When you and your family made the choice to install solar panels on your home, you likely envisioned saving money on your electric bill and helping the environment. You may not have thought that pigeons could become a threat to your investment. The truth is, however, that pigeons can pose a risk to the effectiveness and longevity of your solar panels if measures are not taken to protect them. Pest Raiders offer solar panel protection and pigeon proofing in Las Vegas to ensure your investment remains secure for the life of your solar panels.
Why do pigeons like solar panels?
Over time, pigeons have made their homes in cities and become more and more domesticated. Unlike other birds that make their homes in trees, pigeons live in cliffs. This behavior has translated to making homes in cities in the modern world since there is an abundance of rooftops, balconies and other crevices they can reside. Since solar panels create crevices on rooftops, pigeons often find these areas an optimum place to build their nest and seek protection from the elements.
Risk to Solar Panels
When pigeons make their homes near solar panels, they can introduce foreign objects or disrupt the hardware of your solar panels. The birds may peck the panels with their beak, damaging the structure. Additionally, pigeons leave their droppings all around their habitat. If the panels become covered in enough of their excrement, this can affect the effectiveness of the panels. Some consideration to protecting your solar panels from pigeons can ensure they bring clean energy to your home for many years.
What can be done?
Keeping pigeons away from your property can be tricky since they are flying creatures and often return when they find a suitable habitat. You can, however, take some measures to reduce the chance that pigeons will set up camp around your home or solar panels.
- Use objects that reflect the light to scare them away
- Purchase an ultrasonic sound machine that is proven to repel pigeons
- Set up spikes around perimeters to keep birds from perching
- Cover solar panels with netting
- Call a professional pest expert with pigeon control experience
If you have a pigeon problem, we highly recommend calling an expert to aid the removal and prevention of future birds nesting in your solar panels. Our experts at Pest Raiders utilize an integrated pest management system to assess your specific needs and provide you with a plan of action best suited to your family. Our technicians consider options that are safe for you and your family, as well as humane for the birds involved. Pest Raiders provide a range of treatments that include protective barriers, netting, gel and bird repellent to keep birds away. We also provide a full solar panel cleaning service to ensure your panels are in working order and sparkling clean. Contact us today and one of our experts can provide you with all the information you need to meet your solar panel protection and pigeon proofing needs in the Las Vegas area.