How bedbug infestation affects the human body and mind.

 

Bed bugs are the insects that are very tiny resemble a pear seed in appearance with no wings. They are also known as the bloodsuckers as after feeding on blood they become expanded and turn dark red. The bed bugs lay eggs which are unable to see by our naked eyes as the size of the egg is like a pinhead which is present in crack and crevices of furniture, mattresses, clothing behind baseboards and in chairs.etc. Bed bugs have a one-year lifespan during which time females can lay up to 200-400 eggs. Eggs hatch in about 10 days and they are the 1/4th inch long.

The speed of bed bugs is very quick that they can climb on anything and usually they feed at night and hide during the day. Bed bugs usually feed once a week but can survive for up to 14 months without eating.

Bites aren’t usually felt since the insect injects an anesthetic that is mixed with their saliva. Individual response to bites varies, and some people do not react at all. Bites usually appear as small, raised, red lesions.

They may cause itching and scratching which could lead to infection. There is no concrete scientific evidence that they carry blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis B or C, or HIV.

What other health problems can occur:

  • Respiratory problem:
    They often shed their skin and leave behind egg particles and other waste, which can mix with the air. When these inhaled, they can interfere with the respiratory system of a person and result in respiratory problems.
  • Infection problem:
    When the bed bug bites which not only cause discomfort but also lead to itching and constantly scratching will cause wounds as well as the skin infection.
  • Allergic reaction:
    Hypersensitivity to the bites could lead to anaphylactic shock, which is both dangerous and life-threatening.
  • Weakened Immune System:
    Bed bugs bites are itchy and so the person could not be able to sleep properly due to which it affects the immune system.

The below news article gives the evidence for the Bed bugs nuisance,

Holidaymakers attacked by BEDBUGS left ‘mentally scarred’ after infestation at four-star hotel ruins £2,000 trip
Jenny Kirkham from Mirror

A British couple says they were left traumatized after they were bitten by bedbugs during their Spanish getaway.

Sue and John Berry claim to have suffered dozens of bites all over their bodies at a four-star hotel just three days into their two-week, £2,000 holiday.

The retirees are now so fearful of the parasitic insects that they haven’t been on holiday since then.

And they claim that they have been “passed from pillar to post“ after complaining to the tour operator who sold them the trip.

Sue told the Liverpool Echo that she and her husband were left “mentally scarred” and embarrassed as strangers stared at their bites.

 Horrified mother finds BED BUGS in the daughter’s hospital ward after the near-fatal asthma attack
By MARY KEKATOS FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

Erin Ortega says she found bed bugs in her daughter’s hospital room at Banner Desert Hospital in Mesa, Arizona, on Monday night

After alerting hospital workers, the family was moved to another room

But Ortega says that in the second room she found two more bed bugs

Bed bugs do not carry disease, but their bites can cause discomfort and they are difficult to eradicate

A mother says she found bed bugs in her daughter’s hospital room in Arizona.

Erin Ortega and her wife had been switching on and off spending nights with their daughter in the ICU at Banner Desert Hospital in Mesa after she suffered a near-fatal asthma attack.

It’s unclear how long she has been in the hospital or how long she will remain there because the severity of asthma attacks can vastly differ from patient to patient.

On Monday night, while preparing for bed, Ortega told Fox 10 that they noticed a bed bug on the sheets the hospital provided.

After switching rooms, they were horrified to discover that the bed bugs were lurking in several rooms in the hospital.

Ortega says she alerted hospital workers to the bed bug discovering.

The family was then moved to another room but was told it was for ‘staffing reasons’, although it was never fully explained what this meant.

The couple decided to check the room to see if there were any more of the insects.

‘Sure enough, there was another bed bug on the floor behind the recliner, as well as a dead one that was stuck to the chair,’ Ortega told Fox 10.

The couple says they’re worried about their daughter’s well-being as well as of other patients on the ICU floor.

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The product temporarily blocks the reproduction system of the insects by hindering the release of the vital hormones for growth.

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Who are the culprits for power outage?

When electricity was discovered it took out the darkness and spread the light everywhere. As the consumption increased, electricity was generated in central power stations. Post that we have been using electricity for many applications. Electricity became the lifeline of sectors like railways, agriculture, telecommunication, etc. It also helped to increase the wealth and GDP of the nation. Today many countries measure their wealth in terms of how much electricity they produce annually. Hence we cannot afford any disturbances in the production and distribution of electricity.

Electric appliances have made our lives easier. Now our day to day life depends on them. The use of wires and cables make it convenient to distribute electricity. But these wires and cables face many problems every day. One of the major problems is that they have a constant threat of damage caused by rodents.

Rodents have a ubiquitous presence and are a nuisance to us. Rodents like squirrels, rats are notorious. They have a pair of incisors which grow throughout their life. Hence to keep them in check they constantly chew on anything they find hard like our wires and cables. They not only damage our wires and cables but they also affect the equipment at the power station.

There have been many incidences where rodents were the culprits causing power outages. This incident happened in Muncie (US) on 3rd February 2016. A squirrel was responsible for a massive power outage leaving more than 4,000 customers without power. A similar incident happened in Tulsa (US) on 5th February 2016. A squirrel caused 40-minute power outage affecting 5,500 customers.

Because of these increasing incidences, people are keeping track of power outages caused by animals. There are also organizations which keep track of such occurrences. The website called cybersquirrel1 recorded a total of  671 power outages caused by squirrels, 255 by birds, 54 by raccoons, 28 by rats, etc. all around the world till the year 2015. The website only showed officially registered incidences, we cannot imagine the total number of undocumented incidences.

The industry is also afraid of these pesky rodents. They are afraid that these rodents can cause heavy monetary losses and can bring any business to stand still.

