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?

Well, we at C Tech Corporation developed environment-friendly, non-hazardous, non-toxic, non-mutagenic, and non-carcinogenic product range to fight the problem without killing the pests.

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.

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

Masterbatch can be incorporated with a polymer to manufacture polymeric applications such as cable sheathing, agriculture films, grain bags, etc.

The liquid concentrate can be mixed with paint in a predetermined ratio and can be applied on walls and also used to coat mechanical equipment if any.

Lacquer is a topical application and it is compatible with most surfaces such as polymer, ceramic, concrete, wood, metal, etc.

Wood polish additive can be blended with wood polish and applied on any wooden surface to protect it from wood-eating insects such as termites and ants.

Our ready-to-use Termirepel spray is easy to use and can be applied anywhere to keep insects away.

The product is compliant with RoHS, RoHS2, RoHS3, REACH, APVMA, NEA, EU-BPR, and FIFRA exempted.

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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.

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

TermirepelTM is available in a liquid concentrate, which can be mixed with paints in a specific ratio and applied on the walls, instruments, equipment, etc.

TermirepelTM is available as lacquer, which is a topical application and it is compatible with most of the surfaces like polymer, metal, ceramic, wood, etc. so it can be applied directly in lockers, drawers, or cabinets where you can store your money safely.

TermirepelTM is available as a wood polish additive that can be applied directly on wooden furniture to prevent the entrance of termites into lockers or drawers.

TermirepelTM is available as a ready-to-use spray that is so convenient and it can be sprayed easily on any application!

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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:


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.

What if I tell you that all these problems can have one simple solution? Our product Termirepel™ manufactured by C Tech Corporation is an anti-insect aversive that repels insects.

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

Termirepel™ in the lacquer form can be applied topically to the applications. The lacquer is compatible with most of the surfaces like wood, concrete, metal, polymer, ceramic, cables, wires, etc.

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.

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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!

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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. 
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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

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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Termirepel™ is available in the form of a spray, liquid concentrate, lacquer, wood polish additive, and masterbatch.

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.

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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.

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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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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, │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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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Kudzu bugs – Nuisance to the humans as well

“Kudzu bug: New bad bug appears in southern states” – Daily Press

Why there’s so much of havoc spread due to these bugs?

Although known to feed on Kudzu plant, they have started causing nuisance in human dwellings as well.

The spread of kudzu bug began when the Kudzu plant, a native to Japan was imported to the Southern United States in the 1800’s to enrich soil depleted by tobacco.

The import of the plant brought bugs along with it to the States and this is how the pesky bugs started spreading all over.

The kudzu bug is also found in some Eastern states, particularly Tennessee, as well as Florida, Alabama, North and South Carolina.

The plant, kudzu is often planted to reduce erosion, but, despite its name, the kudzu bug eats more than just this plant. The bugs also feed on soybeans and can dramatically impact crop production. It chews into the veins of a plant’s leaves to suck out nutrients, causing the leaves to dry out and wither and the plan to lose nutrition.

These bugs are approximately 4 to 6 mm long as adults.  They are a mottled green and brown color. Many people mistake them for beetles, but they can easily be differentiated by their beaklike piercing-sucking mouthparts. The bug has a hard shield and is sometimes confused with stink bugs too.

The kudzu bug feeds and lay eggs through summer into the fall, then seeks out sheltered areas where it can pass the winter, such as under bark or rocks, or in leaf litter, or behind siding or in gaps or cracks of buildings.

The kudzu bug can become a very annoying pest of homes. Homeowners usually are more concerned with kudzu bugs because of their overwintering habits. During the warm summer months, people do not see the bugs. Once fall temperatures start dropping, kudzu bugs congregate in massive numbers on sun-exposed surfaces to warm themselves.

The mass sightings of the adults are the most disturbing sign for homeowners. If large numbers are disturbed, they can produce a strong odor. Host plants also may show sign of damage as the bugs feed.

Next, they locate sheltered voids, cracks, and crevices to survive the winter, which can include people’s homes. Once indoors, they do not feed or reproduce. They are dormant during the winter, unless there is a warm day, and will vacate the building with the warmth of the spring. It is attracted to white surfaces such as the walls of houses or white vehicles, because of the high reflectance of the white surfaces as it relates to the bugs’ simple eyes.

