Are you being attacked?

Do squirrels, pigeons, raccoons, roof rats or other un-welcome guests attack
your solar panel system? Have you noticed a drop in your system production due to chewed wires? We can help!

My Squirrel Guard wire mesh and fasteners are designed for the protection of your solar panels against small animals and birds. Installed correctly, it will provide years of protection. It is easy to install and can be completed in a few hours, depending on the number of panels present.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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When should I install a squirrel guard system?

We recommend installing a Squirrel Guard as soon as possible. Do not wait to have a squirrel or bird infestation before you decide to protect your solar panels with our Squirrel Guard. Get peace of mind today by ensuring that your panels are protected from squirrels, pigeons, small birds and rodents. Our Critter guard will provide you years of protection against squirrels, birds, roof rats, etc.

Does the critter guard work with all solar panels?

Our critter guard system works with almost all solar panels that have a frame around them which is probably over 98% of all residential solar panels installed. Our system will work with almost any solar panel that has a lip. What is needed is a frame with a lip around the bottom edge, where it rests on the racking. Very few solar panels do not have any lip at the bottom. Solar panels that do not have a lip may still have mounting holes which may be used to attach the hook.

How long does it take to install a squirrel guard around my solar panels?

The amount of time needed to install a squirrel guard around the perimeter of your solar panels will depend on the size of your solar array as well as the layout of your panels. A simple array of 20 panels laid out in a rectangle can take just a couple of hours while a more complex layout with a non-rectangular configuration could take 4-5 hours. While it is possible to install Squirrel Guard on your own, it is much easier if you have 2 people installing together. Make sure that you do not leave any areas that are not covered as squirrels will find a way in through these openings. Please view our gallery for installation examples that could help you prepare for your install.

What is included in a Squirrel Guard Kit?

The squirrel Guard kit includes 100′ of our PVC-coated galvanized steel wire mesh in 6” or 8” height, along with our easy to install squirrel guard fasteners (clips) that are designed to work with most brands of solar panels. Each kit comes with 100 fasteners. A 100′ wire installation requires between 75-80 clips so you will have sufficient for a 100′ installation.

How much mesh is needed for my solar panel system?
Physical dimensions, rather than system output, is the best way to measure your needs. The geometric shape of the system layout, and if the array is split into multiple sets of panels, are the true determinants. This, of course, varies greatly from installation to installation. Therefore, we recommended that you calculate a precise number before ordering, as we’ve seen a single roll be sufficient for an 8+ kW system and yet not enough for a 4 kW. To get this figure, simply calculate a linear foot measure of the entire system perimeter. For reference purposes most solar panels are approximately 5½’ X 3 ½’. If you have an array that is 5 panels across and 3 panels high placed horizontally, you would need approximately 5 ½’ X 5 for one side and 3 ½’ X 3’ for the second side. So to cover all 4 sides you would need 5 X 5½ X 2 = 53’ + 3 X 3 ½ X 2 = 21’ = 74’. We realize that all arrays may not be this simple and there may be multiple arrays on a roof. If you can map out the arrays, you can easily calculate your requirements for the mesh. Our Screen may be purchased as part of a kit with a 100’ roll with 100 clips or you may purchase it separately.
How many clips will I need?
Ordering one box of clips per single roll of mesh will almost always suffice. On average, 70 to 75 are needed per 100 linear feet, but no two systems are the same. Our kit includes 100’ of mesh with 100 clips. You may also choose to purchase additional mesh or clips separately. Long straight runs require fewer clips, while corners require more. We recommend using more clips on the lower edge of the roof near the gutters to prevent snow that land slides off your roof from loosening or removing the clips. We also recommend using additional clips around corners and if there is a split in the system, on either side of the split. The type of racking used can make a difference as well, most often requiring fewer, other times requiring more.
If I need just 75 clips for an install why does the kit include 100 clips?
The reason for including 100 clips is that you may damage a clip or two while installing or you may end up dropping a couple of them on the roof or the ground. Occasionally, you may come across a defective hook or washer. It would be very frustrating to find yourself short of just a couple of clips so why not just include sufficient clips so that you won’t run out and you can successfully complete your install.
Should I purchase the 6" mesh or the 8" squirrel guard mesh?

