We have seen customers trying all sorts of methods from poking long sticks under solar panels to using a high powered water gun to get rid of pigeons from under solar panels from homes in Kent but in truth, none of it works.
Pigeons are resilient and will do whatever it takes to take shelter under panels.
You may have success preventing them from taking hold in the short run but before you know the infestation can get worse – much worse! I would suggest at this point, even if you see a couple of birds showing interest on your roof, to call us Kent Bird Control Services for solar panel pigeon protection. That way you avoid the noise, the mess, the smell and the inconvenience of blocked gutters and downpipes, over spill on to patios and polluted water butts – if you have one.
You might spot one or two inquisitive birds but once they realise how safe it is away from predator birds, and sheltered from the elements, many more pigeons can join them.
I think the most we have cleared out is around 50 to 60 birds. This posed a serious health risk as there was lots of bird droppings all around the property.
We have had one property where the problem was that bad that the solars had to be removed from the roof and all the cable connections replaced.
How do I get rid of pigeons roosting under my solar panels?
There are a number of products on the market. Some are just a gimmick, others have their advantages and disadvantages.
The common mistake is to take a roll of chicken wire and stuff it around the panels. Apart from being unsightly, pigeons can still get through the wire. We often see DIY jobs or non bird control specialists use this method.
The same can be said for bird spikes. They might offer a short term solution but with the extremes of heat and cold on the roof it can affect the integrity of the mastic used to fit spikes. We do not recommend this type of control.
The most robust, long lasting and effective measure is solar panel wire mesh. This is specifically design for that purpose. There are number of ways to connect it to the solar panels. We do not use cheap plastic clips but have our own unique method to secure the protection system to ensure it stays in place for a long time to come.
We still see systems we installed some 5 years ago that look as good today as the day it was installed. Needless to say, the pigeon infestation has gone and the homeowners can enjoy the peace and quiet!
If you would like more information about our solar panel bird protection service please get in touch. We take care of everything so you do not have to worry about a thing.