There are many such evideces, one of them is as below:

How One Nuclear Missile Base Is Battling Ground Squirrels

By Joseph Stromberg │August 30, 2013

In Montana, squirrels have been tunneling under a base’s fences and setting off intruder alarms, prompting researchers to strengthen its defenses

Malmstrom Air Force Base, in Western Montana, is home to 150 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles, each tipped with a nuclear warhead. Each of these missiles is housed in an underground silo, staffed by two military personnel around the clock, and can be fired on a moment’s notice.

But in recent years, the base has been dealing with an enemy so relentless that they’ve been forced to call in outside help to defend against it. That fearsome enemy is a species of rodent known as Richardson’s ground squirrel.

The squirrels, each about a foot long and 1-2 pounds, dig extensive underground tunnel networks (they’ve been known to excavate tunnel systems more than 30 feet in length). At Malmstrom, they’ve developed an annoying habit of tunneling underneath the fences that protect each nuclear missile’s silo.

Such a loss at the military base is intolerable. What if something like this happens at a crucial time?

Pesticides are extremely harmful to both the target species as well as the non-target species. Armored cables have proved to be ineffective against these rodents since they have a bite force of about 24000 psi by which they can easily gnaw on these cables.

An effective solution is the need of the hour and C Tech Corporation can provide you with that effective solution.

Combirepel™ is a product manufactured by C Tech Corporation which is an extremely low toxic and extremely low hazard, and environmentally safe anti-rodent additive specially developed for a range of polymeric and coating applications including pipes, wires, and cables, etc. It is also effective in case the target species are other animals.

The wires and cables used by the military for radar, communication, control, signaling, data transmission, lighting, surveillance, etc. can be incorporated with Combirepel™ masterbatch to prevent them from pest attack and ultimately avoid any signaling loss, communication disruption or fire hazard. The masterbatch can also be incorporated while manufacturing the landmines thus making them rodent repellent.

Combirepel™ is also available in lacquer and liquid concentrate form and can be easily coated onto an application to repel the rodents.

The liquid concentrate can be blended with paints and applied to the interior and exterior of the building structures to prevent the entry of pest in them. The liquid concentrate can be applied to the interior and exterior of the airports and the offices. The liquid concentrate can be used in accommodation areas of pilots and crew members. The liquid concentrate is compatible with all types of paints and it dries off easily.

The lacquer can be applied on already installed wires and cables, pipes, polymeric and metallic equipment, etc. The already installed arrestor cables can be coated using our Combirepel™ lacquer which will prevent the rodents from chewing them. The lacquer is an easy application which is compatible with most of the surfaces like wood, concrete, polymer, ceramics, concrete, etc.

We have developed our product in the form of a spray, the CombirepelTM pest repellent spray which is an easy to use product. The product can be sprayed on components from the base camps and military areas, offices, kitchen and canteen areas, storage areas, etc. after clearing the dust and waste from components. It can be sprayed on infested areas and entry points. The product when applied properly repels the pests and protects the components from damage. The expensive components can thus be protected, and unnecessary maintenance cost spent on replacement of the parts damaged by pests can be saved. The product does not cause any harmful effect on human health, non-target species or even target species. The product is safe for the environment.

Defence is one of the major sectors defining the growth and development of a nation. It is needless to describe how important these areas are to a nation’s security and prosperity.

Contact us at technical.marketing@ctechcorporation.com if you’re facing problems with rodents and get best remedies to combat the pest menace.

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Ash trees under threat

Street trees keep the city cooler, reduce the runoff to the winter, and provide aesthetic benefits. We have to have trees in the city to make it a livable place. But these trees are often attacked by insects and other pests thereby affecting the trees and ultimately resulting in their death. the ash trees are one such for now.

The ash tree was thought to have medicinal and mystical properties and the wood was burned to ward off evil spirits. In Norse Viking mythology, ash was referred to as the ‘Tree of Life’. Even today it is sometimes known as the ‘Venus of the woods’. In Britain they regard ash as a healing tree. 