Invasive bugs on the rise in South Georgia, exterminators warn of big problems

By Simone Jameson

April 28th 2020

Local exterminators say that invasive bug sightings are higher since the COVID-19 quarantine began. They warn that stink bugs and carpenter bees will become more problematic as summer approaches.

Kudzu bugs, stink bugs and carpenter bees are expected to be active for the next three to four months, and can cause significant damage to the home, and to clothing. Kudzu bugs are olive-green-colored beetles, about the size of lady-bugs, that can enter the home through cracks, and leave stains and a foul-smelling odor on clothes if killed.

Invasive pests like carpenter bees are known to drill holes in decks and other wooden structures that support the home, leading to significant structural damage. Ben Tallent of Arrow Exterminators encourages homeowners to take preventative action to protect all belongings.

The CBS news says that Native “Asian Kudzu Bugs Threaten Crops in Maryland”

By Alex DeMetrick

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Right on the heels of the Asian stinkbug invasion comes a new pest. This one’s called the kudzu bug.

Alex DeMetrick reports–it packs a real potential for trouble.

The kudzu vine spread up from the deep south into Maryland years ago. But now something new has arrived: The kudzu bug.

A native of Asia, it hitched a ride with cargo imported to Georgia in 2009. Although small, it breeds in huge numbers. And it’s not pleasant.

“We do have reports from the south of them staining furniture, drapery, wall coverings,” said Dr. Mike Raupp, University of Maryland entomologist. “And if you handle these things, they will stain your skin. And in some cases, they can actually cause severe skin irritation. So this is not going to be a good performer.”

Many pest control methods are used to stop the menace caused by Kudzu bugs, but all of them have proved ineffective.

This is a situation where the menace is increasing and the conventional methods used to stop the menace are proving useless.

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TermirepelTM works on the mechanism of fear, discomfort, aversion, mating disruption, oviposition deterrence and feeding disruption.

Masterbatch is to be incorporated with polymers while processing them and can be used for producing agricultural film, pipes, wires and cables, polymeric parts for agricultural utilities, automobile parts etc.

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Farmers grapple with Armyworm Horror

Just when the farmers across countries in eastern Africa were tackling with the devastating drought situation, they were being threatened by an invasive pest. The fall armyworm.!

The Fall Armyworms are spreading like a wildfire and causing a havoc.

The fall armyworm can damage and destroy a wide variety of crops in its larvae stage which causes large economic damage. Larvae can also burrow into the growing point and affect the growth of plants. The larvae penetrate crops and feed from the inside. Larvae cause damage by consuming foliage. Young larvae initially consume leaf tissue from one side. The larvae may do the damage but the adult moths ensure the rapid spread of the pest. Moths are very strong flyers, covering vast distances, so the infestation can occur in very short time.

Fall armyworm larvae can wreak havoc on a wide range of crops based on their food preferences. Destruction can happen almost overnight because the first stages of a caterpillar’s life require very little food, and the later stages require about 50 times more.

The pest reproduces at a rapid speed; an adult female can lay up to 1844 eggs/female (Barros et al. 2010), and several and overlapping generations occur every year.

In its larval stage, it can cause significant damage to crops, if not well managed. The pest mainly feeds on maize/corn but can attack and survive on more than 100 plant species including rice, sorghum, sugarcane, cabbage, beet, peanut, soybean, alfalfa, onion, cotton, pasture grasses, millet, tomato, potato, etc. It poses an enormous and wide-scale risk to the agriculture sector and it stands to intensify global poverty and hunger.

It is estimated that almost 40% of those species that armyworms target are economically important.

The fall armyworm was first detected in Central and Western Africa in early 2016 and has quickly spread to almost all maize growing countries in Africa and reached South Africa in 2017. Because of trade and the moth’s strong flying ability, it has the potential to spread further. The farmer’s livelihoods are at risk as the non-native insect threatens to reach Asia and Europe.

The Fall armyworm has been reported to cause annual losses of US$600 million in Brazil alone.

There are 208 million people dependent on maize for food security in sub-Saharan Africa. Maize also provides crucial income for small-holder farmers in the region.

Currently, more than 300 million Africans depend on maize as their main food source, and 46 of 53 countries in sub-Saharan Africa cultivate the crop.

Fall Army Worm has cost African economies billions of pounds in crop losses

Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (Cabi) chief scientist Dr. Matthew Cock said: “This invasive species is now a serious pest spreading quickly in tropical Africa and with the potential to spread to Asia.”

