Cleaning Gutters Can Help Prevent Pest Infestations
Gutters that are left alone to get clogged up with silt, and broken down leaf material will oftentimes harbor specific types of bacteria that lead to mosquito, fly, ant, and other insect infestations. For this reason, homeowners should keep them as clean as possible. As we know, excess moisture is what causes most types of pest infestations. Gutters that are full of debris will retain moisture more so than ones that are free of debris and able to drain properly. Insects and moisture go together, so anytime you have a lot of moisture around your home you are likely to have an increase in insect activity.
Have Your Gutters Cleaned Out
One of the most avoidable causes of pest infestation problems is clogged gutters. Before moving forward with any pest control program for homeowners, I will advise clients to have their gutters cleaned out to see if that helps fix the problem. Without a source of moisture or bacteria, the mosquitoes, flies, and midges that have been festering will have nowhere else to breed.
Ideally, when the gutters are unclogged and free of debris, water should be running through them rather than down the side of the house. This will keep the area around the foundation of the home as dry as possible, which will reduce the chances of a termite infestation.
When a homeowner calls our company for a pest control inspection, we will frequently begin by checking out the homeowner’s gutters for signs of excess moisture or debris. It is one of the first places that we do look and when we do a thorough inspection, we always look at gutters and gutter down spouts to try and determine how much moisture is lying around the foundation of the home.
Clean Regularly to Avoid Serious Consequences
The buildup of moisture and bacteria in gutters, in some cases, can even lead to certain shrubbery and trees growing inside them, further preventing the rain water from draining through the system properly. It is not unusual to see houses with gutters that looked like they had trees and grass growing out of them, which is never a good sign for the state of the property in terms of infestations and bacteria levels.
However, more serious than the growth of shrubberies and trees inside them is threat of the gutters themselves eventually pulling away from the fascia board on the side of the home. If they do this—which they eventually will, if they are left clogged up for long enough, then the water that should be draining through the gutters will instead start pouring down from the side of the home during the rainy season, which in some countries seems to be all the time.
Rather than going through the gutters, the water begins pooling at the base, which can then cause problems for the home’s foundation. Having excess water pooling at or around the foundation of a home is conducive to insect activity. Therefore, it is important that homeowners get this under control as quickly as possible.
Use Leaf Barrier System to Reduce Time Cleaning Gutters
Those who leave their gutters clogged up and refuse to take care of them are almost guaranteed to get damp seeping into the walls of their home at some point in the future. In addition, homeowners with dirty gutters in will have other pest control issues, including having infestations of other general insects such as mosquitoes, flies, midges, and anything that breeds in dirt or moisture. With insects, that means there is going to be an elevated problem when your gutters are left like that, particularly in the summer.
Rather than allowing your home to get infested with insects, the goal should always be to keep your gutters as clean as possible so that water can flow freely down them without getting derailed. Fortunately, we offer a solution that can make keeping gutters free of debris much easier. We install something called a leaf barrier system, that is fitted and placed inside the homeowner’s gutters. This keeps leaves from getting into the gutters in the first place so that the homeowner does not have to worry about getting in there and cleaning them out.
Keeping gutters clean and clear can seem like a daunting task, especially for those living in heavily wooded areas surrounded by trees. That is why I recommend always contacting cleaning company to maintain your gutters and clean them regularly for you..