One of the worst things about pests is that they can make a home out of just about any space, including your gutters. From rodents like mice to wasps, these pests can make a nest in your gutters and wreak havoc.
What's at Risk?
No matter what type of pest you're dealing with in your gutters, they all present some level of threat. In terms of smaller bugs like wasps or mosquitos, the risk is increased because of encounters with you and your family. From going out to check the mail to sitting on the porch on a warm night with family and friends, the likelihood of someone being bit or sting is higher.
For larger rodents, like mice and possums, there is an elevated risk for damage to your home. These larger rodents build nest that clog your gutters. When it rains, instead of the water flowing away from your home, it pools, causing roof damage, and eventually rolls straight down your home, damaging your foundation. Whatever the threat, removal of these pests is important.
Seek Professional Help
If you're dealing with a rodent infestation or other insect infestation, don't try to tackle it on your own. Mice aren't just annoying and sometimes scary, but they can also carry harmful bacteria. Trying to remove them on your own could result in you being bitten and facing a serious illness. The same is true for possums.
In terms of smaller insects, such as bees or wasp, if you have an allergic reaction to them, this could send you straight to the hospital. It's also best to contact a pest control professional for safe removal and to find out why they're setting up shop around your home in the first place, to help resolve this issue.
Prevention is Key
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent these types of infestations in the very beginning and it starts with regularly cleaning your gutters. The more leaves, branches and other debris inside these spaces, the more attractive they will be to insects and larger pests. Simply making an effort to keep your gutters as clean as possible can help you avoid these uninvited guests and the baggage they bring with them.
In addition to this, you should also be mindful of the trees around your roof as they can provide easier access to your gutters for larger pests like possums and mice. True pruning on occasion can help you keep them away, and as an added bonus, help protect your roof. If you can't do this safely on your own, hire a professional to assist you.
Don't let these pests take over your home. Contact a pest control company, like Greenleaf Organic Pest Management, for assistance.