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Pigeon problem resolved!

After going back and forth with Borrego Solar’s service rep for a couple of months trying to decide the best way to clean up the pigeon nest underneath the panels (pigeon droppings can cause serious health problems if not handled with proper respiratory protections), they sent a technical rep (Benjamin Baker) out to help me with the problem.

The rep was very professional and helped me lift up the panels while we cleaned up the mess underneath. We found a huge pile of pigeon droppings and an almost full grown pigeon underneath living on top of its droppings (I can’t imagine living on top of my own droppings…). After the clean up, we installed “chicken wire” that I purchased from the local Home Depot between the mounting rails where the pigeons entered to prevent future problems. Ben recommended that we use “SikaFlex”, a polyurethane sealant to install the wire mesh since they’ve been using that for all their solar panel installations on roofs. I could not find the particular brand at Home Depot, but found a polyurethane adhesive as a good substitute.

Here are before and after shots of the installed wire mesh.

BEFORE
BEFORE

AFTER

Solar panels with chicken wire installed

Try getting under there now, pigeons!

Borrego was originally going to charge me on a labor + materials basis, but later decided to provide the service free of charge. Thanks Borrego!!

Final word on the now homeless pigeon. The bird was not able to do extended flights when we removed it, so it lived in my backyard for a couple of days. I called the local wild life rehabilitation center Sulphur Creek in Hayward to see if they would take the bird, but found that they only took the native type pigeons that have yellow feet, this one is a city pigeon (a.k.a. flying rats) that has pink feet. Here is a picture of it perched on my fence:

pink feet pigeon aka flying rat

While it was in my backyard, I would occasionally hear the parent pigeon coming back roosting for the teenage pigeon on the roof. Upon hearing the parent pigeon, it would fly up to the roof to meet its parent I assume to get food. After a couple of days, the teenage pigeon disappeared, I am assuming that it left with its parents to seek shelter else where.

It is nice to have reclaimed my backyard, when the pigeons were on the roof, they dropped bombs all over my backyard and the furniture there. We can now enjoy our backyard again!


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