Ants can also inhabit gutters, creating colonies that can become costly to remove and destructive to existing structures. What's more, some ants bite humans as well as pets and may cause pain and irritation.
And, there are pests of the buzzing, and stinging, variety – bees, wasps and hornets. Not exactly the type of houseguests you want living near your doors and windows. Once a hive is formed it's not a fun, or easy, process to remove and may require hiring a professional exterminator.
Birds may also live in your gutters. Bird droppings are considered hazardous, and can cause diseases, such as respiratory infection, skin diseases, encephalitis, and asthma. Birds may also carry mites and parasites that are invisible to the naked eye, which may lead to many allergic reactions and infections.
Keeping Pests out of Your Gutters
Gutters must be free from debris – including leaves, branches, dirt and pests or other insects in order to function properly. Any clog can cause an accumulation of water that may result in roof problems such as leaks, structural damage, and electrical troubles. Therefore, it is very important to keep the gutters free from anything that may cause obstructions.
To prevent pests and other debris from clogging gutters, check gutters regularly and remove all debris and dirt – especially before a rainy season. A clean and clog-free gutter may prevent you from acquiring diseases and will save money from costly repairs to your roof and other vital parts of your home.
Another option for keeping your gutters pest free is to install gutter guards. There are a few key things to look for if you go this route. Make sure that there is no opening wide enough for a bug to into. For example, if one bee can get you might end up with thousands of bees. Openings in gutter guards, like those that are found in many do-it-yourself systems and professionally installed reverse curve systems, will allow pests to enter your gutters. And once they're in your gutters they aren't going anywhere.
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