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What Pests Could Be Living In Your Gutters?

What Pests Could be Living in Your Gutters?

Gutters are made to divert water away from your home. Well when performing their job, they are often filled with not only water, but debris (tree twigs, pine needles, leaves, roof material, etc.) that tends to harbor water if not constantly cleaned. Harboring water attracts pests that could be dangerous for your family. So what pests could be living in your gutters?

Stinging Insects

Bees, hornets, and wasps are the most common gutter pests as well as the most annoying. These guys love to build nests in the corners and around brackets along the inside of gutters. They love moist environments because they can hunt for other water-dwelling insects. This makes your gutter the perfect home for them. If you see that they have invaded your gutter system, it is important that you find the nest and get rid of it as soon as possible because not only does a sting ruin your day, but the heavy weight can cause structural damage.

Mosquitos

These are also among some of the most annoying pests that flock to gutters as their bites can be itchy and annoying. These insects cause a bigger threat though as your moist gutter could be harboring the West Nile Virus. It is easy to eliminate these from your gutter by calling in a professional to clean them out as well as to place citronella candles/ torches around your yard.

Wood Destroying Insects

Termites and carpenter ants absolutely love the wet environment of decaying leaves and mold that tend to build up in a dirty gutter. These insects are tricky to detect as they blend in with natural environments. Look for holes in the wood around your home and spongy like textures. These nasty pests could ruin your foundation and drain your wallet.

Birds

Gutters are a favorite real estate for birds looking to make a home. The height keeps them from predators and the small space helps them feel safe.  Sure, birds can be cute; however, nests can be heavy, putting stress on your gutters.

Don’t let these pests stress out your gutters! Contact the experts today from Gutter Professionals, Inc. for more information about gutter installation on your home.

 

POSTED ON April 26, 2017 // 0 COMMENTS

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