The biggest issue that pigeons cause is their droppings. Apart from looking disgusting, their faeces will damage the solar panel’s surface over time. And if you are wondering “is bird faeces toxic?” The short answer is YES. As a matter of fact, bird faeces carry germs and microorganisms that are responsible for over 50 human and animal diseases such as salmonella, toxoplasmosis, and many more.
The pigeon-related problem becomes even more bothersome in urban and suburban areas where contamination of soil and other surfaces is frequent. And as if this wasn’t enough, pigeons themselves are noisier compared to other birds, especially when they are moving across the roofs. Combine the pigeons sitting on your roof with the faeces all over your property, and you’ve got yourself a pretty unpleasant view.
Pigeon faeces and debris from their nests or the nests themselves can get caught in the pipe, and then cause gutters to become blocked. This can possibly lead to all sorts of drainage problems. In fact, gutters give the pigeons great access to your walls and roof, so finding a weak spot that they can use to sneak into your loft is very easy for them to do.
Bird mites commonly are found near the nesting areas of pigeons and other birds but may enter your home in search of a new food source. Often when mites enter homes it is due to an existing problem with birds nesting in lofts, chimneys, eaves, window ledges or balconies. As we previously mentioned solar panels provide the perfect sheltered nesting area for pigeons, so homes with these installed are susceptible to bird mites entering through the roof.