John C. Inglis, Former Deputy Director, National Security Agency, US, stated that “I don’t think paralysis [of the electrical grid] is more likely by cyber attack than by natural disaster. And frankly the number-one threat experienced to date by the US electrical grid is squirrels.”

According to the officials of Georgia Power (US), squirrels can cause up to $2 million dollars worth of damage yearly.

Officials at Galvin Electricity Initiative, (US) stated that “Our interconnected and highly visible electric power system is extremely vulnerable, and not just to terrorist attacks and natural disasters. Most power outages are caused by problems in the distribution system, and 85 percent of those are caused by squirrels.”

Looking at the above figures and statements there is need of an effective solution as conventional prevention and control methods like the use of pesticides and insecticides have not been effective. These pesticides and insecticides are not designed to sustain manufacturing processes of polymeric applications. They are toxic and hazardous in nature. They leach out of the polymeric applications. They pollute soil and ground water reservoir.

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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.

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Obnoxious Marmots!!!

Marmots are large rodents that often become a nuisance to gardeners, farmers, and homeowners due to their appetites and burrowing habits. The yellow-bellied marmot is the most common species in the United States and a close relative of the woodchuck. Also known as rockchucks or whistle pigs, yellow-bellied marmots are social creatures that live in communities of 10 to 20 individuals. During the spring and summer, the animals undergo a period of hyperphagia, a feeding frenzy designed to fatten the marmots so they can survive the coming winter. By huddling together in underground burrows lined with hay or grass, marmots hibernate for up to 200 days at a time, easily spending half of their 13 to 15 years of life asleep.

Yellow-bellied marmots grow about 2 feet long and weigh up to 12 pounds. They have coarse brown or tan fur with light yellow coloring on their bellies and large claws on their front feet used for digging extensive burrows underground. Their stout bodies are designed to hold thick layers of fat and their prominent front teeth allow them to chew the stalks, leaves, blossoms, and fruits of their favorite plants.

High elevations and rocky outcroppings used as lookout posts are favored habitats for marmots. They can also be found among pastures, meadows, and rocky steppes. The animals have been known to live among the foothills of mountainous regions, burrowing beneath slopes of tumbled-down rocks and boulders, as well. In urban areas, marmots can be seen sunning themselves or gnawing on the grass at the side of the road.

Marmots prefer food sources, such as clover, herbaceous greens, or garden vegetables. Farmers encounter problems when marmots enter fields where cereal grains, root vegetables, or herbs grow. Marmots are naturally shy of humans and will not enter homes. They prefer to scavenge where they have a clear view of danger.

Marmots can cause major damage to gardens and crops. When feeding, marmots tend to chew the entire plant down to the ground, leaving nothing. Ripe vegetables, herbs, and cereal grains are the most enticing temptations to hungry marmots, who will dig beneath most fences to get at desired plants.

Additionally, unchecked burrows may undermine the structural integrity of manmade dams, levees, or embankments.

Aside from the fact that they may be eating your plants, marmots are not all that dangerous, preferring to lounge around all day instead of chasing you. As long as you leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone. This means, however, that they may bite you if you try to feed them or you accidentally disturb them.

The most dangerous thing about marmots is that they can carry a bunch of nasty things like ticks that cause Lyme disease, or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. It is also possible for them to transmit hantavirus or rabies. These diseases can cause serious medical problems that cause anything from minor aches and pains to severe damage of the nervous and respiratory systems.

Let us look at some shreds of evidence

Marmots plague Eastern Washington neighborhoods

June 24, 2009 │The Oregonian

The large rodents have become pests in the Eastern Washington town of Prosser. Diners at a restaurant in Prosser were startled Monday when a furry marmot wandered through the front door and settled into a corner.

That was no surprise to city Administrator Charlie Bush, who says the big rodents have long been a problem in the central Washington wine town.

In 2006 and 2007, the city paid $5,700 over two years to hire trappers to thin the population. But last year, the City Council ran short of money and decided to get out of the marmot-control business.

Three years ago, residents complained that the rodents were swarming a 75-unit development of manufactured homes near the Prosser airport, burrowing under homes and fouling front porches with their droppings. There were even unconfirmed accounts of marmots attacking people.

Marmots invade Matterhorn area

September 14, 2017

“So sweet!”, coo the tourists. “Shoot them,” say the authorities in Zermatt, where marmots have become a plague. The furry rodents are causing damage to meadows and houses. “If someone leaves a balcony door open, marmots sneak into the house. They also dig beneath retaining walls,” Romy Biner-Hauser, Zermatt’s mayor, told Swiss Public Radio, SRF. “

Farmers in Zermatt are particularly hard hit by the influx of marmots. Shepherd and organic farmer Paul Julen can no longer use one of his fields because of all the marmot holes.

“The risk of accidents is very high when there are so many marmot holes in a meadow,” he said, remarking that he almost lost two newborn lambs that had fallen into a marmot burrow.

The currents rodenticides and traps are being used to control this menace. Repeated exposure to rodenticides builds up resistance in rodents. The pesticides also contribute to air,water and soil pollution. Farmers,pesticide applicators and horticultural workers may contact with pesticides in their professional environment. Several millions of cases of pesticides poisoning are registered every year. Frequent rodenticide applications make the problem worse.

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Groundhogs – the annoying pests!!!

They feed on green vegetables. They dine on beautiful flowers. They burrow holes in the ground.

They are the most annoying and trouble causing pests.

“They” are the GROUNDHOGS!!!

Groundhogs are the largest squirrels of the genus Marmota. The species known by many names such as chuck, whistle pig, groundhog, marmot, monax and others – commonly known as the groundhogs are closely related to tree and ground squirrels, gophers, chipmunks, and prairie dogs.

