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Prevent Wildlife Electrocutions with Critter Guard

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All over the world, countries and communities are starting to realize what a large problem wildlife poses to power lines and vice versa. There are many different types of animals that are adversely affected by unprotected power lines. Given their climbing nature, monkeys and squirrels often find themselves the victims of this daunting dilemma. Smaller birds and birds of prey, such as raptors, are also suffering as a result of resting on unprotected power lines. Fortunately, our humane wildlife control products at Critter Guard can help prevent future electrocutions.

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Keep Squirrels Out of Your Attic with Critter Guard

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When squirrels go searching for a new home, they look for locations that protect them from predators and the elements. What could be better than your attic? The space is warm, dry, and is rarely visited by humans and other animals. It's the perfect spot to build a nest and settle in. However, once squirrels gain access to your attic, they can wreak havoc on your home’s wooden structures, insulation, and power.

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How Critter Guard Can Protect Your Home from Mischievous Squirrels

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If left unchecked, squirrels can cause considerable damage to your home. Chewing through wiring and burrowing into insulation, their shenanigans can even cause power outages. Minimize the risk to your property with Critter Guard.

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Protect Substations from Meddling Critters

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Power substations are a key part of distributing power to people all across the world. Substations transfer power from different sources to its destination at the correct voltage. As such, keeping substations up and running is critical. This means protecting these systems from all sorts of damage, including damage inflicted by wildlife.

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The Importance of Protecting Your Home's Insulation

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Home insulation helps to optimize your home’s energy efficiency. In order to reap the numerous benefits of home insulation, you must insulate it properly from its roof down to the foundation.

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Top 3 Rodent Control Products

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A rodent infestation in your home can not only cause an unexpected scare, they can also cause extensive damage. Most insurance companies do not cover damage caused by pests such as rats and squirrels. Since many of these pests can find their way into your home via above-ground cables, having rodent control products that will protect your home both at ground-level and above-ground is essential. Check out these three best rodent control products currently on the market.

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5 Common Causes of Power Outages

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Power outages occur fairly often, but that doesn't make them any less frustrating. There are many different reasons for a power outage occurrence. Keep reading to check out the most common reasons the lights go out in your home.

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Why Pest Control Companies Should Add Critter Guard Products to Their Arsenal

squirrel near roof of house due to lack of wildlife control products

With more and more people staying indoors in recent weeks, homeowners and renters alike are turning to home repair and decoration projects to help pass the time. However, these projects might be derailed when they discover the emergence of pests in and around their homes. Creatures like squirrels, mice, and other critters can make their way into homes by chewing through roofs. In the coming weeks, pest control companies will be busier than ever, making it vital that they keep the very best products within easy reach. Some of these products include Critter Guard's Line Guard and Pole Guard systems, which can be used to help deter and prevent squirrels and other critters from accessing roofs. Keep reading to check out why pest control companies should add our products to their arsenal.

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Staying Connected During COVID-19

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The internet has become an essential part of daily life for most Americans in recent years, but COVID-19 has made having consistent, reliable internet access even more crucial. The coming weeks and months may be the worst possible time for squirrels, birds, or other critters to cause power outages. Fortunately, our Line Guard and Pole Guard systems can prevent the majority of connectivity problems caused by animals.

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Protect Your Power This Spring with Critter Guard

house protected from critter-related power outages during spring

Spring brings new beginnings and new life each year. While the spring season tends to bring rejuvenation, it can also bring some unwanted stress and headaches. One of these potential headaches is damage to overhead power lines. The spring season is known for bringing about more power outages due to both weather and wildlife. From powerful spring storms to newborn squirrels and other wildlife, your power lines can take a real beating during the spring months.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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?

squirrel on roof of house after gaining access from power line

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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