Sneaky Rats Boarding Flight!

plane 2Rats are infamous for their destruction, with their gnawing and nesting behavior. Their success as a pest is mostly due to their small size, their hardiness, their short breeding cycles, and their capability to eat a very wide variety of foods.

Rats are active wherever droppings, fresh gnawing and tracks are noticed. Their nests are made from shredded paper or other material and are often found in sheltered locations. Most rodents have an unpleasant, musky odor that identifies their presence. They are excellent climbers and can scale any rough vertical surface. They will also run horizontally along wire cables or ropes and can jump up 13 inches from the floor onto a flat surface. Some rats can even slip through a crack as small as 1/8th inch wide.

Air travel is the fastest method of transport around, and can cut hours or days off of a trip. Savvy travelers favor air travel because it’s faster and less accident prone than other methods of travel. Air travelers can reach most domestic destinations in hours; international travel seldom takes more than 24 hours. Travel also benefits the economy, as well as additional aid to safety and health. Without air travel, much of the world’s cultural life and diversity wouldn’t exist.

Rodents being ubiquitous creatures are present in large numbers at various locations and sometimes also find their way to aircrafts causing a lot of loss and damage. There are generally four ways in which rodents enter in an airplane-the airports, jet ways, food carts or food vending companies, and cargo. Also since the carrier is a confined space they have no means of getting out once they are in. They not only eat the stored food but also attack mechanics like wires and cables, pipes or plastic components used in various equipments, which can endanger the safety of people and the electrical equipment.

Rats have been the cause of great financial losses to several airlines. There have been numerable incidences wherein flights were delayed or even cancelled due to rodent spotting. An incident was reported on 18th March, 2011where a plane en routing Paphos was grounded due to presence of a rat in the cockpit. The pilot feared that the rat might chew on some wire thus endangering the safety of all the passengers aboard. The flight was grounded and a thorough inspection was done to rat out the rat before the plane could resume its journey. Many airlines have a safety measure in place where built-in alarm system is present so that any breach in the wires would set off a flashing light alert and the plane would be diverted to the nearest airport for landing.

planeAnother incidence was reported on 27th May, 2015 where Air India plane was grounded after landing in Leh, due to rodent spotting. The airbus was taken out of service for fumigation. In 2009, an Air India flight from Amritsar to Toronto was delayed for nearly half a day as staff tried to catch a rat that was spotted on board. The flight was delayed while a replacement aircraft was flown in. Rats on board an aircraft can lead to a catastrophe if they start chewing up electric wires; the paper quoted an unnamed airline official as saying.”If that happens, pilots will have no control on any system on board leading to a disaster.

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Emirates cancel flight from UK to Dubai due to rat on board

 Jun 22, 2015, 05.46PM IST

emirates_planeDUBAI: An elusive rat on board an Emirates plane forced the airline to cancel the flight from Birmingham to Dubai last week after officials failed to catch the mouse, forcing passengers to spend another night in the UK. 

“The airline suspended one of its flights — Birmingham to Dubai — after a rat had been spotted on board which caused fear among the passengers especially after all attempts made by the cabin crew to rid the plane of the mouse failed,” the airline was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times today. 

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused,” Emirates, the flag carrier of Dubai, said in a statement. 

An alleged video footage went viral recently on the social networking websites showing passengers inside one of the aircrafts panicking because of a rodent in the plane. Emirates, however, said the video was not true as the flight never left the ground. 

The passengers were then evacuated from the flight EX038 and transported to a city hotel and they spent one night there. The airline then arranged a flight to Dubai for the affected passengers. The incident occurred on June 15. 

British boxer David Haye, a former world champion, was on-board the plane, when the incident occurred. “On tarmac and flight got cancelled due to tiny mouse running around cabin. So spending another night. What’s hot in Birmingham tonight?” he tweeted. 