However, groundhogs are a familiar species in agricultural landscapes within its range, occurring along roadsides, fencerows, pastures, the margins of fields, and even in some suburban habitats. They are normally found in burrows or holes that have been either made by them or by other animals which already left their dwellings.

Groundhogs are sometimes perceived to be pests as they wreak havoc.

How?? Let’s go through the following evidences.

Rock chuck wreaks havoc in Pocatello Parks and Rec building

By Journal Staff, Sep 15, 2017, XTREME IDAHO

POCATELLO — Pocatello Parks and Recreation officials aren’t entirely sure how a rock chuck got into its storage warehouse by Ross Park. But by the time the intruder was discovered, it had already caused hundreds of dollars in damages.

Officials said recently that the rock chuck had entered the warehouse and set up shop during a weekend this summer. Park officials discovered the damage caused by the marmot the following Monday.

By then, the animal had chewed up some foam kayak seats, cords, cardboard boxes and numerous rubber seals around the garage doors. Some of the damaged items were incredibly difficult to reach.

Though rock chucks have been known to occasionally climb trees, this critter was able to access kayaks that were hanging 10 feet off the ground and a cardboard box that was stored 15 feet above the ground.

The kayaks with the damaged seats were retired from future use, while the cords and the rubber garage door seals were replaced. Park employees also had to disinfect and sanitize numerous items because of the animal waste that was left behind.

Marmots invade Matterhorn area

By swissinfo.ch and Radio SRF, SEP 14, 2017 – 13:38

“So sweet!”, coo the tourists. “Shoot them,” say the authorities in Zermatt, where marmots have become a plague. The furry rodents are causing damage to meadows and houses. 

Visitors to the Matterhorn region love the animals and their warning whistles. In Zermatt, there is even a marmot trail, and every kiosk sells postcards featuring the pudgy critters.

But these prized photo subjects are less popular with some of the locals. Normally, marmots live several hundred metres above the tree line. However, many have been making their burrows down in the village of Zermatt, damaging farmers’ fields. And that’s not all.

“If someone leaves a balcony door open, marmots sneak into the house. They also dig beneath retaining walls,” Romy Biner-Hauser, Zermatt’s mayor, told Swiss Public Radio, SRF. “Now we have to do something; it can’t go on like this.”

“The risk of accidents is very high when there are so many marmot holes in a meadow,” he said, remarking that he almost lost two newborn lambs that had fallen into a marmot burrow.

Yes, the groundhogs burrows are responsible for many accidents and damage to garden grown vegetation. They readily graze in the vegetation leading to rapid crop loss and damage.

These rodents are herbivores, which mean they eat vegetation. Groundhogs eat a variety of vegetation including green grasses, clover, alfalfa dandelion greens, garden vegetables such as beans, peas, and carrots, and in the fall, apples and pears. They also feed on grasses and tree barks.

Groundhogs are solitary creatures, and they spend their summers and falls stuffing themselves and taking naps in the sun. They can eat about a pound of food per sitting.

These round creatures look like little bears when they stand up on their hind legs. Groundhogs also have sharp claws that they use to dig impressive burrows in the ground. Groundhogs keep their burrows tidy by changing out the nesting found inside from time to time.

A groundhog’s burrow can be anywhere from 8 to 66 feet long, with multiple exits and a number of chambers. These holes aerate the soil and provide excellent escape hatches for many other animals, but they are dangerous to livestock and farm machinery. They are often thought of as a “valuable nuisance”.

Those impressive tunneling skills cause problems for farmers; tractors can break an axle driving over them or people can trip in one of the holes and break a leg.

Typically, they have a burrow in the woods for the winter and a burrow in grassy areas for the warmer months. It is estimated that a woodchuck chucks wood about 700 lbs.

They are the rodents considered as an annoying pest when it comes to inhabiting your place which may sometimes cause a mess especially if they are hunting for food and may eventually cause some unnecessary destruction within your property.

To avoid such hassle there are many things that you can do to rid yourself with your groundhogs problem.

Usually, the methods used to control the groundhogs are shooting, trapping, or treating their home by lethal gases but all these methods seem to be unsuccessful in reducing marmots damage.

Rather than being unsuccessful, the methods are leading to the extinction of the species. Hence to maintain the ecological balance you need an eco-friendly way to combat against these large critters.

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Combirepel™ is manufactured by using the mother’s nature gift of senses bestowed to these rodents. It is developed by using green chemistry and modern technology. It does not kill or harm the targeted as well as non-targeted species.

Combirepel™is available in the form of a masterbatch, liquid concentrate, and lacquer. Combirepel™ masterbatch can be incorporated in the polymer-based products like wires, cables, pipes, agricultural films, equipment polymer parts, etc.

Combirepel™liquid concentrate and lacquer are the topical applications which can be applied on the surfaces of the application.

The product is compliant with ROHS, ROHS2, ISO, REACH, APVMA, NEA, EU-BPR, and FIFRA exempted.

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Menace of the orange toothed!!

Swamp rats also known as orange-toothed species, coypu and nutria are the water-loving rodents that inhabit banks of rivers, lakes, lagoons, marshes, and swamps.

Swamp rats are about 1 meter in length measured from the end of its muzzle to the tip of its round scaly tail. It has short rounded ears and small eyes that are set high on the head to see clearly whilst swimming.

Swamp rats are native to South America but were introduced to the British lands. The Swamp rat’s fur is specially adapted to keep it warm and dry in winter. Long, coarse guard hairs conceal and protect the soft velvety underfur. This under fur is the reason for the Swamp rats breeding in British lands.