If proper control measures are not implemented, the fall armyworm could cause extensive maize yield losses of up to $6.2 billion per year in just 12 countries in Africa where its presence has been confirmed, according to the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI).

The damages are reported as follows:

Armyworm infestation breaches the Pacific

The recent spread of *Spodoptera frugiperda, *or Fall Armyworm (FAW), in Papua New Guinea’s Western Province is causing concern in the Pacific region.

Fall armyworm is a pest that preys on food crops such as maize (corn), sweet potato, vegetables, and wheat, and has the potential to cause significant damage to several important crops in PNG, including maize, sugarcane and rice.

The Pacific Community’s (SPC) Land Resources Division Pest and Management Advisor Fereti Atu warns the invasive pest can affect the region if precautions are not heeded. “We are closely monitoring the situation and have procured fall armyworm pheromone traps and lures from Costa Rica for distribution,” he said. “With the current rate of spread, the Melanesia island group faces a direct threat through this potential pathway initiated from Australia. It is now in PNG and next will very likely spread to the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, etc.”

Mr. Atu stated that the armyworm is also a biosecurity problem. “This moth is high flying, and it is very difficult to stop its spread. Moths caught in the whirlwind of cyclones in the southern belt from Africa to Southeast Asia could be one of the causes of it reaching the shores of Australia and then Papua. Stringent biosecurity measures, including lures at periphery of the infested area, should be adopted.”

Fall armyworm found near Broome

21 Apr 2020

The invasive pest fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been confirmed near Broome following earlier discovery of the pest in Kununurra.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has identified two specimens, the first collected on forage sorghum south of Broome and the second on Rhodes grass on a property east of Broome.

Fall armyworm is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas.

Since 2016 it has rapidly spread to and throughout Africa, the Indian subcontinent, China and Southeast Asia. It has been found in north Queensland and the Northern Territory.

DPIRD is working with growers and industry to help ensure industries are prepared for and can minimise the impacts of fall armyworm.

Pheromone traps have been distributed in Kununurra, Broome, Carnarvon and Geraldton, as part of surveillance to help determine spread of the pest.

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Our product is ROHS, ROHS2, RoHS3, EU BPR, APVMA, NEA compliant and FIFRA exempted. Our product will not kill the targeted as well as non-targeted species but only repel which helps in maintaining the ecological balance of the earth.

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.

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Termirepel™ Masterbatch is specially made for polymeric applications and used as additives in their processing time. It can be incorporated into the polymeric applications like the agricultural films and mulches, irrigation pipes, tree guards, greenhouse films etc. used for crop cultivation purpose. The product can be incorporated into the cables, and other applications used for agriculture.

Termirepel™ liquid concentrate is to be mixed in paints in pre-determined proportion and can be applied on the concrete fences around farms. It can be used on the interior and exterior of storehouses used to store food grains and other agricultural produce.

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The repelling mechanism of the product would debar the worm and other insects that could damage the crops. Thus Termirepel™ is the best protection against these invasive fall armyworms.

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Colorado potato beetles at large!!

Haldane discussed the prevalence of stars and beetles in his book “What is life?” published in the 1940s;

_69607665_thinkstock106564984“The Creator would appear as endowed with a passion for stars, on the one hand, and for beetles on the other, for the simple reason that there are nearly 300,000 species of beetle known, and perhaps more, as compared with somewhat less than 9,000 species of birds and a little over 10,000 species of mammals. Beetles are actually more numerous than the species of any other insect order. That kind of thing is characteristic of nature.”

One among the 300,000 species is Colorado potato beetle. An adult beetle is around 10mm long and is orange or yellow with black or brown stripes. The beetle’s main food is potato leaves – a single larva can eat 40 sq cm of leaf per day.

Colorado_potato_beetle_lgThe pretty yellow-and-black-striped Colorado potato beetle is native to wild Solanaceous plants of the semi-arid western United States. Colorado beetles are a serious pest of potatoes.. Both adults and larvae feed on foliage and may skeletonize the crop. . The problem with it began when the beetle broadened its gustatory interests to include cultivated plants in the same family, such as potato, eggplant, and tomato.

