Insects in food? We got a solution to keep them away!

Discovering “insects” in your breakfast cereal may be disgusting, but it isn’t unusual because many insects like to eat what we eat. Stored foods commonly infested include flour, cereals, cracked grains, baking mixes and processed foods, crackers, macaroni, cured meats, powdered milk, dried fruits, nuts, popcorn, and spices. Insects that feed on these products may also infest other grain-based items such as pet foods, birdseed, and ornamental corn.

Several stages (egg, larva, pupa, and adult) of these insects may be present at the same time in infested products. Because we keep our houses warm, these insects may continually reproduce and many stored product infestations can be found nearly any time of the year.

The first indication of an infestation is often the presence of small brown beetles, moths or worms in cupboards or on counters. Upon closer inspection, insects may also be found in opened packages or containers of food and in the cracks and crevices of cupboards. Unopened packages may also become infested because some of these insects can readily chew into cardboard and foil packaging. Insects can be brought into the home along with infested food products. They can multiply and spread to other stored foods.

The Indian meal moth is the most common food-infesting moth found in homes, grocery stores and any place where dried pet foods are produced or stored. Food infested with these insects will have silk webbing present, especially near the food surface.

These common insects scavenge and feed on an animal matter like dried meats, dead insects, hides, and woolens. The species that feed on wool and other natural fibers or blends are sometimes called carpet beetles. Closely related species, such as the warehouse beetle, varied carpet beetle, and larder beetle, have expanded their diet and also feed on grain and grain-based products. They are especially common in flour and cereals but also are found in candy, cocoa, cookies, cornmeal, nuts, pasta, dried spices and many other dry foods.

The Sawtoothed grain beetle is another very common pantry pest. It does not feed on intact whole grains but feeds on many processed food products such as breakfast food, bran, dried fruits, nuts, sugar, chocolate, and macaroni. It is especially fond of oatmeal and birdseed. These flat beetles can even get into sealed boxes and packages of food.

Stout beetles are common in homes where they attack pet food, cereals, spices, drugs, tobacco and other packaged foods. Because they closely resemble each other, they are often confused. The heads of both beetles are tucked under the prothorax and are not visible from above. Both are brown and about the same size.

The two beetles can be distinguished by their wing covers. The wing covers of the drugstore beetle have rows of longitudinal grooves, while those of the cigarette beetle are smooth.

Drugstore beetles: The drugstore beetle will feed on bread, but it will also feed on any dried, food-based material. It will damage book bindings. It has been found to perforate tinfoil and sheet lead and easily chews through the most food packaging material.

Cigarette beetles: The cigarette beetle derives its name from its serious infestations of stored tobacco. Adult beetles are about 1/8-inch long, light brown and oval. The most common food materials include pet food, cereal, peppers, spices, raisins, and seeds.

Flour Beetles

There are a number of species of tiny beetles that infest flour, but the two most common flour beetles are the confused and red flour beetles. These beetles are scavengers in that they cannot attack whole grains but rely on other insects to damage the kernels first. In homes, they can be found feeding on flour, cracked grains, cake mixes, beans, peas, dried fruits, nuts, chocolate, spices, and tobacco.

Granary and Rice Weevils

These insects damage whole grains or seeds. They generally do not feed on flour or cereals unless it has become caked.

Adult weevils are very similar. Both are dark reddish-brown and range in size from 1/8 to 3/16-inch long. They have a long snout projecting from the head and wing covers with distinct ridges.

They feed on whole grains, these insects are more likely to be a problem in grain bins and warehouses, but it is possible to have infestations in homes. Most common sources are popcorn, birdseed, decorative Indian corn, and nuts.

Now ‘bugged’ pakoda in IRCTC meal after dead lizard, cockroach

5 August 2017, News X

Mohammad Azad Ali, who was travelling in Sampark Kranti Express in Coach S-9 was shocked when he found a bug in the pakoda which was served to him by the train’s pantry service. The incident took place on August 2.

Incidents of dead insects, vermin being found in food served by Indian Railways are happening on the daily basis.

The quality just doesn’t seem to improve and such cases continue to happen even after the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) after their survey of food being served by Indian Railways mentioned that it was unfit for consumption.

But amidst all this when the passengers are creating hue and cry, it’s hard to say whether the concerned authorities are taking any action to curb all this.

Woman bites into insect from iced coffee in Yishun’s coffee shop

By Mandy How June 18, 2017, Mothership

In another episode of food-invading insects, a woman has discovered a black critter in her iced coffee by sucking and biting into it, no less.

The incident occurred at 925 Chicken Rice, a coffee shop in Yishun Central 1.

In another episode of food-invading insects, a woman has discovered a black critter in her iced coffee by sucking and biting into it, no less.

The incident occurred at 925 Chicken Rice, a coffee shop in Yishun Central 1.

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

There is an urgent need to find an effective solution to protect our food and pantry from these insects?

The conventional methods used to get rid of the pests include use insecticidal baits, glue boards, and traps. However, these solutions are temporary and do not provide an effective solution against the pest nuisance in the pantry. The use of conventional fumigants, insecticides is no longer considered to be an effective solution to get rid of the insect infestation as these insects are becoming increasingly resistant to them. Also, fumigation is a tedious, time consuming and an expensive method and is highly toxic. Exposure to such chemicals for a long time can cause damage to lungs, nervous system and even paralysis in severe cases. Therefore, we are in an urgent need of an infallible plan to combat the problem of increasing number of insects.


C Tech Corporation has come up with an impeccable solution to counteract problems caused by such insects.

CombirepelTM is a blend of smart technology and green chemistry which is developed against these insects. It is the best solution which not only reduces insect infestation in food and pantries but also reduces the colonial expansion.

CombirepelTM anti-insect additive is a  C Tech Corporation product which is an ideal solution for the prevention and control of insect infestation in food and pantries. 

CombirepelTM is an extremely low concern, low-toxic, non-hazardous and non-mutagenic INSECT aversive.

CombirepelTM is available in many forms i.e. masterbatch, liquid concentrate and lacquer.

CombirepelTM liquid concentrate (which can be diluted in paints) and TermirepelTM lacquer can be directly applied in kitchen, laundry areas etc. to avoid damages due to insects.

The masterbatch can be incorporated in the polymeric applications used for storing foodstuff.

All our products work on the mechanism of repellence and they do not harm or kill the target species but work on the mechanism of repellency. Our product is extremely effective on insects.

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Gopher menace in gardens!

Gophers are funny-looking little rodents that live in burrows. The gophers are burrowing rodents. Gophers are endemic to North and Central America. Gophers are especially frustrating because they live underground and it is impossible to follow them to their den. They are masters at tunneling and if even a couple of them move into the yard they quickly can undermine your gardening efforts quite literally. They are similar to rats in their coloring, but you can tell the gopher apart from the rat by its short tail.

Gophers are fairly small, around half a pound and 6-8 inches long. They like loose, moist soil, like the soil you carefully primed for your lawn and garden. Powerfully built in the forequarters, their front feet have long, sharp claws. Gophers have brownish soft fur, large cheek pouches and flattened heads with small ears and eyes. Their hairy tails are about four inches long and are used to navigate through tunnels when moving backwards.

Gophers mean no harm to human beings, they can certainly leave you frustrated, especially if you’re a gardener who takes pride in their work. They can pull all of your beautiful plants and flowers underground with them within seconds considering that they eat all types of plants. Not only can they ruin all of your hard work, but they can often damage underground electrical lines and pipes with their out of control digging.

Once they get started, they create an elaborate network of tunnels, where they store the food they hoard. They carry food to their hoards by stuffing it in their cheek pouches. Unlike ground squirrels, gophers do not live in large communities and seldom find themselves above ground. It is not uncommon for gopher tunnels to interfere with irrigation systems, dams, fields and, of course, homeowners’ lawns and gardens.

Pocket gophers are solitary outside of the breeding season, aggressively maintaining territories that vary in size depending on the resources available

Let us look at some pieces of evidence caused due to gopher

Gopher tunnels run gamut from nuisance to dangerous

Jul 20, 2012, Idaho State Journal

On July 6, nearly a dozen dirt mounds began forming in the backyard of Fred Dykes’ home on Wayne Avenue, near Alameda Road in Pocatello.

The mounds are about a foot in diameter and six inches tall.

“The piles of dirt conceal little tunnel entrances that run through my yard now,” Dykes said.

Tunnels concealed by mounds, Dykes concluded, can only mean one thing — gophers.

“I have lived at 946 Wayne for 48 years now,” he said, “and for the first time, gophers have invaded my yard.”

Wayne used a small garden shovel on Friday to remove one of the dirt mounds contributing to the mini earthen obstacle course now visible from his kitchen window.

But the tunnels and mounds in Dykes’ yard serve as a minor example of the havoc gophers can wreak on various forms of terrain.

Authorities in Melba, Idaho, said Thursday that a woman died after her car fell into a sinkhole created by irrigation water running through gopher tunnels beneath the road.

The Associated Press reported yesterday that a “section of roadway 15 feet wide and 40 feet long collapsed on Saturday, killing 32-year-old Sonia Lopez of Melba.”

Alberta farmers’ fields overrun by gophers

July 29, 2016, The

“It felt like you were walking on gophers all the time,” said Somerville from his 4,000-acre farm.

The ground squirrels (gophers) dig networks of tunnels and holes under farmers’ crops and ranchers’ pastures, leaving mounds of dirt and large sections of acreage razed. They eat the growth for protection, so they can see around them.