Planes plagued by rats have made it to the news headlines numerous times before. Ranging from reports about nests of rats in the aircraft cabinet, to reports of rat droppings that were “too numerous to count”, the media has shown it all. Following is a news article about the infamous rat trouble of Delta Airlines, and the ensuing FDA assessment of the scenario:

Given the extent of damage that these adorable little creatures can cause by just nibbling away at delectable electrical cables, necessary steps in the right direction must be taken so as to minimize the impact that their eating habits have on our lives. Killing them is not an option as they are a part of our very diverse eco-system and an integral one at that. So the mechanism of repellence will be the best way to go as it will help solving the rodent problem in a long run.

We need a unique and environmental friendly method to keep them away from further damaging as using pesticides would not only kill the target species but will also harm humans as well as other animals. C Tech Corporation has come up with a optimal solution to counteract problems caused by such creatures. Combirepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous environmental friendly animal and insect aversive. It is a broad spectrum animal aversive majorly designed to be a rodent repellent but highly effective against other animals like rabbits and bears. It works by the action of repellence due to which it drives away the rodents from the application.

Pest insect: A threat to agriculture

insects2Pest insects can have adverse and damaging impacts on agricultural production and market access, the natural environment, and our lifestyle. Pest insects may cause problems by damaging crops and food production, parasitising livestock, or being a nuisance and health hazard to humans. The dark cloud of pests looming over the agriculture sector is spreading and increasing at an alarming rate! Pests, considered as an age old enemy of agriculture, continue to thwart the sector by destroying the crops. Though tiny, they are capable of large scale destruction. They appear in large numbers, attack the vegetation and many times destroy the entire field and the agricultural produce. On average the pests are known to cause 10-16% agricultural produce loss. Toxic and hazardous pesticides of worth million dollars are used to curb this pest problem to little effect.

insects 1It has been reported that pests are spreading towards the North and South Poles at a rate of nearly 3 km a year! This poses a great threat to global food security. With the increasing population, the demand for the food supply is increasing rapidly. In the midst of such situation, the report that the pests are spreading across the globe is surely alarming. The threat posed by these vile pests could lead towards a chaotic situation endangering the global food security and causing loss of millions.

Let’s take a look at the below article

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Insects feast on plants, endangering crops and costing billions

David Montalvo| @montalvo_d; Saturday, 9 May 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

insect3Behind the blossoming flowers and fields of fruit in the U.S. lurks a hungry threat that has crawled and eaten its way through much of the country. Sometimes, the menace infiltrates these places on the backs of unsuspecting hikers and travelers.

Almost always, the damage it wreaks comes at a high cost.

As summer approaches, swarms of invasive species—which the National Wildlife Federation refers to  as “one of the leading threats to native wildlife”—are on a rampage. These organisms attack not just gardens, but also agriculture and the environment, costing the United States about $120 billion each year in damages, according to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

“They are a serious threat to our economy,” says APHIS spokeswoman Abbey Powell. “Federal and state authorities are tirelessly working together to stop the spread of invasive pests.”

insect4Of greatest concern to the government are a group of non-native ants, beetles, moths and flies, and one giant slug. APHIS has identified 18 of these pests that it believes pose the greatest threats to America’s crops, plants and trees, and which inflict damage on a range of businesses, from farmers and citrus growers to the lumber industry.

Oranges wither on the vine, costing billions

The adult Asian citrus psyllid is no bigger than a common gnat and feeds with the posterior of its body raised.

One of America’s most popular food staples is at war against an insect smaller than an apple seed that is spreading an incurable disease. And they are losing.

Over the last few years, the nation’s orange industry has taken a more than $4 billion hit as dead trees and useless crops recently sent orange harvests to their lowest in two decades.

“It’s like a patient that keeps getting sicker and sicker and sicker, until it dies,” says Michael Rogers, interim director of the Citrus Research and Education Center at the University of Florida.

The disease is called huanglongbing, also known as citrus greening. Producing oranges too bitter for juice and too misshapen and discolored for fresh fruit, the bacteria leaves farmers little choice but to destroy every one of their sick trees.