But in the recent times, this tree is under the threat of the emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle attack.

More than 60 million ash trees, ranging from one inch to five feet in diameter, have been killed by EAB in the southeast Michigan area alone and tens of millions throughout other states and Canada.

Once EAB populations begin to build, nearly all ash trees in the forest, swamp or urban area are likely to become infested and die — often within a time span of only a few years.

The EAB larvae bore into the ash tree and feed under the bark, leaving tracks visible underneath. The feeding disrupts the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients, resulting in dieback and bark splitting.

Recent news reported were:

Ash Borer Threat To Continue In Manitoba Despite The Cold

Written by Connor Gerbrandt │ February 28th 2019

It looks like emerald ash borers will continue to be a problem in Manitoba, despite the extremely cold weather we had in Southern Manitoba.

Many people were hoping the twin polar vortexes that brought nearly a month of frigid weather would drive the invasive species extinct within the province. Unfortunately, Manitoba Sustainable Development says this will not be the case.

“What we do know is that the cold weather will kill some of the ash borers,” says Pest Management Biologist Fiona Ross “but we also know that it will not kill them all.”


The emerald ash borer is roughly the diameter of a penny and can burrow underneath the bark of trees.

According to Ross, recent in-lab testing shows that roughly 75% of the ash borers die at temperatures colder than minus 30. However, she acknowledges that in a real-world scenario that number is likely much lower.

Emerald ash borer has spread so much in NH that quarantines are no longer worth it

By  David Brooks | September 4, 2018 


This is not a paintball target.

Five years after the invasive insect known as the emerald ash borer was first spotted in Concord, it has spread so far throughout the state that officials may end the quarantine which tried to contain it.

The move would not be a surprise since scores of other states have tried and failed to stop the spread of the beetle known as EAB, which can fly five miles or more at a time.

Insecticides and some biological control practices are being implemented but these have proved to be ineffective.

We need a solution that is effective, eco- friendly and easy to use.

C Tech Corporation can provide you with one such effective solution. The unique product Combirepel™ manufactured by C Tech Corporation is an anti-insect aversive which repels insects.

Combirepel™ works on the mechanism of repellency. It temporarily inhibits the mating cycle of the insects. The product impairs the ability of the insects to reproduce, that is the insects will not lay eggs or the laid eggs will be infertile. The product causes feeding disruption in an insect by triggering an unpleasant reaction within the insect which might try to feed on the application.

The product temporarily blocks the reproduction system of the insects by hindering the release of the vital hormones for growth.

Combirepel™ is an extremely low concern, low toxic, low hazard, non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic insect aversive. It does not kill or cause harm to insects as well as to the environment which indirectly helps to maintain the ecological balance.

CombirepelTM is available in the form of the masterbatch, which can be incorporated into the polymeric applications like polymeric tree guards, pipes, etc.

The product available in the form of liquid concentrate can be mixed in paints in a predetermined ratio and be applied on the fences in gardens to keep the ash borer away from these places.

Our product in the lacquer form can be applied topically on the applications. The lacquer is compatible with most of the surfaces like wood, concrete, metal, polymer, ceramic, etc.

The lacquer can be applied to the tree trunks protecting it from the attacks. The product is also effective against other pests thus protecting the trees from other pest attacks.

Combirepel™ is thermally stable and does not degrade on exposure to heat and sunlight. It does not kill or harm the insect but repels them. It does not volatilize and does not degrade the soil. It is RoHS, RoHS2, ISO, EU BPR, REACH, APVMA, NEA compliant and FIFRA exempted.

Contact us at technical.marketing@ctechcorporation.com to keep the pests away.

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Dealing with gerbils

Gerbils are popular pets in the United States. Gerbils are often kept by young children because they have a great deal of character. However, in recent times, these large gerbils have caused farmers big problems due to the amount of grain they hoard and the damage they do through their constant burrowing.