A boom in the gopher population causes grief for farmers and ranchers because of chewed crops and damage to equipment the mounds can cause.

The conventional methods used to get rid of the pests include traps, fumigants, rodenticides is no longer considered to be an ineffective solution to get rid of the rodent infestation as these rodents are becoming increasingly resistant to them. Also fumigation is a tedious, time consuming and an expensive method and is highly toxic. Exposure to such chemicals for a long time can cause damage to lungs, nervous system and even paralysis in severe cases.

They play a major role in the ecosystem. By creating the tunnels that they dig they combine fecal wastes and plant elements to improve the fertility of your soil. As a result, new soil is formed quicker due to the minerals that they bring to the surface.

A method is needed to repel these pests without killing. How can that be achieved?

We have a Solution for you!!

C Tech Corporation can offer a solution to this problem. Our product Combirepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous rodent aversive. This product acts through a series of highly developed intricate mechanisms ensuring that rodents are kept away from the target application. This innovative product is in masterbatch form, can be incorporated within the tubes, pipes, agricultural films, etc. The product does not leach out, thus preventing soil pollution.

Our product in lacquer form can be coated over tree guards, fences, various PVC surfaces etc. which would ensure complete protection against these creatures. Our products provide a safe and environmentally friendly solution to avoid rodent infestation.

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Scale Insects:A huge threat to trees and shrubs

During summer months there are many things in our yard that demand our attention. But while we are keeping everything looking nice there may be a problem that is forming on your trees and shrubs without you even noticing. Scale insects are so small that you may not notice their presence on a tree until they begin doing some real damage.

Scale insects are a class of insects named for the protective scales that cover their bodies. They are typically very small (up to 1/8 of an inch) and without any legs, they move quite slowly if at all. Scale insects usually survive by finding a good spot along the veins of a leaf and sucking the sap from the leaf. As long as the leaf continues to provide an adequate supply of sap, they will happily set up camp and stay.

While this sounds like a nice arrangement for the scale insect, it doesn’t really work out so well for the tree or shrub. A healthy tree produces a lot of sap and one scale insect probably wouldn’t do much damage. However, like many pests, these insects reproduce rapidly and each new generation will find a comfy spot, usually on the same tree, and start sucking away. The euonymus variety of scale insects can produce up to 3 generations each year! A constant drain of sap will eventually take its toll on the tree or shrub.

In addition to putting stress on your trees, scale insects also make a mess in and under your trees. As they are gorging themselves on sap, these little creatures are also excreting a sticky substance all over the leaves on which they live. This substance, romantically known as honeydew, covers tree leaves as well as dropping onto the ground or anything else parked under the tree. If left undisturbed, honeydew will often lead to the formation of a black sooty mold.

Let us look at some evidence caused due to these pesky little insects

Scale insect attacking coastal vegetation raises concerns

16/6/2017, LSU Ag Center

The insect, Phragmites scale, is attacking Roseau cane, a plant that grows profusely along the coast. It is considered vital to the fragile marsh’s longevity because the plant’s root system binds the delicate soil. Large stands of the cane have been decimated by the pest, starting in the Mississippi River delta in Plaquemines Parish, and it has been found in other areas.

“This is the next new threat to Louisiana’s coast,” said Randy Myers, assistant secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. “This is a significant problem.”

It’s unknown how the scale insect arrived in Louisiana, Diaz said. It has been intercepted in previous years at ports in Hawaii and California.

The scale could be spread by birds, floating pieces of Roseau cane or boats, he said.

UW-Extension: Scale causing sticky mess

August 24, 2015,WalworthCountry Today

Christine Wen began fielding calls earlier this month from Fontana and Williams Bay residents puzzled by the sticky sap covering not only plants but cars and patios.

The culprits, said Wen, a horticulture educator at the University of Wisconsin-Extension Walworth County office in Elkhorn, is an explosion of scale insects on many different species of mature trees in the area.

There are several different types of scale, but the insects all feed by sucking large amounts of sap from trees, Wen said.

The insects are more of a nuisance to people. Wen said when scale feed on the sap of leaves and twigs, they secrete a sticky liquid called honeydew. The liquid, which is often mistaken for sap, coats tree leaves and branches, and drips down to whatever is beneath. The honeydew is also a source of food for sooty mold fungus, which results in a black crust over surfaces.

The current insecticides are being used to control this menace. Due to the protective scale which covers these insects, they are often resistant to normally sprayed insecticides. So what can we do to eliminate these tiny pests?

At C Tech Corporation we offer a safe and effective solution to deal with these insects. CombirepelTM is a non-toxic and non-hazardous product that primarily repels insects from the application. The best feature of this product that it is environmentally safe and causes no harm to insects as well as for humans.

CombirepelTM is available in the form of the masterbatch, liquid concentrate, which can be mixed in paints in a predetermined ratio and lacquer which can be applied topically on the applications. To keep the insects at the bay CombirepelTM lacquer as well as the liquid concentrate can be sprayed or coated on the tree trunks. The masterbatch can be incorporated in plastic mulches used to cover trees. It is effective against a multitude of other insects and pests like beetles, mayflies, thrips, aphids, etc. The repelling mechanism of the product would ward off the scale insects and other insects that could damage the trees. Thus by using CombirepelTM would effectively ensure that trees remain safe and protected for a long period of time.

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Cockroaches: The worlds most unwanted Guests!

Imagine this the sky is barely bright as you slump your way to the kitchen table where your family is eating some cereal topped with berries. You start to grab some of the same…but wait. What do you see in the container? A cockroach peering at you. Cockroaches can be a significant deterrent to customers and even employees and pose a formidable threat to a restaurant’s profits. Having a cockroach present in your restaurant and seen by patrons likely means they will tell their friends and family, and you could end up being temporarily shut down by health officials.

Cockroaches are attracted to restaurants as they require a relatively warm and moist environment. Besides a place to live these pests need to find food and water. Almost any food can attract and support these scavengers, and infestations can grow very quickly. While roaches do not cause structural damage their presence often indicates unsanitary conditions that may be unhealthy. There are also concerns about them directly causing allergic reactions and spreading disease by contaminating food. When cockroaches attack food, they can spread bacteria through cross-contamination. They pick up bacteria while eating and these bacteria then reside in their guts. When they attack your food, they often leave their waste products (and the bacteria!) on the food. They also may carry the bacteria on their bodies, and pass it on to the food when then touch it. Humans who eat the contaminated food can then be infected by the bacteria and suffer food poisoning. Indeed, cockroach cross-contamination can lead to the spread of, among other bacteria, salmonella, streptococcus and pseudomonas aeruginosa.

They prefer warm and damp areas in out-of-the-way protected places, such as inside walls, called harborages. Roach activity is usually highest at night.

Cockroaches are drawn to areas where access to food and a hiding space is regular and reliable, meaning a cockroach infestation is usually the symptom of poor sanitation, disposal, and cleanliness practices over the long term, and the problem will only get worse the longer these practices remain in place.

Let us have a look at some incidents where cockroach has caused a huge problem to restaurants:

Local fast food restaurant closed due to cockroach infestation

By Mario Montalvo, Kern golden

The fast food joint was closed by the health department after a customer complained about seeing cockroaches.

County environmental health director Donna Fenton said any vermin infestation requires immediate closure because it poses an immediate health risk.

“Often times those cockroaches have been roaming around the restroom,” said Fenton. “They could have been in the restroom. They can contaminate food contact surfaces, utensils, food packaging and even get into the food itself.”

Fenton says infestations like the one at this restaurant are not common.

The last time the restaurant was inspected was in July, and it passed with an “A,” but there were signs of a bigger problem at the time.

“It was noted that they did find cockroaches in the facility, but just not to the extent that they have right now,” Fenton said.


By Sam Fisher Stephen Jones, 16th Feb 2017, Mirror

Diners were forced to down their knives and forks and flee an Indian restaurant when a cockroach infestation broke out in a kitchen.

Their half-eaten meals were left abandoned on tables when health inspectors ordered the popular Sands of Glen field in Leicester closed down on the spot.

Acting on a tip-off by a member of the public, the inspectors visited the restaurant unannounced on Saturday, February 4.

They discovered cockroaches – both dead and alive – in the kitchen, including in the food store and in three of the freezers.

The Leicester Mercury also reports cockroach traps, put down by pest controllers, were also found.

The inspectors, from Blaby District Council, also noted that large quantities of open and uncovered food were left out on kitchen surfaces and that there was food debris, grease, and grime on many surfaces.

The above incidences present a grave picture of the growing pest problem in restaurants. Insecticides are currently the main method used for cockroach control in restaurants. Cockroaches have a legendary ability to develop resistance to a wide range of pesticides used for its control. Moreover, the use of these chemicals though conventional should be stopped as there is a chance of human contact and food contamination.

The time has come for doing all things unconventional and go for a better alternative.

C Tech Corporation provides a solution Combirepel™ which is very effective and long-lasting. The most important unique quality of the product is that it is non-toxic, non-hazardous and environmentally friendly.

Combirepel™ is available in the form of lacquer and can be applied to wooden articles such as door frames, food storage cupboards, etc. which can restrict the cockroaches from nesting in these areas.

TermirepelTM liquid concentrate can also be incorporated in the paint to be applied to galvanized and such other surfaces.  Combirepel™ can thus help us effectively keep cockroaches away from our food as well as our lives!

The masterbatch available can be incorporated in polymeric applications while they are being manufactured, thus keeping the pests like cockroach away from the applications.

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Don’t let rodents check in your hotel

Hotels and accommodation play 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 the 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, this can lead to a power outage and be 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 contacts 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 wherein 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.

