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Bird and Critter Infestation

Various critters can potentially find their way under solar arrays, seeking shelter, warmth, or a nesting location. Some common critters include:

  1. Birds:

    • Birds may seek out the area under solar panels for nesting. Their nests can cause damage and lead to issues such as debris accumulation.

  2. Squirrels:

    • Squirrels are agile climbers and may use solar panel structures for nesting or as a pathway between trees and other structures.

  3. Rats and Mice:

    • Rodents may find the enclosed space under solar arrays attractive for nesting, especially if it provides shelter from the elements.

  4. Insects:

    • Insects such as bees, wasps, or ants might build nests under solar panels. While they are not critters in the traditional sense, their presence can still cause issues.

  5. Raccoons:

    • Raccoons are known for their problem-solving skills and may attempt to access the space beneath solar panels for shelter.

  6. Snakes:

    • Depending on the location, snakes might find the warmth under solar panels appealing. This is more common in areas with a snake population.

  7. Other Small Animals:

    • Other small animals like lizards, frogs, or small mammals could potentially seek shelter under solar panels.

To prevent critters from getting under your solar array, consider the following measures:

  • Mesh or Wire Barriers: Install mesh or wire barriers around the perimeter of the solar array to prevent animals from accessing the space underneath.

  • Critter Guards: Specialized critter guards designed for solar arrays can be installed to block access points.

  • Regular Inspections: Periodically inspect your solar array for signs of nesting, debris accumulation, or damage caused by critters.

  • Trim Nearby Trees: If possible, trim branches that may provide easy access for critters to reach the solar panels.

  • Seal Gaps and Openings: Ensure that there are no gaps or openings in the solar panel installation where critters can enter.

If you notice signs of critter activity or damage under your solar array, it's advisable to contact a professional to assess the situation and implement appropriate preventive measures.

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