Dirty and clogged gutters can become home to unwelcome visitors.
Clogged gutters do not just pose the threat of water damage to your property; clogged gutters can create other serious problems as well. Dirty gutters are often home to harmful bacteria and pests. As the seasons change, pests and animals start looking for warmth and security in a home and they find just that in your gutters.
Which Pests Can Infest Your Gutters?
Bees and birds have always been known to breed, build nests, and raise their offspring in gutters. Even flowers, weeds, and tree seedlings can grow roots before you evict them. It is only a matter of time that you will have to deal with these pests lurking in your gutters. Rather than letting the situation worsen, it is better to take preventive measures to stop these pests from making your gutters their home.
Dirty gutters attract a wide variety of vermin and pests. Roaches, wasps, and innumerable micro-organisms love the rotting and wet environment of mold and decaying leaves that develop in dirty gutters. Pests start gathering in the gutters when they are dirty and clogged and end up clogging them further.
Regular Gutter Maintenance
Our St. Louis guttering experts have seen that even clean and unclogged gutters can become infested by pests. Birds that live in gutters bring along twigs and grass to make their nests. Bees look for a clean gutter to make hives. Squirrels travel through gutters to reach their home in the attic. As this activity continues, the gutters become dirty and eventually clogged, attracting other members of the pest community.
St. Louis guttering experts recommend that the best way to reclaim a gutter that has been infested with pests is to clean the entire guttering system properly. If you think you have some ladder experience and time to spare, you can probably undertake the task on your own. However, for a major cleaning job, you will need to hire the services of a professional guttering company. However, you should not even think of a DIY gutter cleaning project if the pests that have invaded your gutters, including squirrels, rats, bees, or other dangerous pests. In this case, you may need to consult a pest control service provider.
Preventing Pest Infestations
The best way to save yourself this trouble is to prevent pest invasion in the first place. St. Louis guttering professionals recommend the use of gutter guards to prevent pest infestation. Gutter guards are also known as gutter covers and are installed over roof gutters to prevent clogging. Gutter guards are available in different types; some gutter guards can protect the gutter from twigs, leaves, and other debris, while others can keep birds, bees, and other larger pests from entering the gutters. Homeowner should choose gutter guards depending on the pests they are trying to avoid. Homeowners must also consider the pros and cons of each type of gutter guards. Call Scott-Lee Guttering Company at (314) 756-9440 for help to select and install gutter guards.