From the above evidence, it is clear that pests can be a huge problem to the hotel industry. How can such issues caused by rodents be handled?

C Tech Corporation has a solution to the nuisance rodents.

C Tech Corporation can offer a solution to this problem. Our product CombirepelTM low-toxic, non-hazardous and rodent aversive.  Our product works 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 keep the pests away from the application.

The unpleasant experience with our products is imprinted within animals memory and passed on its progeny. CombirepelTM is available in liquid concentrate which can be diluted in paints. The product is available in lacquer form which is a direct application. This product 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.

Pesky Lovebugs!

Ahh…..the lovebug!As you drive down the highways, you may encounter a nuisance in the form of splattered insects on your windshield, hood, and radiator grill. The nuisance may occur in joined pairs that are less than an inch long. Lovebugs can be a big hazard while driving. They love to swarm near roadways and as a result, cars that have driven through the clouds of these insects end up with decreased visibility and a need for a serious car wash! Although referred to as bugs these insects are actually flies. These insects often end up splatted on your windshield and front grill. Many of the cars coming off the highway are covered in insect gunk

They’re more closely related to biting midges and mosquitoes rather than other common bugs like grasshoppers or termites. Their bodies are black with redheads, and they’re usually seen in pairs. The lovebug (Plecia nearctica Hardy) is a species of fly that happens to flutter about as a male and female attached together. Both sexes are a dull black with a red blotch just behind the head.

Annoying to drive, they can swarm so thickly that driving through a cloud of lovebugs may impair your visibility while driving. There have been claims that the lovebug gunk, when left on the car, will etch the paint on a car. At times, the mating of lovebugs become so abundant in an area that they become a serious traffic hazard.

But why are they attracted to roads and vehicles? Lovebugs are attracted to automobile exhaust that has been irradiated with UV light (i.e., sunlight). It has been proposed that the chemicals in car exhaust, aldehydes and formaldehyde, are similar to the chemicals released by decaying organic matter.Even heat is an attractant for lovebugs and heats radiating off asphalt may be attracting these insects. They love to swarm on automobiles as it a very good attractant for them.

Let us look at some evidence:


7th September 2017, Hattesburg  American

Lovebugs. It seems like they’re everywhere these days hovering in tall grass, swarming around light-colored objects, smashing into the car windshield.”

This is the normal time of year for them to emerge and breed,” said Mike Davis, University of Southern Mississippi associate professor in biology and director of Lake Thoreau Environmental Center. ”

“They’re a pest,” Davis said. “They fly in your mouth when you’re mowing the grass and they fly into your car, but they’re not an agricultural pest.


Sep 01, 2017, Arklatex

It’s not your imagination, the lovebug population is unusually high throughout the ArkLaTex this summer.

“I’ve just never seen them all over the place, in every crack, crevice and just all over, it’s kind of nuts,” said Linc Farrington, who we caught up with at a car wash in Bossier City.

The combination of a mild winter and perfect growing season without drought has the insects out in full force.

“Been a good season for grass, so it’s a good season for lovebugs,” says LSU Ag Center Entomologist, Bentley Fitzpatrick, from the Red River Research Station in Bossier Parish.

What can be done when such unwanted guest is invading on our vehicles.

The current methods which are being used to combat against such pests are fumigation and toxic pesticides to combat against this pest menace. Fumigation is tedious and expensive.

Actually, Lovebugs are beneficial, they take care of the decaying plant matter and feed on that. These pesticides kill the target as well as non-target species.

This problem needs to addressed immediately.

We have a solution for you!!!

We at C Tech Corporation offer a solution CombirepelTM which is a non-toxic,non-hazardous additive that helps to keeps the lovebugs away from the vehicles. It is a broad spectrum repellent which works against almost 500 species of pestering bugs thus efficaciously keeping them away from the application.

Our products are available in masterbatch, liquid concentrate(which can be mixed in paints in a predetermined ratio) and lacquer. To repel these insects the product can be coated on the automobiles in liquid concentrate or lacquer form. The masterbatch can be incorporated in polymer applications of automobiles to keep the pests away. The products work on the mechanism of repellence and do harm or kill the target species. The repelling mechanism of the product of the product would ward off lovebugs any other insects that could prove a nuisance to drivers and motorists.

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Rodents cost big bucks to home owners!

The rodent can cause millions of dollars in damages to homes every year. Although you may feel overwhelmed when mice, rats, and other rodents start munching on your home without your permission. Because rodent teeth never stop growing, these critters need to constantly gnaw and chew to keep their teeth short. It’s a survival tactic. If their teeth grow too long, they won’t be able to eat.

For some reason, rodents really love to gnaw on electrical wiring. This is bad news for the homeowner. Rodents will be able to make their way to every part of your home, from your attic to inside your walls, and everywhere else you have electrical wiring. They’ll chew on the wires and make them bare. As you may know, bare wires increase the risk of a fire.

It’s suspected that up to a quarter of all fires attributed to unknown causes are actually started by wire-chewing rodents.

Rodents will cause damage to your possessions for a few different reasons. They’ll tear your clothing and make use of any other soft material in order to build their nests.

They can also easily chew through your wood furniture in order to get inside to hide. They’ve been known to make their way inside large appliances such as dishwashers and stoves to make their nests.

Both plastic and aluminum pipes are no match for rodents. Mice and other creatures can and will chew through your pipes whether as means to shorten their teeth or just to get through if the pipes are in the way.

Holes in pipes, such as your dishwasher pipes, can lead to costly flooding. If this occurs, you’ll not only have to replace the pipes, but also potentially replace the flooring, the drywall, and other ruined possessions, too.

Your air conditioning units, ductwork and other building places may seem a very inviting place for rodents to set up their homes. Rats and mice love to live inside of ducts and air returns, chewing through insulation and generally causing damage wherever they go. Not only that, but the diseased rodents’ germs may then be blowing through your house.

Attics and crawlspaces act as an invitation to rats and mice who love to practice chewing on thermal insulation. Not only that but if they are nesting in your insulation then you’ll eventually find that your insulation will be less effective. If rodents chew through the insulation around your water heater, they may be creating a fire hazard in your home.

Mice and rats are disgusting creatures that carry germs and disease wherever they go. Hantavirus, Salmonella, and Leptospirosis are just some of the dangerous diseases carried by rodents. Urine, droppings, and saliva from rodents all contain disease-causing germs which can also make their way into the air, resulting in problems with asthma and other allergic reactions.

Let us look at some evidence where rodents have severely damaged the homes and which lead to great monetary loss

Baby snapped playing next to dead RAT as army of giant rodents invade home

17th February 2017, Daily star

Carla Hazlett, 41, claims they have chewed her possessions and left droppings and urine all over her children’s clothes.

Carla said: “There are hundreds of rats and they are into absolutely everything. I can hear them in the walls and ceilings and they have dug holes in the cellar.

“I have found rat droppings and urine on my kids’ clothes in the cupboards so I have had to throw everything out.

“The rats have chewed all my carpets and it has cost me thousands – I had carpeted the house for £1,000 and I had to put a £1,500 three-piece suite outside because there were rat droppings all in it.

“The first time I saw one of the rats, I froze – there was two of them on the worktop in the kitchen just eating the cereal left over from the kids’ breakfast in the morning.

“It has just got worse and worse – I have been sat on the bed before just watching them run around me.”

Berkeley Neighborhood Deals With Rodent Infestation

NBC Bay area, 6th September 2017

Residents of an East Bay neighborhood were not sleeping easy Wednesday night. They had rats on their mind.

The rodent infestation was so bad in North Berkeley that one woman had to temporarily move out of her home.

The rats are causing a lot of problems for Christine Simon and her next door neighbor.

“It started in May,” Simon said. “I got mysterious bites all over my body, very itchy.”

Simon’s dermatologist narrowed her problem down to rat mites. They are parasites that live on rats much like fleas.

“They take up to two months to die on their own,” Simon said. “Two months of going to bed every night and being eaten alive.”

The control of rodents is an integral step to safeguard health, lives, food, property, and economics. The use of conventional fumigants, rodenticides is no longer considered to be an effective solution to get rid of the rodent infestation as these rodents are becoming increasingly resistant to them, the traditional baits and traps are also proving to be useless in preventing rodents from invading our homes. Therefore, we require a long-term and sure shot solution that can help prevent the damaged caused by these rodents in our homes.

C Tech Corporation can offer a solution to overcome this damage. Combirepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous, non-carcinogenic and environmentally safe, anti-rodent additive. The masterbatch of Rodrepel™ can be incorporated in wires and cables, gas pipelines and other polymeric applications to protect them from the rodent attacks. The wooden furniture and other structures can be protected by using Combirepel™ lacquer which can be coated directly on these surfaces. Combirepel™ is cost effective and has a very long shelf life. The product can effectively control the proliferation of these undesired pests! Combirepel™ is RoHS, RoHS2 and REACH compliant and FIFRA exempted.

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Chirping cricket menace!

In many cultures and even for some Americans having crickets in your house is a sign of good luck. Cricket outbreaks are one of the most predictable pest events of the year in most areas. Crickets belong to the insect order Orthoptera group. The largest cricket outbreaks seem to occur during years of dry springs and summers. Field cricket eggs are laid in the fall; approximately two weeks after females mature and develop wings.

Crickets may occasionally wander into the house, particularly in the fall, when it’s cooler at night and insects are looking for warm places to spend the winter. Field and house crickets are strongly attracted to bright lights, and they can enter the house through open doors or cracks in doors, window frames, foundation or siding. Crickets don’t usually lay eggs or live very long inside homes they usually die in the fall or early winter.

