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GeneralRodents (Rodentia) are categorized into the mammal group with more than 2,000 species of rodents alive today, making them the most diverse of all mammal groups alive today.

In specific, there are about 1,400 species of Mouse-like rodents (Myomorpha). Members of this group include mice, rats, hamsters, voles, lemmings, dormice, harvest mice, muskrats, and gerbils. Most species of mouse-like rodents are nocturnal and live almost completely underground, where they build complex burrow systems.

Rodents have teeth that are specialized for chewing and gnawing. They have one pair of incisors in each jaw (upper and lower) and a large gap (called a diastema) located between their incisors and molars. The incisors of rodents grow continuously and are maintained through constant use—grinding and gnawing wears away the tooth so that is always sharp and remains the correct length.

The Damage

The DamageMost rodents may be small animals with robust bodies, short limbs and long tails, but their sharp incisors are not to be messed with. Over the years, findings have proved that their diverse diet had caused massive damages to our daily social lives.

Every so often we hear of complaints that the sheathing from wiring cables around our houses has been chewed and severed off, exposing the inner insulation to risks of electricity short circuits which may result in impending explosions. Further investigations showed that the culprits are the nasty rodents.

It does not stop there. Underground telecommunications cables are not spared either. Their natural habitat gives them non-disturbance from external factors, allowing them the free hand and time to chew gleefully without the glance of suspecting eyes. More often than not, by the time the problem surfaces, the damage is done and significantly grievous.

Machineries and mechanisms attached to these underground telecommunications cables would be disrupted, causing power failures for indefinite time frame. It would mean replacing the spoilt cables with new ones. It is labour intensive and time consuming as a thorough inspection is required to make sure no further complications will arise. The economic loss in monetary terms caused by the disruption and shut down is massive and overwhelming.

The Solution

Maxirodent AR 3303® was derived from exploring various angles before identifying the perfect solution to overcome these irksome issues. It is an EVA based, non-toxic and non-hazardous halogen-free masterbatch. Our Company has adopted the most advanced technology in the production, taking into consideration to protect the environment against any possible threat to the wildlife and its surroundings.

Maxirodent AR 3303® emits a bitter odour which repels the rodents instead of killing them. As the bright colours from cables attracts the attention of rodents, an alternative method has to be used to discourage their foraging.

As the saying goes; ‘Once bitten, twice shy’. The odour emitted from the cables turns off rodents from attempting to go near it, much less biting it. Even if the rodents were to attempt to bite into the cables, the bitter taste would deter them from trying it a second time. Over the time, it prolongs the shelf life by another 10-15 years, which makes it one of the most sought-after additive masterbatch ever used.

Laboratory tests with reputed testing institutes using the presence and absence of both Maxirodent AR 3303® incorporated cables have shown remarkable results. While cables without Maxirodent AR 3303® have shown despairing results, the rodents displayed disgust over the cables which had Maxirodent AR 3303® mixed into the profile within a stipulated period. As time goes by, the rodents have shown significant changes in their natural instincts and refused to bite into the cables in the confined area.

The recommended dosage is between 2% to 3% of the masterbatch depending on specific requirements of the end product.

Maxirodent AR 3303® is ROHS compliant.