The Swamp rats are a constant reminder of the folly of introducing foreign species into a new country without fully considering the consequences. The consequences are as follows:

Swamp rats bite into new territory, but overall Louisiana wetland damage down

By Tristan Baurick, Posted on July 5, 2017 | The Times-Picayune

Nutria is on the move, eating up marshes in three Louisiana coastal parishes that had been largely untouched by the invasive rodent for almost a decade. That’s the bad news.

Since 2001, Nutrias have converted at least 42 square miles of land into open water, according to Wildlife and Fisheries.

The critters showed a renewed taste in the past year for Jefferson, St. Charles and Cameron parishes. These parishes had three of the six new damage sites noted in the 2017 Swamp rats survey. They hadn’t suffered any new damage since 2009.

Nutria regular favorite, Terrebonne Parish, suffered the lion’s share of the damage in 2017. Terrebonne had 82 percent of the total Swamp rats damage recorded in the latest survey. That’s down from last year’s estimate of 99 percent.

Across all coastal parishes, about 5,900 acres showed varying signs of Nutria damage.

Nigeria’s Ailing President Returns Home to an Office Full of Rats

PHILIP OBAJI JR., 08.24.17 12:00 AM ET

Muhammadu Buhari, a career military man, had promised to run the war against Boko Haram with an iron fist. But he’s clearly enfeebled, and the rodents are just one more problem.

CALABAR, Nigeria—Two days after President Muhammadu Buhari returned home—he had been away in London for 103 days receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment—he managed to address the country. He looked frail and his speech was slurred in the broadcast early Monday morning, but he told his fellow citizens that he had been “kept in daily touch with events at home.”

“Following the three months’ period of disuse, rodents have caused a lot of damage to the furniture and the air conditioning units,” Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, told the local newspaper This Day as he explained why the president had not been to his office since his return.

It’s still not clear what variant of the rat was responsible for the damage, there are many in Nigeria: thicket rats, swamp rats, shaggy rats, and more. But the infestation hit an office that was renovated only two years ago.

As the fur demand decreased the Swamp rats is considered as the pests in many areas, destroying aquatic vegetation, marshes, and irrigation systems, and chewing through human-made items, such as tires and wooden house paneling, eroding river banks, and displacing native animals.

Swamp rats breed quickly and the breeding is continuous throughout the year. Besides breeding quickly the Swamp rats consume a large amount of vegetation. They feed yearly on plants including grasses, sedges, reeds, water parsnip, and even water lilies.

Swamp rats herbivory severely reduce overall wetland biomass and can lead to the conversion of wetland to open water. Swamp rats are typically more destructive in the winter than in the growing season, due largely to the scarcity of above-ground vegetation; as Swamp rats search for food, they dig up root networks and rhizomes for food.

On plots open to Swamp rats herbivory, 40% less vegetation was found that in plots guarded against Swamp rats by fences. Swamp rats fed more in the fertilized areas. Hence farmlands sprayed with fertilizers are more attracted by these Swamp Rats.

There are several methods used to control the Swamp rat infestation but are proving to be economically expensive and harmful to the environment. The rodenticide Zinc phosphide is used currently but is expensive and remains toxic for several months. The toxicity is reduced with the help of heavy rains but the toxic chemical enters into the water bodies.

Hence we need the best solution to combat against this orange-toothed pest.

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The product Combirepel™  is developed by studying the natural repellency of plants against pests by using green chemistry and advanced technology.

Combirepel™ an eco-friendly rodent aversive works on the mechanism like fear, discomfort, aversion, training and association and conditioning.

Combirepel™ does not cause any harm to target as well as non-target species and hence helps to maintain the ecological balance.

Combirepel™  is available in three different forms viz. Masterbatch, Liquid Concentrate, and Lacquer. Masterbatch can be used while processing the polymeric applications such as wires, pipes, tires, agricultural equipment, etc. Liquid concentrate and Lacquer are the topical solutions that can be applied on the surfaces of fences, wooden house paneling, human-made items, etc.

Hence by using Combirepel™ one can have the best solution to combat against the destructive species- swamp rats.

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Mice Menace in Agriculture

The agriculture sector is one of the important sectors all over the world as it provides us with the basic requirement which is food. But a menace to this sector is the loss created by rodents; namely rats, mice, and squirrels; which leads to huge productivity loss and crop contamination.

Rodents are a great threat to farmers as they destroy one percent of the world’s cereal crops on an annual basis. Rodents are the consumers of vitamin and protein-rich foods and often fed on crops embryo, stripping away germination capabilities and nutrients in the process. Rodents are notorious for contaminating food supplies, and one of the primary targets is grains.

Rodents cause harm in pre-harvest as well as the post-harvest stage of the agriculture farming. During pre-harvest time rodents attack sowed grains and decrease the productivity. The loss cannot be estimated. During the post-harvest time the rodents attack on fully developed crops and stored grains.

The drip irrigation technique applied as water conservation method has suffered loss due to rodents. The drip pipelines fall prey to the rodent attacks as they constantly chew on them as a part of their oral maintenance. As well as the water supply pipelines usually equipped with motors also fall prey to rodent attacks. The electric and water supply gets interrupted and cause delay, indirectly increasing the maintenance work of the farmer.

Mallee farmers reporting mice causing damage to canola crops

Gregor Heard 31 Aug 2017

MALLEE farmers in Victoria are anxiously monitoring flowering and budding canola crops for mice damage.

Growers are finding late winter crop damage most severe in canola as opposed to cereal crops, with mice tempted by soft, oil-rich canola buds.“There are crops that you could see going 1.5-2 tonnes to the hectare, but others where there are mice issues you can see going only 0.8t/ha or so, there is a big difference.”