Gerbils keep themselves busy by digging and they also like to gnaw.

After farmers have planted, the animals move into the lands and begin digging out the seeds. But they do even more damage later, chewing freshly germinated plants and severing them from the seeds. Outbreaks tend to be more frequent during successive wet seasons.

With the grain planting season on hand, farmers have to be aware of the imminent threat posed by gerbils to newly planted crops. Gerbils are a menace to grain farmers and may cause serious crop damage by digging up planted seed or eating germinating seed.

Watch out for gerbils during summer grain production season

By Annelie Coleman │November 5, 2018

With the advent of the 2018/2019 summer grain production season, South African producers need to be aware of the potential losses caused by gerbils to newly planted crops.

It is essential that grain farmers start implementing precautionary measures as soon as possible, said Dr Gerhard Verdoorn, CropLife SA’s operations and stewardship manager.

Registered rodenticides listed in CropLife’s gerbil management plan must be placed in bait stations or in gerbil burrows, he cautioned. Scattering rodenticides on the surface of the soil is not only illegal, but ineffective.

“The animals start digging out seed just after planting, but the most damage is caused when seeds are germinating. This is probably due to seed being soft and more palatable than when newly planted,” he said.

Reports of 40 000 gerbils per hectares were not uncommon, said Verdoorn.

Black Death plague now blamed on giant gerbils, not rats

Rats off the hook as scientists shift blame hundreds of years after peak of pandemic

CBC News · February 24, 2015

The great gerbil, which has also been described as a giant gerbil, is native to Central Asia. A new study suggests that the squirrel-sized rodents, and not black rats, brought the 14th-century Black Death over from Asia in intermittent waves, killing millions of people over 400 years. (Wikipedia)

Rats, long believed to be the scourge that brought the Black Death to 14th-century Europe, may not be the disease-bearing scoundrels we thought they were.  

Scientists have shifted blame for the medieval pandemic responsible for millions of deaths to a new furry menace: giant gerbils from Asia.

The Black Death, also known as the bubonic plague, was one of the deadliest pandemics in history. It was believed to have killed up to 200 million people in Europe. Though very rare today, cases of the plague still arise in Africa, Asia, the Americas and parts of the former Soviet Union, with the World Health Organization reporting 783 cases worldwide in 2013, including 126 deaths.

Use of wax blocks bait is used to kill these rodents but it results in the coagulation of blood. Scattering rodenticides onto the soil surface is not only illegal but ineffective and poses a severe risk for biodiversity.

Since these rodents are vital for our ecosystem, it is of extreme importance to find a safe and non-toxic solution for the gerbils problem which would keep them at bay while not causing any harm.

C Tech Corporation can offer a solution to overcome the damage caused by the gerbils. Combirepel™ is an extremely low toxic, low hazardous non-carcinogenic and environmentally safe, anti-rodent and animal aversive repellent. It does not kill but repels. It is engineered using a unique set of complex compounds.

Combirepel™ masterbatch can be incorporated in polymer pipes, irrigation pipes, drip tapes, agriculture films, mulches, etc.

CombirepelTM is also available in form of liquid solution, lacquer, and sprays.

The CombirepelTM lacquer is a proper solution as a topical application to apply on fencing of trees and lawns. Lacquers do not interfere with the aesthetic properties of the application.

Liquid concentrate can be diluted in paints and applied on surfaces while sprays are easy to use products.

Combirepel™ is cost-effective, inert, and thermally stable and does not degrade on exposure to heat and sunlight. It does not volatilize and does not degrade in the soil. It is RoHS, RoHS2, EU BPR, NEA, REACH compliant and FIFRA exempted.

If you are facing problems from these pests that contact us on technical.marketing@ctechcorporation.com

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Bedbugs invading theaters

Just the thought of bedbugs is enough to make most people’s skin crawl, and finding them at the theater when you need some relaxation and fun time with your family and friends can really be annoying.

