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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Will Your Home Insurance Cover Damage Caused by Critters?

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Pests such as squirrels, mice, and chipmunks can cause a great deal of property damage to your home. Squirrels and other critters commonly gain access to roofs and attics via power lines and utility poles. They can quickly chew through the exterior of the roof to gain access to the warm attic. Once inside, these animals build nests, chew through wood and wires, and quickly locate the food sources inside the home. Fortunately, Critter Guard is an effective method of preventing critters from entering the attic via power lines and causing damage to your home exterior.

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Pros And Cons Of Steel Utility Poles

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Utility poles are so much a part of the backdrop of our streets that we scarcely give them a thought. They are an integral part of the quality of life we experience, and the convenience that having immediate access to electricity assures us. A failed utility pole gets our immediate attention, especially when the power goes off. Fortunately, we at Critter Guard have solutions for keeping the lights on when local wildlife inadvertently threatens to interrupt the service.

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Protecting Transmission and Distribution Power Lines

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There are many components that go into creating a functional electrical grid. Generators, substations, and power lines all contribute in different ways in order to keep the lights on and our appliances running. Transmission and distribution power lines are two important parts of our electrical system and protecting these lines from damage is crucial to our daily lives.

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Protecting Raptors from a Dangerous Perch

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According to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, raptors are carnivorous birds that share three specific characteristics: keen eyesight, eight sharp talons, and hooked beaks. Members of the raptor family include eagles, hawks, and even vultures. Many raptors are protected species in the United States and power lines and poles present a unique danger to these particular avian species.

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The Advantages of Using Solar Energy for Your Home

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Solar panels are quickly growing in popularity across the globe. Powered by a renewable resource (the sun), solar panels provide a limitless supply of energy with lower electricity costs, leave a minimal carbon footprint, and run everything requiring electricity in your home with top performance.

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Power Outage Safety Tips for Homeowners

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As a homeowner, you should be well-acquainted with the need for preventive maintenance to keep your home functional and safe. While preventive maintenance for your roof, major appliances, and gutters are often considered, the prevention of power outages at your home should also be top of mind.

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Protecting Squirrels from Uninsulated Power Lines

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Every day, we see squirrels scurry up trees, leap from branch to branch, and scamper across power lines. It is natural that the squirrels would want to climb power poles and lines; after all, they live in trees. Since 90% of power lines are not insulated, this is a gamble indeed, and unsuspecting squirrels may realize too late that the lines are not necessarily a safe bridge from point A to point B.

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Electrical Transformer Failure: Cause and Prevention

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An electrical transformer is a device comprised of two or more wire coils which use a magnetic field to convert electrical currents transmitted via power lines to higher or lower power levels. Electrical transformers are an essential component to electrical systems, and they exist in several different forms based on the needs of the system into which they are integrated.

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Substation Maintenance: Protecting Against Critters

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Substation maintenance is crucial to any utility company. Inspections should include troubleshooting equipment, testing substation relays to ensure they are operating properly, and making sure devices are cleaned thoroughly and properly.

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How a Portable Generator Works

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In the event of a power outage, portable generators can come in handy. A well-maintained portable generator allows you to continue to have enough electricity in your home to run critical appliances, get water, and charge your cell phone during blackouts. Though generators are great in an emergency, Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard can help limit the need for them by helping to prevent critter-induced outages.

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The Technical Aspects of a Power Outage

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Power is an essential part of our day to day life, and when there is an outage, the economy can also suffer. Power outage within an area can be caused by a number of factors such as human error, transmission overload, natural causes, faults at the source of power generation stations, and damage to power lines caused by wildlife. Installing Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard systems can help prevent against the latter.

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