Tick Off Sticky Icky Pick
Berk-Tek's DryGel Alternative to Icky Pick
“Icky-pick” is the term coined for that icky gel that is placed within an outdoor-rated cable (both fiber optic and copper cables). Actually, it was originally “icky pic,” with “PIC” standing for Plastic Insulated Cable. It was developed for two main purposes: 1) provide protection against water penetration that could eventually freeze and create damage; and, 2) deter damage from rodents and other animals due to the icky taste and thick oily substance. But, not only do rodents detest the gel, but humans, as well, because this gel is difficult to remove from hands and stains clothing.