Going through the life cycle of the Colorado potato beetle, in late summer, Colorado potato beetles fly to nearby wooded areas and overwinter beneath bark or other cover. In mid-spring, they emerge and walk until they find potatoes or another suitable host plant. After a little light feeding, mated females lay clusters of orange eggs on leaf undersides. The eggs hatch about two weeks later, and the larvae feed for a couple of weeks before entering their pupal stage. In cool weather the entire life cycle can take 45 days or more, but 30 days is more typical. This means that a second generation can emerge at the perfect time to sabotage midseason potatoes.

kg26-colorado-potato-beetle-01_lgColorado potato beetle causes heavy monetary damages. The article named “Last Meal for Colorado potato  beetle?” in USA Agriculture department gives the estimate of the economic loss due to the species, “The pest’s larvae devour the leaves of eggplant, tomato and potato plants, causing $150 million annually in crop losses and chemical control expenses”

The problem of Colorado potato beetle is mentioned in yet another article,

Japanese Beetles Are Treating Colorado Gardens Like a Buffet

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Ryan Hodnett.

Becky Talley 8/24/20

The irridescent, green-copper beetle is easy to spot. Getting rid of them on the other hand …

‘Tis the season for garden devastation and destruction, all at the seemingly insatiable appetite of a tiny beetle.

Enemy of the eggplant, lawbreaker of the lawn, scourge of the soil, bad guy of the backyard. You get the picture. Japanese beetles have made their annual appearance in Colorado gardens and are eating their way through their life cycle. It’s not hard to spot the beetle (they are actually kind of pretty) or their damage, which will leave lacey-looking holes on plant leaves—they are voracious consumers of hundreds of plant species, so basically everything is part of their buffet.

These invasive pests first came to the U.S. in the early 1900s, and they hitched a ride on nursery stock purchased from the Midwest in the early 1990s. They aren’t fans of dry conditions, but the lush, watered landscapes of urban areas in the state are the perfect breeding ground for beetle mania.

Some Growers Say Potato Beetle Becoming Intractable Problem

Anecdotal evidence suggests the Colorado potato beetle has increased its range in Estonia, and some farmers say the situation is dire, especially as the state declassified the colorful bug as a dangerous pest in 2011.

With potato fields flowering, ETV reported on one Saaremaa island field where the beetle had not been seen before, but which is experiencing a major infestation.

Officially, the farmers are advised to manually pluck the larvae and repeat every day, and only resort to pesticides for larger infestations.

There are some areas of Saaremaa where the beetle is well-established and can’t 220px-Potato_beetle_larvaeapparently be eradicated, farmers said.

Aadu Grepp, one farmer, said that beetles could be found on every fourth or fifth stalk in his fields.

“You have to spray with some toxin at the right time to get rid of it. In a couple days, it will eat a plant, leaving just a stalk.” He said it had been that bad for two or three years. “The bug hatches from the soil and and there’s nothing to do, the only cure is chemicals. There’s so many and it will return in a week or so.”

Grepp sprays his fields several times a year and said some Leisi growers had stopped planting potatoes.

The areas on Saaremaa affected tend to be on the coasts, as the adult beetle gets an assist from the wind. The biggest potato grower on the island, Guido Lindmäe, who has 22 hectares in the interior, says he yet to see a live beetle.

Opinions vary on whether the mainland is worse off. The Crop Research Institute’s Luule Tartlan says it is worse, while the Agricultural Board says that the potato beetle has ceased to be considered a dangerous pest as of 2011.

220px-Kartoffelkaefer_fg01eThe Colorado potato beetle have shifted from its original wild hosts in southwestern North America, it has spread throughout the rest of the continent and has invaded Europe and Asia. Currently its distribution covers approximately 14 million km2 around the world. It has also started appearing in central Asia, western China and Iran. They have started appearing in new regions because of heavy export from the infected area.

Insecticides are currently the main method of beetle control on commercial 78farms.Colorado potato beetle has a legendary ability to develop resistance to a wide range of pesticides used for its control. Plants in the family Solanaceae, which are natural food sources for this insect, have high concentrations of rather toxic glycoalkaloids in their foliage. These toxins protect them from a wide range of herbivores. However, the Colorado potato beetles evolved an ability to overcome toxic defenses of its hosts. Apparently, this ability also allows them to adapt to a wide range of human-made poisons. Also, high beetle fecundity increases the probability that one of the numerous offspring mutates, just as buying 800 lottery tickets increases probability of getting a winning one compared to buying 8 lottery tickets.

