Specialist Solar Panel Bird Proofing
10 Year Solar Panel Proofing Guarantee
Solar panels have increased in popularity in recent years as society in general moves towards a greener environment. The cost savings following the initial investment can be significant, with some of our clients even reporting a generation of power from starlight! As fantastic as this is, what the installers don’t tell you is that by having solar panels fitted you have created a warm safe harbourage for birds, especially feral pigeons. Unfortunately, once pigeons have identified this, they are unlikely to move on without some sort of human intervention which means a large population can soon be established, resulting in a build-up of nesting materials, eggs, and guano which can pose a significant risk to health and safety if left unaddressed.
Birds Nesting Under Your Solar Panels?
Health and safety is paramount when working at height and where possible we will use our specially designed, HSE approved ladder and roof ladder harness system to safely access your roof and carry out the work quickly and efficiently. We have invested in specialist solar panel spanning ladders giving a clearance of 23cm beneath, keeping all weight away from direct contact with the array, and also have a full in-house rope access system available to use but in the event that this is not possible, we will advise you on the best access options to implement such as scaffolding or mobile elevated work platforms.
High-quality 25mm galvanised steel mesh is installed around the sides of the solar panels to prevent birds from gaining access to the areas underneath them. Due to warranties and guarantees on solar panel installations, we highly recommend using our specialist non-intrusive solar panel mesh clips to fix the mesh in place. However, we can use alternative methods if required. If there are ever any issues surrounding the specified method of fixing, we will always advise you prior to using any alternatives. All equipment used is obtained from the leading industry suppliers and is of the best quality available.
All of our installation team are fully qualified, British Pest Control Association members, with many years of experience in dealing with a variety of pest related issues.
Checkatrade, Chas and EN 16636 Accredited, ISO 9001:2015 Certified, and BPCA Member company
Licensed by Natural England for the control of feral pigeons.
We are fully insured with all certificates available on request.
10 Year Guarantee
Our specialist 25mm x 25mm solar panel mesh comes galvanised as standard in gauge 16, pre-cut to suit the height of a typical solar array. This is the best type of mesh to use as it will stand up to the test of time (and birds!) and is specifically made for this purpose as opposed to inferior alternatives that are weaker and will rust quickly. The clips used to affix the mesh to the panel are non-intrusive, hooking under the base of the panel and being held in place with a retaining nut and washer. We obtain all of our materials in bulk, directly from the manufacturers meaning our costs are far more competitive than our competition. We are so confident in our products and installation techniques that we offer a 10-year guarantee on all work!
Birds Are No Match For Our 10 Year Guarantee
Integrum Services only use the most effective ways of excluding birds from under your solar panel array. Our experienced team have completed jobs all around Southern England and always make sure that no birds are left trapped under the panels. We sanitise the area, remove bulk fouling, and remove nesting materials as standard on all jobs. In the event that your property is directly fed by overhead power lines, we will work with the relevant electricity distribution company to determine the safest way to complete the project.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will my solar panels be cleaned when the proofing works are carried out?
Bulk fouling will be removed from under panels and the surfaces of the panels will be cleaned where required. We will also clear gutters under the arrays as standard and remove all waste from site. All contaminated areas will be treated with a biocide spray to eliminate any harmful pathogens.
Will pigeons persist on my property once the work is complete?
The birds will attempt to gain access to their previous nesting area for a short period of time but will leave for another suitable location once they realise that access has been blocked off.
Do I need to install spikes on my ridge tiles?
This tends to be purely based on your preference. We usually find that having the solar panels proofed is enough to do the job however we will happily provide you with additional options for either spikes or post & wire systems to be fitted in areas you wish to protect against bird activity. This is also a non-intrusive installation, with spikes being applied with a high strength adhesive while post and wire employ the use of ridge brackets or adhesive bases.
Are there other options beyond the 25mm galvanised mesh?
Yes. Although we recommend using our specialist mesh, of which we are the largest user in the UK, there are other options available such as solar guard spike systems and bird barriers. These options do tend to be more expensive however and do not offer the same guarantees. If you require an alternative mesh, we can provide the same grade in stainless steel, green, and black PVC coated.
Why should I use a pest control company?
We come across this question regularly and the recurring pattern is in the quality of materials and the method of fixing used by other industries that are not skilled in bird exclusion. There are vast differences between these trades and the pest control industry and we are simply better equipped and far more experienced in dealing with pest birds which means we know what works instead of just hoping for the best. We have carried out many projects where somebody has opted for a cheaper option, often with birds being removed illegally due to lack of knowledge, then still needed us further down the line to put things right, resulting in them paying twice for the work.
Can you remove the pigeons as part of the work?
Yes, we are fully licensed by Natural England to remove nests and control pigeons lawfully.
How can I pay for the work?
We can take credit or debit card payments, we can invoice you on completion, set up pay-by-link systems, and accept BACS payments. Any cash payments must be authorised by our office due to the risks associated with operatives carrying cash throughout the working day.