“There is a wide variation in terms of the mouse load, farmers need to make sure they are getting out in the crop and walking around and checking whether they have numbers building up now.” In terms of identifying potential high mice loads, Ms. Browne said chew cards of canola soaked cardboard could be used to get an idea of the presence of mice, while growers also need to be on the look-out for chewed nodes, tillers or buds. Cropping farmers warned to look out for mice heading into warmer months.

KATE DOWLER AND ALICE POHLNER, The Weekly Times

August 29, 2017

FARMERS in the Wimmera, Mallee, and parts of the Western District are being urged to monitor and bait for mice in crops heading into spring after what was described earlier this year as some of the worst mice damage ever seen.

“In my area, mice are starting to run up canola plants that are flowering and lopping off seed pods, so that is a sure sign that we need to do something now,” Mr. Hastings said.

“We will need to bait in flowering lupins and canola.”

Mr. Hastings said the group, which takes information from CSIRO trapping, found mice were not currently doing a lot of damage to crops in Victoria.

“But we are concerned, coming into springtime, that they will become more active,” Mr. Hastings said. “The message to farmers is to continue monitoring.”

Like the above-mentioned cases, there are many cases of rodent attacks on farms causing severe damage to crops and its productivity. Entomologist said 4.6 to 54% paddy crops were lost due to rat infestation. Rodent attack damage as much as 55% of horticultural crops. The extent of stored grain losses depends upon the distribution, abundance, and species composition of the rodent population involved.

Mechanical, biological and chemical control methods are present but are not much effective against the regulation of rodent population density. The methods have some adverse effects on crops and indirectly to human beings. Hence there is a need for solution strongly effective rodent repellence.

C Tech Corporation  has developed Combirepel™    ranges of an extremely low toxicity and extremely low hazard and eco-friendly, non-dangerous and environmentally safe anti-rodent additive that has been evaluated in various applications. It offers long-life action and has been bottom-up designed for various applications. Combirepel™  acts through a series of highly developed intricate mechanism that ensures rodents are kept away from the target application.

Our product Combirepel™  makes use of the sensory mechanism of smell. Ferocious species are deterred from biting by advanced mechanisms like dermal irritation, extremely pungent taste and sensory stimuli modifications, thus conditioning there response towards the Combirepel™  containing Products.

Rodents, being social animals, communicate the unpleasant experience to their population in the vicinity. The product is environmentally friendly, meaning that it does not leach out of the polymer matrix, in addition to exercising the basic function of keeping the targets away.

The product is compliant with ROHS, ROHS2, ISO, REACH, APVMA, NEA, EU-BPR, and FIFRA exempted.

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Magpie: The eye attacker!

The black and white magpie is widely considered one of the most intelligent animals in the world and one of the only nonmammal species able to recognize itself in a mirror test. Magpies have lived in close association with humans for centuries. They have unusually long tails (at least half of their body length) and short, rounded wings. The feathers of the tail and wings are iridescent, reflecting a bronzy-green to purple. They have white bellies and shoulder patches and their wings flash white in flight. Like other corvids, they are very vocal, even boisterous. Typical calls include a whining “Maag” and a series of loud, harsh “chuck” notes.

Magpies build huge, domed nests. In the winter when deciduous trees are bare, the large nests are easily seen.

Magpies can cause substantial damage locally to crops such as almonds, cherries, corn, walnuts, melons, grapes, peaches, wheat, figs, and milo. Their damage is probably greatest in areas where insects and wild mast are relatively unavailable.

Magpies are often found near livestock where they feed on dung-and carrion-associated insects. They also forage for ticks and other insects on the backs of domestic animals. Perhaps the most notorious magpie behavior is the picking of open wounds and scabs on the backs of livestock. If they find an open wound, such as that from a new brand, they may pick at it until they create a much larger wound. The wound may eventually become infected and, in some instances, may kill the animal. Magpies, like ravens, may peck the eyes out of newborn or sick livestock.

Magpies rob wild bird and poultry nests of eggs and hatchlings. They can be very destructive to poultry, especially during the nesting season when magpie parents are gathering food for their young. Magpie roosts can be a nuisance because of excessive noise and the odor associated with droppings.

Magpies have caused physical damages to humans. The extent of damage has left people blind!

Surge in eye injuries as Melbourne magpies go on attack spree  
Australian Associated Press – Thu 19 Oct 2017 03.54 BST

Hospital issues warning as ‘extraordinary’ spate of bird-inflicted injuries include a penetrated eye that required surgery

A penetrated eye that needed surgery is just one of an “extraordinary” spate of magpie-inflicted injuries in Melbourne, and one hospital has issued a warning about the swooping birds.

The number of eye injuries caused by the bird has risen significantly, according to the emergency director of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear hospital, Dr Carmel Crock.

“Normally, we might see one or two a month,” she told ABC radio on Thursday. “But in July we saw 14 cases of bird eye injuries. August there were 12.

“In the last week, we saw five in the one day, including a penetrating eye injury that needed to go to theatre.”

Many attacks took place in Lonsdale Street, Punt Road, Lygon Street and Heffernan Lane in the CBD, Crock said.

Magpie put down after attacking Perth boys

September 14, 2017

A MAGPIE that attacked two young boys in a popular Perth park, causing serious damage to one child’s eye, has been destroyed.

Both toddlers were rushed to hospital by their parents on Sunday after they were swooped by the same male native bird a few hours apart at Whiteman Park in Perth’s north.

One-year-old Jacob Gale underwent emergency surgery on his left eye after the bird punctured his eyeball with its beak.

“They’ve had to remove the lens of the eye because it’s damaged,” Jacob’s father Adam Gale told Channel 7 News.

Until Jacob can communicate, doctors won’t know if his son has suffered long-term sight damage, he said.

Despite being swooped twice, three-year-old Bodee White suffered no permanent damage from scratches inflicted on his face and eyeball.

