Solar panels provide a warm dry spot that is out of the way of predators – perfect for pigeons to nest under.
Over time pigeons nesting under your solar panels can cause serious damage to your expensive panels, not to mention pigeons are noisy!
So here are 6 methods you can use to stop pigeon nesting under your solar panels:
1. Bird Mesh Screens
Mesh screens are a highly effective pigeon nesting deterrent.
The mesh clips around your solar panels making it impossible for a pigeon to squeeze in under them.
They are very low profile – you can barely see them unless you know they’re there, and they work extremely well.
2. Bird Netting
Bird netting is a cheaper alternative to mesh screens.
Simply wrap the netting around the edge of the panel to prevent pigeons from getting under it.
Netting is less durable than meshing but providing it is installed correctly it will make your panels inpenetrable for years to come.
Sheathing can be used to increase the angle of the roof around your solar panels and also make it far slippier so pigeons cant roost there.
Usually made from PVC, sheathing can be used to create a steep roof angle around the panels.
If pigeons do land on it the combination of a slippery surface and the increased angle will cause them to slide off making it impossible for them to nest there.
4. Roof Spikes
Roof spikes are known to be a very effective pigeon deterrent.
They make it impossible for pigeons to land.
Installing roof spikes around the edge of your solar panels will prevent pigeons from landing there and make it very uncomfortable for them if they make any attempt to squeeze under a panel.
Be aware that they can be a bit of an ugly eyesore so we recommend getting spikes that match the colour of your roof so that they blend in.
5. Pigeon Deterrents
There are a number of different pigeon deterrents available that you could try using on your solar panels. Here are a couple worth trying:
- Bird decoys – get a large plastic imitation bird of prey such as a hawk, owl or falcon and fix it to your roof. Make sure it is well secured to prevent it from blowing away. Be aware that the effectiveness of a bird decoy will depend on how realistic it is and how confident your local pigeons are feeling!
- Electronic pest chasers – These emit high-frequency sounds that the human ear can’t hear but that pigeons hate. Set this up within earshot of your roof and the noise should deter pigeons from roosting there.
- Pigeon repellent gel – There’s nothing particularly nasty about this gel except that pigeons don’t like the feel of it because it’s sticky and makes them feel trapped, something that they are afraid of. Simply cover your roof with it underneath your panels and it will make pigeons unlikely to roost there. Be aware it will need to be reapplied periodically to remain effective.
6. Keep Your Garden/Yard/Driveway Clean
Pigeons like to make their home close to areas where food is plentiful.
Ensuring that food is scarce around your home will make pigeons less likely to choose your solar panels as a good roosting spot.
Make sure that rubbish is secured, and tightly sealed in a bin. Don’t leave bags out as birds or vermin may break through the liner if they smell something good.
If you have any pets ensure that their food is cleaned up and kept out of the garden.
Pigeons enjoy eating guineapig or rabbit food so if you keep either of these then try and keep them indoors to deter pigeons.