Managing silverfish infestation

Did you know that silverfish eat clothing, books, wallpaper and our own food?

While they’re not usually as dreaded as spiders or cockroaches, silverfish are still a nuisance that many homeowners have to deal with every year. These little crawlers won’t spread germs or bite you, but they can really be a pain in one’s life as they create damages in our personal belongings and homes.

Silverfish feed on any carbohydrate they can find. This can result in damaged wallpaper, fabrics and clothing, and almost anything containing starches or glues. They can cause extensive damages to the valuable books, photographs, paintings, plaster and other household items containing starch or cellulose. They also cause yellow stains, lowering the value of your home.

Silverfish lay eggs all year round unlike most pests.

Silverfish get their name from the insect’s silvery, metallic appearance and fish-like shape, long thread like antennas and movements. Silverfish are found throughout the U.S. and are typically seen in moist, humid areas in the home, such as living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, basements and attics, garages and shake roofs.  In fact, shake roofs are excellent breeding sites for silverfish during the warmer months, as there’s an abundance of moisture, cellulose, starch and dead insects. From there, they can easily gain entrance and move down through the insulation to enter a structure.

Silverfish are also known to infest commercial structures such as offices, stores and libraries.

These nocturnal and delicate pests which can cause an infestation to go unnoticed for a long period of time until substantial damages have been done.

Father’s fury at housing association after a year living in a silverfish infested Westbourne flat

Daily Echo │2nd October 2018

Kamil Sahin and his 10-year-old daughter Cemo have been left disappointed by the way Spectrum has dealt with their issue.

Just last week Cemo was shocked to discover a living silverfish inside a dictionary she was using for her school homework.

“It makes me feel sick,” she said. “If an engineer came here and lifted up the carpet I think they would find hundreds of silverfish.”

Mr Sahin said the silverfish are seen on a daily basis.

Irish homes are being invaded by pesky silverfish insects

The insects can live up to three years and thrive in damp conditions

By Edel Hughes ; Irish Mirror │February 21, 2018

Irish houses are being invaded by pests, with the inclement weather creating infestations of silverfish insects in our homes.

Pest control company Rentokil reported a 171% increase in the numbers of callouts about the small wingless insects in January 2018, compared to the same period last year.

They say infestations of silverfish could be down to the damp conditions the country has experienced, as silverfish thrive in cool, dark and moist areas.

The critters, which can live for up to three years, love bathrooms as they can feed on dead skin, hair and even shampoo.

Insecticides and some biological control practices are being implemented but these are proved to be ineffective.

We need a solution that is effective, eco- friendly and easy to use.

The unique product Termirepel™ manufactured by C Tech Corporation is an anti-insect aversive which 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 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.

TermirepelTM wood polish additive can be mixed with the wood polish and applied on the wooden surfaces, furniture, bookshelves, etc.

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

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

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

TermirepelTM insect repellent spray can be sprayed on the infested area to repel the pests.

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, ISO, REACH, APVMA, NEA, EU BPR compliant and FIFRA exempted.

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How to stop bedbugs playing havoc in your hotel?

When it comes time for people to start making plans to travel for their vacation, business trips or getaways, one of the things travelers are cautious about these days is picking up their hotels being extremely cautious while selecting them for their stay to avoid bedbug bites.

Many news reports in recent years have focused on the discovery of bedbugs and their health effects (even in upscale five-star hotels), and a number of lawsuits have been filed by guests in hotels who awoke to find hundreds of bedbug bites covering their skin.

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.

Research shows that 82% of hotels in the United States have treated for bed bugs in the past year. 40% of all hotels have undergone treatment in the past month.

As the hospitality industry continues to seek out ways to provide their guests with some peace of mind, the exploding pest control industry—which is expected to reach $10 billion in service revenue by 2020—is also seeking out new solutions.

The creatures don’t have wings and they can’t fly or jump. But their narrow body shape and ability to live for months without food make them ready to survive and settle. Bedbugs can easily hide in the seams and folds of luggage, bags, and clothes. They also take shelter behind wallpaper and inside bedding, box springs, and furniture.

The insects are most active at night, though they are not exclusively nocturnal. Bedbugs are attracted to warmth, moisture and the carbon dioxide released by humans.

The effect of bedbugs on human health and reports of bedbug infestations of certain hotels has received media attention in recent years.

Many news reports in recent years have focused on the discovery of bedbugs and their health effects (even in upscale five-star hotels), and a number of lawsuits have been filed by guests of fashionable hotels who awoke to find hundreds of bedbug bites covering their skin. Searching on travel-review web sites regularly reveals information and even photos confirming the presence of bedbugs in numerous hotels.

Recent news reported were as follows:

Disneyland Hotel guest ‘absolutely butchered’ by bedbugs

A trip to the happiest place on earth ended in misery for a woman who claims she woke up being ravaged by unwanted visitors.

Michael Bartiromo │Fox News │November 19, 2018

Guests at Disneyland generally expect to find large, friendly anthropomorphic rodents during their stay, but bedbugs? Not so much.