Vicious magpie attack leaves girl half blind after the angry bird pecked her left eye as she rode her bike at a park

By Belinda Cleary For Daily Mail Australia

PUBLISHED: 06:51 BST, 14 October 2016

A seven-year-old girl has lost all sight in her left eye after a vicious magpie attack at the beginning of swooping season.

Imogen Liddell and her mum Jodi wanted to ‘get out of the house’ last month and decided to go on a bike ride together at a park in North Rockhampton, in central Queensland, before she was attacked by the angry magpie.

‘We were riding and the bird came behind me and then came into my eye,’ Imogen told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Blood came out of my eye and then a boy took us to his mother who took us home so we could call an ambulance.’

Imogen’s mother Jodi told Daily Mail Australia she was less than five meters behind her daughter when she watched the attack unfold.

Many conventional methods are used to stop the menace caused by these birds. Nets are used to prevent the entry of the starlings in human dwellings. Bird nets made of nylon or fiber can be spread along with screws and hooks over the house roof to trap the birds. A major disadvantage of this technique is that the pigeons can peck the net and break free. Thus, it does not offer a permanent solution. Sound deterrents that available in the market make different kinds of sounds such as those of gunshot, hawk sounds, and firecrackers to scare away the pigeons. The disadvantage of sound deterrents is that their continuous exposure can be a nuisance to the humans. Bird spikes are used to prevent birds, but other non-target animals get hurt when they come across these spikes. Improper installation of the of the spikes is ineffective and highly dangerous. The biggest disadvantage of using bird spikes is that their installation may cause a considerable amount of damage to the property. Bird gel is dangerous when children and pets are around the area where it is used. There is a possibility of the children and pets getting stuck to the bird gel.

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Combirepel™  Bird repellent lacquer is the product produced by  C Tech Corporation to prevent the menace caused by birds. This product is specially designed to prevent bird perching and roosting.

It is available in the form of concentrate lacquer. The product prevents birds perching or roosting by making surfaces uncomfortable, intimidating, tacky. The repellant evokes a physiological effect which the birds associate with sensory cue and then learn to avoid. Some birds use their sense of smell through which they recognize that the product is a threat. The product prevents the birds from laying the eggs on the trusses. It causes irritation to the pain receptors associated with taste.

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Osprey resulting in power outages

Birds are a major problem for utilities. They collide with overhead structures and conductors, they are electrocuted, and damage facilities leading to customer interruptions.

Though fish are by far the most important part of the diet, ospreys have been recorded catching a wide variety of other prey, including birds, reptiles and even crustaceans.

The osprey is a large bird, measuring 55 to 60 cm in length and weighing 1,000 to 1,800 grams. The female osprey bird is larger and weighs 1,200 to 2,000 grams. The wingspan is 120 to 175 cm. It is glossy brown on the upper parts. The head and underparts are greyish white.

Osprey are adaptable birds and are able to nest in natural and artificial structures close to water including at the top of dead trees, hydro poles, duck blinds, microwave towers and navigation light towers respectively.

Ospreys require nest sites in open surroundings for easy approach, with a wide, sturdy base and safety from ground predators. These birds build their nest out of large sticks on utility poles, sometimes creating a danger of fire or electrocution for themselves and their unhatched eggs.

The number of incidents between birds and power infrastructures has provoked concern in both the electricity supply industry and in conservation circles, public and private alike.


Nesting birds spark power pole fires

Two fires in Tryon caused by Osprey nests on utility poles

Brian Higgins · CBC News · Posted: Apr 27, 2018

Nesting birds are responsible for two utility pole fires this month that have left Maritime Electric customers in the dark.

The most recent, in Tryon, P.E.I., Thursday night and into Friday, left more than 1,000 customers without power. It’s the second fire in the community this month on utility poles where ospreys had built nests.

“There were branches on site at the pole so [repair crews] suspect this was the cause,” said Kim Griffin, Manager of Corporate Communications with Maritime Electric.

Osprey nest causes power outage

By: CHRIS DANDROW

Updated: Aug 17, 2016 – Inform NNY

ORLEANS, N.Y. – About 2,000 homes and businesses in northern Jefferson County were without power for about an hour yesterday.

The reason? An osprey nest.

Apparently, a nest on top of a power-line pole started falling apart, triggering the outage.

Nearly 1,200 National Grid customers in the town of Orleans lost power, with close to 600 in Alexandria about 400 in the town of Clayton going dark as well.

Everyone was back up and running by about 8:30 Tuesday morning.

Eversource: Osprey to blame for power outage in Old Saybrook

Posted: June 03, 2015

By Joseph Wenzel IV, News Editor

OLD SAYBROOK, CT (WFSB) –

Utility company officials are blaming osprey for the power outage in the center of Old Saybrook on Wednesday morning.

Eversource officials said more than 1,700 customers or 25 percent of the town lost power in the downtown Old Saybrook around 5 a.m. The Ospreys were reportedly building a nest in that area, which led to a power outage.

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Our product Combirepel™ is an extremely low toxic, extremely low hazard animal, insect, and bird aversive. This product acts through a series of highly developed intricate mechanism ensuring that birds are kept away from the target application. Our eco-friendly products do not kill the target species but only repel them.

It is available in the form of masterbatch and concentrate lacquer. The product causes the bird’s pain receptors associated with taste. Some birds use their sense of smell through which they recognize that the product is a threat. The product is specially designed to prevent perching and roosting of birds. Repellent evokes a physiological effect which the birds associated with sensory cue and then learn to avoid it.

The products are available in the form of solid masterbatches which can be incorporated as a polymer additive in the cables used for various applications to make them bird resistant. The masterbatch can be incorporated in polymeric wires and cables, electric switches and appliances while they are manufactured.

