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Power Pole Squirrel Guard


SKU MM-HDPE-18-30-100

Protecting power poles form squirrels requires that the pole is wrapped in a smooth material to keep the rodents from being able to gain traction. Our power pole squirrel guard does exactly this. The material is manufactured from HDPE plastic and is smooth to the touch, puncture and tear resistant. The plastic can be attached to the pole using either nails, screws or metal bands (not included). When attached the rodents will not be able to gain footing and climb. The plastic is UV stabilized and designed for decades of protection. The power pole squirrel guard is available in roll widths ranging form 18” to 60” and in both 40 mil and 60 mil thicknesses. The material is shipped in 100’ rolls and is made in the USA.

Note: Our HDPE plastic is only available in roll widths up to 60 inches.

Please note that we are unable to provide custom roll lengths.


We also offer rigid HDPE in 48" x 96" sheets in both black and white colors.

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Product Info

  • Model: HPDE
  • Material: High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Size: Various
  • Free Shipping
  • Need a written quote? Request Online
  • Questions?  Call (800) 604-5537

Product Benefits

  • Waterproof
  • Commercial Grade
  • UV Resistant
  • Non-Biodegradable
  • Will Not Rot or Mildew
  • Resistant to Rodent and Insect Damage
  • 100 Year Material Lifespan
  • Made in the USA

Connecting HDPE Pieces

There are two ways to connect multiple pieces of HDPE together. One method is to overlap the HDPE and use our double sided seam tape to connect the two pieces. The other method is to butt the ends together and use our 17 mil single sided seam tape to create a solid connection.


Overlap Method
(for underground installations)

The overlap method is best used when connecting two pieces of HDPE in a buried application. Due to the overlap, a ridge is exposed which is not ideal when installed in exposed vertical or flat installations in high traffic areas as there is a possibility of an object catching on the ridge and pulling the two pieces apart.

In a below ground installation, the large overlap area provides a more water resistant connection as well as enhanced protection against tree and plant root intrusion.

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End to End Method
(for exposed installations)

When installing HDPE on a wall, floor or anywhere that is exposed, the end to end method provides a secure connection and does not leave any ridges exposed to potential catching by a person or object.

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  • All HDPE rolls ship for free (standard ground, see map)
  • Call: (800) 604-5537 for pricing and shipping questions.

    Shipping estimates shown on the map pertain to this specific product only. HDPE orders typically ship same day if the order is placed before 12:00 noon CST. Transit times displayed in the map are listed in business days, and are approximate. Transit times are subject to stock levels at regional warehouses.  The day that the order is shipped is not counted as a transit day.

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    How To Remove Squirrels Before They Damage Your Property

    Squirrels are continually active by jumping from limb to limb in trees, playing with each other, and in general, are very entertaining. Unfortunately, they also reap havoc on utility lines, telephone lines, and other equipment required to keep homeowners' property running smoothly. What are homeowners to do to keep these rascals under control?

    Most people do not want to harm squirrels' offspring or use methods that could potentially kill them. In the same breath, squirrels can cause a lot of damage to homeowners, farmers who grow nuts, and forest rangers.

    For many years, people have battled to keep the surrounding areas protected from these clever little creatures' antics which can be harder than you think. Once in a while, squirrels will chew through electrical wires in vehicles costing the owners a great deal of money in repairs. They are responsible for approximately 24% of all outages. Although it's not known exactly what damage squirrels have caused, there are some statistics that should be considered:

    In 2010, Nebraska's annual costs were around $64,005 for repairs and lost revenue, and $94,237 in Omaha. After the installation of squirrel guards over pole-mounted transformers, the annual costs dropped to $10,290.

    Squirrel in tree

    Squirrel Climbing in Tree

    Safe Ways To Stop Squirrel's Antics

    Tree limbs can be trimmed 6 to 8 feet away from buildings to stop squirrels from jumping onto roofs. Trimming other plants like ivy will also curb their getting into areas where they should not be. Squirrels spend a lot of time in backyards getting into bird feeders for some nice snacks.

    Attach an ear of corn to a tree or a fence post using nails or wiring. Just make sure it's far enough away from the area where squirrels are causing issues. When dealing with your crops, it’s a good idea to remove woody plants including trees that are near orchards to prevent easy access to the crops.

    By installing a 2-foot section of lightweight 2-inch or 3-inch diameter of plastic piping, you can stop squirrels from traveling on wires. Simply slit open one side of the pipe lengthwise, open it up, and place it on the wire. The pipe will rotate on the wire making it difficult for the squirrels to move across without falling.

    Critter Guard® has created a tool to stop squirrels from moving over wires. Keep in mind, NEVER install this device on or near electrical lines, it's very dangerous. Only professional electricians and power companies should handle power lines.

