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 feces 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 Combirepel™ 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 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 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.

The product available in the form of liquid concentrate can be mixed with the paints in a pre-determined ratio and be applied to the interior and exterior of the planes.  It can be applied in the pantry and kitchens from the planes.

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.

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