If you are unsure, the 8″ mesh is always a safer bet. The 6″ mesh is acceptable for low profile installs. Our mesh is flexible so it is easy to fold while being strong enough that critters cannot chew through it. The 8″ mesh works on all but the most extremely elevated systems. If you find that the mesh is too tall, we recommend folding the mesh to the height needed. Folding adds rigidity to the mesh — a good thing. Folding also saves a lot of time and reduces the risk of module damage if trimming after installation. The mesh may be folded with the fold inwards or with the fold outward. While an inward fold looks neater, an outward fold will make it harder for a squirrel to push against and breach the system. From the ground level one can barely see the fold so it makes little difference for an aesthetics point of view.

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Why do you only sell black?
After testing meshs in different colors, we settled on black. This is what our customers like (we like the black mesh and fasteners too). The black mesh will blend perfectly with panels that have a black frame. On frames that are silver (aluminum) the black mesh looks great too. It matches most roof surfaces that are usually black or at least a dark color. We want your systems to look great and a product such as this looks best when it blends into the roof and panels. The PVC coating provides an additional layer of protection against corrosion and will provide additional years of protection especially in seaside locations that have a higher probability of corrosion by the salt in the air.
Will it really keep squirrels and pigeons out?

Yes, a properly installed system will definitely keep out squirrels, pigeons, small birds, raccoons, roof rats, etc. Prior to installation, we strongly recommend checking under your solar panels for any birds, animals, nests, babies and eggs. You should definitely remove these prior to installation as these birds and animals will die if left trapped below the panels. squirrels and other rodents could also cause damage while trapped under the panels as the only food they can find under the solar panels will be your precious wiring. Our system does keep them out from beneath the modules as intended. Once evicted and finding that the system has been sealed, they will move on and look for another home.

Do I need to install a squirrel guard if I do not have squirrels underneath my solar panels?

We recommend installing our critter guard system even if you have not yet been attacked by squirrels or rodents. You could go months or even a few years before your system may become home to pigeons, squirrels or other rodents. Once rodents decide to make residence below your solar panels, it could be just days if not weeks before they decide to chew away at the wiring on your expensive solar panels. Damage to the wires could not only cause your solar panels to stop functioning but could also be a potential fire hazard, especially if there is a nest below your solar panels. If you have a solar panel system, you need a squirrel guard to protect it from intruders who want to make it their home too.

Why do pigeons like solar roofs?
Pigeons seem to like the shade and, more importantly, it protects them from exposure to predators. Composite shingles are the perfect texture to keep nest building material in place and the stand-off posts make a perfect anchor. In areas with little other protection, solar modules make a great home while the rooftop ridges are perfect perches. Our bird deterrent mesh is the perfect solution to prevent birds nesting under your solar system.
How prevalent is the problem?
After years of installing these pest abatement system, we believe that this problem is now widespread. When we first started installing these back in 2011, we found that this was extremely rare. Today we feel this problem is widespread. Several of our customers tell us that they have had solar for 5-10 years and now they are noticing that their systems are being inhabited by squirrels and pigeons. This is a problem that is not going away so we recommend everyone who has solar should install a squirrel guard.
Is there a difference between the bird deterrent and squirrel deterrent systems you sell?
Our system is the exact same product for dealing with birds, squirrels, pigeons, roof rats and all other rodents that could potentially attack your solar panels. Our critter guard mesh is used by professional installers as well as DIY individuals throughout the country. We feel confident that this is the absolute best solution for squirrel protection and bird protection on your solar array.
How long will your critter guard mesh last?

We have been installing our critter guard meshs since 2011. We have not seen any problems with the mesh or our fasteners in over 10 years. We provide a 5 year warranty on our Squirrel Guard mesh and fasteners.

Can I buy less than a 100 foot roll?
Currently, we only offer our rolls in 100 linear feet length. Due to the dimensions and weight, we find that selling the rolls in 50 linear feet lengths would cost almost as much as a 100 foot roll. We have therefore decided to offer the rolls in only one length for now.

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Location

Portland House, 228 Portland Crescent, Stanmore HA7 1LS, United Kingdom

Phone

+44 (0) 207 157 9636

E-mail

info@mysquirrelguard.co.uk