Crickets are a nuisance with their presence and noise. Colonies in rubbish dumps can migrate into houses, causing great distress. They are also prone to damage fabric and foodstuffs.

Field crickets are primarily outdoor insects, and as such are only accidental indoor invaders. Nevertheless, they can become a considerable household nuisance when abundant. Unlike house crickets (the species commonly sold in stores as pet food), field crickets do not breed indoors or establish permanent indoor infestations.

Indoors, crickets may damage clothing, drapes or wall coverings with staining from feces or vomitus, or by their feeding activities. Although crickets do not normally feed on fabrics, soiled clothing or clothes stained with perspiration may be damaged by crickets.  They do not attack clean clothes. However, they find body soil, food and beverage stains and laundry starch very attractive. The cricket will eat the remains of the stain and during its feast will often cut the threads of the fabric.

During severe outbreaks crickets can create an aesthetically unacceptable situation around places of business. Dead crickets quickly pile up, causing odors; and many people are repelled by the sight of large numbers of crickets on walls and sidewalks around offices and stores.

Cricket season takes hold in Central Texas

By Sophia Beausoleil, September 14, 2015, kxan

“The best indication of a cricket outbreak is past history and in the past, Texas has experienced big cricket outbreaks,” explained Alex Wild, Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas.

He said those outbreaks in past years happened when there was a lot of food for crickets to eat, followed by a dry summer and then rain at the end of summer.

“Only time can tell, it looks like it might be a good season, but until we see the washes of crickets piling up on our porches, it’s going to be hard to predict,” said Wild.

Exterminators like Joe Cantu, Vice President of Operations for Bug Master, said they tend to see more cricket activity between August and September.

“It’s one of those pests where nobody wants to have around. It’s a nuisance pest, they’re overwhelming, they really smell, so the phone starts ringing,” said Cantu.

Cricket take over Cape town

8th April 2017, News 24

The increasing cricket population in Cape Town has become a nuisance but they are harmless, the city said on Tuesday.

Scientists at Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town concurred that the increase in the cricket population was a phenomenon experienced in many parts of the world, said James.

“It is likely as a result of climatic conditions, in particular the mild winter experienced last year coupled with the slightly wet summer, which favours the hatching of cricket eggs and has resulted in a population boom”, said James.

In the interim residents are urged to block any gaps in their homes through which crickets might enter.

Oklahoma City Crickets: Insects Invade Downtown, Overrun Storefronts, Terrorize OKC Residents

By Philip Ross on September 5, 2013, International Science Times

It’s a plague of biblical proportions. Throngs of crickets have ascended on Oklahoma City, covering doors, sidewalks and walls — really, any surface crickets can reach. Residents shudder at the teeming masses of crickets at their doorsteps and storefronts.

It’s a natural process, but a nuisance for the 592,000 residents of Oklahoma City who have to tread lightly lest they slip on a pile of copulating crickets.

The current insecticides are being used to control this menace. However, besides being extremely toxic and harmful to the environment, most insecticides used for mayflies control will destroy beneficial insects.

Now, no longer we have to depend on these conventional, toxic pesticides to deal with these pests.

C Tech Corporation offers a range of non-toxic, non-hazardous anti-insect aversive, which can be successfully used to keep pesky creatures at bay. Combirepel™ can be easily described as insect aversive, 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. Combirepel™ lacquer as well as. It can be applied as a topical application on the fence, wooden objects, furniture, ceilings, frames etc.Combirepel™ liquid concentrate which can be diluted in paints in a predetermined ratio can be applied on walls and many other end applications to keep mayfly away from homes, buildings and other public places. Combirepel™ is RoHS, RoHS2 and REACH compliant and FIFRA exempted.

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Cotton rats: Threat to our crops

In particular mouse and rat genes are now being cloned at an ever-increasing rate providing a genetic framework for animal models of many human diseases. The cotton rat is technically known as Sigmodon hispidis (i.e. Sigmodon is Greek meaning “tooth”, in reference to the ridges of enamel on its molars, and hispidis is Latin meaning bristles or spines, in reference to its coat). Although it is a rodent, S. hispidis is neither a rat nor a mouse; its closest relatives are lemmings, voles, and muskrats. The cotton rat is the most common rodent in the southeastern United States as well as Mexico and Central America.

Notably, the cotton rat in the wild is now recognized as a primary reservoir of hantavirus in the southeastern United States, and thus it has acquired considerable standing in the epidemiological community.

Cotton rats prefer dense covers such as grassy fields, overgrown roadsides, or fencerow vegetation adjacent to cultivated fields. They also occupy meadows, marshy areas, cactus patches, and weedy ditch banks. Under the protective cover, the cotton rat will have well-defined runways radiating in all directions from the nest site.

They are active year round and do not hibernate although heavy rains and extreme cold weather will decrease its activities. Hispid cotton rats run and swim. Hispid cotton rats are territorial and usually solitary, showing aggression toward other rodents inhibiting the same fields. Cotton rats are normally herbivores, eating the roots, stems, leaves, and seeds of a wide variety of plants. They also feed on sugarcane, fruits, berries, and nuts. Cotton rats will cut tall plants off at the base and continue to cut them into shorter sections. They also eat insects, the eggs and young of ground-nesting birds (particularly quail), and the carcasses of dead animals. They are called cotton rats because they build their nests out of cotton, and can damage cotton crops.

Cotton rats are basically nocturnal but will venture out in the daytime and are active year-round. Cotton rat populations fluctuate greatly, ranging from 11 to 149 per acre (28 to 373/ha), and cause the most serious damage during population peaks. They may damage a variety of crops, including alfalfa, grains, grasses, vegetables, peanuts, fruit crops, sweet potatoes, and sugar beets. Cotton rats are especially troublesome in sugarcane and melons. Since these animals will eat quail eggs, a high cotton rat population may have a detrimental impact on quail nesting success. Cotton rats also compete with quail for the same foods. Cotton rats at moderate densities (<20 per ha) in old-field habitats consume 1-2% of standing crop biomass and destroy another 8% through harvesting of low-quality vegetation and construction of runways.

Hispid cotton rats are known to carry numerous diseases such as, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, rat bite fever, salmonellosis and tularemia, which can be transmitted to humans, pets, and livestock.

Cyclical Population Explosion of Cotton Rats Causes Concern

October 25, 2005

CANYON  The Texas Panhandle and South Plains needed a pied piper this summer to deal with a population explosion of cotton rats.

An alarm was raised this year when the normally range-habitat rat started showing up in towns, getting the attention of homeowners, said Ken Cearley, Extension wildlife specialist in Canyon.

A pumpkin producer in Yoakum County reported up to 60 percent of his pumpkins were damaged by the rats gnawing on them. One homeowner reported trapping 10 in her home.

There was an article in “The Mammals of Texas – Online Edition.” where an incidence took place in Texas again where millions of cotton rodents caused serious losses to farm crops, particularly peas, peanuts, watermelons, and cauliflower.

“This thing exploded rather quickly and we didn’t know how broad and wide it would be,” Gilliland said. “It has been a fire drill for us.

Seemingly innocuous attacks by cotton rats 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 the 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.

These rodents play a vital role in our ecosystem. These cotton rats are used as an important animal model for the study of various pathogens, infections etc. Since these rodents are vital for our ecosystem, it is of extreme importance to find a safe and non-toxic solution for the cotton rats problem which would keep these insects at bay while not causing any harm.

CTech Corporation can offer a solution to overcome the damage caused by cotton rats. Combirepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous, non-carcinogenic and environmentally safe, anti-rodent additive. 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.

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

But the Combirepel™ 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.

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, REACH compliant and FIFRA exempted.

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Mayfly: The pesky little flies

Don’t let the “flies” portion of this insect’s name fool you; they begin their life underwater! The majority of the insect’s life will be spent underwater until it reaches adulthood. Adults leave the water to mate and live anywhere from two days to a week. The mayflies are aquatic insects belonging to the order Ephemeroptera. Mayflies are relatively primitive insects and exhibit a number of ancestral traits that were probably present in the first flying insects, such as long tails and wings that do not fold flat over the abdomen.

During mating swarms of mayflies are known to pile up on surfaces and roads, coating them in a mat of living insects. This makes this insect more of a nuisance, with rare cases of car accidents caused by a lack of visibility from a buildup of mayflies on windshields.

The nuisance of mayflies is typically only present for the one or two weeks a year in the springtime when adulthood is reached and mating begins. After that, it’s back to their eggs and underwater development.

Mayflies are attracted to light. They gather in large numbers around homes and commercial buildings. They are, however, very attracted to light, which can result in massive swarms around buildings at night and piles of dead flies below lights and windows in the morning.

The sheer numbers of these insects during their mating season can cause problems for drivers and annoy homeowners whose houses are coated with bugs. The dead bodies and shed skins of mayflies can also cause an allergic reaction in some people.

Mayflies are a particular nuisance pest for those who live near the lakes and streams where they live and breed. Mayflies may cluster on houses and buildings during mating, becoming an annoyance to homeowners. They may also cover roads, making it difficult and dangerous to drive. Some people also have allergic reactions to the shed skin and dead bodies of mayflies, which dry up and crumble and become airborne.

Mayflies descend on Nekoosa stores
July 19, 2017, Daily Tribune

“Along the Mississippi River there have been clouds of mayflies that are so large that they have registered on the weather radar,” Liesch said. “These clouds can include billions of mayflies.”