Ivy Eldridge, who visited the park with her family in April 2018, is claiming she suffered both physical and emotional damage after waking up at Anaheim’s Disneyland Hotel covered in bedbug bites, according to a lawsuit filed earlier last week, The Los Angeles Times and Fox News report.

Ms Eldridge also claims she required medical treatment following the incident.

Ms Eldridge’s lawyer Brian Virag, of legal firm My Bed Bug Lawyer, Inc, filed the lawsuit on her behalf and named Walt Disney Co. and Disney Parks and Resorts as defendants in addition to Disneyland Hotel.

“People put trust in the Disney name and pay top dollar to stay at Disneyland Hotel. In this case, Ms Eldridge’s trust was betrayed,” Mr Virag said in an article posted to the My Bed Bug Lawyer website.

Brazilian model sues Palm Desert hotel over bed bug bites

Nicole Hayden, Palm Springs Desert Sun June 26, 2018

A Brazilian model is suing Palm Desert Embassy Suites, a Hilton hotel, claiming she was “massacred” by bed bugs during a stay in one of their hotel rooms two years ago. 

In a lawsuit filed in Riverside County Superior Court, Sabrina Jales St. Pierre says a severe reaction to the bites affected her ability to model and caused her pain, discomfort and emotional distress.

Jales St. Pierre, who has modeled for brands including Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Valentino, Versace and Victoria’s Secret, is seeking monetary and punitive damages against the defendants, which include Hilton Worldwide, Inc., Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc., Embassy Suites Management, LLC.

“Sabrina started noticing the bed bug bites after her first night in the hotel, and eventually she was massacred by bites covering pretty much her entire body,” said her attorney, Brian Virag, founder of the My Bed Bug Lawyer, Inc.

Virag said the model’s bites were among the worst he has seen in his eight years specializing in bed bug litigation.

One theory as to this sudden rise is in the way the bugs have adapted to pesticides. Pest control is carried out and hotels are spending big bucks in the fight against bedbugs. But what can be an effective solution to get rid away from these tiny creatures?

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 hotels, ceilings, storage rooms, washrooms, 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, APVMA, NEA, EU BPR complaint and FIFRA exempted.

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

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Battling armyworm invasion

Farmers in India are already battling with a number of pests when suddenly a new invasive pest called as armyworm has invaded the fields in the country. After causing havoc on the maize fields in the African countries and devastating the livelihoods of farmers in Africa, the pest is identified in the Indian subcontinent.

The fall armyworm was identified on maize crops in the month of May. Now they are also reported to be seen in the sugarcane fields.

Fall armyworm can damage 30 to 60 percent of crops!!

The adult moth of the pest migrates very fast – almost 100 km every night and nearly 500 km before laying eggs. It can, therefore, invade new areas quickly. Also, each female moth is capable of laying 1,500 eggs on an average and the hatching caterpillars emerge with a voracious appetite. The entire lifecycle – from egg to new adult moth that lays fresh eggs – is completed in about 30 days during the summer months, while extending to 60-90 days in cooler temperatures. Since the summers last for long in the Indian continent, this pest can prove to be a threat to the farmers.

The pest thrives on a wide spectrum of host crop plants: maize, sorghum, rice, sugarcane, soyabean, vegetables, etc. Entomologists have detected the presence of the pest on sugarcane crops even as scientists at India’s premium institutes hope it doesn’t infest rice, which could be highly dangerous. 

Recent news reported that:

After Karnataka and Andhra, invasive pest destroys maize farms in Tamil Nadu

By Nirupa Sampath │Express News Service │December 15th 2018

CUDDALORE: A new kind of infestation caused by fall armyworm, an invasive pest, has begun its cycle of destruction in maize farms in and around Cuddalore and Villupuram districts of in northern Tamil Nadu.

The pest has since last year damaging crops in the neighbouring Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and this year spread into farmlands in Tamil Nadu.

According to Tamil Nadu Agriculture Department’s data, there are over 29,520 farmers cultivating maize in over 22,450 hectares inCuddalore district alone. Over 90 percent of these have faced loss this year, due to the damage caused by the fall armyworm that goes by the biological name Spodoptera frugiperda.

Fall Armyworm detected on sugarcane crops in Tamil Nadu

Worm found in four sugarcane fields in the districts of Erode and Karur

By Jitendra │December 10, 2018

Fall Armyworm in damaged corn shoot. Credit: Getty Images

Scientists have confirmed the presence of the Fall Armyworm (Spodopetra Frugiperda) in four sugarcane fields of two Tamil Nadu districts.

The Fall Armyworm caterpillar is native to North America. It is a polyphagous pest, which means that it feeds on many items. It is recorded as eating 186 plant species from 42 families. These include cereals and forage grasses. 

In 2016 and 2017, it had put food security at risk in the whole of Africa by destroying maize crops across the continent.

Agronomists strive to contain a brand new American pest

By Jayashree Bhosale, ET Bureau | October 13, 2018

India’s acute farm crisis has just been worsened by an American pestilence called fall armyworm and farmers, biologists and agronomists are scrambling to contain the attack. 

