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Pest Pigeons Under Neighbour’s Solar Panels? What Can You Do About Them?

Pest Pigeons Under Neighbour's Solar Panels
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    Are the pigeon’s under your neighbour’s solar panels being a pest in your garden and spreading to your roof as a result? Pigeons can carry a range of diseases and spread germs wherever they land, in addition to the destruction and overall nuisance the birds can cause. Pigeons like to nest under solar panels, and if a neighbour has this problem, the birds will not go away on their own.

    If pest pigeons are under your neighbour’s solar panels, what can you do about the problem?

    For pigeons living under a neighbour’s solar panels that cause problems to your property, you can politely suggest to the neighbour methods such as bird proofing of solar panels or some form of bird netting to clear the problem. For non-compliant neighbours, you may need to report the issue to your local council.

    This is a common problem with any owner of solar panels. But if a neighbour doesn’t work to remove the issue, you shouldn’t have to deal with nuisance birds at the same time. We have compiled a list of ways to offer suggestions to a neighbour dealing with this problem. Read on to find out more about what you can suggest and the overall best option.

    Steps to Take to Address Pigeons Under Neighbours Solar Panels

    The process to get rid of pigeons nesting under solar panels can be complicated. There are many procedures to try and some may work, but there are obvious dangers associated with implementing these methods on a roof.

    Additionally, pigeons and their droppings as well as their nests are crawling with germs and pathogens that can make a person quite ill. Therefore, having bird proofing installed on a solar panel is the best overall method.

    But this can be tricky if the problem is from a neighbour and not on your own roof. In a professional and concerned tone, we recommend the following as suggestions you can give to your neighbour to solve their problem that has also become yours by extension.

    Politely ask your neighbour to consider Bird Proofing their Solar Panels

    Solar panel bird proofing is far and away the best method to consider for removing nuisance pigeons from underneath solar panels.

    At Malum Southern Pest and Bird Control, we will consult with you first and your neighbour if they are willing on the best way to pigeon-proof their solar panels. This way we can agree on access and arrange any specialist equipment in advance.

    Once onsite, we will remove any pigeons in the area and clean the area so that it is from debris and potential parasites.

    Please be sure to mention that we will not need to lift or remove any of your neighbour’s solar panels in order to do this.

    We will then treat the area for any secondary pest infestations and make sure that any leftover excrement does not corrode or damage the structure of their home.

    As a final procedure, we will install some made-to-measure steel mesh that effortlessly clips over the main structure of your neighbour’s solar panels and roof tiles.

    This will prevent any pest pigeons from fluttering underneath and setting up a home.

    Solar panels get the job done, and this will provide relief to your neighbour’s panels and home which will translate to your home as well.

    Bird deterrents and visuals

    Alternatively, you can suggest some deterrents and visual repellents such as decoy owls or scare tape for your neighbour to place on their roof. You could also consider trying this out to help keep the pigeons from your property.

    These decoys will scare pigeons into thinking predators or human activity are present in the area.

    Bird netting

    A procedure known as bird netting can be stretched across rooves and voids and attached to stainless steel fixings and wire rope.

    Installing bird netting is a highly skilled job as a well-installed bird net will be unobtrusive and will remain effective for many years.

    Within a high-pressure area, bird nets are usually the only technique that can be guaranteed against determined birds. Bird nets with different size holes are also available for a number of different species.

    This procedure can be dangerous when performed on a roof and may not immediately address the specific problem with pigeons under solar panels.

    Bird spikes and wire

    You can also suggest bird spiking to your neighbour. This method relies on the placement of steel wires shaped like spikes to be placed on ledges or perhaps areas immediately near the panels. But again, this will not directly address the pigeons nesting under solar panels.


    Of all of these alternative measures to suggest, the placement of optical gels around the solar panels could potentially be the most effective behind bird-proofing solar panels.

    Optical Gel appears to birds as fire and thus deters birds from landing when applied near a solar panel. This works by altering the bird’s behaviour and not acting as a barrier.

    Left undisturbed optical gel can be effective for up to three years before replacement is required. Optical Gel is ideal where building aesthetics is a concern and can be used at any range of bird pressure sites.

    Pigeons are fickle, unpredictable animals, so there is no guarantee that the birds will not become used to the appearance of the gel and simply ignore it when placed around a solar panel.

    Report to a pest bird control company or the local council

    Finally, if your neighbour is not receptive to the suggestions and continues to ignore the problem, you may need to reach out to your regional council and explain the problem in detail.

    Being professional and concerned and offering suggestions to fix the problem is great, but there is no guarantee a neighbour will take it seriously.

    Is Suggesting That a Neighbour Use Bird Proofing for a Solar Panel the Best Course of Action?

    Absolutely. If the problem is particularly related to pigeons roosting underneath and around the panels, bird proofing solar panels are specifically designed to prevent this problem.

    With birds nesting under the solar panels, this can inevitably lead to chewed or misplaced wires, reduced working capacity, and complete malfunction of the solar panel due to obstruction.

    Moreover, the pigeons will branch out to existing roofs, such as a neighbour’s roof, and cause the same sorts of problems as they lay claim to an entire area. Another person’s reluctance to address this problem causes you to also suffer under the nuisance these birds can cause and that is unfair since bird-proofing the panels can eliminate the problem and even help extend the longevity of a neighbour’s panels.

    The installation of steel mesh around solar panels is a great idea to prevent these problems, but this is a delicate and intensive process that is best performed by a pest control company offering bird proofing services with a specific emphasis on bird proofing solar panels.

    Pigeons Nesting Under Solar Panels? Malum Can Help

    Are a neighbour’s roosting pigeons under their solar panels causing problems for your home or business by extension?

    We can stop pigeons and other pest birds from roosting beneath their solar panels for good. Thanks to our team of experts and the use of state-of-the-art technology, we are able to access hard-to-reach roofs where solar panels are usually installed.

    A full risk assessment is carried out as standard to see how best to access a roof and in certain circumstances, specialist equipment (such as scaffolding or cherry pickers), may be required. By working closely with scaffolding companies we are able to directly pass on any discounts to our customers.

    We do not need to remove any solar panels in the process, nor will we drill or screw onto them (which can void the warranty), enabling our customers to rest assured knowing that their solar panel performance will never be compromised.

    Instead, we will pigeon-proof your neighbour’s panels, provide them with a thorough cleaning and eradication of any existing infestations or nesting material.

    Have your neighbour contact us today for a quote at 0800 228 9238. Your neighbour can also reach us by email at

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    Dean McFarlane
    Dean McFarlane
    Dean is an expert pest control specialist and has been providing pest control services for over 10 years. His company Malum Southern Pest & Bird Control can deal with a wide range of pest problems and is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

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