Polesocks — Protecting Wood Utility Poles Without Using Pesticides (Media Kit)

Hi Friends,

We’ve spent the last 19 years selling and perfecting Polesocks in our home market of Hawai’i, where our products have been used to protect over 30,000 new wood utility poles from damage by subterranean termites.

Subterranean termites live in complex colonies below ground in all of the continental United States and Canada. Their continuous appetite causes over $2 billion in property damage to wood structures each year in the U.S. Global warming provides subterranean termites with some other things they crave: heat and moisture, which increase colony size and appetite. States with an existing ground termite problem are seeing that problem grow worse, and states where the problem has not been severe are now seeing an increased impact.

The pesticides currently used to deal with termites pollute the environment and are, all too often, ineffective.

Utility Poles are Tasty Treats

Polesocks are an elegant solution to a hidden, but significant, problem. Subterranean termites, also called ground termites or Formosan termites, are an invasive species that live underground and eat wood. A wood utility pole should have a service life of 35 to 70 years or more, according to woodpoles.org, but before using Polesocks in Hawaii utility poles were being replaced after about ten years because of damage by subterranean termites.

After 19 years of use in the field in Hawaii, no wood poles have had to be replaced because of termite damage.

While Hawaii has the most severe subterranean termite problem, termites are still a significant cause of pole failures in many states throughout the west and southeast. Replacement of a utility pole costs an average of $20,000. So even if a utility company has only 100 of its termite-damaged poles replaced, the savings would be $2,000,000 to the company. Costs to replace a single pole can reach as much as $40,000 in some cities in affected states.

The most destructive species are Formosan subterranean termites which are found in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas according to the University of Florida entymology department.

An Elegant Solution

Polesocks are made from an exclusive marine-grade stainless steel woven wire mesh, creating a barrier that termites can’t penetrate. It’s as simple as that.

Competing products are made of PVC, which is vulnerable to deterioration, and are embedded with chemical pesticides. Polesocks use no chemicals or pesticides. Period.

The Environment Wins

Wood poles are a renewable resource that are environmentally sustainable. While composite, concrete and steel utility poles are not vulnerable to termites, the vertical strength and ease of maintenance of wood poles keep them in favor with utility companies.

The wood poles are treated with chemical preservatives that extend their life and prevent some types of pests, but the chemicals must be reapplied periodically and subterranean termites can easily get around or through the chemical barriers — that’s why the life expectancy of a wood pole is so much lower without a Polesock. Chemicals injected into the ground near poles can leach into the groundwater.

Polesocks are stainless steel. No chemicals or pesticides. Period. And termites will never chew through the mesh.

How Polesocks Works

What’s Next

We’re launching a new website on March 15, 2016, and will be making Polesocks available to customers in the 48 contiguous United States. In addition to private and public utility companies, Polesocks are used by the Federal government in Hawaii. We expect all users of wood utility poles to benefit from our products, including local governments, private land owners and ranchers, and recreational facilities such as golf driving ranges and ropes courses.

Launch Details

Who Makes Polesocks?

Polesocks are developed, produced and marketed by Polesocks LLC. The company was founded by CEO Wayne Parsons, an attorney and former NASA engineer who worked on the 1969 moon landing mission. He has guided the company to profitability with co-founder Sandra Sardinha who serves as COO. Polesocks LLC is proudly based in Honolulu, Hawaii where they count the major power utility companies in Hawaii, local governments and the United States Army and Navy as customers.

Polesocks Features

  • Made from marine-grade stainless steel mesh that’s been verified by the USDA to be a 100% preventive solution for Formosan termites.
  • Easy installation by a utility’s pole crews or contractors. Installation training is available.
  • Minimal post-installation maintenance that can be completed during normal pole inspection and maintenance schedules.
  • Available with option Abrasion Shield, a specialized cloth cover that prevents damage during transport and during installation in rocky soil while maintaining adequate drainage.

Reference Articles

05/06/2014: LA DWP lagging behind on replacing old power poles: 87,000 have exceeded their lifespan.

01/11/2013: California PUC Consumer Protection & Safety Division: Investigation of So Cal Edison’s outages of November 30 and December 1, 2011.

Media Kit Goodies

Wayne Parsons and Sandra Sardinha are available for interviews and to answer questions

Handy Dropbox link


More Photos

Termites Close-Up
Polesocks Installation

Management Team

Wayne Parsons, CEO
Sandra Sardinha, COO

Increasing the lifespan of wood utility poles, without pesticides.

Increasing the lifespan of wood utility poles, without pesticides.