I have carried out a number of jobs now, which involved bird proofing solar panels. It has become apparent that the solar panel companies do not inform their customers about the potential problem of pigeons nest under the solar panels once they have been fitted to the roof of the house. This is a common problem because if you think about it, a solar panel offers the ideal home for a pigeon. The panels are dark so attract the light, which radiates heat and gives the pigeon warmth. The solar panel itself gives protection from the wind and rain so an ideal place to roost. They are also safe as they are at height so protected from predators such as cats.
I often get phone calls requesting my pest control services to assist with the problem. The main request is normally, how do I stop pigeons nesting under my solar panels or I need pigeons removed from under my solar panels. So what can be done? At Pest-Tech Ltd we will visit your property and carry out a survey to identify the problem and come up with a suitable bird proofing solution. Obviously we will produce a safe working plan that will resolve your pigeon problem and move the birds on to a new home.
The methods used is endless and range from fitting mesh around the outside of your panels to spiking and pigeon control. Below is some pictures from recent jobs Pest-Tech Ltd carried out whilst pigeon proofing solar panels.
I often get calls from clients asking for my help as they are hearing noises in the loft. So what we need to do is find out what it is we are dealing with so we can choose the right coarse of action to deal with the problem. The first question is what could it be? Normally it is either a bird, mouse, rat or squirrel, there are exceptions to this but these are the usual suspects and the reason for entry will normally be to set up a nest. So the first thing to do is a thorough investigation. During this time identifying key signs such as droppings, smells, routes in, gnawed beams, bare wires, an obvious nest and anything else unusual. This should then identify the spices you are dealing with.
A good example of this was a recent call I received to noises in the loft. From talking to the customer I ruled out mice and birds immediately as the noise of movement was large. On entering the loft I got a strong pungent smell of squirrel and the droppings confirmed this. I then looked for potential nest sites, which I found. From this I was able to identify a few possible entry points to which I then inspected from the outside. I found two entry points (shown in picture below) and with this I set three traps in the loft. I came back to the property a couple of days later and I had caught two squirrels. Job done and a happy client.
It was at this point I did a further detailed check of the loft space and found a couple of light cables that had been gnawed to the bare wire. If un-reported it is this type of thing that could cause an electrical fire in the loft. The customer arranged for an electrician to replace the cables. The key for me is to always talk to the customer to find out as much information but more importantly listen to what they are saying and extract the tell tale signs.
Note the teeth marks on the gutter where it had gnawed to gain entry. If you just found these gnaw marks, it could indicate either a rat or a squirrel because the size of the teeth marks. It was all the other evidence that identified the type of Pest. If entering a loft space that has had pest problems extreme caution must be taken, as touching bare wires can be deadly if live.
Kelly – Pest-Tech Ltd.
Seen here installing rodent traps to rodent proof a commercial building
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