The already installed cables, electric junction boxes, cable carriers, and ducts, etc. can be coated with our lacquer to protect them from the birds gnawing these applications and thus preventing power outages.

The product is anti-corrosive and water resistant and has no effect of UV light. The product is transparent and is compatible with most of the surfaces which are easy to apply.

Thus using the bird’s sensory mechanism we can get rid of them without causing them any physical harm.

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Protecting Our Crops from Insects

Insects are the most diverse species found on earth. They can be found in places like desert, jungles, mines, caves, swamps etc. except the ocean. They are the most adaptable form of life. When these insects cause damage to our crops they become pests. Insect pests inflict damage to humans, farm animals, and crops.

Insect pests inflict their damage mainly by direct feeding on above ground or below ground plant parts. Insects with chewing mouthparts like a grasshopper,images beetles cause feeding damage such as holes and cuts in stems, bore, and tunnel in plant tissues. They also cause injury to plants when they lay eggs in plant tissue. Some insect is also associated with transmission of plant diseases. Because of this infestation many plants die, many of them grow to be abnormal and nutrition deficient. Also in the storage area of crops, these insect pests contaminate feeding media through excretion, molting, dead bodies and their own existence in the product, which is not commercially desirable. Damage done by insect pests encourages infection with bacteria.

Provision of food has always been a challenge facing mankind. Most of the country’s economy depends on agriculture. Due to damage was done by insects, grains lose value for marketing, consumption, and plantation. Herbivorous insects are said to be responsible for destroying one-fifth of the world’s total crop production annually. This reflects the major loss to the economy of the agriculture and food industry. Indian agriculture currently suffers an annual loss of about US$ 36 billion.

Here is some news on how insect infestation has damaged the crops:

Insects feast on plants, endangering crops and costing billions

Behind 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.

As summer approaches, swarms of invasive species—which the National Wildlife102658255-AsianLonghornedBeetle.530x298 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).

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.

– 9 May 2015, U.S. CNBC

Flea beetles, cutworms top list of insects bugging Manitoba farmers in 2015

“Insects didn’t take a massive bite out of Manitoba crops in 2015, but there were some nibbling problems caused mainly by flea beetles and cutworms,” says Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development entomologist John Gavloski.

Borers were also found in the stalks of some potatoes, edible bean and hemp this year. It’s not unusual to find corn borers in crops other than corn when populations are high or when the corn isn’t at the right stage to attract the borer, Gavloski said in an interview.

-27 November, 2105, Manitoba, Manitoba Co-operator

In Florida, the OJ crop is getting wiped out by an Asian invader

Florida oranges are threatened with destruction if scientists and the government can’t find a way to stop an Asian bug from spreading a tree-killing disease.

The harvest for the state’s signature fruit could plunge to 27 million boxes by 2026, according to an Oct. 21 report by the Florida Department of Citrus. That’s an 82 percent drop from 149.8 million boxes in 2005, the year the bacterium that causes Huanglongbing, better known as citrus greening, was found in southern Florida.

The disease is spread by the Asian citrus psyllid, a tiny winged insect, and there’s currently no known cure. Greening already caused industry-wide losses of $7.8 billion and more than 7,500 jobs in 2006 to 2014, the University of Florida estimates.                                                                                                                     – 24 November, 2105, Florida, Chicago Tribune

Pink bollworm a nightmare for Bt cotton growers

Most of the crop in Raichur district has been destroyed by the pest.

Farmer from Kadagamdoddi village in Raichur taluk, spent Rs. 2 lakh to cultivate Bt cotton on 15 acres that he had taken on lease. Before he could harvest the first round of yield, the entire field was destroyed by pink bollworm.

“I dread visiting my cotton field and seeing this devastation,” he told The Hindu on Friday. He is not the only farmer to face this problem. Another farmer who cultivated Bt cotton on 18 acres of land said the crop was destroyed by the pink bollworm. He incurred a loss of over Rs. 3.5 lakh.

Disheartening stories of Bt cotton farmers are unfolding across Raichur district, which is one of the major cotton growing districts in the State. The extent of loss is yet to be measured as no survey has been conducted. Cotton is cultivated on nearly 60,000 hectares of lands in the district, most of which is Bt cotton. Farmers started switching to the crop in big numbers in 2007-08 and there has been increase in acreage over the years since then.

-5 December 2015, Karnataka, The Hindu

Using toxic insecticides and pesticides to stop damage caused by insects is not an ideal solution. Insecticides and pesticides are designed to kill and because their mode of action is not specific to one species, they often kill or harm organisms other than pests, including humans. Also, the majority of insects are directly important to humans and the environment. For example, several insect species are predators on other harmful pests; others are pollinators, decomposers of organic matter or producers of valuable products such as honey or silk. Some can be used to produce pharmacologically active compounds such as venoms or antibodies.

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The fencing and tree guards can be coated withCombirepel™ to protect the trees, shrubs etc. from the damage caused by the grey squirrels. The product can also be incorporated into agricultural films, greenhouse films, plastic mulches used on a large scale in the agriculture as well as horticulture sector in order to avoid damages caused by these squirrels to fruits and vegetables. Also, the products can be directly incorporated in the polymer matrix during processing of pipes and tubing. Combirepel™ does not leach out, thus there is no soil pollution. Groundwater reserves are also not polluted. Also the non-target beneficial species like earthworms, bees etc are not affected.

The product is compliant with ROHS, ROHS2, ISO, REACH, APVMA, NEA, EU-BPR, and FIFRA exempted.

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Rodents and Insects: Threat to Gas Pipes!!!!

