Solar Panels – a shining magnet for Pests

Solar panels on new and refurbished buildings in the Greater London area are an increasingly common sight as businesses seek ways of reducing their energy bills and their carbon footprint.

However, solar panels can be a magnet for pests with:

Pest birds roosting under solar panels

Pigeon fouling

Pest birds perching

Squirrels gnawing at the wiring

Squirrels gaining undisturbed access to the roof area because their presence underneath the panels goes undetected.

“We have seen a significant increase in the number of calls from facilities managers and property managing agents asking us to survey the solar panels on the buildings they manage in addition to surveying their buildings in general,” said Ralph Izod, Managing Director, Dyno-Pest.

“I would encourage any business with a solar panel system to have it surveyed by a professional pest bird specialist to ensure they are not being damaged by pest birds and squirrels. A significant amount of damage can be caused in a short space of time; damage that is expensive and time consuming to rectify.”

A Dyno-Pest technician will detect early warning signs of pest activity. They will report back on:

  • Any fouling on the panels. (Did you know that pigeon droppings covering just 50% of one panel can cause a 50% drop in energy conversion of the entire solar system?)
  • Any nesting underneath the panels. In colder weather especially pigeons will seek out the space between the panels and the roof of a building to roost in. They will build nests and damage the fine connecting wires.
  • Any damage to the aluminium solar frames. Over time the ammonia in bird fouling will rot the aluminium frames.
  • Any blockages in the surrounding gutters and downpipes. Once pigeons have made a solar panel system their home they will block the surrounding gutters and down pipes with bird droppings and nesting material. Unprotected air conditioning units are under threat too!

Dyno-Pest is a BPCA accredited brand with decades of experience and expertise. Contact us today to arrange a survey which is usually conducted at no charge.