Utilising solar power for your home or business is a wise choice. It’s not only an eco-friendly electricity source but also a long-term investment in energy efficiency. However, there’s a common, often underestimated problem that solar panel owners face — bird infestations, especially pigeons.
Solar panels can attract pigeons and other birds to your home. Birds love the shelter the panels provide from the elements, serving as a perfect location to nest and raise their young away from most of their predators. Bird proofing mesh has proven to be the best method to stop birds from nesting.
Why do Pigeons nesting under solar panels pose a problem?
Here are some of the common problems humans face when pigeons start nesting under their solar panels:
- Pigeons are known carries of disease and lice along with their droppings which contain more than 60 pathogens and diseases such as E.Coli and Salmonella all of which pose serious health risks to us humans. Once their droppings become dry they become dust like and airborne meaning we as humans are breathing these pathogens into our airways which can make us dangerously sick.
- Pigeons are very noisy, especially their young ones. People living and sleeping in rooms directly under the roof find the sounds of pigeons day and night very irritating and non forgiving.
- Pigeons defecate in and around their nests which causes staining and damage to the roof itself.
- The overall build-up of their faeces can damage expensive solar panels because bird faeces are very corrosive. They can also build up on the solar panels and compromise their efficiency.
- Nesting materials and bird faeces accumulating under the Solar Panels blocks the overall free flow of water to be able to run down into your gutters. Gutters also become blocked and damaged causing in house water leaks.
- Birds, Bird faeces and their nests also attract other pests such as cockroaches and rodents.
How do we get rid of pigeons under solar panels?
We have removal posts that we use to push/guide the pigeons out from under your panels. Once they’re clear we install our solar panel bird proofing system.
Solar Panel Bird Proofing System
- 100% protection Guaranteed from not only Pigeons but all bird species.
- Prior to the installation of your Solar Panel bird proofing all accessible birds and nesting materials are removed.
- A bacterial agent specifically for bird Faeces can be applied to rid the harmful bacteria left from the toxic bird Faeces.
- Inspection of the roof is carried out to ensure there are no birds nesting within the roof cavity.
- A heavy duty mesh is custom made to fit your solar panels. Our Mesh is used to ensure adequate ventilation for the Solar Panels as well as providing an overall durable product. The mesh also offers a very low visual impact to your roof and solar panel system when viewed from the ground up.
- Our system does not void your Solar Panel warranty or damage your Solar Panels as we do not drill, screw or glue any of our products to your solar panels.
- The mesh is attached to your solar panels using our clip locking system.
- Any future maintenance or repairs to your solar panel system has been considered. Our Solar panel bird proofing system can be easily removed and reinstalled to allow access in the future.
- We are so confident in our workmanship that we will offer you a 5-year Guarantee.
Bird Proofing Solar Panels Cost
The cost of bird proofing your solar panels will depend on your specific solar array. Factors that influence the cost include single-storey or double-storey, if the panels are flat or pitched, and how many solar panels you have installed. You can expect to pay between $500 – $3,000.
Birds nest under solar panel
Solar panels before bird proofing is installed
Solar panels after bird proofing is installed
Stop providing shelter to feral pigeons. We can bird proof your solar panels. Call us today for a cost on proofing your solar panels.
Why is pigeon nesting under solar panels a concern for homeowners?
Pigeons and other birds often find the space beneath your solar panels an ideal nesting ground. It provides shelter, warmth and protection from predators, making it a tempting choice for these feathered intruders.
While it may seem harmless at first, pigeon nesting under solar panels can lead to various issues:
- Damage to solar panels — Pigeons are known for their nesting habits, and they often build nests under solar panels to shelter their young. In the process, they can displace or damage the wiring and components of the solar panel system. This damage can lead to system failures, reduced energy production and expensive repairs.
- Noise and disturbance — Pigeons are not the quietest birds, and their constant cooing and activity under the solar panels can be disruptive. This noise can disturb homeowners and their neighbours, affecting the peace of their properties.