Liesch said mayflies are a bit of a nuisance, but are completely harmless to humans.

“There’s nothing effective to get rid of them, and because they only live a day or two, it’s not worth spraying.”

Heckendorf said there still were mayflies at the store Wednesday afternoon, and gas station employees were attempting to spray them away.

The sky was just BLACK’: Small Pennsylvania town invaded by a plague of mayflies as ‘nuisance season’ hits full peak
1 July 2016, Daily mail

A small riverside town in Pennsylvania has been invaded by a plague of mayflies that have taken over houses and cars and even blackened the sun.

The swarms of insects have been emerging from the Susquehanna River in Columbia, to the extent that locals have described what’s happening as like a ‘blizzard’.

Mr Fine said that one of the worst parts of dealing with the pests was that, simply, there is no way to really deal with them – you just have to wait for them to die, and then clean up the mess.

Locals have been cleaning up the mayflies that have to strew their doorsteps and porches, but handling the live ones is a lot harder.

Mayfly nymphs are an important component of many freshwater ecosystems. Grazing by mayflies is important in preventing the build-up of a large biomass of aquatic algae and detritus, and in nutrient cycling.

The most common tool used to manage mayflies is insecticides. However, besides being extremely toxic and harmful to the environment, most insecticides used for mayflies control will destroy beneficial insects.

Now, we no longer have to depend on these conventional, toxic insecticides to deal with these pests! C Tech Corporation offers a range of non-toxic, non-hazardous anti-insect aversive, which can be successfully used to keep pesky creatures at bay. Combirepel™ can be easily described as insect aversive, 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. 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 a liquid form which is mixed in paints in a predetermined ratio. It can be coated on the end applications and lacquer can be applied as a topical application on the fence, wooden objects, furniture, walls, ceilings etc. to keep mayfly away from homes, buildings and other public places.

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Combirepel (TM) to combat against raccoons

Raccoons are nocturnal creatures that look cute and cuddly but are sneaky and sometimes dangerous. With their dark mask and mischievous curiosity, raccoons always seem to be up to no good. It spends the majority of its night scavenging for food. Raccoons prefer wooded areas near a water source as this is their natural habit, however, they have adapted extremely well to the urban environment.  Instead of making their home in a tree, they often nestle in accessible areas in your home such as an attic or chimney, or underneath a deck, house or shed. However, if a raccoon has made it into your home, it will not take long to hear them scurrying about over your head.

It may be hard to imagine how a raccoon can get into your attic but low hanging or adjacent branches to your house provide easy access.  Raccoons are relentless pests, so anything exposed or that can be detached, such as roof vents, chimneys, or fascia boards offer a potential entrance into your home.  Raccoons find attics to be a great environment to raise their young because of the warmth they provide and the abundance of materials that can be used to build a nest.  They will rip insulation off the attic walls and chew through electrical wires, as well as destroy air ducts. They will use your attic as your restroom; faeces will begin to pile up and urine will seep down to your ceiling.

Raccoon carries many diseases. The most common disease is rabies.  Rabies is a deadly disease caused by the neurotropic rabies virus carried in saliva and transmitted by bites.  Raccoons also carry roundworms that can be found in their feces.  Roundworm eggs are resistant to disinfectants and can stick to all types of surfaces. Human exposure to diseases and parasites carried by raccoons needs proper medical attention.

Let us look at some evidence where raccoon

Raccoons Attack Another Resident in Arlington Neighborhood

19th July 2017, Washington DC News

Raccoons have attacked and bitten a man in an Arlington, Virginia, neighborhood just days after a woman was attacked in the same area.

Greg Purcell, who lives in the Fairlington neighborhood, said he was walking out of his front door early Wednesday morning when two raccoons leaped onto his legs.

“I was stepping out onto my porch to put on sun lotion spray and was just looking at the bottle of spray and was just looking at the bottle of spray when all of a sudden the raccoons were, two of them, were chomping on my leg and scratching and clawing me.

Raccoon attack leaves Niagara woman in bandages

By Karena Walter, May 4, 2017, Canada news

An 81-year-old woman is recovering from bites and scratches after being attacked by a raccoon at her St. Catharines home in what officials say is a rare event.

Paramedics took Wilma Hagt to hospital with injuries to her legs and hands while animal services trapped the raccoon Sunday.

“I was bleeding all over,” Hagt said Wednesday from her Carlton Street home. “It was just unbelievable. Half of my finger was off, the top of my finger was dangling.

She went outside towards her car and suddenly felt her right leg being bitten. She said she didn’t see the raccoon coming.

“I ran into the house. We have a small entrance and I thought I’d get away from him, but the door closes slowly because we have little kids here coming in and out, and he snuck in with me,” she said. “That’s when he attacked me quite a bit.”

Hagt said she was stuck in the front mud room with the raccoon as he repeatedly went after her. Hagt’s husband was in the shower and didn’t hear the commotion.

Sick raccoons causing concern in Atlantic Beach

May 02, 2017, News 4 JAX+001

Neighbors say the “masked” furry animals are all over the area, appearing sick and being aggressive. “There’s been a lot of large ones around here in the neighborhood,” Atlantic Beach resident Patrick Peya said.

Neighbors said they’ve seen several raccoons in the streets or in trees showing symptoms of distemper. The sickness does not affect humans but can affect pets and can make raccoons become aggressive.

It’s spread when animals have direct contact with body fluids or droppings from an infected animal.

FWC officials said residents should not try to catch the animals and should make sure their pets are properly vaccinated.

If a person or animal is bitten, alert the health department and seek the care of a doctor immediately, because symptoms might not show for several days, wildlife officials said.

These wily creatures not only cause carnal damage but also economic damage. Being inquisitive as well as dexterous by nature, they amount to huge damage in the wire and cable industry. They will chew wires and cables more often out of curiosity. Moreover, most insurance companies don’t cover damage caused due to raccoons. They don’t pay for the animal damage because it is seen as a direct result of homeowner neglect.

The time has come to protect our loved ones as well as our precious belongings from these raccoons. We at C Tech Corporation recognize this problem and have worked towards finding a practical solution for the same. Combirepel™ is the product of years of tremendous efforts coupled with innovative technology.

Our product Combirepel™  works effectively in repelling rodents and aggressive animals like raccoons. It is one of its kind non-toxic, non-hazardous and eco-friendly rodent and animal aversive. It is available in masterbatches which can be incorporated in cables as well as wires. It is also available in the form of Combirepel™  lacquer which can be applied on wooden doors and frames as well as on fences to keep raccoons from entering the property. This product will be instrumental in keeping raccoons out of your house as well as life!

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Black biting flies

These guys look like harmless house flies but pack a serious punch in swarms. Black flies do not transmit diseases like ticks and mosquitoes do but they sure can be a nuisance.

These small flies are commonly called “buffalo gnats” because of their humped back appearance. They are typically dark in color and appear in a variety of neutral shades from light gray to black.

It can hurt when a black fly bites because she cuts a hole into the skin so she can feast on a pool of blood. She also injects an anticoagulant to prevent the blood from clotting, which can cause a mild to the severe allergic reaction in some people.

The painfully itchy bite of the black fly is created when the female cuts a hole in the skin to suck blood from animals and people. Females will attack incessantly around the eyes, ears, scalp and occasionally on the arms and exposed legs. The pain and swelling of the bite are due to allergic reactions to foreign proteins and toxins that the female injects when feeding. Black flies transmit diseases in the tropics, such as River Blindness. Fortunately, they do not transmit any diseases to humans but can cause extreme discomfort and irritation due to their biting habits and/or great numbers.

The bites of black flies cause different reactions in humans, ranging from a small puncture wound where the original blood meal was taken to a swelling that can be the size of a golf ball.  Reactions to black fly bites that collectively are known as “black fly fever” include a headache, nausea, fever, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck.

Besides being a nuisance to humans, black flies can pose a threat to livestock.  They are capable of transmitting a number of different disease agents to livestock, including protozoa and nematode worms, none of which cause disease in humans.  In addition to being vectors of disease agents, black flies pose other threats to livestock.  For example, when numerous enough,  black flies have caused suffocation by crawling into the nose and throat of pastured animals.  On rare occasions, black flies have been known to cause exsanguination (death due to blood loss) from extreme rates of biting.  Saliva injected by biting black flies can cause a condition known as “toxic shock” in livestock and poultry, which may result in death.

Black fly outbreak across Spokane brings itchy, bleeding misery

June 2, 2017, The spokesman review

Danniele Hall was with her two young children and dog in the Dishman Hills when the black flies attacked.

“Within five minutes, our daughter’s forehead and the back of her neck were bleeding from five different bites,” Hall said. “In the same time, our son had bites all over his shoulders, and I had a bite that caused blood to run down my face.”

Her daughter’s ear and neck became swollen and one of the bites on her son was turning into a blister. Even the family dog suffered bites on his stomach.

“It’s as if they’re feeding on our skin!” she said.

Are black fly bites a health concern?

May 30, 2017, Washington news

Health officials said Monday that black fly populations seem to be on the rise.

The Hole family in Spokane Valley said they enjoy playing in their backyard, especially little Sophia. But Sophia found out the good times outside can come with something very unpleasant.

Sophia’s father, Chris Hole said “She started getting bit and we thought it was spiders at first but then we found it was black flies, they started getting her around the neck.”

Hole said his daughter has been bitten at least six times.

“She doesn’t ever feel them but she ends up getting little welty, red bloody wounds from it,” said Hole. “We don’t like her constantly being attacked when she comes out to play,” added Hole.

