Infestation by the Moths

Moths sure look like harmless insects flying around doing their business, but many-a-times, they come in huge numbers and the destruction such an infestation causes can be major. While it is true that most moths are attracted to light, certain types of moths like the common clothes moths like to nest in dark and dingy places. Other than that, all moths lay eggs and hatch them in dark places as well.

The moths are commonly found in the backside of closets and pantries, where they mate and lay eggs. Clothes moths are specifically attracted to fabrics like wool, fur and even silk and leather. They feed on these clothes and more often than not damage them by chewing holes in them. They also leave behind their waste in the closet and the areas around. These moths also chew on the carpets and curtains around the house.

Other type of moths, the food moths, are very attracted to stored food grains as well as packaged and processed foodstuff. All types of moth eggs, upon hatching, produce small moth larvae. These larvae are very destructive as they contaminate the food and the area around with faeces, cocoons, and web-like material.

Some instances about such moth infestations have been listed below.

Revenge of the clothes moths: as numbers boom, can they be stopped?

When Janine Christley moved into her new house, she thought buying woollen carpets would be the sustainable option. She had the stairs and two floors of her cottage carpeted, at a cost of thousands of pounds. Then the moths moved in.

She first noticed them about four years ago, just a few at first. But then they started devouring the carpets, creating big bare patches. Gradually, Christley has had to rip them up and replace them with synthetic carpet. “I’ve still got woollen carpet in my room and the front room, but there are big holes where they’ve eaten it away,” she says. To a family of moths, it turns out, a wool-carpeted house is essentially an all-you-can-eat restaurant.

“Of course, they’re into clothes as well,” she says. They have eaten woollen jackets and gorged on the bags of wool she keeps for felting projects – as well as the finished works themselves.

Irish homes struggle to manage moth invasion as insects wreak havoc

Moth infestations across Ireland have more than QUADRUPLED, as householders and business owners struggle to cope with an invasion of the winged insects.

The lengthy lockdown, coupled with unseasonable spring weather, have created ideal breeding conditions for moths and sparked a huge surge in numbers.

According to pest control experts, carpet moths in particular have been wreaking havoc and causing irreparable damage, leaving beleaguered homeowners and business owners with hefty bills.

Trevor Hayden, who runs nationwide company ‘Complete Pest Control’, said: “Moths are something we’ve always dealt with in the past, but in small numbers. However, the numbers have exploded over the past few months. We’re now getting up to 20 calls a day about moth infestations, whereas previously we’d only have got about three to four calls at the very most. So we’re probably doing four to five times as many moth jobs as we would normally at the moment.

“In many cases the infestations have been in buildings like offices, restaurants or other commercial premises which haven’t been in use during the lockdown, but which people are now starting to open up again or clean up ahead of restrictions being eased.

“Carpet moths have thrived since we first went into lockdown, because they find their way into empty buildings and unused indoor spaces. Once things get back to normal, I’m sure their numbers will go right back down again.

“Although these pests don’t bite, the infestations are likely to end up costing a fortune, because their larvae will destroy carpets, curtains and upholstery, all which will need to be replaced.”

Aside from the rise in cases of moth infestations, rats remain the biggest headache for homeowners.

Town of Oakville taking action to control gypsy moth infestation

Based on population surveys conducted in 2020, Oakville faces extreme levels of gypsy moth infestation this year that could affect 102 hectares (252 acres) of town woodlands and result in a significant loss of trees if no action is taken.

“The town’s tree canopy is one of our greatest assets,” said Mayor Burton. “Oakville and our neighbouring municipalities successfully conducted aerial sprays in targeted areas in 2008 and 2018. We will continue to protect our urban forest from these damaging invasive insects before they cause irreparable damage.”

Gypsy moth is a non-native insect that is considered a major destructive pest in North America. These insects can be a concern because the larvae (or caterpillar stage) feed voraciously, mostly on the leaves of leafy trees such as oak. When populations are high, they can eat all the leaves on a tree in a short amount of time. When leaves are lost in successive years, trees can die.

Various pest control methods have been tried to stop the menace caused by these insects. But these methods have not offered any fool proof and long lasting method to combat the nuisance of these pests.

What is needed is a solution that is effective, eco- friendly, easy to use and long-lasting.

The unique product Termirepel™ manufactured by C Tech Corporation is an insect and termite aversive which repels them.

Termirepel™ works on the mechanism of repellence. 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.

Termirepel™ is an extremely low concern, low toxic, low hazard, non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic insect aversive. It does not kill or cause harm to insects as well as to the environment which indirectly helps to maintain the ecological balance.

Termirepel™ wood polish additive can be mixed with the wood polish and applied on the wooden surfaces like the closets, pantries, bookshelves, wardrobes, and other furnitures, etc.

The product available in the form of liquid concentrate can be mixed in paints in a predetermined ratio and be applied on the interior and exterior of the buildings and structures to keep the moths and moth larvae away from these places.

Our product in the lacquer form can be applied topically to the applications. The lacquer is compatible with the surfaces wood, concrete, metal, polymer, ceramic, cables, wires which are already installed, etc. The lacquer can be applied on the cupboards, shelves, wardrobes, installed wires, and cables, etc. thus protecting it from damage. The product is also effective against other pests thus protecting the trees from other pest attacks.

Termirepel™ is available in the form of the masterbatch, which can be incorporated into polymeric applications like polymeric wires and cables, pipes, etc.

Termirepel™ insect repellent spray can be sprayed on the infected area to repel the pests.

Termirepel™ does not kill or harm the insects but repels them. It is RoHS, RoHS2, RoHS3, REACH, APVMA, NEA, EU BPR compliant and FIFRA exempted.

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Creepy Crawlies Are Taking Over Libraries!

Bedbugs are everywhere!  Hotels and residences are famous for bedbug hubs. Whenever we hear their names we naturally assume of a bed. But did you even know that beds aren’t just the spot where bed bugs appear? A bedbug infestation can be spotted in many locations. They can be found in a significant bunch of areas during your everyday routines.

Surprisingly, libraries are having a hard time tackling the problem of bedbugs nesting in their books and would then creep to borrowers’ residences. In only six months, a single pregnant female bed bug will produce a population of over 700,000-bed bugs. It’s too risky to return a contaminated book. There are many cases where these blood-sucking insects have fall out directly from the book on the library’s desk.

According to the New York Times, bedbugs and their eggs can be found in the spines of hardcover books.” The bugs emerge at night to eat, find a new home in a headboard, and soon readers are loving not only plot twists but also post-bite welts,” according to the newspaper.

Here are some reasons to purchase e-books as bedbugs were blamed to invade the libraries!

The local library closes after the discovery of bed bugs

Bed bugs found in returned DVDs have caused the closure of the Quincy Public Library. NCW Libraries announced on May 01, 2021.

The library has been closed since April 30, 2021, the day the insects were discovered.

Two separate pest control companies came in to confirm that the insects were bed bugs.

On Monday, May 3, 2021, a pest control company was brought in to treat the entire building and individual materials as well. Pest control will follow up to verify the effectiveness of the treatment.

Bed bug infestation temporarily closes Pasco Library in Hudson

On September 05, 2020, the Pasco County Library System announced its temporarily closing one of its branches for an unusual reason: an infestation of bed bugs.

The Hudson branch off of Fivay Road will be closed until further notice.

According to a release from the county, staff at the library noticed the bugs about two weeks ago. The county hired a pest control company to begin “spot treatments,” but that method didn’t seem to work.

So now, the plan is to tent the entire building to kill the pests.

Barbara Cichocki and her son Wayne used to frequent the neighborhood library, but they haven’t been here recently. They are saying thank goodness, just the thought of bed bugs in the library gives Barbara chills.

They not only invade houses or libraries but they can create a huge impact on human health also. Their bites can cause discomfort or an allergic reaction which can be severe.

Various methods are used traditionally to mitigate those blood-sucking creatures. But, every method comes with its drawbacks. Heat tends to age the books. Fumigation is well-known for causing fatigue, nausea, cancers, and endocrine disruptions, etc. Also, excessive use of it has accelerated bedbug evolution. They are becoming immune to commonly used pesticides!

So how can we get out of this dilemma?

Is there any safe and effective way to control those critters?

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Our product Termirepel™ is a perfect blend of green chemistry and smart technology. It does not kill, only repels. It is environmentally friendly and does not affect insects, humans, or the ecosystem in any way.

Termirepel™ is an extremely low-toxic, extremely low-hazard, bio-safe anti-termite and insect aversive that is effective against a variety of insects. It is an insect repellent with a wide range of repellence tactics that efficiently keep insects away!

Termirepel™ is available in various forms such as liquid concentrate, lacquer, wood polish additive, spray, and masterbatch.

The liquid concentrate can be mixed in paint in a predetermined ratio and can be applied to the walls of the library.

The lacquer is a topical application and compatible with most surfaces such as wood, polymer, concrete, metal, etc. It can be directly applied on floorings, existing wires, and cables, metal racks, etc.

The masterbatch can be incorporated into polymeric applications like wires, cables, polymeric material, instruments, and equipment.

The wood polish additive can be blended with wood polish and applied directly on wooden shelves, racks, and cabinets to protect them from bedbugs as well as other wood damaging insects such as termites, ants, etc.

The ready-to-use Termirepel™ spray can be sprayed directly on any infested area to prevent the damage caused by insects.

Our products are RoHS, RoHS2, RoHS3, EU-BPR, APVMA, NEA compliant and FIFRA exempted.

Using our products you can repel these creepy creatures in an environmentally friendly way!

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Preserving Historic Relics by Mitigation!

Heritage monuments are antique and culturally significant!

They essentially reflect a country’s culture and tradition. These buildings have old significance due to the architectural beauty and their correlation to key moments such as ritual, political and cultural events in the domain of historic roots.

But did you know termites spent years feasting on these majestic structures!

Termite infestations seem to be a threat at many historic sites for decades. Factors such as termite adaptability, complexities, and limitations of conventional pest control product efficacy; termites became a serious threat to those magnificent monuments.

Termites are social insects that live in colonies and spread all over the world. Their colonies feast on cellulose 24×7 which is mainly found in wood. Cellulose can provide the essential nutrients required for their growth.

The experimental results suggest that “a colony of 200,000 can consume up to 12 pounds of cellulose per year.”

Before evidence of infestation is observed, colonies of a range of hundreds to several thousand may result in substantial damage to heritage buildings. Termites can dig up tunnels close to the edge of a ravaged structure to slash the last coating of paint and other material to acquire food. They eat continuously throughout the day as a result they invade the whole heritage structure without being noticed. They chew on wallpaper, paints, wooden articles, and even the books which represent our evolving behavior and events of the past.