Bed bugs are nocturnal eaters, and will rarely bite humans during the day. But a movie theater is an ideal place for them to crawl even at day time due to the darkness while a movie is being played. Bed bugs prefer to come out of hiding when carbon dioxide levels rise, and that this is usually when we’re sleeping deeply, they can come out at any time. In the case of theaters, this may be one of the key reasons for the development of infestations since it is dark inside the auditorium. But, more than anything else, there is food in movie theaters. No, we’re not talking about popcorn and candy. Bed bugs eat blood. While you’re enjoying your concession food, those bed bugs may be enjoying you.

You can pay for the highest/costliest ticket available and still you may worry about the possibility of being bitten by the bedbugs.

Health department confirms bed bugs at Marion movie theater

November 15th 2018

MARION, Ind. (WTHR) – The Grant County Health Department has confirmed investigators found evidence of bed bugs at a Marion movie theater.

The department told our partners at the Marion Chronicle-Tribune the theater tested positive during an inspection last Friday. An Indianapolis pest control company found bed bug casings in one of four theaters tested at the AMC Classic theater and bed bug eggs in one chair of another theater in the building.

The company treated the chairs where evidence of bed bugs was found, as well as the surrounding seats.

The Chronicle-Tribune reported Tuesday night no other signs of bed bugs were found anywhere else in the theater. That leads inspectors to believe someone with an infestation at home brought the bugs into the theater.

Monday night, a Marion woman told Eyewitness News she was bitten all over her back and arms after going to a movie at the AMC Classic theater.

“About halfway through, she said she felt like something bite her,” recalled Dylan Stephenson, whose girlfriend, Adriana Wisner, was the victim of the bites.

Wisner and Stephenson said they left halfway through the movie. Now, they’re concerned they may have brought the bugs home.

Bedbugs ruin family outing at Phoenix movie theater

January 15 2018

There is another report of bedbugs making their way into a Phoenix movie theater.

It is not the first time this has happened at a movie theater, and in this particular incident, the mother isn’t thrilled with the lack of communication from the theater involved.

The mother, who did not want to be identified on camera, said her family went to an afternoon showing of Paddington Bear at the Harkins Theatres at Christown Mall. During the course of the movie, she said her kids started itching inside the theater, and it was only after the movie that they put their heads together and figured out what it was.

The woman said she did receive a full refund on the tickets to the movie, but wanted to spread awareness around the Valley.

Pest control is done in the theaters but despite of this we find cases of bedbugs reported all across the world. Also, these pesticides have detrimental effects on human health and cause harmful diseases so instead of using outdated control measures we can make use of our product, our product Combirepel™ manufactured by C Tech Corporation is an insect aversive repellent which repels insects.

Combirepel™  works on the mechanism of repellency. It temporarily inhibits the mating cycle of the insects. The product impairs the ability of the insects to reproduce, that is the insects will not lay eggs or the laid eggs will be infertile. The product causes feeding disruption in an insect by triggering an unpleasant reaction within the insect which might try to feed on the application.

The product temporarily blocks the reproduction system of the insects by hindering the release of the vital hormones for growth.

Combirepel™  is available in the form of the liquid concentrate which can be mixed in paints in a predetermined ratio and be applied on the material which needs to be protected from bedbugs.

Combirepel™ in the lacquer form can be applied topically to the applications. The lacquer is compatible with most of the surfaces like wood, concrete, metal, polymer, ceramic, cables, wires, etc.

Combirepel™ in the form of the masterbatch can be incorporated into the polymeric applications like pipes, wires, cables, polymeric material, instruments and equipment which we use at theaters.

Our bedbug repellent spray or Combirepel™ pest repellent spray can be sprayed on the theater seats or other places where bedbugs are found. The products in the form of spray are easy to use products and compatible with most of the surfaces. The spray does not leave any stain on the fabric or the cloth used. is thermally stable and does not degrade on exposure to heat and sunlight. It does not kill or harm the insect but repels them. It is RoHS, RoHS2, ISO, EU BPR, REACH, APVMA, NEA compliant and FIFRA exempted.

