Solar panels are a smart investment for those looking to reduce their energy costs and environmental footprint. However, maintaining them is critical to ensuring they operate efficiently. 
One of the more persistent issues faced by solar panel owners across the UK is the nesting of pigeons underneath the panels. Understanding the problems caused by these birds and implementing effective protective measures is essential for any solar panel owner. 

Solar Panels and Pigeons 

Pigeons find the gap between roofs and solar panels to be an ideal place for nesting. These locations are high up, sheltered, and safe from many predators, making them perfect for pigeons who nest all year round. This can be a significant problem for homeowners because pigeon guano is not only unsightly but also highly acidic. It can corrode metal and other materials, causing structural damage to the panels themselves. Moreover, pigeon droppings carry over 60 different diseases, posing health risks to humans and pets. Consequently, pigeons under your solar panels can lead to decreased performance and potential system failures, requiring costly repairs or replacements. 

Why Solar Panel Bird Proofing is Essential 

To combat these issues, bird proofing your solar panels is a necessity. Without it, you risk reduced efficiency and longevity of your solar investment.  
Pigeon nests can block panels from the sun, drastically reducing their ability to generate power. Moreover, the build-up of guano and nesting materials can physically damage the panels, not to mention the potential health hazards from the diseases carried in pigeon droppings. 

Effective Solutions for Protecting Solar Panels From Birds 

Protecting your solar panels from pigeons involves installing a barrier system around the perimeter of the panels. This system prevents birds from accessing the space beneath the panels to nest. We use high-quality materials such as galvanised mesh secured with UV-resistant polycarbonate clips for this purpose. These clips are specifically designed to fit snugly on the inside of the panel frames, ensuring they do not scratch the surfaces or interfere with the panel’s functionality. 
Before installing the mesh, it is crucial to address any existing infestations. This includes removing any nests and cleaning off pigeon guano with a biocide that not only cleans but also sanitises the panels, removing mites and other pests. This cleaning ensures that the solar panels are restored to their optimal condition and are protected against future degradation. 

Long-term Benefits and Guarantees 

Our bird proofing service includes a comprehensive approach to ensure your solar panels remain efficient and free from pests. All our work is backed by a 10-year guarantee, giving you peace of mind that your investment is protected long term. Additionally, our qualified pest technicians adhere strictly to the general license issued by DEFRA and the regulations outlined in the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, ensuring all procedures are humane and legal. 
Protecting your solar panels from birds is more than just an upkeep task; it's about safeguarding your investment and ensuring your solar panels perform at their best for years to come. With the right preventative measures, you can enjoy the full benefits of your solar energy system without interference from pests. Don’t let pigeons undermine the effectiveness of your solar panels. Act now to install a durable and reliable bird proofing system. 
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