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Solar Panels & The Importance of Bird Control

by | Feb 1, 2020 | Home Pest Tips | 0 comments

It seems like everyone these days is jumping aboard the solar panel bandwagon. While solar energy is great for the environment, and it saves you money in the long run, solar panels perched on rooftops create the ideal nesting environment for pesky pigeons and other birds. This may not seem like a big deal immediately, but it can cause big problems for your panels. 

Solar Panel Pigeon Perks

Solar panels perch perfectly a few inches off of the roof of your home, providing pigeons with just the right amount of space to dwell underneath them cozily. This room allows for several of these birds to hang out simultaneously, giving them shade and shelter from potential predators. In addition, the height and location of these solar panels is an ideal spot to land and take off. Solar panels are the perfect places for pigeons to build a life, given that they are safe and sheltered. 

The Pigeon Poop Problem

Now, having pigeons make their homes between your roof and solar panels might not seem so bad. You’re giving them a safe place to stay, right? Wrong! Pigeons bring along many problems with them, starting with their poop! Pigeon excrement is extremely acidic, and because of this, it has the ability to break down even the toughest building materials. This means even cement can be demolished by these droppings! In fact, the leading cause of bridge failure (collapse) is pigeon poo. 

In addition to being an architectural nightmare, this feces is full of other shit, too. Pigeon poop carries more than 10 times the amount of diseases than rats! These disgusting droppings are known to carry or transmit: pigeon ornithosis, encephalitis, Newcastle disease, toxoplasmosis, salmonella, and several other diseases. Their feces can also contain Histoplasmosis, Cryptococcosis, and Psittacosis bacteria which can cause major health issues with people whose auto-immune system is compromised. 

Other Pesky Pigeon Practices

Pigeons cause a crap ton of other issues as well. When these birds build their nests under the solar panels, they drag all kinds of debris into them, making your roof and the surrounding area dirty and cluttered. These bird nests also attract other animals, like squirrels and rodents. These additional pests have the tendency to chew through wiring, which can result in power shorts and rooftop fires. 

Preventing Panel Pests

When you have spent time and money picking the perfect solar solution for your home, it is crucial that you protect that investment by preventing any potential pest problems. Removing nests and cleaning droppings is extremely difficult after the panels have been put in place. It is best to install prevention methods before the pests even become a problem. If you are thinking of installing solar panels on your home, or you have recently had them installed and want to prevent pigeons from making them their home, contact the experts at Tri-X Pest Management today. 

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