Keep Squirrels Away from Your Electrical Wires
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.
Why Do Squirrels Chew?
Squirrels' teeth never stop growing. If their teeth become too long, squirrels are unable to open acorns or nuts. To sharpen and control the length of their teeth, squirrels chew through materials that create friction to grind their teeth to the right length. Unfortunately, this means that chewing their way through your roof and wires is a piece of cake.
Where Do Squirrels Nest?
Squirrels build nests in locations that protect them from the elements and predators. Your attic is a perfect place as it’s warm during the winter, predators are kept at bay, and there are plenty of wires to keep their teeth in tip-top shape. Squirrels are also known to sometimes next near transformers, a place dangerous for them and your power.
How Do Squirrels Travel?
Squirrels move quickly on the ground, but they travel by moving from tree to tree. Sometimes, those trees are actually power or communication lines that have excellent chew potential. When power lines and trees are too close to your home, squirrels can easily make their way onto your roof and into your attic.
What Problems Do Squirrels Cause?
Since squirrels chew frequently, chewing their way through your roof is easy. There, they can damage electrical wires and cables in your attic and walls. Frayed or damaged wires can cause power outages in your home. Exposed wires can spark and cause fires, especially in attics where boxes are stored. Faulty cables mean intermittent internet, streaming, or television service. To make matters worse, these damages are most likely not covered by your insurance.
At Critter Guard, we know squirrels can be a nuisance. We developed our Pole Guard and Line Guard systems to keep squirrels from entering your home or attic and to protect your power. Our humane products block the path a squirrel takes to access your home, without the use of traps or chemicals. To learn more about our company and our products, contact us today.
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- Written by John Sims