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Aversion Technologies, Inc.

1125 West Street Suite 328, 21401 Annapolis, MD
USA
Telephone +1 202 6576300
Fax +1 202 3556661
service@aversiontech.com

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 03  Tools and auxiliary materials and agents for the manufacture of drawn wire and the further processing of wire products
  • 03.03  Materials and agents for cable production
  • 03.03.02  Additives for insulating and sheathing materials
  • 03.03.02.01  Colorants

Our products

Product category: Colorants

Repela™ for Rodents

Repela™ for Rodents masterbatch combines powerful aversives for deterring animals from chewing compounded materials, such as electric and fiber optic cables, plastic pipes, foam insulation, and many other materials. Repela for Rodents is the anti-rodent solution for damage to virtually all polymers.

The initial work that lead to the creation of Repela for Rodents was done by the USDA and released in whitepapers in 1999 and 2000. You can read these white papers on our News page, along with other articles about rodent damage.

Aversion Technologies took these great ideas and created manageable products for incorporation into polymers. The USDA worked with two powders that are extremely aversive – denatonium compounds and capsaicinoids. Both of these materials can be difficult to handle, but Aversion Technologies’ Repela minimizes those handling issues by putting the powders into EVA, which is widely compatible with customer requirements. We then added chemicals that repel rodents through a fear mechanism, making them unwilling to even approach the impregnated polymers. Laboratory tests conducted at Texas A&M University confirm the effectiveness of Repela for Rodents in deterring rats from chewing.

The combination of repellents and deterrents makes Repela for Rodents the most effective additive in the world for protecting plastics from rodent damage.

Main Features

EVA-based which makes Repela compatible with PVC, LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE, LSOH/HFFR, XLPE, EPDM, PP, ABS, and others.
Repela mixes uniformly with base polymer at normal processing temperatures.
Non-toxic, non-hazardous, non-dangerous and environmentally friendly
In line with REACH and RoHS
How It Works

What the research has proven is that animals chew on plastic materials because they look good, smell good and taste good. Repela alters that attractiveness in the following four ways:

First, when the animal bites into the plastic, they will experience an extremely foul-tasting material.
Second, this foul-taste experience is combined with a extraordinarily pungency that causes severe distress to the mucosa of the animal, making the mouth, nose and eyes burn.
Third, Repela has a distinct odor that animals will now associate with the bad experience. This leads to behavior modification and animals avoid these products in the future.
Fourth, the fear response and unpleasant reaction is also communicated to other animals in the vicinity.
Typical Applications

Wire and cables
Tubes and pipes
Electrical boxes
Wiring harnesses
Food and feed bags
Trash bags
Usage Information

Typically, Repela for Rodents is typically added at rates of 3-5%, depending on the application, but in certain applications where the product has a very thin profile (like tape and film), rates can be as high as 7%. In other uses, 1-2% is satisfactory. Experimentation to optimize usage is the only true guide for your specific application.

Environmental Concerns

Aversion Technologies is guided by the principle of doing no harm to people, plants, or animals and no damage to the environment. Our approach is to not injure animals or add hazardous chemicals to the environment. Using Repela meets these goals. Repela does not harm animals. Furthermore, Repela is permanently captured in the polymer so that it does not leach into the environment.

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Product category: Colorants

Repela for insects

Repela™ for Insects is a powerful insect repellent masterbatch which, when incorporate into a polymer product, protects from insect damage. This masterbatch is especially effective against termites. The active ingredients involved, while harmless to mammals, cause nervous system disruption in insects. Repela for Insects acts as a barrier to prevent insects such as termites and agriculturally harmful insects from damaging polymer-based products and the surrounding environment. As an agricultural mulch, Repela for Insects protects strawberries, zucchini, and young tomato plants from insect attack. Repela for Insects prevents fire ants from making nests in electrical boxes. Added to sheeting and foams, Repela for Insects blocks termites from passage. Tests conducted by the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Berlin, Germany confirm the effectiveness of Repela for Insects in preventing termite damage to LDPE films. Repela for Insects is the anti-termite, anti-insect solution.