These are some recent incidents where termites are blamed for the damage caused to heritage sites!

Termite damage to force demolition of the historic log cabin in Hamilton

Due to termite attacks, a historic log cabin that Hamilton officials hoped could be restored to function as a residence will have to be torn down. The city called for proposals to redevelop the cabin, which is thought to date from the 1800s, earlier this year. When three city workers took a prospective developer to see it, 223 and 225 S. C St. in the historic Rossville area, the city’s top building inspector, Ken Rivera, found termite damage and advised his colleagues that the structure needed to be demolished because it was in danger of collapsing.

Termites damage Hoi An’s historic relics

Termites are threatening many relics in the old quarter of Hoi An ancient town, a UNESCO-recognized world heritage, local authorities, and residents have reported. A survey by the Institute of Ecology and Works Protection in collaboration with the Hoi An Cultural Heritage Conservation Management Centre (CHCMC) recently revealed 265 of the 800 historical relics in the old quarter of Hoi An Town have some levels of termite problems.
The survey said these relics have been severely damaged since the recent COVID-19 social distancing last July. They also issued an urgent warning that solutions should be needed immediately to prevent the damage and keep the termites away, or the relics would be destroyed in a short time. Pham Phu Ngoc, Director of the CHCMC, said the termites had caused rapid degradation of the relics. The official added that after each rainy season, the weather changed, causing humidity that helped termites appear more in the wooden relics.
Due to climate change, the weather is increasingly erratic, creating favorable conditions for termites to develop and impact relics very quickly, according to Ngoc.

These incidents proved that termites are a serious hurdle for heritage sites!

Many insecticide barrier and baiting technologies have been tried and tested to control the population of termites every method comes with its drawbacks. Termite baits take a long time to eliminate their population. Historic structures often are located in sensitive areas so spraying toxic insecticides may contaminate natural habitats. Also, it may cause damage to historic relics.

In Cho-ho Ji, a 500-yr-old Buddhist temple in Wakayama, Japan, wooden gates were irreversibly stained by the liquid insecticides.

Conventional pest control methods may give a faster result by killing a small number of termites at the treatment site, but it only drives termites from one part of the property to another without affecting the overall population.

Along with termites, birds are well-known for causing damage to these precious monuments. Uric acid is released from their excrement which leads to stonework corrosion and these corrosive effects can continue for a long time after the stone has been contaminated, even if the fouling is removed.

So how we can mitigate those creepy pests for long period without affecting the ecosystem?

We at C Tech Corporation have devised a sensible approach!

Our product Termirepel is a perfect blend of green chemistry and smart technology. It does not kill, only repels. It is environmentally friendly and does not affect insects, humans, or the ecosystem in any way.

Termirepel is an extremely low-toxic, extremely low-hazard, bio-safe anti-termite and insect aversive that is effective against termites and works well on a wide range of insects including crazy ants, bedbugs, cockroaches, etc. It is an insect repellent with a wide range of repellence tactics that efficiently keep insects at bay!

Termirepel is available in various forms such as masterbatch, liquid concentrate, lacquer, wood polish additive, and spray.

The masterbatch can be incorporated with polymeric applications such as wires and cables, pipes, films while manufacturing. This will make the application safe from pest attacks.

The liquid concentrate can be mixed with paint in a pre-determined ratio and can be applied on interior and exterior walls of buildings and structures. Our liquid concentrate is compatible with all types of paints and solvents.

The lacquer is a topical application and it is compatible with most of the surfaces such as polymer, wood, ceramic, metal, and concrete. The lacquer can be applied directly to statues, flooring, and other precious structures.

The wood polish additive can be blended with wood polish and can be applied on wooden articles such as staircases, storage compartments, bookshelves, etc. to prevent them from wood-eating insects.

The Termirepel spray can be sprayed directly on any infested area to prevent the damage caused by insects.

Our bird-repellent gel lacquer is non-corrosive, waterproof, and compatible with most of the surfaces it can be applied on statues and monuments, window ledges, roofing, etc. where birds roost or perch.

The bye-bye birdy spray can be sprayed directly on the surface to prevent birds from roosting.

Using our products you can repel pests in an environmentally friendly way!

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The Ant Attack

Ants like to build nests in the electrical and wiring systems of your household. They build nests and if they find access to food and water sources, they can easily thrive in the dingiest of spaces. Electrical outlets, wires and cables can provide them very comfortable living space. Ants are weirdly attracted to electric hardware as well as electricity and in the process cause critical damage to these systems. The aromatic polymers that most of the electrical appliances are made of attract the ants. However, the exact reason for the affinity towards electricity is unknown. 

The destructive power of these tiny ants is huge. When they come in large numbers around electrical boxes and outlets, they start chewing on the sheathing present on the wires. After degrading the protective sheathing, they have a high chance of coming in direct contact with electricity, leading to them getting electrocuted. When ants die, they release a pheromone that is perceived by other ants as a signal to detect danger. When other worker ants get the scent, they come to the same place to rescue the ants in danger, thereby getting electrocuted themselves during the process and sending out more pheromone signals. This makes a repetitive cycle with more and more ants coming near the wirings. The build-up of dead ants will cause blockage and eventual breakdown of the system, which can prove to be very dangerous due to the possibility of a short circuit or system failure occurring.

Apart from this, ants also build nests around electrical systems and wirings inside walls. They use wet and moist mud, dirt and other debris that they collect from the outdoors to build these nests. The moisture will definitely harm the wirings and can lead to power failures and blackouts. The waste and dead bodies they leave behind act as corrosive agents for the wires for the electrical contacts and boxes. 

Conventional insecticides used to kill these ants have proven to be an ineffective solution. Apart from these insecticides being extremely toxic in nature, the sprays and other killing materials used have been seen to attract other species of insects to eat the ant carcasses left behind. These toxic sprays also kill non-target species and are hazardous to us humans. Moreover, certain species of ants like the crazy ants are not at all affected by the toxic effects of these insecticides.

“New Ant Species Arrives With a Taste for Electronics, Scientists Say”

There’s a new player on the continent and it is spreading damage from Texas to Florida in a scary assault that sounds like a really bad movie.

“Crazy” ants on the march have a taste for everything from livestock to electrical equipment. They are so obnoxious that many residents yearn for the good old days when all they had to fight was red ants that are quickly being wiped out by the crazies.

The tiny insect is called “crazy” because the trail it leaves as it eats its way across the country is so erratic it appears the ants have tipped the bottle too many times.

Scientists know it as Nylanderia fulva, but its commonly accepted name is “tawny crazy ant,” formerly known as the raspberry crazy ant.

It doesn’t sting, but it has an annoying bite that can scare wildlife away — and, unlike its more famous cousin, the red ant, it is highly invasive, infesting homes, recreational vehicles, transformers and any laptop or smart phone left in its path.

Both reds and crazies and a few other species share a peculiar attraction to electrical wiring and components, and no one is sure why. The damages can be extreme. In one year alone, researchers documented $146.5 million in damages to electrical equipment just in Texas.

How they cause that damage also sounds like a really bad movie. One ant finds its way into a transformer and grazes against a hot wire. It gets electrocuted, and immediately “waves its abdomen in the air (called gaster flagging) to release its own brand of perfume, which lures many more ants to the scene.

Another species, called acrobat ants, infiltrated an air conditioner in Austin, Texas, causing it to malfunction and costing the homeowner $196.54.

“Perhaps the biggest deal is the displacement of the fire ant,” LeBrun said, in releasing his study. “The whole ecosystem has changed around fire ants. Things that can’t tolerate fire ants are gone. Many that can have flourished.

New things have come in. Now we are going to go through and whack the fire ants and put something in its place that has a very different biology. There are going to be a lot of changes that come from that.”

“Why ‘Crazy Ants’ Swarm Inside Electronics”

“Exterminator Mike Matthews got the call because the home’s air-conditioning unit had short-circuited. Why an exterminator for a problem with an appliance? Because of the crazy ants.

Matthews has seen crazy ants disable scores of air-conditioning units near Austin, Texas, where the invasive creatures have been a real headache. The ants swarm inside the units, causing them to short-circuit and preventing them from turning on. Often the switches inside them need to be replaced, thanks to the ants, said Matthews.

“When you open these things up, you see thousands of the ants, just completely filling them up,” Matthews said.

The ants first appeared in the United States in 2002 but have become more of a menace in the past few years, spreading to many areas of the Gulf Coast, particularly Texas and Florida. The ants are obnoxious because they reproduce in large numbers, sometimes outnumbering all other ants 100-to-1. That’s a problem since ecosystems depend on a wide variety of ants to perform different tasks; domination by one species is highly unusual, said Edward LeBrun, a researcher at the University of Texas. As the ants have advanced into new habitats, they’ve had the annoying habit of swarming inside electronics, like air conditioners and farm equipment likes pumps and occasionally destroying them, LeBrun told LiveScience.”

C Tech Corporation has come up with its extremely low in toxicity and low hazard product, Termirepel™ to protect the electrical application and cables from these ravenous insects.

It is an environmentally safe product that works by repelling ants and other insects without causing any harm to the target or non-target species. Termirepel™ is available in form of a solid masterbatch which can be safely incorporated into the polymeric insulation of wires and cables while manufacturing or coated on surfaces to keep crazy ants away from the application.

Termirepel™ is also available in the form of liquid concentrate and lacquer. The liquid concentrate can be easily blended with paints and organic solvents and can be applied to already installed wires and cables, sockets, electric board, etc. The lacquer is an easy-to-use topical applicant that is transparent and will effectively stop the ants as well as other insects from chewing on or damaging the wires and cables.

The wood polish additive variant can be mixed with wood polish and coated on the wooden switchboards and boxes. It will prevent the insects from entering the box altogether. 

Our newly developed product in the form of a spray can be applied to already installed wires and cables, it is compatible with all types of surface and can be sprayed by anyone without even the use of protection gears.

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Locust Plague-An Unprecedented Threat!

Coronavirus outbreak has marked catastrophe in our mind. This year would have been skipped by the entire world if given the chance. Many countries are forced to brace for another crisis while grappling with a pandemic that has yet to be addressed. A desert locust attack!

The desert locust is one of the 12 short-horned grasshopper species, and its swarms can migrate up to 130 kilometers in a single day. A locust can feast on approximately two grams of fresh vegetation per day. This indicates that they are capable of destroying not only valuable standing crops but also the livelihoods of those involved in the food supply chain.

They typically migrate in desert areas to breed. Climate change, pandemic followed by lockdown, and stormy winds forced them to move to the grass fields sooner this year than expected.

