Solar Panel Bird Proofing Tips and Tricks
Birds can be a nuisance for solar panel owners. They can cause damage to the panels and decrease their efficiency. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips and tricks for bird proofing your solar panels. We will also provide information on how to prevent birds from landing on your panels in the first place. Follow these tips and you’ll be able to keep those pesky birds away.
Bird Perching and Nesting Spots
Birds, much like all animals, like to be comfortable. The first step in solar panel bird proofing is to make sure that the birds near your home are not comfortable on your roof. You can do this by taking steps to insure that there are no perching or nesting spots for birds.
Remove any tree branches or other objects that might be close to the panels. Birds like to land on these objects and then jump onto the panels. A little simple tree pruning will go a long way. If you can’t remove the object, try to cover it with a bird net or some other type of mesh. In some instances it may even be appropriate to remove dead tree trunks that allow squirrels and other vermin access to the roof.
Bird defecation on solar panels can also be a problem, depending on the physical location of your solar panels. Not only is it aesthetically unpleasant, but it actually blocks the sunlight, which reduces the functionality of your solar panels. If you have a problem with birds pooping on your solar panels, there are a few things you can do.
Keep Solar Panels Clean
First, try to keep your panels clean. Birds are attracted to areas that are dirty. If you keep your panels clean, they will be less likely to poop on them.
You can also buy a product called bird repellent. This product is applied to the panels and emits a sound that birds find unpleasant. The sound will deter birds from landing on your solar panels.
You can also try to scare birds away with a device called a bird banger. Bird bangs are just what they sound like. They are devices that make a loud noise when they are activated, which will scare birds away from your solar panels.
Another way to keep birds off of your solar panels is to use a product called bird spikes. Bird spikes are sharp, metal spikes that are installed on ledges and other objects. The bird spikes will prevent birds from landing or perching on your roof or solar panel rails. Bird spikes are very common and can be found at most hardware stores.
If you follow the solar panel bird proofing tips given above, your life will become easier as it relates to the maintenance of your roof and solar energy system. Follow these tips and you should be able to keep birds away from your solar panels. If you have any other questions about solar panel bird proofing, feel free to contact Custom Solar and Electric, LLC.
Be sure to check out our related post on solar panel roof leak issues.