The Impact of Birds of Prey on Power

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The Impact of Birds of Prey on Power

After storms and bad weather, wildlife interference is the second main reason for power outages across the world. Although squirrels are the largest known culprits, critters that interfere with power and internet services come in all shapes, sizes, and forms. Some of these critters include birds of prey. Fortunately, Critter Guard provides product systems that protect power lines and substations from these animals, preventing power outages in residential and commercial utilities.

How Birds of Prey Affect Power Stations and Substations

Birds are common perpetrators of power outages, and larger species like raptors and falcons are only rivaled by squirrels as far as knocking off power is concerned. In most cases, these birds of prey build their nests in substations, risking electrocution and power outages. Their accumulated droppings also bungle up power generation and transmission equipment.

Additionally, birds perching on electric lines have been linked to many power disruptions. Whenever such birds spread their wings, they risk bridging the gap between wires and other electric conductors. This diverts current resulting in power cuts and electrocution of the birds.

3 Types of Birds of Prey That Commonly Affect Power

There are different birds of prey that have been linked to power outages. These birds usually trip on power lines during migration periods or when they move from one area to another in search of food. These common culprits include:

1. The White Stork (Ciconia Ciconia)

80% of this species build their nests on electric poles. This coupled with their huge wings and bodies makes them highly susceptible to electrocution. They are also the main cause of many power outages in European countries such as Hungary.

2. The Eastern Imperial Eagle

Scientifically known as Aquila Eliana, this Eagle species is fast depreciating in numbers. One of the main causes of the high mortality rate of the Eastern Imperial Eagle is the collision with power lines. This kills many adult Eagles, causing blackouts in the process.

3. The Cape Vulture

Although vultures tend to live long, the Cape Vulture has in the recent past been declared an endangered bird of prey. This vulture species is notorious for perching and roosting on power lines during its migratory journeys. Its large wings often get caught in between power lines causing power outages and electrocution of these birds. Research estimates that if left in areas populated with electric poles, the Cape Vulture is likely to go extinct in 20-35 years solely because of electrocution.

How Critter Guard Can Help

At Critter Guard, our Line Guard and Pole Guard products are efficient in preventing birds of prey from perching on electric lines and nesting in substations. Whether you own a residential home or a commercial facility, our wildlife control recommended products will help prevent power outages and disruptions in your area. To learn more about our Line Guard and Pole Guard products, contact us today!

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  • John Sims