Plants like shrubs and grasses can be completely stripped of their leaves and stems by vicious swarms of locusts and a single swarm can consist of around 80-150 million locusts. When plant food is scarce, they consume dry plant matter on the ground and may forage for poor or dead grasshoppers. Since nymphs have a larger appetite than adults, they cause more harm.

Let’s have a look at some recent invasions!

Locusts destroy nearly 8 000 hectares of crops

Zimbabwe | March 20, 2021

Locusts have reportedly ravaged sorghum, millet, and maize destroying nearly 8 000 hectares of the crops in Chiredzi and Mwenezi.  the worst infestation in decades that could leave scores of farmers facing food insecurity.

Crop damage ranged from 3-92% depending on the crop,” said Nyamutukwa. “Sorghum is the worst affected crop and it constituted the greater part of the affected 7853,2 hectares of cropland in Chiredzi and Mwenezi.”

Affected crops included sorghum, pearl millet, beans, maize, sugarcane, and cowpeas.

Over 200,000 hectares of crops lost to locust attacks since 2019

India | March 16, 2021

Locust attacks in the country damaged at least 200,000 hectares (ha) of crops across 10 states in the last two years, according to a reply by the Union government in Parliament.

The locust attacks between 2019 and 2021 were the most serious in the country since 1993. 

During 2019-20, locust incursion was reported in Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Punjab. In the following year, the insects attacked Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra, according to agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar. 

Rajasthan and Gujarat reported the highest crop losses of at least 179,750 ha and 21,500 ha, respectively, over the two years.

During 2020-21, while Uttar Pradesh reported a nominal crop loss of 202.9 ha, vegetation damage was below 33 percent in Maharashtra (805.8 ha) and Uttarakhand (292.4 ha).  

Also, just one swarm can cover 20% of the land surface of the Earth, affecting the livelihood of 10% of the world’s population by consuming up to 200 tonnes of vegetation per day.

These invasions proved that locusts can be extremely dangerous. They are so many and they can occupy thousands of square kilometers. They wreck everything that comes in their track, including green plants and crops.

An insecticide is currently the most widely used control method. Whole swarms can be attacked in a short period if sprayed from land or air vehicles. However, this has inevitably resulted in some environmental issues.

But we at C Tech Corporation provide a more promising bio-safe range of products to keep these swarms at bay!

Termirepelis an extremely low-toxic, extremely low-hazard, non-carcinogenic and, non-mutagenic insect aversive. It is proven to be effective over 500 species including steam rice borers, beetles, bugs, weevils, etc.

Termirepel is an environmentally safe product that works on a repellence mechanism that does not cause any harm to the target or non-target species.

Termirepel is available in different variants such as masterbatch, liquid concentrate, lacquer, wood polish additive, spray, etc.

The masterbatch can be incorporated with polymeric applications for manufacturing agricultural films, grain bags, tree guards, drip irrigation pipes, etc. to keep these insects away from the agricultural field.

The liquid concentrate can be mixed with paint in a predetermined ratio to coat fences, interior, and exterior of storage rooms, etc.

Lacquer is a topical application and it is compatible with most of the surfaces including polymer, metal, ceramic, wood, and concrete. It can be applied directly on already installed pipes, tree trunks, fences, agricultural equiments, etc. to protect from pest damage.

The wood polish additive can be blended with wood polish and applied on wooden surfaces to protect it from wood damaging insects.

Our ready-to-use spray product is easy to use and can be sprayed directly on the infested area.

It can be sprayed in farms, as well as the store rooms and warehouses. It is specially designed to combat insect menace.

Termirepel is thermally stable, does not volatilize, and does not degrade the soil.

We also have Combirepelwhich can be used against a wide range of rodents, insects and birds to keep them away from agricultural fields.

Many countries have banned the use of pesticides because of their adverse effects on pollinators and human health. But we are the first-ever organization to get EU-BPR approval on our product range.

Our products are RoHS, RoHS2, RoHS3, APVMA, NEA compliant and FIFRA exempted.

By using our products you will get an effective solution over a long period by keeping our mother nature safe!

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The Rise of Mutant Scavengers!

There was a time when you were equipped with bug repellent and you could annihilate those critters with a few knob presses. But now according to new studies, these superbugs are becoming increasingly difficult to eradicate.

The worst pests of all got a powerful new weapon in the never-ending battle between human and pest! These fights are not equally balanced if you want a chemical war. That’s not even real. The insects we attack adapt by biological evolution in response to each round of chemicals we apply. The quicker the evolution, the more violent is the attack!

These creepy crawlies evolve faster than our ability to comprehend. They are notoriously hard to get rid of, and it’s about to get worse. Cockroaches and bedbugs are long been known to develop resistance to commonly used pesticides, but modern data has shown that they may also develop cross-resistance to chemicals to which they have never been exposed.

Let’s have a look at some shreds of evidence!

“Cockroaches are becoming immune to insecticides” – CNN News

If it’s not the heat death of the Earth that consumes us; if we are not snuffed out by blight, famine, and the volatile hubris of mankind, it’s only a matter of time before the cockroaches rise and conquer us all. They are growing stronger.

They are keen on our defenses and devour them, snickering all the while at our impotent pest control burlesque. If things continue down this dark path the exterminated, in time, will become the exterminators.

This fatalistic vision is brought to you by the very disturbing news that cockroaches have begun to develop a cross-resistance to powerful insecticides.

Scientists from Purdue exposed German cockroaches to different insecticides and found that the cockroach populations not only developed a resistance to the insecticide they were exposed to but also picked up resistance to other insecticides.

The super-immune insects can then pass their resistance on to their offspring, making it only a matter of time before a given population becomes, essentially, insecticide-proof.

“Bed bugs develop resistance to widely used pesticides”- BBC News

A new study indicates that bed bugs in the US have developed resistance to neonicotinoids, the most widely used insecticide in the world.

Researchers found the blood-sucking insects in Cincinnati and Michigan had “dramatic levels” of immunity to regular doses of the chemicals.

To kill these bugs required concentrations 1,000 larger than needed to eliminate non-resistant creatures.

The scientists say non-chemical methods of control now need to be considered.

Thanks to the increase in the global human population and the rapid expansion of international travel, the flat-bodied bed bug has become a source of considerable irritation in hotel rooms all over the world.

Mainly active at night, the insects survive solely on blood and travelers often wake up with bite marks and red weal all over their bodies.

Infestations have spread to homes and offices and the bugs are extremely hard to get rid of once they gain a foothold; they can survive for up to a year without feeding and a single fertilized female can infect an entire apartment building.

Also, farmers in the United States lost 7% of their crops to pests in the 1940s; by the 1980s and 1990s, the loss had increased to 13%, despite the use of more pesticides.

New studies have found pesticide resistance has been found in over 500 species of insects, mites, and spiders around the world.

Besides roaches and bed bugs; head lice, houseflies, mosquitoes, aphids, steam rice borer, and other common insects have developed resistance to commonly used pesticides.

A recent study found that over the last 30 years, the biomass of insects had declined in wild forests by 70 percent.

Along with this pesticides are well-known to kill pollinators which are beneficial for our ecosystem. So what can be done to repel those critters without harming our mother nature?

What effective steps can be taken to combat the menace caused by these insects?

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Termirepel™ is an extremely low toxic and low hazard anti-termite and insect aversive which an excellent solution against insect infestation.

It implements a six-prolonged technique that is highly effective in preventing damage from cockroaches, bedbugs, and other insects.

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Delicious Dosh – ‘Money Hungry’ Termites feast on piles of cash!

‘Termites are known to cause more than $30 billion damage worldwide.’

They have become the most reputed creatures for damaging the furniture, deterioration of forests, and chewing through books, and cloth. 

Apart from this did you know? These pesky critters also munch a huge chunk of cash!

Well, a termite infestation can pose a serious threat to your pockets. It’s important to know that termites eat both wood and paper, which contain a high level of cellulose. This might cause you to think if any of the paper in your home needs to be protected if you have a termite problem! 

Termites are the most invasive species found on the earth. They are active throughout the day and they feed on 24×7. They grow quickly thus, anything that comes in their way they will feast on it.

Are you curious how these tiny starving species can be a major headache? How they can feast on your savings? So, let’s take a look at it.

Termites eat up currency worth ₹5 lakh

Andhra Pradesh (IN) | February 17, 2021

A pig-rearer who kept currency notes in an iron safe was shocked after noticing that the notes were destroyed by termites in the Krishna district.

B. Jamalaiah of Mylavaram village had saved about ₹5 lakh in an iron box. When he opened the box on Tuesday, he found the notes were completely damaged. Shocked by the heavy loss, the family members were seen crying for help. Police visited his house.

“I planned to construct a house with my savings. But, I was upset as holes were seen on all the notes,” Mr. Jamalaiah said. As Mr. Jamalaiah didn’t have a bank account, he stored the money in the iron box, the villagers said.

Termites eat up ₹2 Lakh Cash Kept In Bank

Gujarat (IN) | January 23, 2021

A man hailing from Vadodara in Gujarat lost Rs 2.20 lakh cash after termites ate up the currency notes kept in his bank locker at the Bank of Baroda branch at Pratap Nagar in the city.

According to the media reports, the man identified as Rehna Qutubddin Desarwal had reportedly kept the cash bundles in locker number 252 which were feasted by termites. The account holder came to know about this when he reached the bank to collect his money.

Shocked by the incident, Desarwal later raised a complaint with the bank manager and demanded his money back. He demanded that the bank refund the money which he lost due to the termites.

While the bank has asked him to give an application to replace the cash, the incident has raised questions about the safety and security of the Bank of Baroda branch.

How termites targeted currency note bundles stacked in a steel chest is still a mystery!

Apart from this in 2016, there were reports of termites destroying a huge amount of donation money in a temple in Bihar. Also in 2011 a major bank in Bihar again was a victim of termite infestation. These incidents proved that money is no longer secured in any lockers!

When it comes to losses, No doubt, Termites are the most expensive species to humankind. Termite infestations are typically recognized only after they have caused large-scale damage. Thus, detecting a termite attack in its preliminary phase is extremely difficult. But precaution is better than cure, you can certainly take some steps to prevent the termites from entering your areas and premises to avoid monetary losses.

There are many anti-termite treatments available in the market but it requires a repeated application and harmful contents of these insecticides are not safe for children and pets. Also as a side effect, improper use of these treatments will lead to spreading the termites in other areas.

So then what’s the solution? How you can save your investment?

Well, to deal with the menace caused by these tiny critters we at C Tech Corporation have come up with EU-BPR-approved, eco-friendly and non-hazardous solution.

