Feral pigeons, also known as rock doves, can be a problem for solar panel systems because they can build nests on or near the panels, which can cause damage to the system and affect its efficiency. Other factors can be noise and disturbance, especially when it impacts sleep.
The birds can also leave droppings on the panels, which can be unsightly and difficult to clean. The cost of dealing with feral pigeons on solar panels can include the cost of removing nests and droppings, as well as the cost of repairing any damage caused by the birds.
In some cases, bird-proofing measures may need to be installed, such as netting or spikes, to prevent the pigeons from accessing the panels.
These measures can be costly, and may require the services of a professional pest control company or a solar panel technician. Furthermore, Feral pigeons may also pose a health hazard as their droppings may contain bacteria, viruses and fungal spores that can be harmful to human health if not handled properly.
It’s important for solar panel owners to regularly inspect their systems for signs of pigeon activity and to take action as needed to prevent damage and maintain the efficiency of the system.
Combat Pest Control see this kind of issue a lot, often when the probably becomes significant. Here are our top three pieces of advice.
- 1Proof your solar panels as soon as possible
- 2Use deterrents when appropriate
- 3Clean guano from panels and gutters to prevent a build up