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 for 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 in a pre-determined ratio and be applied to the interior and exterior of the hotels. It can be applied to the guest room, storage room, kitchen, pantry, laundry room etc. from the hotels to keep pests away from these places. The product available in the form of bedbug repellent can be sprayed on the mattresses used in the hotels.

The product is available in lacquer form which is a direct application.
It can be applied directly to the applications like the wooden furniture, kitchen trolleys already installed cables and pipes, etc. from the hotels.

The product available in the form of the masterbatch can be incorporated in the polymeric application like cables, pipes, storage devices, racks, pallets, etc. while they are manufactured.

The product triggers a fear response in rodents thus protecting the application. It causes severe temporary distress to the mucous membrane of the rodents due to which the pest stays away from the application. The product triggers an unpleasant reaction in case if the pest tries to gnaw away the application. After encountering the above-mentioned emotions, the animal instinctively perceives it with something it should stay away from and stores this information for future reference. The fact that certain rodents are repelled is mimicked by other rodents as well. Thus, the other rodents too stay away from the applications. The unpleasant experience is imprinted within the animal’s memory and passed on to its progeny.

The product is compliant with RoHS, RoHS2, ISO, APVMA, NEA and REACH and is FIFRA exempted.

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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:

THE PESKY LOVEBUG INVADES THE PINE BELT DURING ITS FALL MATING SEASON

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.

LOVEBUG POPULATION UNUSUALLY HIGH, MAY LINGER LONGER THAN NORMAL

Sep 01, 2017, Arklatex homepage.com

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 such pests are fumigation and toxic pesticides to combat against this pest menace. Fumigation is tedious and expensive. 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 and lacquer.

The product available in the form of liquid concentrate can be mixed with paints in a pre-determined ratio and can be applied on the interior and exterior of houses, offices, schools, hospitals, warehouses, etc. 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 polymeric applications like wires and cables, pipes agricultural films and mulches, irrigation pipes etc. can be manufactured using our masterbatch.

The product available in the form of lacquer can be used as a direct application and used on most of the surfaces like wood, metal, polymer, concrete, ceramic. The lacquer can be applied on the wooden fences, metal decors, already installed applications like wires and cables, pipes, tree guards etc.

Our product works on the mechanism of repellency. It temporarily inhibits the mating cycle of the insects. The product impairs the ability of the insects to reproduce, that is the insects will not lay eggs or the laid eggs will be infertile. The product causes feeding disruption in an insect by triggering an unpleasant reaction within the insect which might try to feed on the application. The product temporarily blocks the reproduction system of the insects by hindering the release of the vital hormones for growth.

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

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

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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 Combirepel™ can be incorporated in wires and cables, gas pipelines and other polymeric applications used in-house to protect them from the rodent attacks.

The product available in the form of the liquid concentrate can be mixed in the paints in a pre-determined ratio and be applied to the interior and exterior of the houses. The liquid concentrate can be used in the kitchen, bedrooms, lavatory etc, to keep these places safe from pests.

The product available in the form of lacquer is a direct application and can be used directly on the furniture, kitchen trolly, metallic keepsakes etc. from houses. The lacquer is compatible with most of the surfaces like the wood, metal, polymer, ceramic, concrete. The lacquer gives a transparent finish when applied on an application.

The product triggers a fear response in rodents thus protecting the application. It causes severe temporary distress to the mucous membrane of the rodents due to which the pest stays away from the application. The product triggers an unpleasant reaction in case if the pest tries to gnaw away the application. After encountering the above-mentioned emotions, the animal instinctively perceives it with something it should stay away from and stores this information for future reference. The fact that certain rodents are repelled is mimicked by other rodents as well. Thus, the other rodents too stay away from the applications. The unpleasant experience is imprinted within the animal’s memory and passed on to its progeny.

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, ISO, APVMA, NEA and REACH compliant and FIFRA exempted.RoHS, RoHS2 and REACH compliant and FIFRA exempted.

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

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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.

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

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

Combirepel™ liquid concentrate can be diluted in paints in a pre-determined ratio can be applied on walls and many other end applications to keep mayfly away from homes, buildings and other public places.

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

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

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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.

C Tech 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.

The product triggers a fear response in rodents thus protecting the application. It causes severe temporary distress to the mucous membrane of the rodents due to which the pest stays away from the application. The product triggers an unpleasant reaction in case if the pest tries to gnaw away the application. After encountering the above-mentioned emotions, the animal instinctively perceives it with something it should stay away from and stores this information for future reference. The fact that certain rodents are repelled is mimicked by other rodents as well. Thus, the other rodents too stay away from the applications. The unpleasant experience is imprinted within the animal’s memory and passed on to its progeny.

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

Combirepel™ is available in liquid concentrate form can be mixed in paints in a pre-determined ratio and applied on the concrete fence around the cotton farms. The product can be used to paint the interior and exterior of the storehouses used to store cotton and other agricultural produce. This will prevent the pests from entering these areas. available in many forms i.e. coating, Liquid solution, and Lacquer.

Combirepel™ lacquer is a proper solution as a topical application to apply on fencing of trees and lawns. the lacquer can be used to coat the wooden racks and pallets in the storehouses. Lacquer does 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, ISO, APVMA, NEA compliant and FIFRA exempted.

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

Also, visit our websites:
http://www.ctechcorporation.com/
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