5 Pests that Can Be Hiding in Your Gutters

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It’s very important to clean your gutters twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. Dirty gutters are full of debris that prevent the water from draining away from your house. This can further lead to problems like mold growth, roof leaks, and damage to your home’s sidings. It can also create an environment that pests love.

If you don’t have gutter shields, you might not be happy this time of the year as many pests take up residence in dirty gutters where there are plenty of places to stay warm. If your home drainage system is not clean, you could have some serious pest problems. Here are the most common pests found hiding in gutters.

1. Rodents

Luckily these pests can be easily detected if they’re hiding in your gutters because they are easy to hear. They usually invade homes in autumn, and they can get inside your home through even the tiniest hole. When they’re in your gutters, they are searching for a way to come inside. Once they do get inside, they breed quickly, and some even carry diseases.

2. Bees, Hornets, and Wasps

These pests are the most common gutter invaders because they love the moist environment. If there is a whole nest, they can become aggressive and attack to defend their habitat. The heavy weight of the nest can also cause structural damages, so it’s important to call a professional to remove it.

3. Birds

If you want to make your gutters bird-free, we recommend installing a birdhouse nearby to attract them to a different area. They are less incentivized to enter the home, but can nest in the gutters as well.

4. Termites and Carpenter Ants

These pests love the moist environment. They also tend to hide in decaying leaves and debris. They can be tricky to detect. These destroying insects can ruin the foundations of your home. You can prevent them if you do a regular pest control. However, if there is an infestation, you should call a professional to eliminate them properly.

5. Mosquitoes

When your gutters are not working properly, that will cause water to pool in the gutters or around your home, which is an open invitation to mosquitoes. These pests love moist areas and need them to breed. Asides from being annoying little creatures, they also spread deadly diseases so you’ll want to do all you can to keep them from breeding in and around your yard and home.

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*Please note that Aerex does not currently treat for termites.

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