The 21st century has seen the advent of technology and modernization and stands testimony to the brilliance and inventiveness of mankind.
Sky scrapers have arisen and touched the sky, the need for speed has enabled faster communication, and the need for sustenance has revolutionized agricultural practices! To keep up with the pace of industrial production and to raise the standard of living, there has been an overhaul in terms of fuel transportation and supply. Yet there remain some problems which are universal, which persist mocking the very innovativeness that has enabled so much in barely a century, that they demand a solution!

Among the many problems that have transcended time and space, stands the problem of progressively exponential losses incurred on account of damage caused by rodents, termites and various other insects in myriad applications.

The solutions employed have evolved right from the use of traditional neem based insecticides to using various harmful additives none of which have effectively targeted the problem!!!

The numbers are interesting; forty percent of mammal species found on earth are rodents. Termite colonies eat nonstop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week! This results in up to $ 2 billion in damage every year.

It is therefore not surprising that these uninvited guests cause a lot of damage to various applications such as wires, cables in the telecom, signaling, power supply and automotive sector; the gas pipeline sector, the railway coaches, the construction and timber industry and various other application where they have made their intrusive presence felt time and again. The aromatic odors of polymers, the bright colors & the texture of polymer products, the affinity for cellulose fibers that make up wood are all responsible for termites and rodents being attracted to plastic and wooden goods.All of these factors have contributed to consequent damage caused by termites, subterranean insects and rodents which can be briefly summarized for the following broad sectors:

Conventional methods of treatment as far as these applications are concerned have evolved right from the use of traditional home-grown recipes which cannot be scaled up for such large scale applications thus being limited in their effectiveness to armoring/PA12 sheathing for wires, cables, ducts which is not at all cost effective to the use of toxic pesticides and insecticides which are another problem in itself mainly on account of the following reasons:
  • These pesticides and insecticides being toxic are thus limited in scope in order to prevent accidental ingestion and in case of direct consumption.
  • Moreover these being meant primarily for small scale domestic applications are not meant for use as a concentrate or a paint compatible solution in polymeric and coating applications. They are not suited for use at elevated temperatures which is generally the case for polymeric applications.
  • These have severe environmental implications as they have a high release mechanism and can leach out and pollute the soil, ground water and surface water reserves and also kill target as well as non target and useful species such as bees which are useful for pollination and earthworms which maintain soil porosity.
  • They have limited life span which would mean that they cannot safeguard sensitive underground applications such as wires, cables and gas pipelines for a long time and thus leave them vulnerable to attacks by rodents/termites and subterranean insects.

    Besides these rodents and termites also cause damage to aircraft arrestor systems, automobiles, household appliances, landmines and the list is endless.

Against the background of increasing losses to various sectors and a dearth of sustainable solutions which can effectively address this problem the C Tech Corporation has developed the use of CombirepelTM as an effective non toxic and non hazardous anti-rodent and anti-termite aversive.