The crawling culprit facilitating its spread is the Asian citrus psyllid, a plant juice sucking bug that with a gust of wind can easily become airborne and carry the fatal bacteria that destroys oranges, limes, lemons and grapefruits.

“If we don’t protect our citrus,” warns the USDA’s Save Our Citrus campaign, “that cup of juice you drink with your breakfast, the beautiful lemon tree in your yard and the curry you use to add zest to your cooking might not be there in the future.”

In Florida, disease-carrying bugs have ravaged citrus crops, triggering dire predictions about the coming extinction of orange juice. Indeed, “the majority of the citrus trees [in Florida] have the disease,” according to Rogers.

The state’s orange production has been steadily declining since the bacteria was first identified there in 2004, according to USDA data, along with the number of acres bearing the fruit.

Rather than invest time and money in grove re growth, some citrus farmers are deciding to sell out to real estate developers, Rogers explains. Yet for those who try and stand their ground against the expanding threat, they are arming themselves with a variety of tools to try and control the psyllid population, including spraying, tenting and steam treatments, the USDA says.

Another possible solution being explored, but one that has been met with some controversy: genetically modifying oranges to make them more resilient to pests and diseases. While GMOs could be more of a long-term solution, says Rogers, a more short-term one is naturally cross-breeding oranges to create “new varieties” that can “better tolerate the disease.”

However, it would be at least four years before their effectiveness could be measured, when the new citrus trees finally yield, he acknowledged.

Insects are not only threatening produce, but attacking forests and trees around the country.

Forest resources in the North Atlantic states are under siege. The Asian longhorn beetle is menacing “recreation and forest resources valued at billions of dollars” and has the potential to destroy “millions of acres of America’s treasured hardwoods,” according to the APHIS.

These are among the invasive pests currently under federal quarantine, which is designed to restrict their movement to greener pastures. Some states are following the federal quarantine.

In Hawaii, a rhinoceros-looking black beetle is attacking coconut-bearing palm trees. The beetle was detected less than two years ago, but the Plant Industry Division of the state’s Department of Agriculture is already calling it a “serious invasive pest.” It is forcing officials there to deploy thousands of traps to capture them, and even asking residents to check their mulch before discarding it.

Another bug in Hawaii also found in California is the light brown apple moth. It is a particularly hungry critter known to damage scores of crops such as avocados, grapes and raspberries, and thousands of plants and trees that include roses and eucalyptus. “It could expand its preferences as it is exposed to new plants and crops,” the USDA-APHIS warns.

Citizens can help in small ways, officials say, offering tips on how to prevent bugs from spreading. One effort is providing hikers, gardeners and international travelers with advice to keep invasive pests at bay—like not moving firewood, not bringing plants or produce across state lines, declaring agriculture items at customs, and washing the soil off tires and outdoor gear before and after trips.

“Most importantly,” says APHIS’ Powell, these “are pests that people can do something about by taking a few simple steps.”

A sure and effective way of combating these insects was devised by C Tech Corporation in the form of their product Combirepel™. Combirepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous, environment friendly insect and pest aversive. It is 100% effective against host of insects and pests like web worms, beetles, etc. Combirepel™ is available in liquid concentrate form which can be diluted further and made into sprays that can replace conventional harmful insecticides. The spray can then be just sprayed on the trees or plants affected.

Combirepel™ is also available in the form of lacquer which can be applied on the trees and the surrounding areas. It is unique in its aspect that it works by the mechanism of repellence and not by killing. Thus, target as well as non-targeted beneficial species are not harmed but are merely kept away from the application.

 

Furry Foes

1Rodents are mammals of the order Rodentia, characterized by a single pair of continuously growing incisors in each of the upper and lower jaws. About forty percent of all mammal species are rodents, and they are found in vast numbers on all continents except Antarctica. They include miceratssquirrelsporcupinesbeaversguinea pigs, and hamsters. Most rodents are herbivorous, feeding exclusively on plant material such as seeds, stems, leaves, flowers and roots. Some are omnivorous and a few are predators.

