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What to Do If Your Solar Panels Have Been Infested by Pests

July 16, 2019

A million different things can go wrong with your photovoltaic (PV) installation, including:

  • Broken solar panels
  • Malfunctioning meters
  • Faulty electrical wiring

And as part of our comprehensive solar maintenance and PV monitoring services, we can repair all of these and more.

Somewhat less common (but no less serious) are pest infestations. Pigeons, squirrels, mice and other vermin can cause irreparable damage to the inner workings of your solar PV system by:

  • Chewing through wires
  • Leaving droppings
  • Building nests
  • Damaging roof supports

And these problems will only worsen if left unaddressed. This is because the cool, dark spaces between your home’s roof and solar panels are very inviting for a host of critters. And once they’ve found suitable homes, pests tend to multiply very rapidly.

In other words…

The longer you wait, the more expensive and “irreparable” the damage becomes.

So what should you do if an infestation has already occurred?

Fortunately – you have options.

The Stable Solar Approach to Pest Management and Prevention

At Stable Solar, we perform routine inspections of PV panels, wiring and roofs as part of our solar monitoring and maintenance services. And during these periodic checks, our expert technicians will clean under your solar panels – eliminating pests and any lingering debris.

However, this routine cleaning only resets the clock.

If vermin have found crawl spaces welcoming in the past, they’ll be back again sooner or later – guaranteed.

What to Do If Your Solar Panels Have Been Infested by Pests

This is why we also install pest guards to prevent unwanted visitors from ever coming back. 

Our preferred abatement solution is Solar Armor by Solar Maid – an industry leader in pest control and prevention. These pest guards use galvanized steel meshes that are impervious to gnawing and chewing. This unmatched durability explains why Solar Armor comes with a 10-year ironclad warranty.

Even if your solar PV system hasn’t been infested in the past, it’s still a good idea to install pest guards. The odds of birds and rodents finding their way in (during the 20-25 year installation warranty) are incredibly high. 

And as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Don’t Let Pests Gnaw Away at Your Solar Savings

Whether a pest infestation has already taken place or you’re worried that it will happen in the future – we can help protect your PV system so that your solar savings continue uninterrupted.

To learn more about our pest control services at Stable Solar, schedule a free consultation with us today.

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