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The Pigeon Menace

Posted on 13 May, 2022

North Queensland is certainly not immune to the worldwide menace of pigeons. And they really seem to just love living underneath solar panels.

This is a tale of personal experience.  I have a solar system on my roof that was installed about 12 years ago.  Over the years pigeons came and went.  I have a high set house, the roof is steep, and it has a solar reflective coating.  All of which conspires to making it a particularly unpleasant place to be.  The result – I didn’t do anything about the pigeons for a very long time.

Fortunately, nature has a way of telling us when it’s time to act.  Unfortunately, I got the message when it rained and grass started to grow in between my solar panels in the nutrient rich accumulation of pigeon poo.

 

 

It’s all cleaned up now, and I have a very nice UV coated stainless steel mesh guard to keep the little buggers out.

In the past we, like most companies, didn’t offer bid proofing.  This was because we couldn’t find anything that was up to the job.   That’s now changed.

If you have a pigeon problem, do something about it, and if you are thinking about buying a solar system, consider having protection installed.

If you are thinking about bird proofing your solar system, here are a few things to consider:

Bird spikes may not be that great:

 

 

Installing metal flashing as shown in the photo below will certainly keep not just the birds out, but anything else that wants to have a go.  BUT, you will almost certainly void the warranty of your solar panels if you drill screws into them.

Don’t use cheap plastic mesh.  The birds will get back in and it will deteriorate in our harsh sun conditions.

Do use a product that is specifically made for this purpose.  It will be effective, long lasting, and it is attached to the solar panels using clamps, so it won’t affect your warranty.

 

 

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