When it comes to pigeons, you might think of them as small, feathered creatures which love being fed in the park. As majestic as they are when taking off into flight in a large group, they are not so majestic when they annoyingly claim your roof as their home, especially when you have solar panels installed You might think to yourself; “but how much damage can these cute birds really cause?” The answer is a lot. Read our guide below, which was prepared by our experts, where you can find out different statistics about pigeons and just how costly they can be to your solar panels and property!
Is Pigeon Love Dangerous?
Whilst you may not think it, pigeons are fast breeders. What starts as a least priority concern of two pigeons occupying your roof, can quickly turn into the biggest danger and health and safety hazard in your home or property. On average, when pigeons mate, they can produce up to six broods of two eggs per year. That is twelve new pigeons in a span of a year, and what’s worse, some of them who were born early to mid of that particular year can start mating and having their own broods, creating a continuous cycle of producing new pigeon eggs under your roof or solar panels.
The more pigeons live on your property, the more dangerous and out of control your situation can become. Every problem increases exponentially, proportional to the number of pigeons there are, including the spread of bacteria, food droppings that attract unwanted pests, scratches or broken roof tiles, noise pollution etc. One of the worst problems with pigeons flocking to your roof is that they can nest under your solar panels, which means they will scratch your panels and fray the panel’s wires to the point where it can become a fire hazard and health and safety concern. large amounts of faecal matter will be spread on the solar panels too, which can, in turn, cover the solar cells inside and reduce your solar panel’s efficiency, meaning less power output for your home.
How Much Do Pigeons Poop?
Whilst a bird pooping on you might be a sign of good luck, we guarantee the opposite when a pigeon’s excrement starts spreading around your roof or property. Lots of bird excrement leads to damaged solar panels, and also spreads bacteria, creating a health and safety concern. The average pigeon poops 5 times an hour, multiply that with the 12 pigeons we mentioned earlier, and you get 60 splashes of bacteria and dirt an hour, every hour. That is a lot of faecal matter, which is not only a nuisance to clean, it can also dry and dust into your home through any of your air intakes be it air conditioning, chimney, open windows, etc. This is a major health and safety hazard for you, especially if the stuff gets into places such as bedrooms or kitchens, where it can end up in your food or on your pillow, which you can unknowingly ingest and get sick.
Are Pigeon Songs Dangerous?
One of the bigger annoyances with pigeons living on your roof, especially when nesting in large groups, is that it’s a constant source of noise pollution. Pigeons coo and they rarely stop, meaning you will be hearing pigeon songs from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed. Pigeons coo to communicate with each other, which is why they hardly ever stop, and the cooing only gets louder when they are trying to attract a mate or defend their territory. This nuisance can make it extremely hard for you to focus in your home, or even worse, it might make it hard for you to fall asleep, reducing your sleep quality and affecting your quality of life significantly.
So What Can Be Done about Pigeons on My Roof?
Hopefully, by reading this guide, you learnt that whilst pigeons may be cute, they can also be destructive and hazardous to your health and property. This might prompt the question of what to do when pigeons have already set up shop on your property and are nesting on your roof. The answer is us, here at DIrect Solar Care! We have plenty of experience in the field and know exactly how to keep pigeons away from your solar panels and deter them from ever coming back. This is because we are inventors of our own solar panel bird proofing technology, meaning you will never have to put up with loud coos or pigeon droppings ever again so contact us today, and get a free quote!