Polymers are very large molecules made up of thousands of atoms that are bonded together in repetition. They are widely used in gas gathering application due to their properties like durability and flexibility. In gas gathering application the lines collect gas from smaller lines and move it to central collecting point. Polymers like PP, HDPE, LDPE, PVC etc. are the most widely used polymer materials for the distribution of natural gas. Extensive testing and field performance confirm that the long-term strength of polymer is unaffected by natural gas and its common constituents.

Traditionally steel pipes were used to carry natural gas and LPG. Steel pipes are subject to hydrogen embrittlement which causes accidents and economic loss. Also steel pipes are heavy and wielding of these pipes is not cost efficient. As compared to steel, polymers are far superior to them. Polymers are corrosion resistant, electrical and thermal insulators, fatigue resistant, chemically inert, lightweight, eco-friendly and cost efficient. Because of these properties they are widely used in gas sector. According to the study of PRnewswire, worldwide demand for polymer is projected to grow 6.5 percent per annum through 2019 to 20.6 billion meters. Strong construction activity, particularly in the large markets of China and the US, will boost polymer demand. This growing polymer industry is extremely prone to rodents and insects damage.

There are more than 2000 species of rodents. The classification of rodents include rats, mouse, beaver, gopher, paca, hamster, squirrel etc. They have flexible ribs and muscles that can bend up to extreme point. So, no matter how big or fluffy these rodents are they can pass through the slimmest gap present in our premises. They have incisors which grow continuously throughout their life. To keep them in check, rodents chew anything they find or smell attractive including our gas pipes.

In addition to rodents, insects like termites and ants also cause damage to our gas pipes. They have microorganisms like protozoa in their stomach which helps to break down and digest the polymer. Ants and termites secrete formic acid, which has the capability of dissolving the hardest polymer. This way they form cracks and holes to our gas pipes causing leakages which in turn results in explosion.

 

Here are some incidences that show how rodents and insects have damaged our gas pipes:

LPG explosion: Family of three succumbs to burns.On November 7, Shibin, a welder died with his wife Anju Thomas and their son Alwyn. Shibin lit the stove to make tea. The cylinder exploded and both he and his wife, who was also in the kitchen, suffered from serious injuries. Their son Alwyn, who heard the blast and went towards the fire to reach his parents, also suffered burn injuries, said the police “It is suspected that the hose pipe connecting the cylinder and stove was damaged as a rat had bitten it off. Shibin had cut that particular part and fixed it. Also, there might be chances that they would have left the stove knob on. But further investigations will reveal the exact cause of the blast,” said the officer. A case of unnatural death has been registered in the Kadugodi police station – Bengaluru, November 2015, DHNS.

Rat nibbles gas pipe, cylinder blast injures three.

Three persons suffered severe injuries after a gas leakage led to a blast in an apartment in Nalasopara (East) on Monday morning. The police have said that the leakage happened after the gas pipe was nibbled by rats. The incident happened in the rented flat of one Popat Bangar in Pawan Apartment of Sankeshwar Nagar in Nalasopara.

“We suspect that rats had nibbled the gas pipe leading to the leakage. We have taken statements of the neighbors as well as the injured. The injured were rushed to a hospital,” said a Tulinj police officer.                                    –Mumbai, June 2015, DNA.

Also in Britain people are being warned about that they may face invasion of 100 million rats this winter:

Brace yourselves – Britain might face an invasion of 100 million 10-inch rats this winter.

As the cold weather creeps in and strong winds are blowing, up to 100 million rats can seek shelter in the warmth of our flats and houses, experts warn.

“They will not only scratch, gnaw and rip items apart to make nesting materials but they will also chew beams and joists, causing structural damage, and through electrical cables, which can cause fires,” Paul Bates, the boss of Cleankill Environmental Services, said.

“With forecasters predicting the harshest winter the UK has seen in half a century, pest controllers are now advising people to make sure their homes are fully protected against invading rodents.”

– December 2015, Britain, Hexjam news.

 

There is a need to control and prevent this damage. There are various ways which rodents and insects damage our polymer pipes. They enter in our premises through drainage pipes, sewer lines, cracks, holes, gable vent etc. and chew our gas pipes. Even if these rodents and insects damage our pipes they play a vital role in our ecosystem. Rodenticides and insecticides are not an option as such toxicants are likely to be dangerous if used incorrectly. Also they can harm target as well as non targeted species. Rodents can cope with poison and can survive, breed and pass on their resistance to their offspring. Rodenticides and insecticides are extremely unstable and can react with base polymer of the gas pipe. To overcome these problems there is a need of an ideal solution.

C Tech Corporation can offer a solution to overcome this problem. Our product Combirepel™ is an extremely low toxicity and extremely low hazard and eco-friendly rodent aversive. Combirepel™ is available in the form of solid masterbatches, liquid concentrate and in lacquer form. The product is compliant with RoHS, RoHS2, and REACH and is FIFRA exempted. This product acts through a series of highly developed intricate mechanism ensuring that rodents are kept away from the target application.

The fencing and tree guards can be coated withCombirepel™ to protect the trees, shrubs etc. from the damage caused by the grey squirrels. The product can also be incorporated into agricultural films, greenhouse films, plastic mulches used on a large scale in the agriculture as well as horticulture sector in order to avoid damages caused by these squirrels to fruits and vegetables. Also, the products can be directly incorporated in the polymer matrix during processing of pipes and tubing. Combirepel™ does not leach out, thus there is no soil pollution. Groundwater reserves are also not polluted. Also the non-target beneficial species like earthworms, bees etc are not affected.

The product is compliant with ROHS, ROHS2, ISO, REACH, APVMA, NEA, EU-BPR, and FIFRA exempted.

Contact us at technical.marketing@ctechcorporation.com if you’re facing problems with rodents and get best remedies to combat the pest menace.

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