Pole Guard

Pole Type: Wood

Frequently Bought Together

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Critter Guard’s Pole Guard helps to deter squirrels from gaining access to pole mounted equipment and/or connected power lines and subsequently causing electricity outages. Two plate halves go around your power line pole.  The plate halves, along with the other products included in the Pole Guard kit will block squirrels and other critters from crawling up the pole in the first place, which in return keeps critters off your power line. Once the animal encounters the plates, the critter is forced to the perimeter of the plates where seven rollers hanging on the plate halves will make it difficult for the critters to get past since they spin as the animal tries to climb up.

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Pole Guard Options

You can purchase the kit for different pole types:

Wooden Power/Telecom Poles: 

Includes two plate halves, four locking pins, 4 long spiral shank nails, twelve stainless-steel ties, four clamps, seven rollers, and installation instructions. 

Round Steel or Concrete Power/Telecom Poles: 

Includes two plate halves, four locking pins, 4 large L-Brackets, twelve stainless-steel ties, four clamps, seven rollers, and the installation instructions.

Together the pole guard components are packed in a heavy-duty plastic bag and shipped in a cardboard box.  For smaller diameter poles less than 11” in diameter, a 38” flex tubing and coupling is required to wrap around the pole just above the Pole Guard plates to fill any gap between the pole and the Pole Guard system.  This Flex Tube and coupler is an additional cost option.

Pole Guard is for a single pole.  For new transmission/distribution lines, we recommend one Pole Guard kit for each pole – especially in rural areas where to mitigate expensive service calls due to animal ingress on a pole.  The standard Pole Guard plates are designed for round pole geometry.  Please inquire at sales@critterguard.org if you have other geometry such as square/rectangular. Critter Guard also offers custom manufacturing service for specific geometry poles. If you have any other questions regarding our Pole Guard package, please feel free contact us at sales@critterguard.org.

Critter Guard is always looking for new and innovative ways to deter critters, squirrels, and all animals. Through our Pole Guard and our Line Guard, we have been able to do just that. By protecting your power line poles, you will in return limit access to the power lines from critters who cause power outages.

Additional Uses

Pole Guard Additional Uses

Our Pole Guard Package is not only good for power poles, but it can also be used around various other types of 10 to 12-inch diameter poles and even on select trees as well. This process works in the same way as the Pole Guard plate halves connect around the tree trunk. From there, the seven rollers are attached to the two halves to create a barrier against squirrels. Just beware that the tree will continue to grow (and expand) and you will need to remove Pole Guard from the tree when the tree gets that large.


Pole Guard Installation

Watch our Pole Guard Installation Video and Download Instructions

For power pole applications, Critter Guard recommends this product be installed by qualified power line technicians. This is not absolutely required but is good practice. It is not required to de-power the line. Assure the pole is in good condition. Position the Pole Guard assembly approximately 8 - 12 feet above ground level, or above the lowest point where a “critter” could jump onto the pole either from the ground or other adjacent tree or structure. Assure location and height of installation is clear of any objects a critter could use to swing from or grab (i.e., conduits, anchors, spikes).

Installation defects are specifically not covered under the company warranty and are the responsibility of the installer. The company’s liability for any damaged or defective product is limited to the value of the product sale only. No consequential or incidental claims will be accepted, including claims of improper installation or damage caused by improper installation. If in doubt, contact a qualified power line technician.


Pole Guard Specifications

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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SKU: PG301-W

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Pat O'Grady

our customer was quite pleased with them.

Aaron Symonds
No issues!

I usually ONLY get involved with problems that we have with our suppliers for Duke Energy. We simply dont have any issues with Critter Guard and thats a GOOD THING!
- Aaron Symonds, Program Manager for Wesco (Duke Energy, FL)

Thanks Aaron. Duke Energy is a long time customer of Critter Guard and we appreciate Wesco's assistance and support of Critter Guard.

Wikus Keller
Using Pole Guard and Line Guard to prevent monkeys from causing outages

The mines were successful in their trial of using Pole Guard and Line Guard to prevent monkeys from causing outages in the mines. We will be pursuing a long term strategy of using Critter Guard products across all the mines.
- Wikus Keller Branch Manager, CuAl Engineering, Benoni, South Africa

Hi Wikus. Due to your help Critter Guard now has added South Africa as a new customer territory and we are happy to work with you!

John Blalock
Prevent squirrel caused outages at our substations

We use both Line Guard and Pole Guard to prevent squirrel outages at our substations and other locations. The combination of Pole Guard preventing access up the pole, and Line Guard preventing any travel on the line, is an unbeatable combination. We use both steel and wooden poles, and Pole Guard works on both.
- John Blalock, City of College Station, TX

Hi John. Thanks for this review. We're happy to support the City of College Station in your animal mitigation efforts and really appreciate your feedback!

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