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

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Feb 27, 2016 · 5 min read
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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

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.

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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

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

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.

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How Polesocks Works

What’s Next

Launch Details

Who Makes Polesocks?

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Polesocks Features

  • 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

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

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Termites Close-Up
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Polesocks Installation

Management Team

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Wayne Parsons, CEO
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Sandra Sardinha, COO
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