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The Fascinating Science Behind What Makes Power Lines Buzz

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Have you ever walked out to check the mail or to a neighbor's house and heard an odd little buzzing noise when you approached a power line or transformer? Did it make you worry that something may be wrong, or were you just a little confused about why it was making noise? The truth is: it is a very commonly heard noise that is always there. This steady droning or vibration is called "mains hum," and often, it draws attention of small animals, who may creep up and investigate if you do not protect your lines. The science behind what makes power lines buzz is quite interesting to humans too!

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Dangerous Diseases from Squirrels in the Home

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Most people do not encourage squirrels to nest or live in their home, and for good reason. Squirrels are wild animals that thrive in the wilderness, not in the eaves of an attic. When confronted by humans in an unnatural environment, squirrels will panic and sometimes attack if they feel threatened. Some people aren’t too concerned about an animal smaller than a football attacking, but you may want to reconsider. Squirrels can be more dangerous than you think.

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Reproductive Squirrels: A Nightmare for Your Home

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Spring is coming. Peak mating season for squirrels draws near as winter weather and mammal hibernation come to an end. With more squirrels soon running amok, the more chances they can cause damage to your roof and home from traversing electric power utility lines and poles. Protect yourself from these critters with Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard. As squirrels continue to multiply, you’ll know your home and equipment have the proper safety measures to keep critters at bay.

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Power Grid System Upgrades to Improve Efficiency

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More and more pressure is put on utility companies as they continue to look for ways to upgrade their communities’ power grid system and improve efficiency. However, these methods usually require time, resources, and specific expertise. Utility companies seek the best options that quickly make a return on investment, while also being effective in the long term. Add these technologies to upgrade your utility systems to better serve your customers and be more efficient with your resource spending.

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Protecting Your Transformer and Electrical System

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A local electrical system is extremely important, for it helps to ensure all members of a community have access to power throughout the day. While electricity helps to provide us with plenty of comfort in our daily lives, it is also extremely valuable and necessary for medical services and proper emergency response. One of the most important components of any public electrical system is the transformer. A transformer typically sits at the top of a power pole and is typically responsible for stepping the high voltages used for transmission down to the lower voltages used by homes and businesses.  Keeping the transformer safe and operational is critical. While most transformers are very reliable, one of the biggest hazards they all face is the risk of being damaged by squirrels and other animals. Fortunately, it is possible to protect an electrical system from critters with our various systems.

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Power Substation Costs: Invest in Protection!

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Power substations are the backbone of a community’s power source. Without them, there would be no facilitator for energy, no voltage, no transmission, just no energy. Something so vital to our daily lives deserves the best, high quality equipment to keep it running smoothly by protecting it from damage from critters. How much equipment are we protecting? These are some important parts for a substation to run properly to feed your home and business power.

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Homeowner Safety Tips: Living With Power Lines on or Near Your Property

While it is totally up to you whether you buy a house with high-frequency power lines nearby, there aren't many homeowners who would choose to live without electricity. The wires and cables that heat and cool homes and keep residents "connected" may not be aesthetically beautiful, but they are necessary.

Basically, because the utilities that make life easier must be brought to your house either underground or overhead,

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3 Preventative Measures for Power Outages in the Home

3 Preventative Measures for Power Outages in the Home

We've all had to deal with power outages before, and they can range from the mildly irritating to the disastrous. However, the better prepared you are for outages, the less impact they'll have on you. Consider the following equipment and precautionary steps to keep your home safe and your day as smooth as possible.

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Power Outages by Unpredicted Perpetrators

Power Outages by Unpredicted Perpetrators

Thousands of homes lose electrical power every year due to squirrels, birds, and other small animals. Thousands more risk unwanted visitors to their homes due to roof access from existing service lines. While losing power on a warm day is mostly annoying for losing air conditioning, it is downright dangerous in cold weather from losing heat. Utility companies can face outages due to extreme weather in many forms and are generally ready for such phenomena, but a bird or small animal follows no predictable pattern for which the companies can prepare. When you frequently lose power or you have unwanted residents in your attic, though resolution and power restoration is imperative, it is smarter to prevent these problems from happening in the first place.

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Protect Your Solar Power Investment

Protect Your Solar Power Investment

You have gone solar. Congratulations! It's a really good choice that provides you with greater energy independence and substantial savings. It also makes a real difference in the quality of the air we all breathe. Those panels also represent a substantial investment. Though they save you a lot over time, you have spent a good bit on them, and they have greatly increased the value of your home. The last thing you want is to have to replace them because of critter damage. In fact, you could spend months wondering why your power production has gone down before discovering the damage. 

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Protecting Electrical Equipment from Squirrel Damage

Protecting Electrical Equipment from Squirrel Damage

Damage to electrical equipment caused by squirrels is expensive. Preventing squirrels from accessing transformers, substations and pole mounted switches can reduce the amount of money being spent on having equipment repaired and replaced. 

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Affordable Pest Prevention

Affordable Pest Prevention

Critter Guard’s power utility products offer quality and affordable pest control solutions to both homeowners and utility companies. Our Line Guard and Pole Guard are innovative animal mitigation systems that focus on a "no access" approach to prevent squirrel- and rodent-perpetrated power outages. Critter Guard has a defensive, preventive focus with the use of barriers and rollers to safely deter squirrels from getting access to power lines and utilities. How do they work?

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A Lasting, Robust System to Protect Your Utility Lines and Poles

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If critters have been destroying the utility poles and power lines in your area, and a non-intrusive solution is needed to protect the structures, Critter Guard’s products are the ideal solution. Critter Guard offers utilities our Line Guard and Pole Guard products, providing high performance from our patented design, quality resins, and efficient manufacturing process. These defensive guards prevent squirrels from climbing up poles to cause problems, and stop rodents from damaging the reachable overhead electrical lines. Not only are Critter Guard guards highly effective, but they are built with durable, well-engineered materials to last for years to come.

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Squirrels in the Attic: Harmless Nuisance or Dangerous Vermin

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Despite the trouble they cause, a lot of people still see squirrels as cute, fluffy animals. People even leave food out for squirrels and watch them eat with their cute little paws. On the other hand, others seem to get raging mad, sometimes wielding pellet guns at squirrels who steal from bird feeders or create messes around the house. Whether you think they're cute or a menace, squirrel activity inside your home can be a problem. Squirrels build little nests outside, but eventually, they begin looking for warmer places inside to cozy up, and your attic will seem like a comfy, toasty option.

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Prevent Squirrel Damage to Substations

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Curiosity killed the cat. Unfortunately, it kills the squirrel too when it makes contact with high voltage conductors inside a substation. That is usually what happens after it climbs up power lines and makes its way inside. Often, that is the cause of a power outage in people’s home.

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So What Is "Line Guard"?

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Line Guard consists of 5 cylindrical “rollers” (or spinners) that fit over typical power and/or communication lines.

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