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3 Not So Obvious Power Outage Problems

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Whether you're working remotely or just have children to entertain, a power outage can quickly disrupt your life. Some problems that may arise are pretty obvious but you may not even think of other issues until you're faced with an immediate and unexpected power problem. Check out these tips to help keep you prepared during an outage.

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3 Pest Control Products for Homeowners

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The summer and fall seasons bring about an onslaught of pests. From wasps and other bugs that swarm the air while the weather is still warm to rodents that could damage power lines or cause electrical issues, homeowners have a lot to worry about as the seasons change. Still, there are ways to control the pest population. Check out these three essential types of pest control products that every homeowner should have in their arsenal.

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3 Things to Avoid During a Power Outage

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Power outages are no fun and, unfortunately, there's no way around them. A short outage may just be a minor frustration but having to spend hours or even days without power can be a bigger challenge. Fortunately, there are plenty of smart steps you can take to get through an outage as smoothly as possible. Check out these three important things to avoid during an extended power outage.

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4 Must-Have Home Pest Control Products

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Pests are an unfortunate fact of life for many homeowners. Even if you keep your home immaculate, the likelihood that you will have to deal with pests at some point is inevitable. Still, there are ways to deal with them quickly and efficiently when they do decide to show up. Check out these four must-have home pest control products that you should keep in your arsenal.

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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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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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How to Remove Squirrels from Your House

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Squirrels look adorable when they're playing in your yard, but your attitude will likely change if they find their way inside your home. Not only do squirrels inside your house make you and your household pets crazy, but they can also cause substantial damage to your home. In Indiana, a newly built community center dealt with $300,000 worth of squirrel damage.

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Measure the Cost of Electricity

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Have you ever been baffled by the charges on your electric bill? Understanding utility bills is not something that many people are required to understand; however, a working knowledge of how it is measured may help you to figure out your electric bill better and could help you lower your electric costs over time. All it takes is a little of time to learn the basics of electricity. Learn how electricity is measured, charged, and how a power outage can affect your bill. 

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Protect Different Types of Building Insulation

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Insulation is used in building homes and commercial spaces to maintain comfort and protect building material integrity. They are key to building structures, but they are susceptible to damage, like from critters and rodents. Insulation is found in the ceiling of your attic, the attic floor, and in the walls of the structure. Additionally, insulation may be used on fixtures, like extra pipe wrap insulation may be used around water pipes and heating ducts. Insulation must resist heat flow, which is measured with an R-value. The higher the R-value, the higher the resistance, making a more effective insulation.

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How to Keep Your Food Safe During a Power Outage

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Power outages regularly disrupt the daily lives of people across the world. It can be even more frustrating when these outages were preventable just by protecting utility lines and poles from rodent damage. While many power failures can be solved in a matter of hours, more severe issues have the potential to cause major damage to the way areas of society function. This can be seen most evidently in what it does to the food supply.

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Back Up Your Home with an Uninterrupted Power Supply

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Rural areas throughout the United States frequently encounter electrical difficulties.  Often, utility companies find animal-damaged lines costing billions of dollars in repairs.  You can help your electrical provider prevent outages simply and humanely with innovative solutions from Critter Guard.  However, if you're considering other alternatives for when the inevitable outage occurs, an uninterrupted power supply might be the solution!

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6 Tips to Extend Your Phone's Battery Life in an Emergency Situation

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Being prepared for emergency situations is something commonly overlooked by business and home owners. Making sure your power lines and substations are initially protected from power outages with Critter Guard's Line Guard and Pole Guard systems can prevent rodent damage to equipment and keep your business and family safer, avoiding blackouts.

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Protect Against Power Surges in Blackouts

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It's usually a relief when power returns after a blackout, but for some people, the moment the power comes back on can also a moment they'll never forget. When current is restored, it can surge through the line and short out appliances and equipment that are still plugged in. You can protect your electrical devices with a surge protector in these situations. In addition, you can reduce the chances of power outages and damage to electrical lines from meddling rodents to prevent outages initially.

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Fun Activities to Do During a Blackout

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Today’s activities often revolve around TV, computer, and other electronic use, but when there’s a power outage due to squirrel-related utility damage, there are plenty of other leisure activities to do to pass time. Our cell phones may last a short while, but eventually, the house or office becomes silent and dark. Critter Guard can help prevent power outages by blocking critters' access and damage to utility poles and lines, a common cause of power interruptions. But if you've been hit by a power outage (that is, hopefully you're reading this before it hits, and you have unfortunately not yet protected yourself from the dark downtime), consider some of these activities to help you keep your sanity while you await power restoration.

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Limit Energy Use During a Blackout

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A blackout can happen when least expected. Power outages are frequent and aren't just a byproduct of storms. Critters, especially squirrels, are a major cause. We created our Line Guard and Pole Guard product systems as a humane solution to this common problem: great for homeowners, business owners, and power companies alike.

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An Unexpected Source of Home and Roof Damage

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With their bushy tails and cute, furry faces, you may not think of squirrels as annoying pests. Unfortunately, when it comes to your roof, squirrels and other rodents can cause hundreds and even thousands of dollars of damage, if given the chance and if they find access to your home. Our protective systems are an affordable, ingenious way to keep critters off utility and electric poles and lines to keep your home safe.

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Take Preventive Measures Against Power Outages in Commercial Business

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When the power goes out in a business, everything is put on hold: the work stops, the business closes, or everyone sits waiting to resume production and carry-on, which can waste valuable time and resources. Without electricity, there is no power to run airports, open cash registers at retail stores, and operate warehouse machinery. Hospitals and other healthcare businesses depend on electricity for life saving equipment, and police and fire departments rely on power in communication systems.

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Tips for Power Companies to Tame Blackouts

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Power outages become a severe inconvenience to power utility firms because they affect entire operations. Blackouts in various regions can last several hours or days. Changes in climate conditions and natural calamities are often attributed to most causes of catastrophic power outages. However, squirrels and rodents finding their way into substations across power lines largely disrupt power too. Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard systems prevent critter access to these, so they are not a problem. Still, power utility companies need to find solutions to cushion themselves from the impact of unexpected or planned power failure. Here are a few tips:

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Fines and Protective Laws for Critters – Rodents Have Rights Too!

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Did you know that a squirrel lurking in the rafters of your house may be protected by law? In some states, squirrels are illegal to house or keep as pets, so are you breaking the law allowing the squirrel to stay in your house? Maybe. In addition, states like Washington and Oregon have extra protection for wildlife that come with penalties if they are neglected and put in harm’s way, so it is important to keep these critters out and avoid any burdening responsibilities. Protective systems like our Line Guard and Pole Guard will do just that, so you can live more worry-free.

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Protect Fiber Optic Cables for Your Everyday Life

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If you have ever used the internet (clearly yes, if you’re reading this blog post!), watched cable television, or used a landline telephone, you have relied on fiber optic cables. Fiber optics provide high-speed data transmission and can be frustrating, even life-critical, when data transmission gets interrupted. The technology plays such an important role in our lives, and it is crucial to protect it from things like critter damage with our Line Guard and Pole Guard.

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