C Tech Corporation offers a range of non-toxic, non-hazardous anti-insect aversive, which can be successfully used to keep termites away!

TermirepelTM is an insect aversive repellent, used also against all types of insects. It works on the mechanism of repellency which means that it does not kill the target insects but only repel them, thus balancing the ecology and helping to maintain a sustainable environment.

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THE NASTY BOOK PESTS

Isn’t it particularly scary to know that all of the books that you have collected and treasured over the past many, many years can be destroyed mercilessly? You might wonder who can be so cruel and the answer will definitely surprise you. That is because the destruction of all your precious books is be done by tiny little insects.

Insect pests that destroy books are apocalyptic for libraries.  Beetles, Booklice, Termites, Silverfish, some type of cockroaches, bed-bugs, etc. are among the common book pests. These are all tiny little insects. However, an infestation means humungous damage.

Some pest feed on the book itself, while others feed on the mould/fungus that grows on books. In any case, they are a nuisance and the infestation does not take much time to spread. Pests breed on the pages of the book and eat the binding and even the glue present on the bindings. They eat the corners of books and also leave non-uniform holes on the pages of the books. Silverfish also stain the pages with the trail they leave behind while they move around on the books. These pests like to hide in cracks and cervices, and tight, dingy spaces and bookshelves provide them the perfect spot. They also feast on other items that they find like wallpapers, cardboard boxes, newspapers, and even the bookshelf itself.  

In places like libraries, where the source of food is vast for these insects, an infestation can spread very quickly. The infestation is likely to go unnoticed if close attention is not paid to all books. And if such pest-infested books are borrowed by readers and taken to their homes, the chance of it reaching and spreading there is also quite high. Bedbugs, especially, have been known to be capable of residing and laying eggs on spines of book covers. These bedbugs then travel everywhere the books go.

Some incidences of reported infestations are mentioned below:

TWO REPORTS OF BED BUG SIGHTINGS IN RYE LIBRARY THIS MONTH

In Campus News, February 20, 2020

By Sarah Tomlinson

“The Ryerson University Library was closed following a report of a possible bed bug sighting.

Last week, a bed bug was discovered during a routine inspection and the chair on which it was found was disposed of, according to an email from Ryerson’s Facilities Management and Development (FMD).

FMD stated the area was closed off and steamed. Orkin, Ryerson’s pest control provider, inspected the area afterward. No bed bugs were found.

An undated picture of a bed bug found on a chair on the 10th floor of Ryerson’s library was sent to FMD’s help desk on Wednesday.

Under the Ryerson subreddit, a user posted a photo on Tuesday of what appeared to be a bed bug with the caption, “Looks like the bed bug problem on Ryerson library’s 10th floor is still unresolved.”

On Monday morning, a picture of what appeared to be a bed bug was tweeted to The Eyeopener by a physics student.

According to the student, what appeared to be a “baby bed bug” fell onto their textbook on the 10th floor of the library. The picture was sent undated and without a time, so FMD said they can’t determine whether the picture was taken last week or if it’s a new case of bed bugs in the library.

“The area has been cordoned off again as an extra precaution and a canine team will be re-inspecting the area this evening to ensure it remains clear,” said FMD on Wednesday.”

Giving library pests the cold shoulder

A.C. Petersen

UW Libraries

Bedbugs reveal a taste for literature, turning up in library books, the New York Times reported Dec. 5 in an article headlined “A dark and itchy night.”

“Bedbugs have discovered a new way to hitchhike in and out of beds: library books. It turns out that tiny bedbugs and their eggs can hide in the spines of hardcover books. The bugs crawl out at night to feed, find a new home in a headboard, and soon readers are enjoying not only plot twists but post-bite welts,” the article said.

UW Libraries was among the libraries mentioned in the article as having spotted bedbugs this year on returned books.

In August, UW circulation staff noticed dark spots and, upon closer examination, insects near the spine of some returned books. Following procedure, the staff sealed the books in plastic bags and called Environmental Health and Safety, which identified the insects as bedbugs.

The pests were on fewer than ten volumes within the UW’s collection of over 7million books, said Stephanie Lamson, preservation librarian and someone who regularly deals with pests and other threats to libraries collections.

“Above all, people should not be afraid of libraries,” she said. “Bedbugs are much more likely to be encountered in hotels, homes and apartments where they have easy access to sleeping humans – the food source they need to survive.”

Thus, it can be seen how repairing an infestation would be tedious and tiresome. And we all know that ‘Prevention is better than cure’. Taking care that such insects and pests don’t get a chance to thrive would be the best bet to truly safeguard one’s precious books and antiques.

The common pest control solution used will not only be toxic to the residents in case of a home infestation and reader in case of a library but can also damage the fragile books and antiques. Apart from this, it is also common, after a conventional pest control program, to keep the room/area closed for up to 3 days because of the toxic fumes and harmful chemicals present in them. And public libraries might have to be shut down, a sad situation for avid readers.

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Termirepel™ 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 vital hormones for growth.

Termirepel™ is an extremely low concern, low toxic, low hazard, non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic insect aversive. It does not kill or cause harm to insects as well as to the environment which indirectly helps to maintain the ecological balance.

Termirepel™ is available in the form of the liquid concentrate can be mixed in paints in a predetermined ratio and be applied on the walls of the library or the material which has to be protected from termites

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Termirepel™ in the form of wood polish additive can be used for applications on wooden racks and cabinets and bookshelves.

We also have our new easy-to-use spray product for Termirepel™ Insect Repellent Spraycompatible with most of the surfaces.

Termirepel™ 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.

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Moths-The Winged Invaders!

Have you ever found holes in your sweaters? The reason behind this damage might be the hungry moth larvae! These creatures may seem harmless but they can cause you a serious economic loss as well as some harmful effects on your health. You might be thinking about how they will cause you a serious loss on finances? But these pesky critters can be found anywhere at your home. They invade every stored food item in the kitchen, clothes in the wardrobe, and even your upholstered furniture. Basically, they will damage the entire house collection through a chain reaction!

Before it gets out of hand, you’ll want to deal with the situation. But it’s important to first understand the root of the problem in order to remove those invaders from your home; you need to know about them!

Moths are flying insects having their wings covered with tiny wing scales. They are in dull colors such as grey or brown. Unlike other insects, they are attracted to light. There are around 1, 60,000 species of moths but the most common invaders are pantry moths and fabric moths.

The pantry moths can also be called Indian meal moths. They lay their eggs in stored food and feed on stored food products in the kitchen. Grain products, such as maize, cereals, cornmeal, rice, and nuts, are their favorite foods, but they can also infest birdseed, pet food, dried pasta, and dried fruit. The larvae of this species have the capacity to bite through plastic and cardboard in order to infest and they even attack the sealed containers.

The fabric moths or The Webbing Clothes Moths are attracted to fabrics. Their infestation mostly takes place near the cloth storage where they can easily eat the fabric in a dark place. Another reason for infestation is their baby larvae require keratin for growth which can be easily found in natural fibers. Adult moths lay plenty of eggs on clothes where larvae will have proper nourishment. Just imagine caterpillar chomping holes into the leaves of your favorite plant. This is analogous to how your precious clothes are damaged by those pesky critters.

Many individuals believe that when it comes to invasion, the adult moths are the culprits. But that is not the case!

Usually, adult moths do not consume anything but their larvae invade the house to consume required nutrition. They lay their eggs in clothing or food items and where their eggs get hatched their larvae destroy everything by eating those items. Thus, these insects are known as destructive creatures.

Let’s have a look at some pieces of evidence!

Moth invasion: why Australian homes are being plagued by ‘out of control’ flying insects after a sweltering summer

Daily Mail | April 26, 2019

A pantry moth invasion brought on by this year’s sweltering summer is plaguing Australian homes.

One expert from the south Australian research and development institute said the recent hot spell is sparking an explosion in their population. ‘The warmer weather means they develop faster and this may be why they appear more prevalent,’ said Dr. Peter Taverner in the Adelaide. 

Residents have been battling a particularly strong infestation in the cupboards of their kitchens.

One mother, Clair Kolokas, said: ‘i keep thinking surely I’ve got them all, and the next morning they’re back.’

‘I have gone through the entire cupboard, and my children are scared to open it in case one flies out into their face,’ she said. 

A swarm of moths is invading Britain’s homes after “perfect” breeding weather this summer

The Sun | October 06, 2018

People have been warned to take care of their favorite knits as the pests chomp their way through our favorite jumpers and cardigans this autumn. Millions of homes are expected to affect by the swarm as temperatures plummet. Moths are attracted to wool and natural fibers such as cashmere, tweed, sheepskin, and fur and leave unsightly holes behind.

The clothes moths, called Tineola Bisselliella, are not like others which are drawn to light and prefer ‘dark and warm’ habitats, like the bottom of a chest of drawers or wardrobes. Bosses at clean kill pest control said the hot summer caused the moths to spiral out of control with the number of call-outs for infestations rocketing. Boss paul bates said: “high heat and humidity have been good for moth breeding, but now as the temperature starts to drop, people are opening drawers and cupboards that to find that their best woolen jumpers are full of holes.

“After the adult moth has laid her eggs on the threads of clothes, the larvae hatch out at anywhere between four and 21 days, depending on the temperature. “the newly hatched larvae are about 1mm long and will start to spin a small, silken tube, using some of the fibers of the fabric they are eating.” he added: “they will eat from many sources including furs, woolens, animal bristles on brushes and even the felt inside pianos. “In loft spaces, they can infest old stored clothing, carpets natural fiber insulation, and even bird feathers.”

As we know “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure!”  The most common methods to repel these creatures are Mothballs and Cedar Blocks. Mothballs have been used for years but they are dangerous for humans and other animals if they are chewed or eaten. Mothball contains Naphthalene which is carcinogenic. It may cause you health effects like damage to blood cells, headache, nausea, eye, and nose irritation, and coughing. Also, mothballs are only effective when used in sealed containers so they would not be effective on rugs or carpets. On the other hand, cedar block may kill the larvae but they are ineffective against adult moths. As a result, the adult moths keep laying eggs and destruction will go on.

Well, CTech Corporation offers a solution to overcome this invasion.

TermirepelTM is an insect aversive that is extremely low-toxic, extremely low-hazardous, and environmentally safe. It can be successfully used to keep the winged invaders away!

TermirepelTM works on repellency mechanism such that it will not kill the target species but only repel them.

The product available in masterbatch form can be used with many polymeric applications. The product in form of liquid concentrate can be added with paint and can be applied in kitchen and food storage areas. The lacquer and wood polish additive can be applied directly on wardrobes or other storage cabinets where moth infestation is higher. The spray can be used directly to any packed food item or any infested surface to keep these creatures away.