- Reduced energy efficiency — Pigeon droppings can accumulate on the surface of the solar panels. These droppings not only look unsightly, but can also block sunlight from reaching the solar cells, reducing the overall efficiency of the solar panels. As a result, homeowners may experience decreased energy generation and, subsequently, higher energy bills.
- Aesthetic impact — Beyond the functional concerns, pigeon nesting and droppings under solar panels can hurt the appearance of a property. It can make the solar panel installation look unkempt and unsightly.
- Health and safety concerns — Pigeon droppings can be more than just an aesthetic problem. They may contain harmful bacteria, fungi and parasites that can pose health risks to homeowners and their families. Inhaling airborne particles from dried bird droppings can lead to respiratory issues and potentially transmit diseases like psittacosis.
- Long-term cost — Neglecting the issue of pigeon nesting can lead to long-term financial consequences. Repairing solar panel damage, cleaning panels and addressing health issues can add up in cost over time.
In light of these concerns, it becomes clear that effective solar panel bird-proofing measures are essential to protect investments in solar panels and maintain a pest-free and efficient solar energy system for homeowners. Contact Forensic Pest Management Services today to get started!
What is the solar panel bird-proofing system, and how does it work?
Our system for bird-proofing solar panels integrates a range of elements and methods designed to establish a barrier that discourages birds from reaching the area beneath the solar panels.
Here’s how it works:
- Mesh barriers — Fine wire mesh or netting is installed around the perimeter of the solar panels. This barrier prevents birds from accessing the underside of the panels and building nests. The mesh is designed to be durable and weather-resistant, ensuring long-term effectiveness.
- Spikes or deterrents — Physical deterrents, such as bird spikes or other harmless devices, can be placed strategically on the surfaces where birds often land. These deterrents make it uncomfortable for birds to roost or perch on the solar panels, discouraging them from the area.
- Cleaning and maintenance — Existing bird nests and droppings are removed during the installation process. Regular maintenance is also crucial to ensure the system’s effectiveness over time. This includes cleaning the panels and inspecting the bird-proofing elements for wear or damage.
At Forensic Pest Management Service, our solar panel bird-proofing system uses non-toxic and environmentally friendly materials and methods. This ensures the installation is not harmful to the environment or other non-target species.
Every solar panel setup is unique, and our system can be customised to fit your specific requirements. Our team considers factors such as the size of your solar array, the layout and the potential entry points for birds.
By implementing our solar panel bird-proofing system, you are addressing more than just the immediate issue — you’re investing in long-term protection for your solar panels, ensuring that they continue to operate at peak efficiency.
Invest in the solar panel bird-proofing system today to keep your solar panels in optimal condition, enjoy uninterrupted energy savings and maintain the clean and efficient power generation of your solar energy system. Say goodbye to bird-related issues and hello to hassle-free solar energy!
What are the steps taken before installing the solar panel bird-proofing system?
Before installing the solar panel bird-proofing system to protect your solar panels, the following preparatory steps are done by our team to ensure the successful installation of the system, protecting your solar investment and promoting uninterrupted energy savings:
- Property assessment — A thorough evaluation of your property and solar panel setup is conducted.
- Risk analysis — The level of risk from bird infestations is assessed to tailor our solution accordingly.
- Customised solution — A bespoke solar panel bird-proofing plan is designed based on the assessment.
- Nest and dropping removal — Existing bird nests and droppings are carefully removed.
- Solar panel cleaning — Panel surfaces are cleaned to optimise energy efficiency.
- Material selection — Durable and eco-friendly materials are chosen for the solar panel bird-proofing system.
- Preventive measures — Additional measures may be implemented to deter future bird presence.
- Maintenance plan — A maintenance schedule is established for long-term effectiveness.
Ready to bird-proof your solar panels? Contact our expert team for assistance today!
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