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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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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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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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The Technical Aspects of a Power Outage

critter damaged power line causing city power outage

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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Copper Wiring in Substations and Why It’s Stolen

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When it comes to wiring substations, there are two choices of wire: copper and aluminum. Copper wiring is the preferred choice to use in substations as it’s not only an excellent conductor, copper wires are also easier to work with, seldom require repairs, and are very versatile. The biggest problem with copper wiring, however, is that it's frequently stolen.

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Overarching Cyber Security Threats

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In the 21st century, we depend on technology and electricity every day. Breaches in cyber security, along with damage to power lines and other forms of technology, can cause significant disruptions to our lives. Traditional security measures paired with Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard can help protect against threats from both hackers and wild animals.

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Protecting Snakes from Electrical Lines

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Power lines can be extremely dangerous to snakes and other critters. At Critter Guard, we care about protecting snakes from electrical lines and our Line Guard and Pole Guard systems are simple ways to discourage snakes from crawling onto your utility poles and power lines.

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Trees, Squirrels, and the Biggest Blackout in U.S. History

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Can one small glitch in the U.S. power grid create a domino effect causing cascading darkness throughout the country? The 2003 Northeast Blackout, the largest power failure in U.S. history, almost did--affecting 50 million people for two days, costing $6 billion and six deaths.

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How Power Outages are Measured

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One animal's misfortune can affect an entire community's ability to function. Because of this, it is important to implement safeguards against such accidents from ever happening. This is where Critter Guard comes through to not only protect consumers from inconvenient power outages that can affect their livelihood, but the critters as well.

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Creating and Maintaining Overhead Lines

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Overhead power lines were created long ago, and we have seen multiple transformations of electrical lines since. Fast forward to 2019, and they've become higher in voltage and remain a low-cost solution for large masses of electrical energy. The conductors are the most commonly used source for overhead power lines, which should be protected from damage to retain a steady power source. The two most used metals for the conductors are aluminum and copper, with copper being the standard for electrical conductivity. A benefit of copper is that it is more conductive than aluminum, as aluminum is only about 61% as conductive as copper.

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Protecting Sloths from Power Lines

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Sloths may be beautiful animals, but their instinctive need to climb and hang from branches can lead them to do so on power lines. Sloths and other animals that interact with power lines can easily be electrocuted and cause power outages in the process. Critter Guard's Line Guards and Pole Guards are designed to prevent sloths from accessing power lines.

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