Birds, squirrels, and other critters may be cute, but they can wreak havoc on the safety and functionality of your utility poles. Here are some of the most important things to know about how critters might damage your utility poles and how Critter Guard can help you prevent these problems.
Utility poles are generally made from wood or other materials that are easily damaged by woodpeckers, other birds, squirrels, insects, and a wide range of other critters. Animals that chew or drill into wood poles, damage them with their feet as they dig into the wood to climb them, or otherwise impact the structure of your poles can weaken them over time. This physical damage, short circuits, and other issues can make your poles more susceptible to getting knocked over in severe weather and impact their ability to safely provide consistent power to nearby homes and businesses.
Checking your utility poles for signs of critter-related or other damage regularly is an important step in identifying potential issues early on and repairing or replacing your utility poles before they become much larger problems. These regular inspections can let you know if animals are living on or near your utility poles, as well as help you find signs of chewing, clawing, or other damage. Identifying these problems tells you that finding a way to block access to them is an important step in ensuring the longevity of your utility poles.
Finding ways to keep critters off your utility poles in the first place is generally much easier and more convenient than making repairs. Critter Guard's Pole Guard and BirdBloc solutions can help to keep a wide range of critters from accessing your utility poles by creating a physical barrier, and metal bands and other smaller types of guards can also help to reduce the impact of less significant critter issues.
While it can be tempting to wait until you have significant damage to address a critter-related problem, many repairs are far more expensive than installing a deterrence solution early on and maintaining your utility poles regularly. Regular inspections make it easier to locate and fix minor chewed or clawed spots and other issues before they become much larger problems, and our systems are a fraction of the cost of most major repairs.
At Critter Guard, we are here to help you find effective solutions for keeping squirrels, birds, snakes, and a wide range of other critters from damaging your utility poles. Our Pole Guard, Line Guard, and BirdBloc systems are a much more convenient and cost-effective alternative to having to make sudden and significant repairs to poles that are damaged badly enough to impact your power or become a safety hazard. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of choosing our products or to get started!