TermirepelTM is the first ever to be EU-BPR approved product. Also, it is compliant with RoHS, REACH, NEA, APVMA, and FIFRA exempted.

By using TermirepelTM you will get an effective solution against these pesky critters causing no harm to the environment.

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Innumerable Bedbugs!

Have you ever thought of bedbugs making your home as their? Well, thinking about them will make your skin crawl and feel you a little bit anxious. Psychological trauma evolves in certain individuals which are victimized by bed bugs. Physical symptoms such as skin infections can also be seen in individuals because of bed bugs. Basically, they can take a toll on your health even though they are not well known to cause diseases. So it’s necessary to know about the bed bugs before they make mess at home. A best way to know about them is their life cycle.
So, let’s dive into it!
Tiny, oval shaped, brownish insects which live on the blood of animals  or humans are known as bedbugs. The flat bodies of adult bedbugs are around the size of an  apple  seed. Their bodies swell after eating. Each day, an adult bed bug will lay one to five eggs.  Within 6 to 10 days,  these eggs hatch at room temperature. A female bedbug can lay about hundreds of eggs over a lifetime. Bedbugs do not fly, but over floors, walls, and ceilings.

they can travel easily. Before reaching maturity, immature bedbugs are called as nymphs. They shed their skin five times and need a meal before each shedding. The bugs will grow completely in as little as a month under favorable conditions and produce three or  more generations per  year. Via luggage, clothes, used beds and couches, and other objects,  they can enter your home undetected. Their flattened bodies allow them to  fit into small spaces. They lay their eggs where blood can be available easily and the place which is undisturbed. i.e.  they can lay their eggs near bed frame or they can simply enter through the mattress if any crack is present. If the immature bedbugs get to feed more often they can become adults soon. Usually June and July months are peak time for bedbugs as they multiply faster in humidity. They do not have nests like ants or bees but they live in clusters where no one can catch them easily. As they are more active in night they bite people while sleeping and then crawl away easily so no one can notice them. They can spread through neighborhood as their population is continuously growing.

Let’s have a look on some articles of their infestation!

Bed bugs modify micro biome of homes they infestation

North Carolina State University | July 15, 2020

Microbes can affect indoor air quality. So NC State entomologists Coby Schal and Madhavi Kakumanu wanted to learn more about the micro biomes of bed bugs, whether bed bugs can shape the microbial community in homes they infest, and whether eliminating bed bugs changes the micro biome of homes that were once infested. The study, held in an apartment complex in Raleigh, compared the micro biomes of bed bugs with the micro biomes in the household dust of infested homes as well as the micro biomes in apartments that had no bed bugs. Nineteen infested homes were studied over the course of four months; seven were treated with heat to eliminate bed bugs after the initial sample was taken, while 12 infested homes were treated after one month. These homes were compared with 11 homes that had no bed bugs. The results showed similarities between the micro biomes of bed bugs and the dust-associated micro biomes of infested homes, mostly through the presence of Wolbachia, a symbiotic bacterium that comprises the majority of the bacterial abundance in bed bugs. Bed bug and infested home micro biomes differed significantly from the microbial communities of uninfected homes. The study also showed that, after bed bugs were eliminated; infested home micro biomes gradually became more like those in homes without bed bugs.

Bed Bugs On the Rise, Despite Covid-19, New Study Suggests

Forbes | August 1, 2020

A new study concluded this week that bed bugs were such a problem in France that they now pose a national health hazard. The creatures have been on the rise globally but in the past decade, bed bugs have proliferated–they are now found in every U.S. state and countries across Europe have seen huge infestations, notably Paris. At the beginning of 2020, the French Union for Pest Control stated that, “France’s bed bug problem has seen the number of cases go from 180,000 to 400,000 in just two years”. The French government website states that they arrived in France in the 1950s with the advent of international travel and have proliferated because of their increasing resistance to insecticide. It says that bedrooms and living rooms are predominantly more affected.

Apart from these bedbugs can cause health complications like sleep deprivation and anemia from loss of blood. Although the bites are itchy, and often require over-the-counter treatment to relieve the itchiness. If you suspect you may have an infestation, don’t worry we are here to help!

C Tech Corporation has found an ecofriendly solution for it. The product is called TermirepelTM. Company believes to provide uncompromising quality products to the customers and this product is an excellent insect repellent which is extremely low toxic, extremely low hazardous in nature.
TermirepelTM is made with a mechanism such that, the product temporarily blocks the mating cycle of these insects and causes feeding disruption by creating a discomfort within the insects. The product weakens the ability of insects to reproduce which means, female insects will not lay eggs and laid eggs will be infertile. The product disturbs the release of vital hormones which are essential for insects to grow. 
TermirepelTM is available in various forms such as masterbatch, paint additives, wood polish furniture, lacquer, spray and bird repellent gel lacquer.

The wood polish additive can be applied directly over the furniture or wooden article to prevent the infestation. The lacquer can be directly applied on the wooden surface such as attics, wooden fences, pipes etc. to protect it from insect damage. The spray can be used on the wooden articles and furniture and mattresses to repel the insects.

Liquid concentrate can be applied to the interiors and exteriors of homes, building structures, ceilings, gardens, farms, outhouses, etc. to repel insects from the areas required. In order to maintain the ecosystem, this product will keep the insects away rather than killing them.

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Blister Beetle: The Invincible Insect

The menace of Blister beetles is alarming. These centimetre long, brightly coloured insects have been known to create problems for us humans, our livestock as well as other insects apart from the extensive damage they do to our crops and plantations. They belong to the family of Meloidae, a plant-feeding group of insects.

These pesky little blister beetles get their common name from the fact that when they come in contact with our skin, they cause red, painful blisters on them. These blisters are the result of the presence of a chemical, cantharidin, which is a defence toxin present in the beetles. This toxin is very dangerous to cattle like horses, sheep and cows and can also be fatal in higher concentrations.

Their main diet source are cultivated plants. Crops like alfalfa, potato, beetroot, tomato and corn are among their most preferred. They gorge on the leaves of plants and cause loss of crops due to defoliation. They are generally found near the perimeters of plantations and croplands, greedily munching on the leaves and tender flowers. Because of their tendency to attack in groups, the damage incurred after an attack by blister beetles is huge and reclamation of crops is extremely difficult.

What makes these beetles extremely tricky to control is that, even after they are dead, their toxins remain active. This makes the use of pesticides against them fruitless because dead blister beetles are just as dangerous as live ones. If animals accidentally end up eating or coming in contact with the dead beetles, they can be severely injured. Horses are especially sensitive towards catharidin with only as much as 4-6 gms of dead beetles being lethal for them, if ingested. The extent of damage caused to the animals can range between short-term poisoning, difficulty in digestion and even death. This is dependent upon the amount of catharidin consumed. Also, because of their potent toxins, they do not have any natural predators that can be introduced to control the insects in the case of an infestation. This makes blister beetle pest management strategies extremely difficult to draft.

The reporting of such incidents, though rare, are very horrifying.

Small, toxic beetles kill 14 horses on Wisconsin ranch
Monday, January 13th 2020, 11:58 AM CST

Steady rains over the summer in Wisconsin caused Cindy Kanarowski-Peterson to purchase six semi-tractor trailer loads of hay from South Dakota and Wyoming farms after the hay at her ranch became unusable. After thinking her problems were solved, disaster struck.
  As the Wisconsin State Journal reports, 14 of her horses were killed by blister beetles. The blister beetle is a bug, that when crushed, secrets a deadly toxin. The beetles also sickened another 100 horses on the ranch. With the infestation making that hay unusable, the ranchers are looking all over the region to keep their 110 horses fed.
  Kanarowski is attempting to warn other ranchers about the dangers of blister beetles. The ranch has an insurance policy of loss of harvested hay due to a fire or tornado, but it does not cover blister beetles.
  Initially, Kanarowski thought the first cases were just colic, but as the problems grew she began to think it was bad grain. Once two of the horses were necropsied they were found to have holes in their stomachs, which is what caused their deaths, according to a local veterinarian. The horses who survived have a good shot at making a full recovery.
  Kanarowski set up a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $50,000 to keep her horses fed and the veterinarian bills. As of Monday, 454 people have donated nearly $24,000 to the campaign.

Blister beetle infestation in North-eastern Colorado
By JACE LARSON     

Large swarms of three striped blister beetles were reported from Phillips County in northeaster Colorado.  Adults emerge from the soil throughout the growing season (May through September), but periods of peak activity vary with the species. Most species are more abundant in July and August. After emergence, adult blister beetles are strongly attracted to alfalfa and other blooming hosts. Adult feeding generally is not significant enough to warrant intervention. However, the presence of blister beetles in fields at harvest, particularly those species that feed in swarms or aggregations, is a concern for producers.
    Blister beetles are a serious concern for hay producers and livestock owners because they produce a defence chemical called cantharidin that is toxic to livestock. Although most deaths associated with cantharidin consumption are reported in horses, cattle and sheep also are susceptible. Symptoms of cantharidiasis include blisters on the tongue and in the mouth, colic, diarrhoea, blood or intestinal lining discharge in stools, and problems with urination or bloody discharge in urine. If blister beetle poisoning is suspected, contact a veterinarian immediately.
    The cantharidin content of blister beetle species varies and thus the risk of livestock losses varies with the type of blister beetle and the size of the animal. Moreover, male blister beetles have a higher concentration of cantharidin than females. Modern hay harvesting practices (e.g., hay conditioners) are believed to have increased blister beetle mortality and to trap blister beetles in hay.
    In addition, cantharidin oil is released when adults are crushed and can contaminate hay even if the adult blister beetles are not present. Wheel traffic over mowed forage, crimping and cutting activity are the primary factors responsible for blister beetle mortality at harvest, whereas raking and baling have been shown to dislodge dead beetles from hay. Visual inspection of baled hay to detect blister beetles is difficult and will not reveal the presence of cantharidin oil.

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The lacquer form can be applied on fences and wiring around the farms and gardens, thus cancelling the possibility of an infestation. Polymer incorporated with the masterbatch can be used to make containers for storage of produce after harvesting, to prevent infestation after harvest. Films amalgamated with the masterbatch can also be used to cover the plants and crops.

All of these applications will drive away the insect far away from your farms and you can rest assured knowing that there will be no beetles or their toxins anywhere around your farm, produce or livestock.   

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Pesticides in your Body

Since so many years we have been reading news about pesticide poisoning, hazards of use of pesticides and deaths due to pesticides.

Each time we hear about tragic cases of pesticide poisoning, the obvious question is, “how can we prevent this from happening again?”

