Protect Solar Panels from Pigeons and Birds
The price varies depending on how many panels there are, the height of the building and accessibility.
We guarantee the materials we use – mesh, spikes or Solar-Guard Spikes – for 1-year.
- Bird Free repellent gel is not a guaranteed treatment to deter birds.
There are over one million houses, apartment blocks and office buildings in the UK with rooftop solar panels. However it’s necessary to protect them from pigeons and birds pushing underneath to roost and nest as they provide year-round shelter from weather and predators. This causes damage to the panels and fixings which may void the manufacturer’s warranty and incur long term maintenance costs. They use the cabling to build nests and the weight can pull the cables out. Nesting materials, feathers and droppings on top of the panels blocks light and creates a hotspot that lowers the power output of the whole panel and reduces its effectiveness.
What other problems are caused by birds roosting and nesting on a roof?
- Nesting birds and their young are noisy.
- Large amounts of droppings smell unpleasant and make a building look unsightly.
- The droppings contain pathogens and bacteria which can cause very serious illness if breathed in (once dried) or ingested.
- Pigeon droppings are acidic which can corrode and erode brickwork, metalwork and stonework.
- Birds’ nests have mites, ticks, fleas and beetles which can find their way into the building.
- Nesting materials, feathers and droppings can block gutters and drains.
- Gulls can be aggressive to people, particularly in spring and summer when they breed and raise their young.
Why is solar panel bird proofing the most effective solution?
Protecting solar panels from pigeons & birds is easier than culling them and having to remove the mess and debris they make.
Birds will continue to use an area unless they are deterred. Pigeons are particular about where they roost and nest so will be determined to return. Long term, birds are learning that the area below solar panels provides a nice place to roost and nest so they’ll seek them out. Over time this behaviour will be passed down to their offspring so it’ll be an ongoing problem for any solar panels.
It’s against the law to disturb eggs, nests or their young so this can only be done once the breeding season is over. However, pigeons are exempt from this legislation as they are legally considered a ‘pest species’ so we can remove their nests year-round.
How do we protect solar panels from pigeons and birds?
- Deter birds from landing on or near solar panels by using a repellent gel.
- Prevent birds from pushing underneath solar panels by fitting mesh using specially designed clips around the sides of the panels or installing Solar-Guard Spikes.
- Proof anything on the roof which birds can perch on by installing anti-perch spikes.
Repellent gel is a harmless, unobtrusive and humane method of deterring all types of birds. It creates a glow similar to shimmering fire whilst emitting a pungent odour which together cause an aversion response in birds. Our technicians place the gel around the rooftop solar panels to protect them from pigeons and gulls.
Left undisturbed the gel remains completely effective for two years, even in the most exposed and polluted environment, without maintenance. The cost will vary depending on the size of the area that needs to be treated.
Mesh and clip system for solar panels
Professionally installed mesh with clips designed specifically for use with solar panels is a proven and effective way of stopping birds from accessing the area below the panels. Strips of the mesh are fastened under the lip of each side of the solar panels. The mesh is curved onto the roof to improve its rigidity and prevent leaves from gathering. Ventilation remains unaffected so the panels can function efficiently.
Correctly installed, the mesh will not compromise the manufacturer’s warranty.
Solar-Guard Spikes are used if the solar panels do not have a suitable frame with a lip underneath to attach mesh e.g. older solar panels or those manufactured by Hitachi. This may also be the only approved method of solar panel bird proofing if the panels have been leased rather than purchased by the homeowner e.g. solar panels owned by the company ‘A Shade Greener’ are recommended to be proofed by this method.
The adjustable metal spikes are attached to the side of the solar panels with a super strong adhesive called ‘Soudal Fix All’. The spikes are then pushed down so that they fit exactly against the roof tiles.
Anti-perch spikes can be installed on anything which birds can use to perch such as chimneys, lights, guttering and tv aerials.
Products we use
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Professional installation is recommended
Pest UK’s technicians have the correct equipment and training to work safely and effectively on most roofs. They are experienced in using roofing ladders and some of our technicians are PASMA certified so they can build scaffolding if required. We also have technicians who are trained to drive and operate mobile work platforms (cherry pickers) if required.
During the proofing works, our technicians will remove any nests and live birds from under the solar panels. They’ll leave nests if it’s unsafe to remove them without damaging the wiring or panel and spray them with biocide.
They’ll also clean the panels to remove any mess and debris which could cause damage.