Blackflies are actually beneficial to our ecosystem. Black flies sup on nectar and therefore play a valuable role in the ecosystem as pollinators. They also feed and filter dissolved organic matter, making it available to other organisms within the food chain. Since these insects are vital for our ecosystem, it is of extreme importance to find a safe and non-toxic solution for the blackflies problem which would keep these insects at bay while not causing any harm to these beneficial insects.

Now, we no longer have to depend on these conventional, toxic insecticides to deal with these pests!

We need a long-term and effective solution to control their nuisance. We at C Tech Corporation have a solution to combat against these black flies. CombirepelTM anti-insect additive a C Tech Corporation product is the best solution to prevent the infestation against these pesky little black flies. CombirepelTM does not kill the target species but only repels them thus balancing the ecology and thus helping in maintaining the goal of sustainability.

CombirepelTM liquid concentrate (which can be diluted in paints) in a specific ratio on the in the attic and other such places which could keep black flies at the bay. CombirepelTM lacquer can be coated as a (topical application) on the surface of wood/concrete metal fences.

Besides this, we offer CombirepelTM masterbatches that can be added to film, pipes, even cables to protect them from the ravaging insects.

This product work on the mechanism of sustainability and green technology and therefore significant in today’s time and date as ecology salvation has become the prime focus.

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Rodents menace on planes!

The sky is not the limit especially for those who wish to be there. Aviation happens to be the most dynamic industry. With the advent of affordable fares, it has become the new luxury that the middle and upper middle class can now afford. Numerous rat sightings have occurred on planes, and have not only been bad for business; they have also been posing serious health and safety concerns for all on board. Rodents at airports can cause damage directly by gnawing and burrowing activities.

Rodents and insects sometimes manage to hitch a ride on food catering trucks or luggage trollies to get inside planes. Unfortunately, rats on planes have become a distressingly common problem for planes.  Rodents on aircraft also pose biosecurity and health risks. Rodents may carry exotic zoonoses, and rodent faeces have been found in aircraft where food is prepared. The rodent species itself and the diseases it carries may be exotic to the port and country of arrival.

Once the waste food gets exhausted the mice and rats are unable to escape from the aircraft when they are hungry they chew through cables and wires that the pilots need to control the aircraft.

Rats are known to carry multiple pathogens and diseases, and can even chew through cables and wires that the pilots need to control the aircraft.  Rodents have been causing great financial losses to several airplanes.

Let us have a look at some incidences where flights have been delayed due to rat spotting.

Rat delays Air India Delhi-San Francisco flight by 9 hours at Delhi airport

August 28, 2017

An Air India Boeing 777 had to delay its departure from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport for nine hours after a rat was spotted aboard. The rat had been spotted on the aircraft as the plane was taxiing to the runway. The maximum flying time of the crew was over by the time the fumigation of the aircraft was completed. When a rodent is spotted on an aircraft as the rat can chew important wires or cables, which could leave the aircraft inoperable and may even result in a catastrophe.

Tiny Mouse Grounds International Flight From London to SFO

By Terry McSweeney, NBC Bay area, March 1, 2017

More than 300 passengers were delayed in London for more than four hours after the rodent was found on the British Airways jet. The passengers were onboard the plane at Heathrow Airport, about to pull back from the gate, when a flight attendant saw a mouse.

Someone saw a mouse under one of the doors,” said Chris Claeboe, a passenger from Fremont. “They kept us on the plane for about 15 minutes and told us we had to get off because it can’t fly with a mouse.”

Health inspectors find mother rodent and 10 pups flying business class on flight to China

By DANIEL MILLER, 17 October 2013

Health inspectors discovered 11 rats on an airliner after it arrived in China from Hong Kong, underneath a business class seat.

The find, at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport in Fujian Province on September 30, is believed to be the largest number of rats ever discovered aboard a commercial flight.

The aircraft’s cabin was immediately closed while the airport launched a public health emergency plan.

Luckily tests showed no viruses had been left behind by the animals. The plane was later given the all-clear after confirming its wiring was intact.

It is imperative that we take steps to control this damage. To avoid this toxic solution are currently in play. Many times the airplanes are sprayed with certain pesticides which lead to several health problems ranging from nausea to convulsion to more severe ones like birth defects and other genetic damages in future. These pesticides lead to respiratory problems, skin reactions, nervous system damage, and endocrine disorder. Therefore the use of pesticides on planes or any other places with direct human contacts should be totally avoided.

So is there a solution for this rodent menace?

We at C Tech Corporation have come up with a viable solution for this problem. Our product Rodrepel™ is an extremely low toxic, non-hazardous rodent aversive. This product acts through a series of highly developed intricate mechanism ensuring that rodents are kept away from the target application. Our eco-friendly products do not kill the target species but only repel them.

The products are available in the form of solid masterbatches which can be incorporated as a polymer additive in the sheathing of wires and cables used in various sensitive equipment in an airplane to make it rodent resistant. Also, the food lockers and other vulnerable areas to damage can be coated with our lacquer based solutions. Our products have a long shelf life. This product work on the mechanism of sustainability and green technology and therefore significant in today’s time and date as ecology salvation has become the prime focus.

Contact us if you’re facing problems with these rodents.

Grain bag invader – Weevil

Often the grains are found with hollow holes in them. These tiny little holes emerge all of a sudden even when the grains are stored in the protective bags.

From where do the holes appear? Who make these holes in the grains?

Those are the weevils that are responsible for this menace!

What are weevils? Where do they come from? Why do they invade grain bags?

Let’s know the answer to these questions.

Weevil species occur in a wide range of colors and body shapes. Many are slender or oval-shaped insects. Depending on the species, weevils range in size from about 3 mm to over 10 mm in length. They are usually dark-colored—brownish to black. Some have scales or shiny hair covering part of their bodies. The most distinctive feature of weevils is the shape of their head. An adult weevil has an elongated head that forms a snout. The mouth is at the end of the snout. Some weevils have a snout that is as long as the body. Another family of beetles called Bruchidae, such as the cowpea weevil, have a different appearance from the typical weevil. They lack the elongated snout found in the Curculionidae.

Weevils feed on plants in the larval stage and as adults. Some weevils can be very destructive to crops. For many years, one of the most destructive weevils was the cotton boll weevil which feeds on cotton buds and flowers. The black vine weevil is found in many parts of the United States. It feeds on a variety of plants, including hemlocks and rhododendrons.

Often called flour bugs, because that is where they are frequently found, there are actually a number of types of weevil, including rice weevils, seed weevils, granary/grain weevils, maize weevils, and bean/pea/seed weevils, but the “true” weevils – with the snout nose, are the granary, rice, and maize weevils.

Most weevils are found in fields, gardens or orchards. A few weevils attack stored grains and seeds. They can be very destructive, and their damage is often very expensive. The most common stored product weevils are the rice weevil, the granary weevil, and the cowpea weevil.

However, a few weevils become structural pests. These are the weevils that upset homeowners because they invade homes—often in great numbers. Some of them invade in the fall. They hide during the winter and leave in the spring. Others invade in the summer when the weather starts turning hot.

But unlike beetles that live and feed on foods, these weevils actually live and feed inside the food.

The female chews a hole into a seed or grain kernel and deposits an egg inside. The female weevil then seals up the opening, leaving the egg inside. When the egg hatches (inside the grain/seed), the larva feeds on the meat inside until it is fully grown. Once fully grown, the adult weevil eats its way out of the grain/seed.
When they infest grain that is stored in bins and remains undisturbed, they can completely destroy the food.

In the home, weevils can be brought in packaged foods or they can come in from outside. Once inside, a population can grow and expand to food items stored nearby if they are not controlled.



DAUIN, Negros Oriental – A coffee farm in this town is fighting off an infestation of coffee bean borers and coffee weevils, which eat and destroy the coffee cherries, the local agriculture office said.

The Baslay Farmer’s Association last month noticed a defect in the coffee cherries in their 70-hectare coffee farm. In the evaluation of the Regional Crop Protection Center of the Department of Agriculture-Central Visayas, 3 hectares of the Baslay Coffee farm were found to be infested with pests.
Boll weevil bottled up in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley
Ron Smith 1 | Feb 22, 2013

The struggle against the boll weevil will continue until officials get a handle on boll weevils coming out of Mexico. The Lower Rio Grande Valley remains the last bastion of boll weevil infestation in the country, and the decades-old eradication program continues to deplete the pest’s numbers there, but as long as a viable population exists, cotton farmers cannot rest.

We can’t allow these pests to destroy our crops and grains now and then. The loss due to them is just unnecessary. Insecticides have proven inefficient in combating these pests and there’s an urgent call for stopping their menace in a non-hazardous way.

To get the solution, why not we opt for the non- hazardous, low-toxic and eco- friendly products provided by CTech Corporation.

Combirepel™ an anti-insect additive, a C Tech Corporation product is an ideal solution for the prevention and control of bedbug infestation. The masterbatch of Combirepel™ can be incorporated in wires and cables which are used in domestic wiring. Combirepel™ liquid concentrate which can be mixed in paints and can be applied to damaged applications. While Combirepel™ lacquer can be used as a topical application which can be applied to furniture, walls, ceilings etc. It follows 6 pronged strategies which are extremely effective on weevils as well as insects like ants, beetles, grasshopper, termites etc.

Combirepel™ is a non-toxic and non-hazardous anti-insect additive. It 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.

Facing Pest Nuisance in RAILWAYS?