Resistance mechanisms in the Colorado potato beetle are highly diverse even within a relatively narrow geographical area. Furthermore, the beetles show cross-resistance to organophosphates and carbamates, and multiple resistance to organophosphates, carbamates, and pyrethroids.

The immune powers of Colorado potato beetle have forced humans to look for solutions above the hazardous insecticides. C Tech Corporation provides a solution Termirepel™ which is very effective, long lasting and Green. The most important unique quality of the product is that it is non-toxic, non-hazardous and environment friendly. Termirepel™ helps keep termites, ants, beetles and 500 other species at bay and protects the application. They can be incorporated in agricultural films, mulches and irrigation pipes to protect the crops from the vicious pests. The product is available in the form masterbatch as well as liquid solution and is compatible with most the base polymers. The most important quality of the product is that it does not kill the target species but repels them.

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Devastating locusts invasion

Locusts have probably been an enemy of man ever since he began to grow crops.

Locusts do damage by eating the leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, bark and growing-points, and also by breaking down trees because of their weight when they settle in masses, and sometimes even by spoiling plants with their excrete.

Large swarms of locusts can completely strip the foliage and stems of plants such as forbs and grasses. Some species consume a variety of plants, while others have a more specific diet. 

There are as many as 80 million locusts in a swarm. They wipe out massive areas and affect entire economies.

Locust swarms devour every crop in their path. Locusts eat plant material.

Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day, so a swarm of such size would eat 423 million pounds of plants every day.

Locusts wreak havoc on East African agriculture
  • 19 AUGUST 2020

Each day, specialised pilots climb into planes and helicopters and take flight above Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. On the ground, experts from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), government teams and farmers direct them towards the threat. Upon arrival, they spray gallons of pesticide in a desperate attempt to subdue the worst locust plague in decades. 

In recent months, teams have saved 600,000 hectares of vegetation and crops, says Keith Cressman, senior locust forecasting officer at the FAO. That is equivalent to 1.2m tonnes of food, or sustenance for 8.2m people. “The efforts that have been achieved so far have had a very positive impact, yet it’s not enough,” he says. “We still have locust swarms.” 

According to the World Bank, the infestation will cost East Africa and Yemen $8.5bn this year, exacerbate food insecurity and send shockwaves through the economies of Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda and others. While the coronavirus captures the headlines, the insects are wreaking their own distinct form of havoc. 

Locusts in Penal village destroy crops

By Stacy Moore

Locusts rest on on a plant at Mendez Trace, Penal, yesterday. PHOTO BY VASHTI SINGH

A plague of locusts has swept into the village of Mendez Trace in Penal, destroying hundreds of crops and plants. Residents said four days ago they started seeing the locusts on their crops and the numbers increased within a few hours.

“In a short time they destroyed hundreds of crops,” one resident said, adding that he had to run inside for cover,

But another man, who recently moved into the area, said, “Some of them even got inside our homes. We could not go outside.

These past few days were something else. This is the first time I have experienced something like this.”

Others said it was the second locust infestation within the last two years.

Usually, these locusts are trapped using net, or insecticides are spread on crops to kill them. But how feasible are these remedies? Are they even effective? Definitely not. So what measures can be taken to keep these locusts away from your plants?

TermirepelTM can be used effectively against the locusts. TermirepelTM is an extremely low toxic and low hazard insect repellent produced by C Tech Corporation. It can be best described as an insect aversive repellent. It is effective against a broad spectrum of insects like termites, bedbugs, locusts, thrips, etc. It works on the mechanism of repellence and therefore does not kill the target as well as non-target species.

Being low toxic, it does not harm the soil and environment. Termirepel™ can be added to a thin agricultural film to protect plants and other crops.

Our product available in the form of masterbatch can be incorporated into polymeric applications like the tree guards and fences, agricultural films and mulches, irrigation pipes, etc. to keep these pests away from the trees and crops.

The liquid concentrate can be mixed in paints and be applied on the concrete fence around the gardens, farms, and buildings. The liquid concentrate can be applied to the interior and exterior of storage rooms used to store grains and other agricultural produce, building structures, etc.

The product available in the form of lacquer can be used as a direct application and can be applied on the tree trunks, wooden fences around trees, crops, and farms, already installed pipes and polymeric parts from agricultural equipment like motors, tractors, etc.

To keep the locusts at the bay TermirepelTM insect repellent spray can be sprayed.

