AFL’s LightGuard™ Aerial Closures Now Rodent-Resistant

Spartanburg, SC – AFL has an incorporated a non-toxic anti-rodent concentrate into the plastic pellets used in molding its aerial closures. The new additive is completely toxin free and will not cause harm to animals or the environment; however, the concentrate will give the plastic an unpleasant taste, deterring animals from chewing on closures.

Acting on a study by a large Internet Service Provider, AFL learned that 17 percent of their overall network damage is caused by squirrels nibbling on fiber optic cables. AFL conducted research and concluded that by adding an environmentally safe, non-toxic concentrate network damage caused by rodents could be reduced.

AFL’s family of aerial weathertight splice closures is designed to provide a cost-effective solution for aerial splicing in a variety of outside plant applications. Through rigorous engineering, closures have been proven to reduce installation time and the complexity associated with fiber splicing in the field. All aerial closures have been designed to be installed without the need for special tools, heat, adhesives, drills or any powered equipment.

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AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit

Chuck Turner
Product Manager
Corie Culp
PR Manager