Contact us at technical.marketing@ctechcorporation.com to keep the pests away.

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Gnawing rats causing gas blasts

A gas leak at home can be an extremely scary affair. Such leakages have led to explosions and ultimately death in large numbers of humans. Even the other gas explosions like the poisonous gas leakages or the petroleum gas leakages are equally scary and devastating.

One major reason for such gas leaks is rodent chewing on the gas pipes that carry the natural gas. The rodents have two pairs of constantly growing incisors which must be kept in check by gnawing else their jaw will be blocked.

But this gnawing ability of the rodents causes in human causalities.

Pieces of evidences for the same are given below:

Couple dies in explosion after rat nibbles tube

January 30, 2019

EZHUKON: A middle aged couple died in a gas cylinder explosion at Ezhukon in Kollam on Tuesday. They were identified as Yohannan and his wife Annamma. The cylinder exploded after a rat nibbled the tube connected from the cylinder to the gas stove. The couple did not give much care even after a foul smell emanated. Fire broke out after they lit the stove without noticing the leak. The accident happened Tuesday morning at 5.30 am. A big explosion occurred when the couple were in the kitchen. Though the seriously injured were taken to the hospital, both died at 3 pm.

Dubai housemaid dies in gas explosion, and a rat’s to blame

July 21, 2017

Dubai Police confirmed on Thursday that a housemaid was killed following a gas cylinder explosion.

The explosion was a result of a rat tampering with the gas cylinder tubes in a kitchen of a villa in Dubai.

Captain Mohammed Ali Al Qasim, head of the criminal engineering department at Dubai Police, said that “the villa’s owner had warned his maids against using the stove in the kitchen after smelling a gas leak”.

However, one of the maids entered the kitchen and ignited one of the burners, leading to the explosion that damaged the kitchen’s walls, which eventually collapsed into her colleague’s room. The maid was killed instantly, while the fire from the explosion caused moderate burns to the other maid.

LPG by itself is colourless and odorless. Ethyl Mercaptan is added to LPG for the smell so that any leakage can be easily identified. But despite of this, people ignore and there are mishaps that occur. So what can be done in first place in order to avoid the rodent bite on the fuel pipes?

No doubt the pipes have to be made rodent resistant. Having said that, people may feel that incorporating rodenticides in these pipes is the only option. But Rodenticides are harmful to surrounding as they leach out fumes and also have a short shelf life and are not 100% efficient.

There is an effective and efficient solution available with C Tech Corporation. We have come up with a unique product known as CombirepelTM .

CombirepelTM is an extremely low toxic and extremely low hazard rodent aversive repellent.

The masterbatch can be incorporated in the gas tubing and pipelines, hindering the rodents from attacking them. It is an anti-rodent additive specially developed for a range of polymeric and coating applications including films, pipes, wires, and cables. It can be incorporated into nearly all base polymers like HDPE, LDPE, PVC, PE, etc.

Apart from this, it is also available in the form of a liquid concentrate, lacquer, and sprays.

The liquid concentrate can be blended with paints and organic solvents and be applied to the pipes. The lacquer can be directly applied to the pipes as a protective coating to protect it from a rodent attack.

The sprays are an easy to use product which can be sprayed near the gas pipelines and affected areas to repel the rats.

The product is compliant with ROHS, ROHS2, ISO, REACH, APVMA, NEA, EU-BPR, and FIFRA exempted.

The products do not interfere with the working of the end application it is used in. They are stable at high temperatures; they do not leach out or produce any toxic fumes.

It looks as if this green chemistry based product is tailor-made for this application. Don’t you feel?

Contact us at technical.marketing@ctechcorporation.com if you’re facing problems with rodents and get best remedies to combat the pest menace.

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