    Doors & Openings

    A squirrel exclusion is a pest control that can be altered by mounting an 18-inch section of 4-inch plastic pipe over an opening. The pipe should point down at a 45° angle, just make sure very young squirrels are not being harmed. Having a one-way door can be quite effective. Use a one-way door along with a large one-foot square apron (minimum) around the hole to reduce chewing.

    If freezing rain sets in, the entry could become frozen in an open or closed position. Some critters will fight harder to gain access to an opening or get out, just be prepared. When it comes to flying squirrels or red squirrels, their jaws are not strong enough so they can be kept out easily. Also, one-way doors work best with sturdy structures making it difficult for them to chew somewhere else to get in.

    Make sure all openings are closed including chimneys and vents before you install a one-way door. Some Woodland Culture Centers use one-way doors along with traps. Squirrels will possibly check out the traps. In general, if you make sure all openings, doors, and other entries are securely shut or sealed, you won't need traps.

    Close openings using heavy 1/2-inch wire mesh, aluminum flashing, but make sure all repairs are made where needed. Custom-designed wire mesh fences with electric wires on the top may keep squirrels out of gardens or small orchards.

    Devices For Scaring

    Devices designed to scare off animals have not proven to be effective but strobe lights have shown some possibilities.

    Repellents & Chemicals

    Naphthalene can temporarily ward off squirrels from getting in an attic but it's not recommended because it can lead to serious anguish in people. Using a commercial repellent may require a certificate for use as a pesticide.

    Ro-pel® and capsaicin are repellents used to attract through taste. You can apply Ro-pel® to bulbs, seeds, flowers, shrubs, outdoor furniture, fences, poles, etc. On the other hand, capsaicin is registered for use on maple sap-collecting equipment.

    Polybutenesisa is a sticky substance that can be placed on railings, downspouts, or other areas to stop squirrels from climbing. This product is generally used to stop gnawing.Toxicants are not registered to control tree squirrels because they have not proven to work.

    Squirrels in Field

    Squirrels in Lawn

    Cage And Box Traps

    Cage and box traps are 5 x 5 x18 inches or larger and are perfect for capturing large squirrels. The cages made from 1/2-inch x 3 inches mesh will reduce the chances of damage to the surrounding materials by trapped squirrels. The cage traps can be attached to trees and plywood shelves. Just be sure the squirrel has a 2-3-inch area to stand in front of the door. If it's legal in your state, you can have many traps that are very effective for capturing flying squirrels as well as other squirrels.

    Body-Gripping Traps

    These traps are enticing to squirrels and very inconspicuous. These traps have a positive effect because they are set over the only available entrance. Tunnel traps are perfect for catching squirrels because they are almost completely out of sight.

    Drill small holes at the end of the trap to secure the trap in different ways. Another trap normally used for catching rats known as a glue trap is not recommended for squirrels.

    There are certain foods squirrels love including slices of apples and oranges, nuts removed from their shells like pecans and walnuts, and a little peanut butter on the side. Other foods squirrels are familiar with include corn or oil-sunflower seeds that might do the trick. For your information, nuts are not appealing to squirrels in the fall when other foods are available. You should alternate foods if trapping in the fall months.

    Traps known as snap traps are built for rats but are very effective for red or flying squirrels. Place these traps in cubby boxes forcing squirrels to come up and set off the trigger or you can place them vertically on walls with the bait side facing down. They can be used both inside or outside as long as birds do not have access.

    Squirrel Standing in Yard

    Squirrel Eating in Lawn

    Foothold Traps

    You can place one or two of these traps to catch squirrels but are not recommended because they can trap other animals that are not targeted.

    Other Alternatives For Squirrels in Chimneys Or Basements

    Actually, it's quite common for male squirrels to look for openings when searching for females during the mating season. A lot of squirrels can get trapped in chimneys and not be able to get out. Also, trying to remove them you could end up being bitten, or if they are covered in soot and get loose in your home, they'll leave a trail of soot behind.

    As there are many different kinds of chimneys, it's advised if a squirrel is trapped, you put on protective gear such as hats, gloves, and a safety mask before opening the chimney damper. Sadly, a squirrel will probably not last more than 3 days if trapped in your chimney. You really should try and get them out of the chimney.

    Getting A Squirrel Out Of Your Chimney

    Secure the opening of the fireplace and place a baited trap, then open the damper. Place a one-inch thick hemp rope in the flue and come back the next day to check on the situation. Squirrels that are healthy should be able to climb out. If you see a squirrel, use tongs to grab cornered squirrels or a hand net for loose squirrels. As squirrels will head toward light, see if you can light the area that leads to the outdoors.

    Not everyone is out to harm squirrels but if you have an infestation, you should contact wildlife experts to help you out. In most cases, you can deal with the situation on your own. The chances of a large number of squirrels invading your property are slim to nil. Make sure you do not have any openings that lead into your home as squirrels are very inquisitive.