Bird Control and Solar Panel Protection – Brisbane
Birds can cause significant damage to both residential and commercial buildings. Their droppings corrode surfaces and they represent a significant health hazard.
Solar panels are particularly prone to damage and loss in performance due to bird activity.
The Pest Doctors utilise a range of humane exclusion techniques to protect buildings and solar panels from bird damage.
Professional Bird Management
Bird proofing to stop birds nesting under solar panels
A commercial bird proofing installation
Cleaning solar panels maintains their performance
The Pest Doctors use a range of bird management techniques to exclude birds from an area or building. The product choice and design of the exclusion system depends on the nature of the site, the species present and the level of bird pressure.
Bird proofing - General
The Pest Doctors are very much focused on humane bird management techniques, so prefer to use exclusion techniques to protect an area or building rather than trapping or shooting (which can also be provided if no other method is possible). A well-designed bird management system will provide lasting protection from problem birds.
A number of products and technique are utilised to bird proof buildings. The choice of product is heavily influenced by the nature of the area to be protected, the size and behaviour of the bird species present, the number of birds present and the aesthetics required (some buildings require a low profile or ‘invisible’ product).
Products for ledges and narrow resting areas:
- Bird spikes
- Bird post and wire
- Bird slope
- Repellent Gel
- Electrified shock system
For large spaces / indoor areas:
- Bird netting
- Vinyl strip curtains / doors
A range of scaring devices are also sometimes required.
As bird proofing activities involve working at height and often close to electrical services, the Pest Doctors take all necessary safety precautions when carrying out an installation and are fully insured.
Solar panel bird proofing
Why do you need to protect your solar panels from birds?
- Bird droppings are very acidic and can quickly cause damage to the metal components
- Mess on the solar panels can greatly reduce their efficiency and the amount of electricity generated
How does the Pest Doctors protect your solar panels?
In many residential situations, the issue is cause by birds nesting underneath the panels. As such, our standard solar proofing service includes the installation of steel mesh from the edge of the panels to the roofing material. The mesh is secured by specially designed fixings so no drilling to the panels is required.
Our bird proofing methods won’t void your solar panel manufacturer warranty.
However, sometimes the problem is caused by large numbers of birds resting or roosting on the roof and panels. This is particularly the case with pigeons. In such cases a more substantial exclusion system will need to be designed and installed to keep the roof bird free.
Solar panel cleaning
The Pest Doctors also provide solar panel cleaning services.
We use specialised pure water cleaning equipment which won’t void any solar panel manufacturer warranty.
Initial clean up:
When we are installing an exclusion system, we will also clean the panels to return them to maximum efficiency.
Since solar panels will build up a layer of dust and dirt over time, even with a bird exclusion system in place, regular cleaning is recommended. Booking an annual clean when we carry out your annual pest treatment is a great way to look after your panels, ensure optimal performance and maximise your savings.
The Pest Doctors provide bird removal and bird proofing services for commercial buildings, including shopping centres and warehouses.
We have years of experience in managing these larger projects and coupled with our working at heights training and professional indemnity / public liability insurance, you can have confidence that the Pest Doctors will do a good job and a safe job.
We work with our commercial customers to make sure all work is carried out at a time to minimise interruptions and inconvenience.
Cleaning up after a bird problem is an important part of bird management. Without cleaning up the bird nesting materials and droppings there is a significant risk of disease transfer and pest problems (eg. bird mites) in the building.
The Pest Doctors can clean up all bird mess and provide disinfectant treatments as part of the service.
OUR PEST CONTROL STANDARDS
We will arrive when we say, or you will receive a courtesy call to advise we are running a little late. Please always rest assured that we value your time
We understand the importance of keeping your family, pets and the environment, healthy and safe. We prioritise sourcing the safest available products on the market to reduce the risk to your loved ones.
12 Month Service Guarantee on all pest control treatments. If pests come back we will come back and re-treat the area of concern at no extra charge.
Why are pest birds a problem?
- Bird droppings are corrosive and cause damage to buildings and surfaces.
- Droppings, nesting material and feathers impact businesses, spoiling products and goods for sale
- Birds feeding on agricultural and horticultural crops can cause significant crop loses
- Birds and their droppings carry a wide range of diseases, such as Salmonella, coli, psittacosis and histoplasmosis
- Birds also carry a number of parasites, including bird mites and lice, which can make their way into buildings
- It may seem unlikely, but large amounts of droppings on pavements can create a slip hazard (it does happen!) with potential litigation issues – The Pest Doctors have been involved in major projects such as the Queens Wharf development for this very reason!
A good bird management / exclusion plan can be a good investment, saving money by avoiding:
- Regular clean-up costs
- Lost product / goods
- Repair damage to buildings
- A large number of roosting birds can create a significant noise issue
Pest bird species
There are regulations around the management of pest birds, which is why it is important to choose a pest control company like the Pest Doctors that have significant bird management experience. If the pest bird happens to be a native animal there are additional restrictions, as there a penalties for harming native animals.
In Brisbane, the key pest birds are the common (Indian) myna, pigeon (or rock dove), starling and sparrow. All these birds are invasive pests (not native).
Native birds that cause pest problems (and so have to be managed carefully), include the silver gull (seagull), sulphur crested cockatoo, corella, Australian white ibis and welcome swallow.
Ready to do something about your Bird problem?
Birds carry disease, make a mess, damage buildings and cause noise pollution.