2Rodents cause millions of dollars in damage to field crops, stored grain and farm equipment each year. More than 90% of the world’s rice is produced in Asia. Rodents and insects inflict losses of 5-10% per annum. This amounts to around 30 million tonnes, enough rice to feed half the population of Europe. In addition, they are the major carrier for more than 60 diseases that are transmissible to humans, companion animals, and livestock.

“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,” states Dr. Gary Witmer, lead author and research wildlife biologist at the USDA-APHIS National Wildlife Research Center. “Sustainable agriculture attempts to ensure the profitability of farms while preserving and protecting the environment upon which they depend.”

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  Reducing rat damage in Bangladesh, from farm to   fork

06 February 2015

Steve Belmain

Gillian Summers

A new research project on the problems rodents cause throughout the post-harvest value chain has been officially launched at an opening ceremony in Bangladesh, hosted by the Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University in Dhaka and involving project partners from the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich (UK), Wageningen University (The Netherlands), the Bangladeshi NGO Association for Integrated Development-Comilla (AID–Comilla), and the small business enterprise Modern Rice Milling Unit, Comilla, Bangladesh.

Rodents can be a big pest problem in crop production, both before and after harvest. In Bangladesh, the most common pest species are Bandicota bengalensis and Rattus rattus. Particularly after harvest when food is stored in buildings and food processing factories, rodents are not only eating and damaging the food but also contaminating the food with their faeces and urine, potentially leading to many disease risks for food processors and consumers.

Keeping rodents out of food stores, warehouses and factories must always be the first line of defence. However, this is not always easy and can be a major challenge in developing countries where food is often stored in small quantities in rural households, or at small market warehouses and milling units that are not rodent-proof.

Understanding the impact of rodents on our food after harvest has not been easy. Previous research carried out by Professor Steven Belmain at NRI has shown that losses of stored rice can be severe;  some findings from Bangladesh have recently been published in an article entitled ‘Estimating rodent losses to stored rice as a means to assess efficacy of rodent management’ in the journal Wildlife Research.

This previous research has led to a new 3-year project funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The objectives of this new research project are to investigate whether rodenticide use in Bangladesh is leading to the development of poison resistance within different rodent populations in the country and what other methods and tools can be used to reduce post-harvest losses caused by rodents and increase food security, food safety and nutrition. 

4Professor Belmain from NRI’s Agriculture, Health and Environment Department said, “The entire project team is looking forward to carrying out the research activities and collaborating with farmers and food processing businesses to help them understand the problems rats are causing for them and to help them develop sustainable rodent management solutions. Fundamental research on rodenticides resistance screening and risks of disease transmission in the food value chain could have major policy implications on how rodents are managed.”

The project was officially opened by the Vice Chancellor of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Professor Md. Shadat Ulla, at an event on the 21st January 2015, which was attended by more than 200 people and reported in local newspapers and websites. Keynote speeches on rodents were given by Professor Steven Belmain from NRI and project partner Dr Bastiaan Meerburg from Wageningen University.

Given the extent of damage that these rodents cause, necessary steps in the right direction must be taken so as to minimize the impact that their eating habits have on our lives. Killing them is not an option as they are a part of our very diverse eco-system and an integral one at that. A sure shot and effective way of doing this is ensuring that these rodents are kept away from our homes, crop fields, storage. The mechanism of repellence will be the best way to go as it will help the rodents stay away in the long run.

As rightfully said they are rats in cutter outfit. Thus a unique method needs to be devised to keep them away from our precious crops as well as garden plants. As we have already established, they are indeed an integral part of our eco-system, killing them is not an option. C Tech Corporation, an Indian company has come up with a novel solution to counteract problems caused by such creatures. They have come up with a range of non-toxic, non-hazardous environmental friendly animal and insect aversive. Their product Rodrepel™ is a broad spectrum animal aversive majorly designed to be a rodent repellent but highly effective against other animals like rabbits and bears. It works by the action of repellence due to which it drives away the rodents from the application to be protected without harming them. Rodrepel™ is available in masterbatch and lacquer form, or as a liquid solution. 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.

