Pesticides: The silent bird killers

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

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

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

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

Pesticide blamed for mass bird deaths

Taiwan News │January 19, 2019

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

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

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

22 egret carcasses found, pesticide poisoning suspected

TNN | December 1, 2018

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

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

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

We need to reduce the pesticides risk to birds to reduce the alarming rate of bird death. What can be an effective solution to combat pest menace in fields and also looking for some alternative to these deadly pesticides?

Well, C Tech Corporation can provide a sustainable solution to the pest problems in the fields and thereby reducing the use of pesticides and protect our environment and different species from its ill effects.

The unique product CombirepelTM manufactured by C Tech Corporation is an insect, animal, and bird aversive repellent which repels the pests.

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

CombirepelTM is available in the form of the masterbatch, which can be incorporated into the polymeric applications like pipes, agriculture mulch films, floating row covers, greenhouse films, etc. used for crop cultivation purpose, etc.

The product available in the form of liquid concentrate can be mixed in paints in a predetermined ratio and be applied to the fences in the garden and farms to keep the pests away from these places.

Our product in the lacquer form can be applied topically on the applications. The lacquer is compatible with most of the surfaces like wood, concrete, metal, polymer, ceramic, etc. The lacquer can be applied on the already installed pipes in the fields or garden, fences around farms and garden, walls of the warehouses where the agricultural produce are stored, thus protecting it from damage.

Our newly developed product in the form of a spray which can be sprayed anywhere to repel the pests. The product is compatible with all types of surfaces and can be used by anyone. The CombirepelTM pest repellent spray is safe for use in farms and warehouses.

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

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