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Intolerable hospital patients

Going to the hospital is already a stressful situation, and it can be even worse when you find out that you’ve been exposed to bed bugs there. 

A hospital, with the constant movement of patients, employees, staff, and visitors offers many opportunities for the introduction of bed bugs. 

The bedbug can live without blood — its food source — for up to 18 months. “Females can lay up to 4 eggs a day in hidden locations; up to 5 to 10 a week and up to 500 in her lifetime,” according to Eisenberg.

Sighting bedbugs in your hospital facility can affect the reputation and defame a brand.

Dealing with a possible bed bug infestation in a healthcare facility is a delicate situation. It must be made clear that a bed bug problem can happen to anyone and anywhere. Also, rectifying the situation is contingent on the cooperation of all parties. Help your employees, patients, and residents feel comforted by the fact that your healthcare facility has a bed bug control plan in place.

Mom says daughter’s room at Sacred Heart children’s hospital was crawling with bed bugs

Colin Warren-Hicks

A mother whose daughter with brain cancer was admitted to Ascension Sacred Heart late Thursday night says she and her daughter were both woken up in a hospital room around 3 a.m. by an uncomfortable sensation — itching. 

Clusters of bed bugs were crawling on the hospital bed, couch, recliner, down her own arms and across her daughter’s chest, Brandy Matt told the News Journal. And the bugs were biting, she said.

“I don’t want another family to come in here with a sick child and wind up getting them, too,” Matt said, explaining her decision to speak with the News Journal about her experience. “Considering everything that happened this past weekend, I feel frustration, anger, anxiety and depression.”

Mom says bedbugs found at Hendersonville hospital
  • Nancy Amons
  • October 22, 2019

HENDERSONVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Bedbugs in a hospital room?

One mother, who just had a baby in a Sumner County hospital, said bedbugs bit her 11-year-old daughter in the hospital’s labor and delivery suite.

The mom said the suite had a couch on it and she said that’s where she saw the bedbugs that she said bit her daughter.

Jamie Turner had just given birth to her third child on Oct. 16 at TriStar Hendersonville Hospital. That’s where she said she took a picture of a bedbug crawling on her 11-year-old daughter. She said the girl was sleeping on the couch in the same room where she had just given birth.

“I thought it was very disgusting to see the bugs there, period,” said Turner. “I just had a baby and that’s one of the things you wouldn’t think of to run across, to have bedbugs in the room with a newborn baby.”

You can see bumps in her 11-year-old daughter’s face. There are marks on her arm too.

“She was complaining about itching,” said Turner.

With bed bugs come a multitude of business challenges, including employees and patients returning to their homes with bed bugs, cost of treatment and the impact bed bugs can have on your brand. Although bed bugs don’t transmit diseases to their victims, they can put patients at risk. The presence or even the suspicion of bed bugs can be very stressful. Bed bugs can also leave an itchy welt on their victims, which may become infected and pose a threat to sensitive patients. 

At C Tech Corporation, we manufacture a product named Termirepel™ which is an anti-termite and insect repellent. The product works on the mechanism of repellence and does not kill the target species but repel them. The product is effective against a broad spectrum of insects and does not cause any harm to humans and other non-target species.

Termirepel™ is available in the form of a spray, liquid concentrate, lacquer, wood polish additive, and masterbatch.

The Termirepel™ insect repellent spray is an easy to use product and compatible with most of the surfaces.

The liquid concentrate can be mixed in paints in a pre-determined ratio and be applied to the interior and exterior of hospitals, ceilings, storage rooms, doctor’s cabin, pharmacy, washrooms, canteens, etc. to repel bedbugs and other insects from the area required.

Our product in the form of lacquer can be directly applied to the already installed application such as furniture, attics, wooden articles, sewage pipes, wires, cables, etc. The lacquer is compatible with most of the surfaces like metal, wood, concrete, polymer, ceramic, etc.

Masterbatch can be incorporated into polymeric applications like water pipes, wires, cables, polymeric equipment from hotels, etc. This would result in the final application being insect repellent.

Our product is RoHS, RoHS2, RoHS3, APVMA, NEA, EU BPR compliant and FIFRA exempted.

Hence by using Termirepel™ in the hospitals, you can get rid of the bedbugs and other insects and thereby making a pleasant stay for the guests.

You may also use our CombirepelTM product which is all in one pest repellent effective in repelling rodents, insects, and birds.

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