• Pole Guard installed on telephone poll to deter squirrels

    Pole Guard - Stop Squirrels from Accessing Power Lines via Utility Poles

Pole Guard: Transformer and Power Line Protection

Animal-related power outages are one of the most significant causes of power outages worldwide. When a squirrel or other critter gains access to pole-mounted equipment such as transformers or switches, they can chew, damage, or short the equipment which can cause significant outages and blackouts across the area.

With the above in mind, the Pole Guard prevents squirrels, rats, and other animals from gaining access to transformers and electric power lines, and ultimately causing significant damage to your home or power service area.

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

Versatile Set Up

The Pole Guard is engineered to fit a 10 to 12-inch diameter pole. The plate is made of specially formulated resin designed exclusively for extreme outdoor applications. The mounting plate extends less than 10" from the pole, and the rollers attach to the plate and can be easily removed by utility linemen if necessary for access above the Pole Guard. Critter Guard now offers optional mounting hardware for concrete, steel, and fiberglass poles. Yes, some types of critters easily scale these other pole materials.

close-up of installed Critter Guard's Pole Guard

Hardened Material

The patented Pole Guard rollers are injection molded of heavy-duty polypropylene, highly resistant to environmental stress cracking, and UV protection to maintain color quality.

Four zinc-coated nails secure the plate, which acts to block access as well as to support seven rollers which mount to the plate, providing 360-degree impassible protection from squirrels and other small rodents. For poles of smaller diameter, P&C Flex conduit is provided as a gap filler between the plate and pole. Additionally, if necessary, the rollers can be easily removed and re-installed.

Critter Guard's Pole Guard system installed around tree

Long-Standing Product Reliability

Our Pole Guards have been protecting pole-mounted infrastructure service-free for over a decade. With years of testing and optimization serving markets both domestic and abroad the Pole Guard is guaranteed to help deter critters from causing outages in your area.

Critter Guard Pole Guard Available Internationally

At Critter Guard, we understand that different nations have different animals that can cause significant damage to their power lines and transformers. Critter Guard has shown to deter not just squirrels, rats, and other rodents, but also snakes, sloths, and monkeys from causing significant power outages and damage as well.

The Pole Guard is designed to stop critters of all variants from gaining access and causing significant damage, and we are proud to offer our services and products to the global market. Contact us today If you are interested in seeing how Critter Guard can help protect power lines in your area.

Lasting Powerline and Transformer Protection with Pole Guard

Safeguarding electric, telecom, and cable infrastructure from animal-related outages is our number one priority. Pole Guard, in addition to our complementary Line Guard product, is designed to humanely deter squirrels, rodents, and other animals from causing significant outages in your home, business, or area. If you work with electric power, cable television, or data communications industry and have technical or commercial questions about the pole guard, feel free to contact us today to learn how we can help you prevent major outages in your area.

  • The City purchased Line Guard specifically because we were having repeated problems with squirrels accessing the substation from the overhead lines. We've had no further occurrences since we installed Line Guard. I'd recommend Line Guard without hesitation.

    Mr. Chris Lindholm
    Public Works Director
    City of Lindsborg, Kansas

  • 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.
    Entergy 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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    demonstration installation of Critter Guard's Pole Guard
    close-up of test installation of Pole Guard
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    utility workers installing a Pole Guard on telephone pole
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