When homeowners in Burlington think about what areas of their home they need to protect from wildlife, they often think of the chimney, roof vents, attic, etc.
One area that homeowners might not think of protecting are the solar panels on their roofs.
While solar panels can save homeowners a lot of money on their hydro bills, if a bird or a squirrel decides to make a home under the panels, it may end up costing money and time for the homeowner. This was exactly the case for a homeowner in Burlington who called us last week asking for help in dealing with pigeons nesting under their home’s solar panels.
Animals like squirrels and birds, such as starlings and pigeons, like to use solar panels for shelter and warmth but can end up causing serious damage by chewing through wires and packing empty spaces with nesting material. The animals may also break or scratch the panels, which can be costly to replace.
Bird droppings are corrosive and can destroy and stain the shingles on your roof. Soon enough Burlington residents may find themselves with a leak in their roof, which could cause severe water damage. The bird nesting material may even present a fire hazard in the summer months.
If nesting material is allowed to accumulate, it may get in the roof vents or plumbing pipes, which can present dangerous health hazard to the inhabitants of the home, as birds are frequently associated with over 50 kinds of ectoparasites, which can work their way throughout structures to infest and bite humans.
How to protect your home’s solar panels
To seal up the area under the panels, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control would first remove the wildlife and then clean out any nesting material and feces build up. We then install galvanized steel that goes completely around the panels. The galvanized steel is cut to fit the specific measurements of the space between the panel and the shingles.
Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control does not drill or screw into panels, assuring no damage is done and no warranty on the panels voided.
If you have solar panels on your Burlington roof, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control strongly recommends that you install a barrier to the underside of the panel at the time of installation, to block access before birds and rodents have the chance to nest and cause damage.
Protect your Burlington home; call Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control today: 1-877-222-9453.