Pesticides are chemical substances that are meant to kill pests. In general, a pesticide is a chemical or a biological agent such as a virus, bacterium, antimicrobial, or disinfectant that deters, incapacitates, kills, pests.

This use of pesticides is so common that the term pesticide is often treated as synonymous with plant protection product. It is commonly used to eliminate or control a variety of agricultural pests that can damage crops and livestock and reduce farm productivity.

The most common of these are herbicides which account for approximately 80% of all pesticide use.

Most pesticides are intended to serve as plant protection products (also known as crop protection products), which in general, protect plants from weeds, fungi, or insects.

Target pests can include insects, plant pathogens, weeds, molluscs, birds, mammals, fish, nematodes(roundworms), and microbes that destroy property, cause nuisance, or spread disease, or are disease vectors.

Pesticides are highly toxic to humans and other species. According to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, 9 of the 12 most dangerous and persistent organic chemicals are organochlorine pesticides.

The toxic chemicals in these are designed to deliberately released into the environment. Though each pesticide is meant to kill a certain pest, a very large percentage of pesticides reach a destination other than their target. Instead, they enter the air, water, sediments, and even end up in our food.

Pesticides have been linked with human health hazards, from short-term impacts such as headaches and nausea to chronic impacts like cancer, reproductive harm.

The use of these also decreases the general biodiversity in the soil. If there are no chemicals in the soil there is a higher soil quality, and this allows for higher water retention, which is necessary for plants to grow.

Global pesticide poisonings up from 25 million in 1990 to 385 million – Study

About 385 million cases of acute pesticide poisonings happen annually worldwide, causing around 11,000 fatalities.

Pesticide poisonings on farms around the globe have risen dramatically since the last global assessments made 30 years ago. About 385 million cases of acute pesticide poisonings happen annually worldwide, causing around 11,000 fatalities, a study by “BMC Public Health” has revealed.

The study published on December 7 in the peer-reviewed journal BMC Public Health titled, ‘The global distribution of acute unintentional pesticide poisoning: estimations based on a systematic review’, is the first global estimate since 1990.

The systematic review of unintentional acute pesticide poisonings was commissioned by Pesticide Action Network (PAN), a network of over 600 participating non-governmental organisations, individuals and institutions in over 90 countries working to replace the use of hazardous pesticides.

“Based on worldwide farming populations of approximately 860 million, this means that about 44 percent of farmers are poisoned by pesticides every year.”

Common pesticide may cause lung problems in kids.

The most heavily used pesticide in California, elemental sulfur, may harm the respiratory health of children who live near farms that use it, new research suggests.

In a study of children in the Salinas Valley’s agricultural community, researchers found significant associations between elemental sulfur use and poorer respiratory health.

The study, which appears in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, linked reduced lung function, more asthma-related symptoms, and higher asthma medication use in children living about a half-mile or less from recent elemental sulfur applications compared to unexposed children.

The Environmental Protection Agency generally considers elemental sulfur as safe for the environment and human health, but previous studies have shown that it is a respiratory irritant to exposed farmworkers.

Elemental sulfur’s effect on residential populations, especially children, living near treated fields has not previously been studied despite the chemical’s widespread use and potential to drift from the fields where it is applied. This study links the agricultural use of sulfur with poorer respiratory health in children living nearby.

Elemental sulfur is allowed for use on conventional and organic crops to control fungus and other pests and is very important to both systems. It is the most heavily used agricultural pesticide in California and Europe. In California alone, more than 21 million kilograms of elemental sulfur were applied in agriculture in 2013.

“Sulfur is widely used because it is effective and low in toxicity to people. It is naturally present in our food and soil and is part of normal human biochemistry, but breathing in sulfur dust can irritate airways and cause coughing,” says co-author Asa Bradman, associate director of the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

For the study, the research team examined associations between lung function and asthma-related respiratory symptoms in hundreds of children living near fields where sulfur had been applied.

The study found several associations between poorer respiratory health and nearby elemental sulfur use. A 10-fold increase in the estimated amount of sulfur used within 1 kilometer of a child’s residence during the year prior to pulmonary evaluation was associated with 3.5-fold increased odd in asthma medication usage and two-fold increased odds in respiratory symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath.

The study also found that each 10-fold increase in the amount of elemental sulfur applied in the previous 12 months within a 1-kilometer radius of the home was associated with an average decrease of 143 milliliters per second (mL/s) in the maximal amount of air that the 7-year-old children could forcefully exhale in one second.

“This study provides the first data consistent with anecdotal reports of farmworkers and shows that residents, in this case, children, living near fields may be more likely to have respiratory problems from nearby agricultural sulfur applications,” says senior author Brenda Eskenazi, a professor at the School of Public Health.

Given elemental sulfur’s widespread use worldwide, the study authors call urgently for more research to confirm these findings and possible changes in regulations and application methods to limit impacts of sulfur use on respiratory health.

We need to move toward a more sustaining and low toxic method by which we can protect our environment and protect the human civilization.

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It combines the best of chemistry and green practices to give an environmentally safe product which keeps away effectively while at the same time guaranteeing safety to the environment, plants, animals and fragile ecosystems. It is a coming of age product which heralds an era of environmental consciousness and maintains a delicate balance while addressing problems caused by insects in myriad applications without causing any harm.

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.

The product available in the form of masterbatch can be incorporated into the base polymer of the polymeric applications like the wires and cables, pipes, household utilities, etc. to keep the pest away from the application.

The product available in the form of liquid concentrate can be mixed in paints and be applied on the interior and exterior of the houses, schools, hospitals, warehouses, offices etc. to keep these areas safe from these pests.

The product available in the form of lacquer form can be used as a direct application. The lacquer can be applied on the already installed applications like the wires and cable, pipes, metal decors, racks and pallets from stores rooms etc.

Termirepel™ 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, RoHS3, REACH, APVMA, NEA compliant and FIFRA exempted.

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Cukes in danger – Cucumber beetle menace

Cukes are the mouthwatering fruits enjoyed by all. But did you all know that a pest is named after this fruit?

Yes, it’s the “cucumber beetle” know after attacking the cucumber plant.

There are two common species of cucumber beetles – the striped beetle and the spotted beetle, that you may find in your garden which proves to be problems to the grown cucumber.

The adult striped beetles are bright-yellow and have three broad, black stripes running down the length of their wing covers and are 1/4-inch long. Spotted beetles are greenish-yellow with black spots on the wing covers. Striped and spotted cucumber beetles can cause serious losses in cucumbers, muskmelons, and watermelons.

Cucumber beetles are a major concern to muskmelon and cucumber growers because they vector the bacteria that causes a disease, bacterial wilt of cucurbits.

Both species overwinter as adults in weedy areas and emerge in spring to mate and lay eggs. Though these newly emerged beetles don’t feed very much before breeding and laying eggs, their larvae burrow into the ground and feed on plant roots for several weeks.

Once these underground larvae complete their pupation, they emerge as adults. This is the generation that causes the most damage to gardens.

Adult beetles chew ragged holes in plant leaves and may consume entire cucumber blossoms. Unfortunately, newly planted, young seedlings can be consumed quickly.

Take Control Of Cucumber Beetles

By Lauren María Alexander|October 3, 2016

Striped cucumber beetle is known to cause major losses in cucurbit crops including cantaloupe, cucumbers, squash, and pumpkins. Because the beetle transmits the bacteria Erwinia tracheiphila, also known as bacterial wilt, managing damage caused by the pest requires a multipronged approach.

According to Shelby Fleischer from the Department of Entomology at Pennsylvania State University, adult beetles overwinter and feed on both the above- and below-ground portions of cucurbits including plant tissue, leaves, and roots. If you are growing large-flowered crops such as pumpkins or winter squash, beetles also will aggregate inside the flowers.

Striped and spotted cucumber beetles as pests of cucurbits in Michigan
Cucumber beetles are the primary insect pest of all vine crops in Michigan

May 31, 2017, by Amanda Buchanan

Striped and spotted cucumber beetles attack a variety of cucurbit crops, including winter and summer squash, cucumber and watermelon. While cucumber beetle larvae feed on cucurbit roots, adult beetles cause more economically important damage. Striped cucumber beetles are specialists on cucurbits while spotted cucumber beetles feed on other plants in addition to cucurbits.

Traditionally many pesticides have been used to prevent the nuisance caused by these insects but all of them have proved ineffective. The pesticides are not only harmful to the insects but also to the humans.

However, cucumber beetles also are responsible for a fair amount of cucumber pollination, so having those as a part of our ecosystem is necessary. So, killing them is not a solution to keep these pests away from the gardens.

The traditionally used pesticides and other ineffective methods are of no use to protect the cuke plantation from these pests and there is a need of an effective product to keep these pests away from the cuke plants!

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TermirepelTM is a non-toxic, non-hazardous product that primarily repels insects from the application. The best feature of this product is that it is environmentally safe and causes no harm to insects as well as for humans.

TermirepelTM product is available in the form of a masterbatch, liquid concentrate which is diluted in paints in a specific ratio and lacquer.

Termirepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous broad-spectrum insect aversive masterbatch which works not only against the beetles but a host of other insects.

TermirepelTM masterbatch can be incorporated in different kinds of agricultural and gardening films, irrigational pipes, cables, and wires etc. and is found to be effective against the most aggressive insects.

To prevent the damage causing from cucumber beetles to your crops and plants films can be incorporated with TermirepelTM masterbatch which can be used to cover the area or mulches. These films can also be wrapped around cukes to prevent damage.

The liquid concentrate can be mixed with paints and be applied on the concrete fences around the gardens.

The lacquer can be used on the wooden fences or stem holders or metal equipment used in the cuke plantation. The spray product is an easy to use product that is very handy.

All this can be done by just repelling the insect and not killing them. Thus, following the course of ecological balance and sustainability.

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Bed Bugs – The Bloodsucking Insects

Bed bugs are the nocturnal, reddish-brown insects. They are the pesky little pests of the size between 1 and 7 millimeters. These creatures have dorsoventrally flattened bodies that allows them to hide in areas such as floor cracks, carpets, beds and upholstered furniture.

Bed bugs feed on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded animals as their only source of nutrition. In order to mature into adults, they must feed once during each of their immature stages. Adult females also need blood in order to produce eggs.

Bed bugs inject an anticoagulant along with saliva when they pierce skin for the meal. The anticoagulants are responsible to generate a response in person’s body. The size of the bite depends upon the anticoagulants and the number of times a person is bitten.

Bed bug bite reactions don’t always appear immediately after you’re bitten and may take a few days to begin causing symptoms. However, not everyone reacts to bed bug bites in the same manner. Bite reactions are variable with the intensity increasing or decreasing depending upon the number of bites.