 Railways are the most important means of transport in present day and Indian Railways is the third largest railway network in the world comprising 119,630 kilometres of total track and 92,081 km of running track over a route of 66,687 km with 7,216 stations at the end of 2015-16. In 2015-16, IR carried 8.107 billion passengers annually or more than 22 million passengers a day and 1.101 billion tons of freight annually.

These huge number of passengers travel through rail routes because they are provided with cheap and convenient mode of transport by railways. But with this convenient mode of transport passengers are getting a bad experience now-a-days, aren’t they?

They are facing the rodent and insect nuisance during their long travel journey via railways and following are the evidences:


By Dheeraj Bengrut, Pune Mirror | Updated: Aug 30, 2017, 02.30 AM IST

85 complaints in two months about cockroaches, mosquitoes and rats in trains, including AC coaches, as railways only manages temporary fixes

Over the last few months, there has been a rise in unpleasant complaints under Pune railway division, casting a spotlight on the menace of insects and other pests abounding inside long-distance trains, especially air conditioned (AC) coaches. In fact, more than 85 such complaints have been lodged in the last two months by passengers travelling through, to and from Pune railway division.

Consider one of the passenger’s bad experience against the cockroaches in railways:

Take for instance the nightmare faced by passenger Jaipreet Chhatwal, who was travelling in an AC coach of the Amravati-Pune Express on August 28. His night journey was, unfortunately, a sleepless one, thanks to the large number of cockroaches crawling all around the coach. Ranting about the experience, Jaipreet told Mirror, “It was a sleepless, 12-hour night journey — I must have caught and killed at least 23 cockroaches that night, that too in an AC coach for which premium ticket rates were paid. This was an unforgettable trip — and not in a good way at all.

Southern Railway to pay Rs 27,350 for rat damaging bag on train

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | P ARUL, Published Aug 19, 2017, 6:56 am IST

Chennai: A city consumer forum has directed Southern Railway to pay a compensation of Rs 27,350 to a passenger whose suitcase was damaged by a rodent.

The passenger has the below words to say about his experience on rodents in railways:

On reaching the destination, Devadas found his Samsonite suitcase was cut open in the bottom for almost 6 inches by rats during the travel.  “I purchased the suitcase for Rs 12,600 only recently. And, due to lack of maintenance of the compartments the rats caused damages to the suitcase”, he said.

There are many more complaints regarding the pest nuisance faced by passengers. Why do pest create such a nuisance in railways?

I will tell you why!!

Railways are the attractive points to rodents and cockroaches. There are many reasons for this but let me tell you few. There is availability of large amount of food for eg. left-over food by passengers, open dustbins, pantry areas, etc. Next the railways provide a natural habitat for rodents and insects to survive.

Rodents gnaw over the bags of passengers because they get attract to them. Rodents have two pairs of incisors growing throughout their life. They need to gnaw continuously in order to keep them sharp.

The polymeric applications like wires and cables also attract rodents due to their bright colors, odor and smooth texture. They gnaw at this applications and lead to power failure which can lead to a disaster further.

Insects like bedbugs and cockroaches also create a great nuisance leading passengers for having sleepless nights. The number of insects goes on increasing rapidly within a suitable environment they get in railways.

The wood and sunmica sheets applied all over the railway interiors attract termites. Termites are the most destructive pest. They also gnaw over the polymeric applications. The formic acid produce by them can dissolve even strongest plastic.

Do you think railways are taking effective steps to stop this nuisance?

Pest control techniques used by railways are appreciable but not effective. Pesticides are the hazardous and toxic to animals as well as humans. The pesticides are used in the railways weekly and sometimes monthly.

Though railways are trying to defend against pests but they need to find out a perfect and effective solution knowing the reasons how destructive the pests are and resulting damage so horrible.

Hence CTech Corporation provides you the best solution to all the problems faced in railways due to pests. Our products viz. RODREPELTM, TERMIREPELTM and COMBIREPELTM are the pest repellents developed on green technology.

RODREPELTM is an anti-rodent aversive effective against all the species under order Rodentia.

TERMIREPELTM is an anti-termite/anti-insect aversive effective against a broad spectrum of insects.

COMBIREPELTM is an anti-rodent as well as anti-insect aversive. It works on the combined mechanism of RODREPELTM and TERMIREPELTM.

Our products are extremely low toxic, non-hazardous, and non-mutagenic. It repels the rodents and insects from the application. They do not cause any harm to environment as well as to humans and animals/insects. They are developed on the basis of green chemistry following the ancient technology.

Our product masterbatch form can be used in polymer based products like wires and cables used in railways while manufacturing them. Our liquid concentrate can be mixed in paints and applied over the interiors of railways. Lacquer form can be directly applied on applications as top coating on sunmica sheets, wood structures etc.

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Green way to combat against these pesky little criminals

Thrips are small enough that most of the time you won’t know they’re there, and the damage they inflict on plants is often confusing and can lead one to believe that something else is responsible. And often when I’m assessing a problematic plant and mention them, people will frown and ask, ‘What are thrips?’

Thrips are minute less than 1mm, slender insects with fringed wings and unique asymmetrical mouthparts. Different thrips species feed mostly on plants by puncturing and sucking up the contents, although a few are predators.

Thrips primarily feed on new growth of leaves, flowers and fruit, the damage they do is often caused before this new growth develops fully: flowers and leaves then open with distorted shapes, necrotic patches and streaks that can resemble disease, mechanical damage or nutrient deficiency. They can also feed on matured foliage, leaving behind silverish patches which in some species can become bronze-coloured or corky with time. Thrips are quite tiny, and when hidden deep in a flower bud or the like can be practically invisible. Knocking the plant part while holding it above a white sheet of paper will often dislodge a few and reveal their presence, and they do leave dark little globs of feaces near feeding damage as well.

The most obvious contribution that thrips make to their ecosystem is the damage they can cause during feeding. They feed on flowers, buds, under leaves, or other hidden areas of growing plant parts such as central terminals. This sneaky habit is what makes it hard to control them. Citrus thrips can occur on most fruit trees, California pepper trees and pomegranate. That infestation is indicated by yellow to brownish scabby feeding scars that form on fruit, often in a ring around the citrus stem. The damage from flower thrips can be discoloration and stippling. The more common damage seen is the bleaching and stippling of leaves. The once green leaves take on a slivery appearance and when you turn the damaged leaf over you will notice the tiny black excrement specks. They look like tiny drops of oil. They fly only weakly and their feathery wings are unsuitable for conventional flight; instead, thrips exploit an unusual mechanism, clap and fling, to create lift using an unsteady circulation pattern with transient vortices near the wings. They are capable of flight and also of being carried by the breeze due to their tiny size.

Thrips can also be a nuisance because of their small size. They are able to get into strange places like the inside of a picture frame or LCD television. Imagine the expense of taking your TV apart to extract a wayward thrip. And, to top it off, thrips can bite. The bite is not dangerous, but can create an irritating, itchy bump.

This latter fact is one of the main challenges with their management by chemical means; as they reproduce so quickly, they are able to just as quickly develop resistance to insecticides, and thus these only offer a measure of control for a short time before they are useless.


Coffee pest outbreak threatens Kenya’s yield

May 18th 2017, Standard digital
Coffee pest outbreak threatens Kenya’s yield.Kenya’s coffee output could be adversely affected following an outbreak of thrips in one of the most productive parts of Central Kenya.

The outbreak has hit all coffee-growing zones in Mwea East and Mwea West sub-counties due to what experts said were prolonged drought conditions under which the pest thrives best. Gitari Ndambiri from Kiamichiri village, whose 500 coffee trees have been attacked by the pest, said he had not appreciated the magnitude of the attack until recently. “Towards the end of March, I started noticing some leafs turning grey from underneath, but I did not get bothered since I thought it was due to the prevailing drought,” he said.

According to John Kimani, an industrial crops scientist, thrips have the capacity to obliterate entire crops if untamed.

He said coffee yields could drop by up to 5,000 metric tonnes per season unless farmers unless continuous spraying is done.

Georgia cotton growers having tough time with thrips

By Phillip Roberts, Georgia Extension Entomologist, South east farm press,May 31, 2013

Infestations vary across the state of Georgia, but as a whole this has been a tough thrips year.  Cotton planted in late April and early May grew off slowly which exacerbated (made worse) plant injury symptoms associated from thrips feeding. Thrips numbers were only moderate during the first half of May but plant injury was severe in some areas.

Beginning late last week (about May 23), thrips numbers significantly increased in many areas. We normally expect the peak in thrips populations to occur earlier, but the peak appears to be later than normal.

As stated earlier some species of thrips feed on other insects or mites and are considered beneficial, while some feed on fungal spores or pollen. Hence they hold a lot of ecological importance in our eco system. In many thrips species, by the time their damage is observed, such as after buds open, the thrips may no longer be present. Thus instead of taking controlling remedies one must look for effective preventive measures.

The main challenge is with their management by chemical means; as they reproduce so quickly, they are able to just as quickly develop resistance to insecticides, and thus these only offer a measure of control for a short time before they are useless. Irresponsible use of these chemicals by producers (failing to rotate chemicals, calendar spraying, and incorrect technique) have not helped the situation, and in fact, probably the most widespread of these beasts in Canadian ornamental horticulture, the western flower thrips, is now resistant to most chemical insecticides.

But before your despair causes you to throw your scarred old plants and crops, wait there is a hope.

