Squirrel Proofing Solar Panels
Are squirrels taking up residence on your roof, making a mess of your solar panels? Wondering about how to get rid of squirrels under solar panels, or about squirrel protection for solar panels? Well wonder no more, as the experts at Direct Solar Care have some handy tips for you! With almost 20 years of experience, we have some prime specialist knowledge to share with you about squirrels under solar panels.
Do Squirrels Nest Under Solar Panels?
When left unsupervised, your solar panels tend to attract birds and rodents. This is because the dark space under solar panels is the perfect nesting place for them! Squirrels, which are rodents see the empty space under panels as prime real estate property, and will happily move in, breeding and spreading dirt and bacteria all over them! If left untreated, this can quickly become a problem for you and your panels, often requiring professional help. This is because squirrels can cause major damage to your solar panels in a matter of weeks, which means expensive repair or replacement costs.
One of the things rodents such as squirrels do, is grind down their teeth on hard materials like wood, in order to keep them healthy. Whilst it’s not made out of wood, this still means that they can chew on and break almost any part of your solar panels. They will bite and scratch whatever gets in the way between them and the dark nesting space under your solar panels. This includes the underside of the solar panels, the solar cells themselves, and even the wiring on your solar panels, which when frayed, can become a serious fire hazard to your home!
When this happens, the repair costs add up quickly. In some cases, it also leads to permanent damage and solar panel replacement. The costs associated with panel replacement can be astronomical, so it’s definitely not a good idea to let rodents under your solar panels.
When squirrels nest under solar panels, they can also breed rapidly. Whilst they don’t breed as fast as pigeons or other birds, they can still create offspring in large numbers. This means you might have a colony of squirrels under your solar panels before you even know it! That’s why it’s very important to invest in squirrel proofing solar panels, which will ensure to keep them out of and from under your solar panels. Squirrel proofing solar panels will definitely end up saving you lots of money in the long run as well, as it will effectively stop squirrels nesting under your solar panels. This includes birds and other pests as well!
What is squirrel proofing solar panels?
(Can you spot the mistake in these solar panels? They won’t stay pristine like this, unless you invest in squirrel proofing solar panels for the ultimate solar panel squirrel protection!)
In order to get rid of squirrels under solar panels, you need squirrel proofing. This form of squirrel protection makes sure to create an impenetrable barrier between squirrels, birds or other pests and your solar panels. This means no more pest trouble or expensive repairs! Squirrel proofing solar panels is the greatest way of ensuring that your solar panels remain undamaged. It also ensures that no dirt is spread anywhere near them. Whilst dirt itself might not be the biggest issue squirrels can cause, they can end up spreading it all over your panels which will reduce your solar panel effectiveness over time.
When solar panel effectiveness is reduced, the efficiency and power output of your solar panels also lessens. This means that you might not have enough power to cover your daily power consumption. Also, as the sun is beaming down onto your solar panels, the dirt layer on them can sometimes trap heat. This can burn out your solar cells and permanently damage your solar panels. Again, this would require expensive repair and and a whole lot of hassle for you to deal with. Luckily, one of the services we offer is solar panel cleaning, and can make sure your panels stay immaculate to ensure peak operation and maximum possible efficiency throughout the solar panels operation. With clean solar panels, you will always have enough power to enjoy what you like the most!
How to install squirrel proofing for solar panels?
In order to install the best squirrel protection for solar panels, the protective mesh, you might need some help. Any roof work you undertake is dangerous and should not be attempted alone! This is especially the case if you don’t know what you’re doing. You will also need a lot of tools and roof supports, such as ladders and scaffolding, in order to make work easier. Many things can also go wrong, such as measuring out the protective mesh. Having too little protective mesh means that you won’t have enough to wrap around your solar panels. Having too much protective mesh, creates slack, which makes it easy for rodents or birds to lift up and find their way underneath the solar panels.
This is why it’s easier and cheaper to hire us, the professionals! Our expert team is fully qualified, trained and supplied to deal with any roof and solar panel related query! We carry out any job, including bird and squirrel proofing solar panels, cleaning solar panels, and even installing solar panels! Get in touch today, for the best deals and service in the UK! Only at Direct Solar Care!