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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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Nutty Squirrels and Rodents Threatening Your Power Supply

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Rodents on the Grid

In the heart of the city, on your hike in the woods, or in your very own backyard, squirrels are seemingly ubiquitous. These small critters are well-adapted to numerous locales across the country and the world. Did you know they are also the cause of a whopping 10-20% of power outages annually? Critter Guard offers humane protection from these 100% preventable events.

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Home Insurance Coverage for Pest Damage

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When looking at home insurance options, most homeowners want to know that they cover the basics. They want policies to cover them in the event of a fire, a flood, vandalism or burglary, high wind damages, and more. You can usually find an insurance company and customize a policy that covers those things. However, there is one disaster that almost no home insurance policy will cover, and it is also one of the most common things to cause damage that home and business owners often neglect to consider. You should search for coverage for pest damage, though many insurance companies don't cover it. Instead, look to preventative measures with Critter Guard's Line Guard and Pole Guard systems.

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3 Power Outage Recovery Tips to Safely Get Your Power Back

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We've all had one of those days: you're at home, relaxing, when something with your power goes wrong. Maybe you were reading a book on the couch, or in the kitchen prepping for the big game, but as soon as the lights go off, you feel your whole day is in peril. It could have been caused by a curious squirrel, who damaged, tripped up, and interrupted your power supply. What do you do? You grab your flashlight and go to flip your circuit breaker. But before you do that, there are a few other things you should consider for your safety and to protect your electronic devices and appliances.

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How Utility Poles are Replaced

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When utility poles get old or damaged, they need to be replaced to ensure that you have continual access to electricity, Internet, and phone. Have you ever wondered how the power companies replace the poles, but still manage how to keep your electricity on?

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