At C Tech Corporation we offer safe and effective solution to deal with these insects. CombirepelTM is a non-toxic, non-hazardous product that primarily repels insects from the application. The best feature of this product is that it is environmentally safe and causes no harm to insects as well as for humans. CombirepelTM product is available in the form of masterbatch, liquid concentrate (which is diluted in paints in a specific ratio) and lacquer. Combirepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous broad spectrum insect aversive masterbatch which works not only against termites but a host of other insects. CombirepelTM masterbatch can be incorporated in different kinds of films, cables and wires etc and is found to be effective against the most aggressive insects. To prevent the damage causing from thrips to your crops and plants films can be incorporated with CombirepelTM masterbatch which can be used to cover the area or mulches. These films can also be wrapped around fruits to prevent from damage. All this can be done by just repelling the insect and not killing them. Thus, following the course of ecological balance and sustainability.

Contact if you have problems regarding pesky little insects!!

Rodents Damage in Agricultural business!!

Pest menace in agricultural sector is one of the most significant issues today in India which needs to be addressed immediately. Apart from unpredictable rains, droughts and natural disasters insects are also the major contributors in lowering the agricultural yield every year. The damages can be categorized into two types, pre-harvest damages and post-harvest damages. Harvest and post-harvest loss of India’s major agricultural produce is estimated at Rs 92,651crore ($13 billion) according to data published by the Ministry of food processing industries on August9, 2016. The loss is almost three times as high as the budget for the agriculture sector.

They will infest any premises; refuse tips, farms, rural dwellings and watercourses that provide food and shelter.

Rat populations have been rising steadily during the past 30 years, with premises in rural areas twice as likely to be infested as urban dwellings. Warmer winters have allowed rats to survive and to breed for longer periods. In some localities there may also be control difficulties due to resistance to the early anti-coagulant rodenticides, such as warfarin.

Another possible cause of higher rat numbers in rural areas is the fact that stubble burning is no longer practiced and this leaves food in the fields for rats, such as spilled cereal grains.

Rats will travel to find food, water, shelter and a mate. This might be more than two miles a night in the countryside and at certain times of the year when immediate food supplies are not available or weather conditions are harsh.

The degree of movement can be an important factor in the spread of problems associated with rats – namely health problems, contamination and wastage and damage to property, equipment and materials.

The demand for high quality food and concern for the health and safety of farm employees and livestock make these problems highly significant and enforce the need for proper control. Lack of effective crop protection measures during the pre-harvest stages causes various types of pest and rusts to damage the quantity and quality of the crop. Improper storage and handling during the post-harvest period are the major reasons for the damages caused by rodents and insects in agriculture.

The quantitative loss is caused by the reduction in weight due to factors such as spillage and consumption by pest. The qualitative loss can occur due to incidence of insect pest, mites, rodents and birds, or from handling, physical changes or chemical changes in fat, carbohydrates and protein, and by contamination of mycotoxins, pesticide residues, insect fragments, or excreta of rodents and birds and their dead bodies. When this qualitative deterioration makes food unfit for human consumption and is rejected, this contributes to food loss.

Rodents as a part of their oral maintenance constantly gnaw on the various polymeric applications used in agriculture like agricultural films, storage bags, mulches, and even the drip irrigation pipes and tubing.

Apart from damaging the agricultural business they also carry some 45 diseases and are capable of contaminating farm feed and water supplies helping to spread disease from contaminated to uncontaminated areas and from animal to animal. Many of these diseases are harmful to livestock and humans.

Signs that rodents are present where grains are stored include:

  • faeces droppings;
  • runs and tracks (dark, greasy stains) that can be found along the base of walls, fences or across rubble;
  • footprints and tail marks in the dust;
  • urine traces, which are fluorescent in ultraviolet light;
  • chewed grain kernels and gnaw marks on sacks, doors, cables and other materials; and
  • Nests in corners or roof areas or burrows just outside the building.
  • Rodents thrive in places where there is a sufficient food supply, protected places to build burrows and nests, hiding places and access to produce.

Let us look at some news articles.

Farmers’ crops destroyed with rat infestation.

December 13 2016.

This article was published by Mr. McCullough in

One farmer in Carlow says the infestation of rats in his tillage crop could prove a health and safety issue for local residents.

The planting of wild bird cover under GLAS has become the third most widespread cereals crop in the country, after barley and wheat.

However, while the bird cover has generally been very successful, some problems have been identified by both farmers and advisors.

Among the difficulties that have come to light, one of the more serious is rat infestation in the crop.

The farmer planted 1.3ha of the crop, which delivers a payment of up €900/ha/year under GLAS.

A mix of spring barley and linseed was sown and not harvested, as the GLAS measures specifies, with the crop left as a source of winter feed for wild birds.

However, a serious infestation of rats has taken hold in the plot and the farmer is fearful that the rodents could prove a health and safety threat to two nearby houses.

“The rats have really taken over in the crop,” he explained.

“They are burrowing into the hedgerows and they have tracks going through the crop, you’d think they were for sheep.”

He discounted suggestions that another food source could have attracted the rats to the site.

“It is the perfect cover for rats and an ideal food source when you think that there could be around six tonne of barley there to be eaten,” he said.

Under GLAS rules, bird cover must continue to be grown on the same parcel for five years.

Richard Hackett of the Irish Tillage Consultants Association (ITCA) said rat infestation of wild bird cover crops had not been noted as a widespread problem by advisors.

But he said there had been difficulties with the crop and “there were issues that needed to be ironed out.”

Officials confirmed that close to 8,000 farmers in GLAS 1 and GLAS 2 grow around 14,000ha of the crop.

Rodents pose one of the most serious threats to food production worldwide, but indiscriminately removing rodents from ecosystems is not always the best management option.

The magnitude of damage caused by pests in agriculture is huge. Thus there is an urgent need to address this problem.

At C Tech Corporation we offer a solution called Combirepel™ which is a non-toxic, non-hazardous additive that helps us keep rodents at bay without causing any harm to the rodent or any other species that consumes or comes in contact with it.

It is an eco-friendly product that can be safely incorporated in polymers or coated on surfaces to repel rodents and other animals without killing them. Combirepel™ is available in masterbatch and lacquer form, or as a liquid solution (which can be mixed in paints in a predetermined ratio). This product can be added to mulches, coated on tree trunks or incorporated in films to protect our agricultural produce from the damage caused by these rodents.

Contact us if you are facing problems against these critters as well as against insects

The leaf cutter ant

You definitely must have read about woodcutters, but have you heard of leafcutter ants?!

Yes, leafcutter ants!

They are known to cut down the leaves of the trees and carry those along to their nest. Interesting, aren’t they?!

Here’s more about them.

There are 47 species of leafcutter ants. Leafcutter ants are fairly large ants and are reddish-brown in color. They have small spines on their backs.

Like all insects, a leafcutter ant’s body comprises three main parts: head, thorax, and abdomen. The head is where the mouth and sensory organs are found, the thorax is where the legs and wings are joined, and the abdomen houses the digestive and reproductive organs.

Leafcutter ants have two long antennae, and five eyes: two big, compound eyes on either side of their heads, and three simple eyes on the tops of their heads.

While it might seem like they’re vegetarians creating a massive salad bar inside their nests, they’re actually collecting those leaves to feed to their fungus gardens. It’s the fungus they grow from the decomposing leaves that’s their food. Yes, they need the leaves, but only in the way that we need fertilizer to grow our crops.

Leafcutter ant’s social structure is extremely complex with multiple chambers and passages. Leafcutter ant’s colonies can be up to 10 million ants strong, and they need space for all those ants plus their fungus gardens, nurseries, trash chambers and other chambers within their nest. Nests can be from 30m2 to 35m2 in area, and several metres deep, with up to 8,000 chambers and tunnels 70m long, depending on the species. The nest’s chambers are built at depths that provide a suitable temperature for their intended use.

Leafcutter ants are incredible workers, and it’s no wonder they’re considered a major crop pest. They are able to strip a tree of its foliage in less than 24 hours. And studies show that more than 17 percent of leaf production by plants surrounding a leaf-cutter ant colony goes straight into that big, fungus-growing nest. Each ant has a role to play within the colony such as workers and soldiers, and their size and physical appearance reflect what their job is within the colony. But a surprising role is that of a tiny protector. There are ants whose job it is to protect leaves from parasitic flies and wasps. These ants, called minim ants, ride on the leaves and pluck off any parasites that could cause disease or destruction if the parasite made its way into the ant colony.

The ant society actually consists of four main social levels, or ‘castes’: minims, minors, mediae, and majors. Minims, described earlier, mainly work inside the nest, tending to the fungus and ant larvae. Minors protect the foraging columns and also guard the nest. Mediae carry heavier loads back to the nest. Majors provide additional security when the nest is threatened. Some species of leafcutter ants remove waste material from the nest and take it to special areas; others have chambers within the nest to store waste.

When carrying loads back to the nest, minors are susceptible to attack from phorid flies. These flies are parasitic, and lay eggs on the heads of the ants. To prevent this, minims are known to ride on the larger ant’s back (or on the top of the leaf being carried), to fend off any attacks.

They are known to destruct essential trees by cutting down their leaves. Below is the evidence of the same:

Biggest colony of leafcutter ants in Britain has self-destructed – after they chewed through an electric power cable in their tank

By Sophie Jane Evans – Daily Mail Published: 18:03 GMT, 22 May 2014

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

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.
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.

C Tech Corporation has a solution against leaf cutter ants 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 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 Leafcutter ant. It can be used in terms of lacquer as well as liquid form. It can be coated on the end applications. The masterbatch can be incorporated in the applications while they are being produced and thus Leafcutter can be kept away from humans and their pets!

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