Protect Your Home from Opossums with Critter Guard

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Opossums appear to be harmless. These nocturnal animals waddle around from place to place looking for insects, snails, and berries to eat. A mother opossum will carry a whole litter around on her back trying desperately to keep her little ones safe. They are very agile, solitary animals and world-class tree climbers.

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Improving the Safety of Utility Workers

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Repairing damaged power lines can be a dangerous job. Although the repairs utility workers make are essential, many types of damage are preventable. Taking steps to keep your neighborhood squirrels, snakes, and other critters from damaging your power lines in the first place is safer and more efficient than having them repaired.

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Protect Your Home from Critters with Humane Pest Control Products

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Rodents and other wildlife are often the cause of broken power lines and blackouts to your home or neighborhood. Your public utility company must then send out a crew to find the break, repair, and reconnect the lines. This can take hours, even days in bad weather.

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Best Ways to Ensure Power Outage Safety

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Power outages can be quite the inconvenience, especially when they strike at unexpected times. While there are many causes of power outages, the two most common causes are weather and animal interference. Depending on the extent of damage, a power outage can last for a few hours, days, or even a month. Keep reading to check out a few preparation tips to take in order to stay safe during power outages.

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Prevent Critters from Accessing Substations

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Stability in your commercial and residential electric service is of the utmost importance. Customers and homeowners often take electricity for granted, never questioning where the power lines that supply that all-important commodity lead. Understanding the elements of your local power grid is essential so that you can better protect power in your area. One of the most important components in your town or county's power grid is a substation.

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Keeping Triplex Overhead Cables Protected with Critter Guard

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The various types of cables found across substations and power lines are diversified. One of the most common but critical types of cable is the Triplex overhead cable that is essential to carrying power but often left vulnerable for damage. Fortunately, Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard products are designed to help keep these cables protected.

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3 Unexpected Costs of Power Outages to Homeowners

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When the power goes out, it can lead to some fairly expected costs. Your food can go bad (unless it's cold enough outside you can store it in the garage), your medicine can spoil, and if you happen to work at home you can lose out on days of productivity. However, there are other costs that come with power outages, costs you might not think about when you're putting candles and matches on the top shelf of the pantry just in case.

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Keep Squirrels Away from Your Electrical Wires

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Squirrels may look cute. They may even be entertaining as they chase each other through the trees. But those treetop antics can quickly lead squirrels to finding their way onto power lines and your roof, potentially damaging your home and your wiring. Fortunately, Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard products can help protect your home and power from squirrels and other wildlife.

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The Difference Between Power and Distribution Transformers

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Transformers are primarily used to change voltages to serve different functions within the electrical system. Two types of transformers include power transformers and distribution transformers. Several distinct characteristics separate power transformers from distribution transformers, with the main differences dependent on specific features like the type of network used, location of installation, and voltage capacity.

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5 Signs You May Have Squirrels in Your Attic

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Living with squirrels in your attic is more than just a nuisance. These small critters can wreak havoc on your home and wiring. It's best to recognize the signs of squirrels in your attic as quickly as possible before a large infestation occurs.

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7 Electrical Safety Tips for Downed or Low-Hanging Power Lines

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Power lines carry a substantial load of electric current—from generating plants to substations and eventually to residential homes and business premises. As a critical element of the power transmission grid, power lines require special attention to ensure everybody's safety.

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The Benefits of Critter Guard for Power Utility Companies

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When severe winds are forecasted, one of the first things we do is prepare for a potential power outage. This is a relatively rare occurrence, yet it alerts us immediately to a possible state of emergency. What we may not consider is the frequency of power interruptions caused by wildlife.

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Top 4 Critters that Caused Power Outages in 2019

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Most people associate power outages with severe weather like thunderstorms and blizzards. However, a very high number of outages are caused by local wildlife each year. These normally harmless creatures can cause big problems for power lines without proper deterrents. Take a look at these top four power outage-inducing critters of 2019.

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Winter Power Outages: Tips for Before, During, and After

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In the middle of January when winter is at its peak, plunging temperatures can bring with them dangerous power outages. Are you prepared for when the heat goes out?

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Roof Rats: How You Can Keep Them off Your Home

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It can be a little nerve-racking when you hear something moving around or skittering across your roof. In most cases, it's a critter of some kind that's found its way up there. One potential critter that could be causing all that fuss and possible damage to your home is a roof rat.

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What Are Squirrels Up To All Winter?

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Squirrels survive winter's cold temperatures much like humans. While they do not hibernate, they tend to stay in their dens as much as possible, keeping each other warm by huddling together. Their winter "coats" are extra layers of fat they put on before a hard freeze.

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Keep Your Fiber Optic Lines Protected with Critter Guard

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Chances are you already know some of the basics about fiber optics: cables made of strands of glass or plastic thinner than a human hair. Information traveling on beams of light ten times faster than with traditional copper wiring. Incredible bandwidth over long distances without interference. While it may sound like science fiction fantasy, fiber optics has quickly become the backbone of the telecommunications world.

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Costliness of Power Outages to You as a Homeowner

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Though power outage is mostly regarded as a minor inconvenience, prolonged power loss can wreak havoc. Your home doesn't have to experience power loss for days or even weeks for the costs to start piling up. A recent survey reported a whopping 70 percent of Americans who experienced a power outage for at least 12 hours in the last two years to have faced unanticipated expenses as a result.

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3 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter

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With even colder weather well on its way, fall is the time to prepare your home for winter's icy blasts. Check out these 3 tips to help you get ready!

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Protecting Howler Monkeys from Unguarded Power Lines

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Howler monkeys are one of the most remarkable animals in South America. As the largest New World monkeys, howlers have a body length of 22 to 36 inches and a tail that can grow up to five times that length. Howlers use their tails to help them navigate the forest canopy that they call home.

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