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Understanding The Technology
As with many new inventions, the story behind coating birdseed with hot pepper to safely and effectively
rid bird-feeding environments of squirrels and other pesky furry intruders is an interesting one. It begins with Dr. Joe Dunn, who has an undergraduate degree in chemistry and a PhD degree in pharmacology (the science of drug action and chemistry) from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
At the National Institute of Health (NIH), one of the areas Dr. Blumberg's research team focused on was examining natural irritants and their effect on tumor formation and growth. Among the chemicals studied was capsaicin, the natural occurring component of hot chili peppers that produces a "hot" sensation when eaten. While capsaicin is a very powerful temporary irritant, it is also all organic and non-toxic. Research also proved that it had no effect on tumor formation, but interesting observations and theories about neural receptors abounded. The studies showed that the "hot" sensation is caused by capsaicin binding to specific, high affinity
"capsaicinoid" receptors on C-afferent (nociceptor) nerve fibers causing the release of the neurotransmitter Substance P producing a "perceived" painful response in mammals. However, there is no physical damage or lasting sensation as a result of contact with capsaicin. Mammals (squirrels, rabbits, deer, raccoons, rats and mice, as well as humans) have these receptors, and therefore, experience hot sensations when exposed to chili peppers.
The National Institutes of Health filed for and received U.S. Patents for this unique approach to controlling squirrels. The Canadian patent was issued in early 1999. Dr. Dunn licensed the worldwide rights to this technology. Further research and product development involving safety and effectiveness was undertaken through a close alliance with Cornell University. At Squirrel Proof we are committed to being customer focused. Squirrel Proof products have been developed to solve a long standing problem for bird enthusiasts, specifically pesky squirrels raiding and destroying your bird feeders. Our goal is for you to fully enjoy year round backyard living space.
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