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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