Prevention is an imperfect discipline. Animals adapt to our methods and materials and workmanship break and decay over time.  Monitoring and maintenance are necessary in any prevention program. Acting quickly before a problem gets out of hand will save you a lot of trouble down the road.

If you are looking to mitigate a problem that is already occurring please visit the solutions links in the menu bar. If you aren't sure what the cause of the problem is then visit the animal damage identification section.

Stop before you do anything.

Working around powerlines is extremely dangerous.

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER go near overhead wires.

Contact your power company and ask them to install any wildlife exclusion devices.


Power Lines

Preventing squirrel access to powerlines can be accomplished in two different ways. First, wrapping the telephone pole with a 24-inch band of aluminum flashing, positioned at least 5 feet off the ground. The second method is to prevent squirrel use of the line itself.

Exclusion Equipment

Critter Guard: This product that has a good reputation for stopping squirrels on powerlines but it MUST be installed by a linesman. Visit Critter Guard to learn more about this product. Then, contact your powercompany and speak with them about installing this type of product on your powerline to prevent squirrels and other wildlife from accessing your home via the powerlines.

other methods to exclude squirrels from powerlines

Look carefully at this image and you will notice that three techniques have been used by the power company to stop squirrel use of the line. The first, is the aluminum flashing wrapping around the pole at the far left. The next is the owl effigy hanging from the line. Note that owl effigies do NOT work at repelling squirrels. The last one is the spiked product (brand name: Nixalite) which has been secured to the power line.

As always, ask your power company to install these products.




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