• Pole Guard installed on telephone poll to deter squirrels

    Why Pole Guard?

The Critter Pole Guard is a mounted barrier that prevents squirrels from gaining access to overhead switches, transformers, and power lines. The Pole Guard extends less than one foot from the pole so as not to interfere with routine maintenance. If necessary, the rollers can be easily removed and re-installed.

The patented Pole Guard is injection molded of heavy-duty polypropylene, highly resistant to environmental stress cracking, and UV protection to maintain color quality. Our squirrel guards have been protecting pole-mounted infrastructure service-free for over a decade.

Pole Guard installed on bass of utility pole for wildlife damage control

The right fit

The Pole Guard is engineered to fit a 10 to 12-inch diameter pole. The plate is made of Acetal, a resin designed exclusively for extreme outdoor applications.

The mounting plate extends less than 10" from the pole. The rollers attach to the plate and can be easily removed leaving a clearance of only 4.5”.
close up image of installed Critter Guard pole guard

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The plate is secured by four zinc-coated nails. A series of rollers encompass the Pole Guard, providing 360-degree impassible protection from squirrels and other small rodents.

For poles of smaller diameter, P&C Flex conduit is provided as filler between the plate and pole.

  • We were having repeated squirrel issues at this location until we installed the Critter Guard materials. It has now been a year without that first problem. The guards do not clutter up the switch location and do not detract from the appearance of the line.
    Lakeland Electric

  • The positive results at Cordrey lead Entergy Texas personnel to believe the investment and work to put spinners in place at substations throughout the service territory will pay off in fewer outages for customers.
    Energy TX

  • We have used Critter Guard's Line Guard product for better than six years on Illinois and Missouri overhead power lines near substations. The Line Guard helps us prevent squirrels from gaining access to our substations on overhead lines. We have also used the Pole Guard on wooden poles near substations to establish a barrier to squirrels that approach overhead conductors from the ground. Our objective is to maintain high service reliability by eliminating outages and contain costs by reducing equipment damage caused by squirrels.

    Mission Impassible

    Pole Guard Specifications

    Animal mitigation products designed for years of use in all weather conditions.

      Roller Plate
    Material Polypropylene w/ U.V. Resistance Acetal Copolymer
    Manufacturing Process Mold Injection Mold Injection
    Color Utility Gray Utility Gray
    Specific Gravity 0.905 1.41
    Tensile Strength 3000 psi 9500 psi
    Dielectric Strength 660V/mil (52.3 KV) 610V/mil (76.3 KV)
    Arc Resistance 160 240
    Decomposition Temp 650°F 335°F
    Dimensions 12" x 3" ID x 0.125" 30" x 16" 1/8" Thick
    Volume 91.8 cc 340 cc
    Weight 83.5g 480g
    Weight w/ 1/2" ice 140.4g 1400g
    Wind Loads 207 N 32 N
    Wind Loads w/ 1/2" ice 348 N 170 N

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