Why Your Solar Panels Need To Be Bird Proof (ASAP!) We Suggest an Effective Solution
Pigeons look pretty cute when you see them bobbing about the park on an endless quest for scraps. It’s a whole different story however, when they set up shop under your solar panels (and start raising the next generation!) If you’ve got solar panels, you may need to bird proof them. Let us explain.
Why do I Need to Bird Proof for My Solar Panels?
Your solar panels didn’t come cheap right? You naturally want them to last and, to work to maximum capacity. When it comes to looking after your solar panels, pigeons, are unfortunately the enemy. Here’s a couple of reasons why:
- Pigeons are generally the main culprit when it comes to nesting under solar panels and their droppings are highly acidic, meaning they can corrode your solar panels and related components over time, which is bad news.
- Large quantities of pigeon droppings not only degrade your panels, but can impact the amount of energy your panels produce. Think of the droppings as like a shield over your panels, preventing solar rays from penetrating.
When you install a bird proof system around your solar panels, you dramatically reduce the number of birds hanging around your roof, meaning your panels can get back to doing their job.
There’s a couple of other reasons you’ll want to bird proof your solar panels:
While, in all honesty, the biggest source of diseases for human beings is other human beings, birds can also carry some nasty diseases. Zoonotic diseases can be transferred via bird droppings to you and your family. As well as this, large piles of bird droppings building up on your roof can create unpleasant odours and damage your roof tiles. If you have a rainwater tank, they can also contaminate the water run-off.
How Do I Stop Birds Nesting Under My New Solar Panels?
A very humane and effective way to bird proof your solar panels is to have high quality mesh installed around the open areas of your solar panels. The meshing method is far more humane than trapping or poisoning and produces 100 per cent success. You might still have the odd pigeon flying by, but, so long as you don’t leave food out, your pigeon problem will be solved.
Will The Birds Be OK?
Rock Doves are the main pigeon species you’ll find nesting under your solar panels. They have managed to conquer cities all around the world – they love living with humans! We provide a steady supply of scraps (Rock Doves are not fussy eaters) and plenty of handy nesting and perching sites that mimic the cliff faces of their original homes.
Rock Doves are not native to Australia but they have managed to adapt very well and we suspect once they vacate your solar panels, they’ll simply settle into an overpass or apartment block nearby.
If you’ve got solar panels, contact Pure Sunshine Solar Cleaning today to discuss your bird proof system needs.
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