Repela for Insects Applications

When insect damage is a problem, Repela for Insects can provide the solution. Some current applications include:

Home wrap
Agricultural mulch
Fruit and vegetable shipping boxes
Electrical wires
Fiber optic cables
Plastic pipes
Foam insulation
Flower pots
Usage Information

Repela for Insects is an EVA-based product, making it compatible with most polymers. Typically, Repela for Insects can be added at rates of 1-5%, depending on the application.

Environmental Concerns

Aversion Technologies is guided by the principle of doing no harm to people, plants, or animals and no damage to the environment. Our approach is to not injure animals or add hazardous chemicals to the environment. Using Repela meets these goals. Repela does not harm animals. Furthermore, Repela is permanently captured in the polymer so that it does not leach into the environment.

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Product category: Colorants

REPELA COMBI

Repela™ Combi masterbatch combines powerful deterrents that effectively protect  compounded materials from damage by rodents, termites, and other insects. Widely used in such applications as electric and fiber optic cables, plastic pipes, foam insulation, plastic bags, and many other product, Repela Combi joins together the deterrents found in Repela for Rodents™ and Repela for Insects™ to offer the widest range of protection. This is the complete anti-rodent, anti-termite solution.

The work that led to the creation of Repela family of products was first done by the USDA and released in whitepapers in 1999 and 2000. Aversion Technologies took these great ideas and created a manageable product. With the Combi product we build on a great idea and advance it so that we can Then USDA worked with two powders that are very fine and extremely aversive – denatonium benzoate and capsaicinoids. Both of these powders can be difficult to handle, but Aversion Technologies’ Repela minimizes those handling issues by putting the powders into a carrier that matches the customer’s requirements.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Wildlife Research Center’s study can be downloaded here –

Repellents to Reduce Cable Gnawing by Wild Norway Rats

Repellents to Reduce Cable Gnawing by Northern Pocket Gophers

How It Works

What the research has proven is that animals chew on plastic materials because they look good, smell good and taste good – Repela alters that attractiveness in the following six ways:

First, Repela has a distinct odor that is unappetizing to animals.
Second, when the animal bites into the plastic, they will experience an extremely foul-tasting material.
Third, this foul-taste experience is combined with a extraordinarily pungency that causes severe distress to the mucosa of the animal, making the mouth, nose and eyes burn.
Fourth, this combination of experiences causes an animal to fear the plastic and in future, the animal will associate the odor with the experience. This leads to behavior modification and animals avoid these products in the future.
Fifth, and most amazingly, animals not only remember the bad experience, it has been found that they pass on the knowledge to its progeny.
Sixth, the fear response and unpleasant reaction is also communicated to other animals in the vicinity.
Environmental Concerns

Aversion Technologies is guided by the principle of doing no harm to people, plants, or animals and no damage to the environment. Our approach is to not injure animals or add hazardous chemicals to the environment. Using Repela meets these goals. Repela does not harm animals. Furthermore, Repela is permanently captured in the polymer so that it does not leach into the environment.

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About us

Company details

Protection Through Behavior Modification

We live with millions of other animals – some by choice, others unavoidably. This creates all sorts of frictions. We want the nuisance pests out of our lives; we want to keep our pets safe; we want our crops protected; we want to keep our loved ones and ourselves safe. But protection can often mean harm to other animals. Other times it means vigilance, or inconvenience, or inaccessibility.

At Aversion Technologies, our guiding principle is protection through behavior modification. Our products prevent rodents from chewing on wires by making them distasteful; we make dangerous liquids unpalatable; we make pests choose to not eat ornamental plants; we deter termites from damaging homes and cables; we prevent insects from destroying crops.

This concept of harmless protection became the philosophy, the animating idea, behind Aversion Technologies. Founded in 2005, we are the only company in the world that exclusively offers products to modify behavior, thereby providing protection through avoidance. We believe that behavioral change can be accomplished through conditioning in the form of distasteful – but harmless – consequences. We have found that it rarely takes more that one or two encounters with our products to cause an avoidance reaction in the future. We aspire to provide protection for people, plants and products through the addition of these harmless substances to potentially dangerous products.

Protection by changing behavior and without causing any harm?
What a great idea!

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