Big Energy Savings May Come With Big Pest Issues.
Solar panels are a great way to save money on energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint. The downside to solar panels on your house may be that they make a nice home for pest like roof rats, squirrels, birds, ants, and mosquitoes. They create many challenges when it comes to pest control. In this blog post, I’ll be discussing the various ways that solar panels can attract pests and what you can do to prevent infestations. As a professional exterminator, I’ve seen it all when it comes to pest problems. But one issue that is becoming increasingly prevalent is the impact of solar panels on pest control. It’s not something that many people think about when they install solar panels, but it’s important to be aware of the potential risks.
Here are some of the pest they may attract:
- Roof Rats:
One of the most common pests that solar panels attract is roof rats. These rodents are excellent climbers and can easily access your roof via nearby trees or power lines. Once they’re up there, they’ll happily make a home beneath your solar panels, where they’re protected from predators and the elements. They could then chew wires and possibly cause a fire on your roof. Rat droppings can help identify which pest is making itself at home.
Squirrels are another common pest that can be attracted to solar panels. They’re not as adept at climbing as roof rats, but they can still find their way onto your roof and beneath your solar panels. Once they’re there, they can cause damage to your panels by chewing on wires and other components. This is one of the most significant pest problems caused by solar panels.
Birds are attracted to solar panels for a variety of reasons. They may be looking for a place to roost or nest, or they may be attracted to the warmth that the panels generate. Whatever the reason, birds can cause damage to your panels and create a mess with their droppings.
Ants are attracted to solar panels because they provide a warm, dry place to nest. They can easily access your panels via the wiring and can cause damage by chewing on wires and other components.
Mosquitoes are attracted to stagnant water, and solar panels can create the perfect breeding ground for them. If your panels are not installed properly, they can collect rainwater and create pools where mosquitoes can lay their eggs. It’s also a warm, dark, moist place for mosquitoes to rest during the day waiting for a blood meal. (AKA) You!
There are several things you can do to prevent pest problems with your solar panels. One of the most important is to ensure that your panels are installed properly. This means sealing any gaps and ensuring that there are no areas where pests can enter. Regular maintenance and cleaning of your solar panels is crucial in preventing pest problems. I recommend removing any debris, leaves, or twigs that may have accumulated on your panels. Not only does this make your panels more efficient, but it also removes any potential nesting spots for pests. You could also install a critter guard. This will keep unwanted rodents such as roof rats and squirrels from getting under the panels and taking a bite out of the wires.
Top Tips for Preventing Pest Problems with Solar Panels
1. Ensure that your panels are installed properly and sealed to prevent pests from entering. Install a critter guard to keep rodents from getting access to the panels wiring system and chewing on it.
2. Clean your panels regularly to remove debris and standing water.
3. Trim any nearby trees or branches that could provide access to pests.
4. Call in a professional pest control service if you’re already dealing with a pest problem.
5. Be vigilant and keep an eye out for any signs of pest activity.
6. Invest in pest deterrents: There are a variety of pest deterrents on the market that can help keep birds, rodents, and insects at bay. These include ultrasonic devices, bird spikes, and even predator decoys.
Solar panels are a can be a great investment, but they do require some extra attention when it comes to pest control. These issues downsides may out-way the positives. In my opinion, solar panels cause significant pest problems. By taking the proper preventative measures and staying vigilant, you can keep your panels pest-free and ensure that they continue to provide clean, renewable energy for years to come. When you fear pest, The Home Pest Doctor – Ryan, has the answer!