Solar panels are a comfy place for many birds to nest and roost, including pigeons. Unfortunately for you, they also cause a number of problems to your solar panels, including pooping all over them, presenting a fire hazard, and spreading diseases like Salmonella.
So then, let's get rid of the pigeons under your solar panels.
Pigeons, unlike other birds, are not protected under the Migratory Bird Act of 1918. Every other bird in North America besides pigeons, house sparrows, and starlings is protected under this law. If you move a live nest of any bird besides those three species, you risk a heavy fine and possibly jail time.
Though they're not protected under the Migratory Bird Act of 1918, it is hard for us to recommend moving a live pigeon nest yourself either. Nests are hosts to disease and the pigeons can be territorial. Even if you move a live nest and get rid of it, the pigeons will likely come back and build another nest under the solar panels.
Our best recommendation is to consult a bird control professional if you have a pigeon infestation underneath your solar panels. These bird control experts can diagnose your pigeon problem and can remove pigeon nests for you within the confines of the law.
Removing nests yourself can be dangerous and you could be breaking the law. Our best advice is to hire a bird control company to do this part of the job for you.
Besides just removal, it is important to also install pigeon deterrence methods to get rid of pigeons under solar panels and stop them from coming back and nesting under your panels next month or next season.
The most important part of pigeon deterrence is to block off the space between the solar panels and the ground. This can be accomplished in a couple of ways. Wire-based bird mesh can be used to block off this space. The meshing is similar to a wire fence. This will prevent birds as well as pest animals like squirrels from entering underneath the solar panels.
Bird netting is another pigeon deterrence method. It can be installed in the same way as wire bird mesh, blocking the area between the solar panel and the ground. It can also be installed over the solar panel area in its entirety, preventing birds from accessing the panels at all, including landing on them.
If the solar panels are located on a roof or another area where birds are perching, ledge modification devices can also be installed. These include bird spikes, which prevent birds from perching on surfaces, AviAngle, which converts horizontal surfaces into diagonal ones which birds cannot land on, and electric shock tracks, which give birds small shocks if they try to land.
None of these ledge modification devices actually hurt the birds. They just prevent them from landing on the surface they're applied to. They do however reduce the number of birds flying around your panels and reduce the amount of pigeon droppings landing on your solar panels.
Summary: Our best advice for getting rid of pigeons under your solar panels is to hire a bird control company to remove them. They know the laws surrounding nest removal and can perform the job safely without harming the pigeons or risking harm to themselves.
The next step after removing the pigeons is to install bird deterrence methods to prevent birds from nesting under the solar panels again next season, including wire-based bird meshing, bird netting, or ledge modification devices.
Benefits of Getting Rid of Pigeons Under Solar Panels Include:
No Pigeons Under Solar Panels
Remove Pigeon Droppings on Panels
Remove Pigeon Nest Fire Hazard
Remove Pigeon Disease Risk
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