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Rodents, such as squirrels, frequently chew durable materials to wear down their teeth so they don’t grow
too long. One of the most common materials rodents like to chew on is cable.
They will chew any type of cable, especially aerial cables.
When a rodent chews through a cable, they can disrupt service to customers. That
means operators need to replace the damaged cable, resulting in unnecessary truck rolls, man hours and costly repairs. Communications cables
are just as susceptible as power cables to rodent damage. Operators are always
looking to protect their valuable
assure the working life of the cables. One way operators can protect their
infrastructure is by using an Alternative Jacket™. So what is an Alternative Jacket?
An Alternative Jacket provides an additional level of
protection for cables installed in environments where squirrels and other
rodents are prevalent. It is designed to reduce or eliminate rodent chews. Containing
a patented-jacket formula that incorporates non-toxic materials (capsaicin and Bitrex®), cables with alternative
jackets are extremely repulsive to the rodents’ sense of taste and smell.
tests indicated that once chewing begins, the animal finds the experience
unpleasant and will retreat before causing further damage. Alternative Jackets can be utilized for fiber optic, trunk and
distribution, and drop coaxial cables.
frequently chew durable materials in an effort to wear down their teeth or they will continue to grow. By placing an
Alternative Jacket on fiber optic, drop or coaxial cable, rodents experience an
unpleasant taste and heat when biting into the cable. They are then repulsed by
its taste and smell.
to Protect Your Cables from Squirrels (Infographic)
to Dress Your Cables Up with an Alternative Jacket (Blog)
Helps Win Another Battle of Network Vs Squirrel (Blog)
Damage to Outside Plant Cables (White Paper)
Jacket for Drop Cable (Application Report)
Jacket for Coax Cable (Application Report)
Jacket for Fiber Optic Cable (Application Report)
Jacket Solutions (Brochure)