Rooftop solar panels create an ideal environment for pigeons and other pest birds to nest and roost. The panels provide shade from the hot sun, security from predators, and an easy in-and-out vantage point for birds.
Birds can be incredibly persistent, especially if they’ve nested under solar panels the previous season. Since most solar panels are usually just 8″ off the roof deck, removing nests and droppings can be a challenge.
Every year, pest birds cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to solar panels. Over time, bird nests, droppings and debris can cause considerable damage to solar panels. When birds build nests under solar panels, they attract other pests, such as squirrels and rodents. These critters can chew through a solar panel’s electrical wiring, which may lead shorts and rooftop fires. In addition, bees, wasps and other insects have been known to build their hives under solar panels. Finally, bird nests and droppings can harbor any of 60 diseases—like encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, even the West Nile virus.
The best way to address the problem of birds and critters under solar panels is to install effective and humane deterrents. Ideally, this should be done when solar panels are first installed, or at the very least before pest birds arrive. Most solar panel contractors already have access to special tools and lift equipment, so installing deterrents at this stage is both simplified and economical. A proactive approach can keep pest birds and critters away from solar panels before they settle in to roost and nest. The next best tactic is to deter birds as soon as they’re noticed. Delays in implementing bird controls will only allow birds to gather in greater numbers, making their removal and cleanups more difficult.
Most recommended bird control methods for the solar industry include:
If you’re unsure about which product would work best for your specific solar panel situation, Bird B Gone has over 100 years of combined experience in the field of bird control. We can help you with product selection, installation and cleanup. Just call us at 800-392-6915 for a catalog, pricing, or product samples or email us at email@example.com. We also work with a network of authorized installers, call today for a trained bird control professional in your area.