The squirrel deterrent system by PLP on a power line

Squirrel Deterrent System (SDS) by PLP

The Preformed Line Products (PLP) Squirrel Deterrent System (SDS) intends to prevent squirrels from gaining access to electrical components within the distribution system, where they cause outages. The SDS standard unit assembles in minutes, and it will accommodate conductors up to 1.5″ in diameter.

Statistics show that squirrels cause more outages than any other species of wildlife.

Squirrels tend to use conductors as a means of getting into substations and onto transformers or switches where the energized conductors and the ground potential are close enough together that the squirrel can short them together. Unfortunately, this will result in equipment damage and failure as well as fatally harming the squirrel.

The SDS works by forcing the squirrel to leap over a large disc where they land on a spinner section, which they cannot stay on, falling harmlessly to the ground.

The material is fully UV stabilized for long life and is lightweight and easy to install with no tools required. In addition, you can customize it to fit your specific application.  Compared to other squirrel deterrent systems, the PLP SDS is very cost-effective.

To see a video of the installation process for the PLP Squirrel Deterrent System (SDS), click here.

For more information about the PLP Squirrel Deterrent System, read the brochure.

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Rick Brethorst

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BA, Economics, Eastern Illinois University MA, Economics, Eastern Illinois University