Tips to Keep Pests Out of Your Gutters
Raising a ladder to dig mud and leaves from your gutters never sounds like a fun job. But if you’re a homeowner, it’s worth the hassle. That’s because cleaning every gutter can help prevent anything from bees’ nests to a bad foundation.
Keep in mind, the best way to deal with pests and wild animals is by preventing them from nesting in your gutters, to begin with. These are a few tips:
Remove the Debris Regularly in Each Gutter
The easiest solution to getting rid of pests and animals is to regularly remove the debris that accumulates in your gutters and downspouts. Even downspouts that are partially clogged can create standing water in the gutters. If this standing water remains in place, then insects will be attracted to the location and mosquitoes.
Rinse and Repeat
Once you have cleaned out the gutters or had a professional provide the service for you, it is a good idea to use your water hose to make sure everything is flowing correctly. If there is still a blockage, then it may mean that your gutter has been damaged. In this case, it is best to call the professionals to inspect the gutters and determine what needs to be done.
Protect each gutter from pests.
Gutter guards or gutter screens provide excellent protection from pests. Squirrels and birds are less likely—and able—to make their homes in enclosed gutters. The screens reduce the number of leaves in the gutters, making them a less optimal home for pesky insects. Homeowners may also want to consider putting non-toxic pest repellent around the gutters to deter vermin.
Protection from ice dams.
To prevent ice clogs, some experts suggest running electric heating cables inside gutters and downspouts. It will help melt snow and ice and will keep the gutters clear. Some experts also suggest filling cloth tubing with ice-melting compounds and laying it on the roof to melt the ice before reaching the gutters. Homeowners should read the instructions and warnings on the compounds first, as some can cause other problems, like discoloration to the home’s exterior. Find out more about dealing with ice dams.
Protection from debris.
To protect against clogs, homeowners should have their gutters cleaned regularly, especially before the winter season begins. It’s also wise for homeowners to invest in leaf protection for gutters. Gutter screens or gutter guards allow water in but keep other debris out, reducing clogs and minimizing the risks to foundations and basements.
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