TransGard LLC

York,  PA 
United States
  • Booth: 3425

TransGard manufactures a patented animal deterrent system developed exclusively to eliminate substation outages caused by climbing animals, including squirrels, raccoons, snakes and many others. Every year, animals cause hundreds of substation power outages that leave thousands without power – and cost millions in repairs.  TransGard’s specially engineered substation fencing has been installed in over 3,000 North American substations -- substations operated by dozens of major utilities, electric cooperatives, municipalities and private sector companies.

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    (NEW FREEDOM, Pa) — Loud explosions, dangerous fires, entire cities gone dark … there’s a lot of mayhem on this year’s list of the worst substation outages caused by climbing animals.

    Each year, TransGard — maker of the patented fence that now protects more than 3,000 substations — tracks hundreds of animal outages. For 2017, there were plenty of candidates for the Five Worst List.

    For yet another year, preventable animal incursions have led to serious outages, costly repairs and damaged reputations for utilities, cooperatives and other substation operators. Here are the Five Worst:  

    1. One squirrel = 45,000 without power    In July, a solitary squirrel knocked out power to a large swath of San Diego, affecting a whopping 45,000 homes and businesses. Witnesses said a “loud blast” at the substation preceded the devastating outage.
    2. Snakes are “really bad”   In July, a red rat snake came into contact with a circuit breaker at Jacksonville, Florida, substation, leaving 22,000 in the dark. The area has suffered several prior  snake outages;   one resident noted that “the snakes are really bad” during the summer.
    3. Earthquake? Nope … raccoon.     In December, a raccoon climbed onto a transformer in a Rio Rancho, N.M., substation. The result: an explosion that felt like an earthquake to a next-door neighbor. The blast shot sparks and fire into the night sky, shut down power to nearly 10,000, and irreparably damaged an expensive transformer.
    4. “Not uncommon”: Rodent snarls traffic    In Puyallup, Washington, nearly 6,000 customers were left without power after a rodent shorted out substation equipment in February. The outage also shut down traffic lights and the public library. “Animal-related outages are not uncommon,” noted a utility spokeswoman. 
    5. Grand Canyon squirrel blows transformer       In March, a squirrel gnawed through the insulation of transformer bushings in an Arizona substation, shutting down power for several hours to the entire city of Williams and other communities near the Grand Canyon. “We have issues with packrats, prairie dogs, birds and squirrels,” a spokesman said. “We get all kinds.”

    This list represents a fraction of all animal-caused outages, many unreported, at substations in every region and climate of the U.S. While some substation operators take steps to prevent animal incursions, thousands of at-risk substations remain unprotected. 

    For information on TransGard’s patented fencing and how it eliminates outages caused by climbing animals, visit Booth 3425 at IEEE or

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    About TransGard   TransGard’s patented fencing was developed exclusively to eliminate substation outages caused by climbing animals, including snakes. For the past 20 years, TransGard fences have been installed at more than 3,000 substations in the U.S. and Canada. For more information or to request a quote, visit

  • (Mar 02, 2018)

    Date: February 20, 2018

    TransGard’s proven fence panel attachment keeps snakes out and the power on at substations

    (NEW FREEDOM, Pa.) —  Squirrels and raccoons might get the most publicity when it comes to climbing into electrical substations and wreaking havoc, but over the last few years, another type of animal has slithered into the running as an equally destructive problem: snakes.

    This year alone, snakes have been responsible for outages from Florida to Colorado, leaving thousands of residents and businesses without power.

    Snakes seek out eggs in birds’ nests that are often found in substations. Being cold-blooded, snakes are drawn to the warmth of electrical equipment when the temperatures drop. And – they are small enough to find openings that might not be accessible to raccoons and other animals. 

    In the face of this growing problem from snake incursions at substations, TransGard expanded its already effective electrical fencing product and developed a patented snake panel that attaches to the bottom of any TransGard fencing panel. These aluminum mesh panels are designed to keep out snakes as small as ¼” in diameter, and they deliver the same non-lethal shock as the standard panels.

     “We had been hearing from utilities – especially in the southern and western U.S. – about chronic outages caused by different species of snakes,” says Bill Reichard, TransGard’s General Manager. “Our snake panel is a simple, yet effective solution to the particular challenges all snakes present to substations.”

    Utilities like the West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation and Western Farmers Electric Cooperative that have adopted the TransGard “snake solution” continue to report an almost total elimination of snake-caused outages.

    For more information about TransGard snake panels, visit Booth 3425 at IEEE or

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    About TransGard   TransGard’s patented fencing was developed exclusively to eliminate substation outages caused by climbing animals, including snakes. Since it was founded in 1990, TransGard fences have been installed at more than 3,000 substations in the U.S. and Canada. For more information or to request a quote, visit


  • TransGard animal deterrent fencing system
    TransGard fencing systems are a patented animal deterrent system developed exclusively to eliminate substation outages that result from the entry of climbing animals like squirrels, raccoons, snakes and others....

  • TransGard manufactures and installs the only substation fencing that delivers a humane—but effective—electric shock that deters climbing animals, an approach the IEEE calls the most effective barrier against animal incursion.

    Here are the unique features that provide exceptional results – and years of uninterrupted performance:

    Durable materials  - PVC and steel construction requires no scheduled maintenance – and offers a 20-year track record of service in all weather conditions.

    Easy installation  - A crew of three can complete a TransGard enclosure in just four hours with basic tools — no special training, no heavy equipment. 

    No power interruption - Installation of the TransGard fence requires zero downtime — your substation stays online during installation.

    Freestanding system  - Installs on the ground using specially designed circular stand bases without the need for postholes, foundation or concrete

    Engineered entryway  - Non-electrified entry system offers smooth finish and tight clearances to prevent animal intruders

    TransGard works so well that power providers have chosen TransGard fences to protect more than 3,000 North American substations.