Non toxic solution for combating raccoons!

raccoon2Raccoons are wild animals- they are the worst house guests that anyone could ask for. They are sloppy and destructive creatures.  Raccoon is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. It is the largest of the family, having a body length of 40 to 70 cm and a body weight of 3.5 to 9kg. Its grayish coat mostly consists of dense under fur which insulates against cold weather. Two of the raccoon’s most distinctive features are its extremely dexterous front paws and its facial mask which are themes in the mythology of several Native American tribes.

Raccoons are highly intelligent and curious creatures, but they are nuisance to any homeowner. These nocturnal mammals can destroy gardens, make a mess by tipping over garbage cans, and can cause structural damage in search of food.

raccoon1Raccoons have a tendency to destroy everything that they can lay their hands on. Home attics seem to be their habitat of choice. Raccoons given their destructive nature are reported to have torn ducts, insulation on pipes, chewed on wires, etc. It is believed that they do so in search for a bedding place. Raccoons are at the top of the list of wildlife that destroys vegetable gardens. They also are notorious for raiding bird feeders at night as well as garbage cans.

There have been numerous reports of raccoon damage. People in general don’t understand the risks associated with inviting these unruly creatures into their homes as pets. There was an incident reported by KSDK.com on 15th March, 2011where a 4-day old baby was attacked by a raccoon. The baby suffered from puncture wounds and a cut on her head. The reason for the attack was believed to be nosy and inquisitive nature of the animal.

Raccoon-on-PerchThese wily creatures not only cause carnal damage, but also economical damage. Being curious as well as agile 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 animal damage because it is seen as a direct result of homeowner neglect. Another incidence was reported by ‘RT question more’ on 1st of May 2015 where three badly behaved raccoons broke into a top Russian software company and caused hundreds of dollars’ worth of damage. Let’s take a look at the news below giving more details about the incidence.

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Rampaging raccoons beseige mobile company’s office in Moscow

Published time: 1 May, 2015 21:34Edited time: 2 May, 2015 12:26

raccoon newsThree raccoons broke out of their cages and caused havoc at a mobile company’s office in Moscow. The crimes of the striped perpetrators, who overturned boxes and destroyed equipment, were caught on a CCTV cam.

The raccoons arrived at one of the offices of Russian mobile broadband services provider and smartphone maker, Yota-System, together with their animal trainer.

The woman, who went to the office to buy a signal booster, reportedly left the cages containing the raccoons unattended as she had to run to the nearest ATM.

While she was withdrawing cash, one of her raccoons seized the moment and successfully opened its cage. Not only did the raccoon escaped, it also freed its mates.

The three then launched into vigorous activity in the office, overturning every box they found and destroying tow antennas.

the company estimated that the damage caused by bthe animals stood at 44,000 rubles (around $850), 360 Podmoskovye channel reported.

but both sides decided to settle the matter out of court, agreeing that the animal trainer will just stage a free performance for the children of Yota-System’s employees.

the time has come to protect our loved ones as well as our precious belongings from these wily creatures. We at C Tech  Corporation recognized these problems and have  exclusively worked towards finding a practical, environmental friendly, non toxic, non hazardous solution for these problems. Combirepel™ is the product of years of tremendous efforts coupled with innovative technology. our product Combirepel™ works effectively in repelling rodents and other aggressive animals like raccoons. it is one of its kind and is available in polymer compatible masterbatches which can be incorporated in the cables and cable insulation as well as wires. it is also available in lacquer form which can be coated on wooden doors and frames as well as on fences to keep raccoons from entering the property and damaging it. Our product will be  instrumental in keeping raccoons out of your house as well as your life!