First detected in a field of maize in Karnataka in May, Bangalore’s National Bureau of Agriculture Insect Resource (NBAIR) confirmed presence of fall armyworm in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and now, in Maharashtra. 

Fall armyworm is native to the Americas and was first reported to have reached Africa in 2016. Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (Cabi) estimated in September that improper management of the armyworm could cost 10 of Africa’s major maize producing economies between $2.2 billion and $5.5 billion per year in lost maize harvests. 

Though known primary attacking maize fields, the fall armyworm also eats an additional 186 plant species, including sorghum and soya beans. Already, Maharashtra has detected a suspected fall armyworm attack on sugarcane in the state. 

Is there any solution available to combat these pests?

Yes, to get rid of these pests we have an eco-friendly solution!

At C Tech Corporation, we provide you with Termirepel™ which is an insect aversive. Termirepel™ is manufactured on the basis of green technology. It is extremely low toxic, low hazard, non-mutagenic and non-carcinogenic insect aversive. Also, it is durable under extreme climatic conditions such as changes in temperature, rainfall, water pressure etc.

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

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

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.

Termirepel™ lacquer form can be directly applied to the applications such as wooden fences, already installed pipes, wires, cables, etc.

Our newly developed product is in the form of a spray. TermirepelTM insect repellent spray can be used by anyone and sprayed in farms, as well as the store rooms and warehouses. This spray is specially designed to combat the insect menace. We also have CombirepelTM pest repellent spray which can be used against a wide spectrum of rodents and insects to keep them away from an application.

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Super Ants with a deadly attraction towards electricity

Ants are the most frequent pests which can be seen easily around homes and buildings. There are different species of ants and each species carry different characteristics. There are many householders who are not aware of all these species and find all the species to be the same. Ants have the attraction for electricity due to which they construct a colony, especially where electrical wires come the chances of short circuit is more as the wire can ignite and can cause huge damage. The super ants have an attraction for the electrical current. Their attraction to the electricity is extremely strong and they may eventually result in death.

The super ants are also known as fire ants as they are attracted to electrical wires and cables, sockets etc. and they cause a fire. The super ants are small but builts huge colonies which are spreading over miles as the ants appeared to be spreading at a faster rate. The super ants were first identified in Hungry in the year 1990 and were found in the UK in the year 2009.

Let’s have a look at some of the evidence,

Fire-starting ‘super ant’ that is drawn to electrics is spreading across the UK, experts warn
By Cristina Criddle

An Asian super-ant that forms colonies of millions and can cause fires due to its fatal attraction to electricity is spreading across the country, experts warn.

The species, Lasius neglectus, thrives in gardens and greenhouses and has invaded homes from Yorkshire to Sussex.

The super ant – also known as ‘the fire ant’ because it is attracted to power sockets and cables, sparking blackouts and fires – was first identified in Britain in 2009 at a National Trust manor in Gloucestershire, where more than 35,000 were found.

The insect looks the same as a common black garden ant but the number of workers in a colony is between 10 and 100 times greater. It is native to Turkey but has been a growing problem across Europe, living interconnected nests that can span 50 acres.

Last spotted in 2014 in London and Cambridgeshire, there have been three reported infestations this year, one in North Yorkshire and two near Eastbourne.

In response, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs commissioned a report into the ant’s potential spread, with options for control and eradication.

The University of York, who worked on the risk assessment for the Government, estimated the super ants cost the UK £1.7billion every year through damage and management costs.

Super ants with a deadly attraction to electricity escape from Gloucestershire and head for London

An invasion of “super ants” with an attraction to electricity so strong it may eventually result in their own death is feared to have spread across the south of England after a large nest was found in London.

Known as fire ants, or Asian super ants, the insects were first spotted in the UK in 2009 at Hidcote Manor – a National Trust property in Gloucestershire – where more than 35,000 were discovered.

Unlike normal ants, the Lasius neglectus super ants form huge colonies which can interconnect over many miles.

Now it is believed this colony of ants is on the move after a colony was found to have invaded a house in Hendon, north-west London, almost 100 miles from Hidcote, while more have been discovered in Buckinghamshire.

The super ant’s attraction towards electricity is stronger than its compulsion to eat or drink, meaning it can gnaw through electricity cables and nest in electrical equipment and plug sockets.  These ants usually nest in electrical items and this means they can pose a fire risk and when they swarm can cause blackouts.

Conventional insecticides have proven to be a failed solution to give effective results. These insecticides are toxic in nature. They kill target as well as nontarget species. They are also hazardous to human health. Moreover, species like super ants are not at all affected by the toxic effects of these insecticides.

C Tech Corporation offers 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 the 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 PVC insulation of wires and cables while manufacturing or coated on surfaces to keep crazy ants away from the application.

Termirepel™ is available in the form of liquid concentrate and lacquer which can be easily blended with paints and organic solvents and can be applied to already installed wires and cables, sockets, electric board etc.

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

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