Bites are commonly found on the parts of the body that are more likely to be exposed to bed bugs during sleep – the hands, neck, face, shoulders, legs, and arms. Bed bug bites are often grouped together in a small area and at times may occur in a line or a zigzag pattern. Bites normally look like small, flat or raised areas that may become inflamed, itchy, red or blistered.

Scratching bed bug bites and failure to keep the bites clean and disinfected may lead to a secondary infection that can cause further swelling and bleeding. Children, the elderly, and individuals with weak immune systems, particularly those who are bedridden, may develop secondary infections that result from bed bug bites.

The bites can be so harmful leading to infection and even death. Following are some recent evidence which proves that the tiny creatures are the great threat to society.

Jersey City woman found dead in home overrun with bedbugs

First-responders tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate a woman police were told was found unresponsive in her home on Sunday morning.

When medics arrived at the home they needed to call in a hazmat team to deal with a massive bug infestation problem. In addition to the woman, five other people, including the woman’s parents and her daughters, lived at the home at the time she was found. She was declared dead at the scene.

The home was infested with bedbugs, and the infestation was so bad that a hazmat station was set up on Griffith Street to disinfect anyone who had gone inside the building. The Fios story also reported that the health department was called in to check on the home’s safety and to take whatever action against the homeowners was necessary

Parliament is infested with bedbugs and there’s ‘urgent action’ to clear them out

Pest-busters are taking urgent action to wipe out a bedbug infestation in Parliament. The blood-sucking parasitic insects were discovered this week in the Palace of Westminster and 7 Millbank, both home to MPs’ offices.

It is the latest in a series of pest related problems to beset Parliament, which spent £103,157 combating mice, flies, months, pigeons and gulls in the last year alone. Staff and MPs have been told to consult the NHS if they think they’ve been bitten.

Monitoring is underway to check if the bugs – which are notoriously difficult to remove – have spread to other areas.

Referring the above evidences we realise that there is an urgent need for actions to be taken against these blood-sucking insects. There are the conventional methods mostly used against the pest viz. fumigation, spraying methods, heat treatment, fungal treatment, vacuuming, etc. which are proved to be a temporary, hazardous and ineffective solution.

We at C Tech Corporation provide an alternative solution for the conventional methods against these pesky little pests. These products are based on green technology which gives an effective solution.

Our product TermirepelTM is an extremely low concern extremely low toxicity, non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic compounds and non-hazardous insect/termite aversive. It combines the best of chemistry and green practices to give an environmentally safe product which keeps away effectively while at the same time guaranteeing safety to the environment, plants, animals and fragile ecosystems.

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.

Our product is available in three forms viz. Masterbatch, Liquid Concentrate, and Lacquer.

The masterbatch of TermirepelTMcan is incorporated in wires and cables which are used in domestic wiring, polymeric pipes and other household applications, agricultural films and irrigation pipes.

The liquid concentrate can be mixed with paints in a specific ratio and can be applied to the interior and exterior of houses, schools, hospital, warehouses, offices etc. to keep these places safe from bedbugs.

The product available in the lacquer form can be directly applied topically on the applications to protect them from the bedbug. The lacquer is compatible with most of the surfaces like wood, polymer, metal, concrete, ceramic etc.

Termirepel™ 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, RoHS3, REACH, APVMA, NEA compliant and FIFRA exempted.

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The billion-dollar bug: Corn rootworm

The corn rootworm is a species of leaf beetle which is considered to be the most widespread and problematic insect pest of corn. It is one of the most devastating insects in North America.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has previously estimated that the damage caused by the pest and costs associated with controlling it typically total $1 billion annually—including approximately $800 million in yield loss and $200 million in treatment expense and hence it is referred as the “billion-dollar bug.”

The corn rootworm rapidly expanded its range in North America and has now spread to various parts of Europe.

Rootworm larvae can complete development only on corn and a few other species of grasses.

Beginning in late May or early June the larvae hatch and begin their single generation life cycle. The larvae are immediately attracted to corn roots by the emission of CO2 from the root tips and begin feeding. Since corn roots are the primary food source for the larvae, extensive damage can occur with a high population of larvae in the soil. After the beetles emerge from the pupal case, they dig their way up to the surface of the soil. Progressive feeding on the roots causes difficulty for the plant to take up moisture and nutrients. Injured roots are also easy entry points for fungi and bacteria that may increase the severity of root and stalk rots and premature death.

The evidence for same is reported below:

OMAFRA Report: Corn Rootworm can cause damage and economic loss

September 24, 2020

Corn rootworm (CRW) has historically been one of the most important pests of corn in Canada and can cause extreme economic loss and increased management costs.  High CRW pressure in Ontario in 2020 is challenging current Bt corn rootworm hybrids and several growers of Bt rootworm hybrids are reporting unexpected injury by CRW to trait providers and research and extension scientists. Specifically, several fields in Huron, Perth and Durham Counties have been identified with injury to various Bt rootworm traits, providing an early warning of possible resistance development by CRW to some Bt traits. There is the potential for resistance development to be occurring in other regions of Ontario where use of Bt rootworm traits in continuous corn is prevalent.

Corn rootworm resistance to Bt traits are widespread in the United States and resistance may be a factor contributing to unexpected injury on Bt corn rootworm hybrids in Canada. While most of the injury by CRW larvae has already occurred by August, growers should still scout their fields as soon as possible to determine whether root injury, lodging, goosenecking, or high levels of adult CRW beetles are present.

Conditions ripe for corn rootworm hatches

Tom C. Doran, AgriNews Publications │ June 12, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — A large portion of central Illinois and western Indiana are at high risk for corn rootworm hatches, according to weather-based predictions.

“Rootworm hatches are pretty timely and has been well correlated to heat unit accumulations,” said Sean Evans, Channel North America technology development manager.

Rootworms begin to hatch around 600 soil growing degree units, and once it reaches 750 GDUs, a 50 percent rootworm hatch is typical.

Based on the prediction by insectforecast.com, there was a significant hatch around Memorial Day weekend, when the first alert came out.

Several insecticide products are available that come applied to the corn seed. But these are harmful to humans as well as the environment since it degrades the soil. Using pesticides to combat the nuisance is not a feasible way. Also, resistance to pest control practices in the corn rootworm is nothing new. This insect is notorious for developing resistance to control tactics such as insecticides and crop rotation. A destructive insect’s growing resistance to genetically modified corn seeds is costing American farmers as much as $1 billion annually.

C Tech Corporation can offer an eco-friendly solution to the nuisance caused by the corn rootworm. Our product TermirepelTM is low-toxic, non-hazardous and insect aversive. Our products work 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.

Our product works on the mechanism of repellency.

The green technology-based product can protect the crops and prevent the loss caused by the corn rootworm and other insects as well.

TermirepelTM is available in lacquer form. These products can be directly sprayed or applied to the application as a topical application. It can be applied to the already laid pipes and tubing in the farm. The lacquer is compatible with most of the surfaces like wood, metal, concrete, polymers, ceramics, etc.

Our TermirepelTM masterbatch can be incorporated with various polymeric applications like agricultural and other protective films, pipes, wires, and cables etc. while they are manufactured. This will prevent the pests from gnawing on the polymeric application.

TermirepelTM is available in liquid concentrate which can be mixed in paints and be applied on the fences in the garden and farms. Thus, using our products, you can get an effective solution to fight menace caused by cicadas and many such insects! Product is also available in spray form, making it easy to use.

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Formosan Subterranean Termites: Invasive and voracious species

When homeowners hear the word termite they often break into a sweat, and rightfully so. Termite damage can cost thousands of dollars. In some cases, homes are demolished because the termite damage is so extensive. Also, the damage by termites is typically not covered by homeowner’s insurance.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. residents spend at least $1 billion on Formosan termite control and repairs each year. Some experts estimate the number is closer to $2 billion.

The Formosan subterranean termite is an invasive species of termite.

The Formosan termite was described from Taiwan (Formosa) in the early 1900s, but is native to southern China.

They are found in many states across the southern U.S., including Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Smaller populations of Formosan termites have also been discovered as far north as the Canadian border.

A mature Formosan termite colony can eat about 31 grams or 1+ ounce per day. At this rate, such a colony could completely consume one foot of 2X4 wood in 25 days – causing severe structural damage to a home in as little as six months.

They commonly enter through expansion joints, cracks, crevices and utility conduits in slabs. Any wood-to-ground contact is an arrival invitation for Formosan subterranean termite infestations. In some occasions, however, Formosan subterranean termite can form colonies that are not connected to ground, called aerial colonies.

In addition to structures, Formosans infest living trees and shrubs, utility poles, landscape timbers, wooden railroad trusses and even boats. However, this termite is also known to attack non-cellulose materials such as plastic, plaster, asphalt, and thin sheets of soft metal (lead or copper) in search of food and moisture. They are also known to chew through the coverings of telephone and electric cable insulation, resulting in costly damage and power outages in cities.

Of course, termites cannot digest plastic, but Formosan subterranean termites will easily penetrate PVC plastic if it means reaching food. Not only have Formosan termites broken underground plastic water pipes, causing shut-downs in water service, but they have also destroyed electrical wires within PVC pipes, resulting in power outages.

In the city of New Orleans where this termite species was introduced in the 1950’s, the control and repair costs due to Formosan subterranean termite are estimated at $300 million annually (Suszkiw 1998). It is considered the single most economically important insect pest in the state of Hawaii.

Recent news reported are:

Destructive ‘super-termites’ discovered in Israel for the first time

The termite “destroys railroad tracks, telephone poles…and underground electricity lines causing power outages,” said Dr. Gilad Ben Tzvi.

By Eve Young

September 23, 2020

Formosan “super-termites,” known as the “most damaging termites in the world,” were identified in Israel for the first time on Wednesday.

The termites were discovered in Petah Tikva by termite expert Tomer Low, who reported the finding to the Environmental Protection Ministry’s Pest-Control and Pesticides department.

Termites are known for their ability to cause extensive damage that can result in high costs for extermination and repairs. More than a billion dollars in damage is caused by termites each year in the USA alone, according to NPR.

Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel said that “invasive species present a serious threat to public health, the environment and the economy. Termites especially may cause great damage to property and infrastructure.” She went on to say that as climate change worsens there will be an increase in the amount of invasive species in Israel.

The Ministry has set up a termite task force to work on finding an extermination method and to advise local authorities and exterminators. The task force includes representatives from the Ministries of Health and Agriculture, alongside exterminations experts and academics.

Destructive ‘super-termites’ discovered in La Mesa

‘Super-termites’ discovered in La Mesa

Amanda Brandeis, ABC10.com │August 13, 2018

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Homeowners in La Mesa are being warned their houses could be at risk of a destructive pest: Formosan subterranean termites.

San Diego-based company Thrasher Termite & Pest Control made the unfortunate discovery this month in a La Mesa home.

They’re deemed “super-termites” due to enormous colonies up to two million strong. The pests can cause significant structural damage within six months unlike traditional dry-wood termites, which take 10-15 years to do similar damage.

The invasive species of termites was first discovered in La Mesa in 1992. Efforts to eradicate the population were thought to be successful, but pest control experts say that’s no longer the case.

Aggressive termites invading Houston area, establishing new colonies in South

By Stephanie Whitfield, USA Today│ May 7, 2018

HOUSTON — Swarms of winged bugs are invading Houston-area neighborhoods from Fifth Ward to the suburb of Baytown, Texas.

The insects are an aggressive species called Formosan termites, and pest specialists don’t know how to eradicate all of them once they’ve established a colony in an area, University of Florida etymologists say.

“What you’re seeing are winged individuals that are the kids. They’re job is reproductive,” said Bryan Springer of Coastal Exterminating in the Houston suburb of La Porte. “They’re starting new colonies. They’re not expanding old colonies. They’re literally starting new colonies.”

When traditionally used methods to combat this nuisance have failed, an effective solution is the need of the hour.

C Tech Corporation can offer a solution to overcome the damage caused by termites. Termirepel™ – anti termite additive is an ideal solution for the prevention and control of termites.

Termirepel™ 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.

Termirepel™ is an extremely low concern, low toxic, low hazard, non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic insect aversive. It does not kill or cause harm to insects as well as to the environment which indirectly helps to maintain the ecological balance.

Termirepel™ is available in the form of the liquid concentrate, lacquer, and masterbatch.

Liquid concentrate can be mixed with paints and organic solvent in a predetermined ratio and be applied on the storage area, ceiling, panels exterior and interior of the homes, buildings, etc. as to be protected from termites.

Our product in the form of lacquer can be applied topically to the applications. The lacquer is compatible with most of the surfaces like wood, concrete, metal, polymer, ceramic, cables, wires which are already installed, etc.

Our product in the form of the masterbatch, which can be incorporated into the polymeric applications like pipes, wires, cables, polymeric tree guards, polymeric material, instruments and equipment’s which are attacked by termites. Termirepel™ can be incorporated during the extrusion of wires and cables making them pest repellent.

Termirepel™ is thermally stable and does not degrade on exposure to heat and sunlight. It does not kill or harm the insect but repels them.

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

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The defoliator moth – Gypsy moth

The tiny critters with hairy bodies feast on leaves and wreak havoc on trees.

Those are the gypsy moths who cause this nuisance.

Gypsy moth caterpillars are easy to identify because they possess characteristics not found on other leaf-feeding caterpillars. They have five pairs of blue dots followed by six pairs of red dots lining the back.

The moth (the adult stage) is usually present in July and August. The male moths are brown and tend to fly in zigzag patterns. The female moths are white or cream colored and do not fly at all. The female lays her eggs in masses, usually on branches and trunks of trees. Egg masses can also be found on patio furniture, recreational vehicles, and other outdoor items. The egg masses are cream or buff in color and about an inch or so in length.  The eggs inside is black and palletlike. Each mass may contain 400-600 eggs.

They are responsible for causing mortality of susceptible host trees. Gypsy moth caterpillars prefer hardwood trees and are known to feed on more than 300 tree species including, but not limited to oak, apple, some poplars, willow, alder, and hawthorn.  The caterpillars are defoliators; they eat the leaves of the host trees. Young caterpillars eat small holes in the middle of the leaves, while older caterpillars feed on the outer edge of the leaf inward. Heavy defoliation by the larval stage of this pest causes stress to the infested host plants. Gypsy moths defoliate millions of acres of trees in the United States yearly; repeated infestations weaken and kill the trees.

The nuisance caused by the gypsy moth is spreading vastly and the evidence for it is here!

Gypsy moths becoming a ‘bigger and bigger issue’

Seeking help, resident turns to county commissioners

September 18, 2020

BIG RAPIDS — After conversations with the Mecosta County Board of Commissioners about a month ago, Pine Ridge Subdivision resident Gregory Buydaert addressed the commission again, asking if there is anything they can do regarding the influx of gypsy moths in their area.

Aircraft to spray for invasive gypsy moths in Snohomish Co.

by Associated Press

Thursday, May 14th 2020

Hokkaido gypsy moth (Photo: U.S. Forest Service)

WOODWAY, Wash. (AP) — Washington state officials have scheduled an aerial drop of insecticide to stop an invasive moth and to prevent forest foliage damage.

The Daily Herald reported that the state Department of Agriculture announced about 2 square miles in Woodway and in an Everett neighborhood will be sprayed with more than 655 gallons of soil bacteria.

Department spokesperson Karla Salp says the treatment is scheduled for Friday, depending on weather conditions.

Pest control methods have been used to stop the menace the caused by these insects. But those methods did not work to stop the nuisance.

To stop the nuisance caused by these pests there is a need for an effective solution and C Tech Corporation has one!

The unique product TermirepelTM manufactured by C Tech Corporation is an insect aversive repellent which repels insects.

The product available in the form of liquid concentrate can be mixed in paints in a predetermined ratio and lacquer which can be applied topically to the applications.

To keep the insects at the bay TermirepelTM lacquer can be sprayed or coated on the tree trunks. The already installed tree guards can be coated with the lacquer.

TermirepelTM is available in the form of the masterbatch, which can be incorporated with the polymeric applications like tree guards, irrigation pipes, agricultural films, wires and cables etc. to keep the gypsy moth away. The polymeric tree guard can be manufactured incorporating our masterbatch into the applications while they are manufactured.

The product is also effective against a multitude of other insects and pests like beetles, mayflies, thrips, aphids, etc. The repelling mechanism of the product would ward off the scale insects and other insects that could damage the trees. Thus, using TermirepelTM would effectively ensure that the area around us remain safe and protected from the pests for a long period of time.

If you are facing problems from the sneaky pests that contact us on technical.marketing@ctechcorporation.com

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The fruitfly Menace

If you have been seeing small flies or gnats in your kitchen, they’re probably fruit flies. These pesky pests can be found throughout the world, in homes, gardens, warehouse, grocery stores, wineries, restaurants, etc. They are readily attached to any number of materials, especially that of moisture. Fruit flies can be a problem year round but are especially common during late summer/fall because they are attracted to ripened or fermenting fruits and vegetables.

But they also will breed in drains, garbage disposals, empty bottles and cans, trash containers, mops and cleaning rags. Hence, they also cause various bacterial diseases.

Fruit flies damage the larger proportion of agricultural production and even to crops grown in the gardens which are susceptible to attack by fruitflies. Commercial producers spend hundreds of millions of dollars on control measures and also suffered production losses.

Tomatoes, melons, mangoes, squash, grapes and other perishable items are often the cause of an infestation. Fruit flies are also attracted to rotting bananas, potatoes, onions and other products.

You see, when the fruit is overripe or starts to go bad it begins to ferment, producing alcohol, which attracts fruit flies. They continue to gobble up the fermenting fruit, and in the process, lay hundreds of eggs which hatch into larvae in mere hours.

Female fruit fly lay their eggs into healthy, ripening fruit on the tree. Fruit flies lay their eggs up to 500 at a time! When the larvae hatch, they feed on the moist surface too.  The entire life cycle from egg to adult takes only about eight to ten days so they proliferate with great rapidity.

Although fruit flies don’t bite humans (they actually don’t have any teeth), many people are allergic to the bacteria they carry, resulting in tiny red bumps on the skin.

Let us look at some evidences of damage done to fruits by these pesky little fruitflies:

Fruit flies could affect Fiji’s exports to New Zealand

The presence of fruit flies in any commodity exported by Fiji to New Zealand can be detrimental, also possibly affecting current bilateral quarantine agreements. Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture and the Biosecurity Authority are keeping a close watch to ensure that fruit flies do not leave the nation’s shores. Fiji exports pawpaw, mangoes, breadfruit, and eggplant to NZ.

The Fijian fruit fly (Bactrocera passiflorae) and the Pacific fruit fly (Bactrocera xanthodes) if found in these commodities sent to New Zealand, will have severe repercussions.

Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Ritesh Dass says it is important that all necessary precautions are taken to prevent fruit fly presence in any export commodity. Dass says the treatment is available to ensure that these fruits are fly free before being sent off. He says the Ministry’s Fruit Fly Unit of the Crop Research Division is creating awareness programs on the pest as well as its management during field visits and agriculture shows.

Kenyan farmers battle fruit-fly menace as climate warms

by Caroline Wambui | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Sunday, 12 April 2020

As the planet heats up, growing pest numbers threaten Kenya’s lucrative mango, avocado and other fruit crops

KIRWIRE VILLAGE, Kenya, April 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Gideon Gitonga inspected his avocado orchard in central Kenya with military precision, revealing that some of the fruit were tinged with a worryingly familiar yellow colour.

Yet again, it was the same culprits attacking his crop on the farm in Kirwire village in Meru County: fruit flies.

“Most of the fruits you see with a ripening colour are not ripe,” he said. “(They) have been punctured by fruit flies and are in the process of rotting and eventually falling off.”

As the planet’s climate heats up, rising temperatures have driven a massive increase in Kenya’s fruit fly population, say agricultural experts.

Farmers in fruit fly-infested areas are losing on average up to half their crops each year to the tiny pests, said Onesmus Mwaura, a research assistant at the Nairobi-based International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE).F

The current insecticides are being used to control this menace. However besides being toxic and harmful insecticides kill the species. Repeated exposure to insecticides builds up resistance in insects, until finally the insecticide has little or no effect. Frequent insecticide applications make the problem worse.

C Tech Corporation offers a range of extremely low toxic and extremely low hazard insect aversive repellent, which can be successfully used to keep pesky creatures at bay. TermirepelTM can be easily described as an insect aversive repellent, used 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.

TermirepelTM masterbatch can be incorporated in agricultural films, mulches, grain bags, protective coverings, etc. during processing. TermirepelTM liquid concentrate which can be mixed in paints in a predetermined ratio can be applied to fencing and garbage bins.

TermirepelTM lacquer can be applied topically on the applications. It does not volatilize and does not degrade the soil. It is RoHS, RoHS2, RoHS3, EU BPR, NEA, REACH compliant and FIFRA exempted.

Contact us if you are facing problems against these pesky little fruit flies and other insects also against rodents and other aggressive animals!

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