Gutters: Gateways to Pest Problems

When it comes to pest control, your biggest concern is likely preventing pests from getting inside your home. This is a valid worry, but it’s important to know that pests outside of your home can also cause a significant amount of damage. For example, pests hiding in your gutters can cause problems ranging from leaks to West Nile Virus. Here are five pests that are especially likely to be found lurking in your gutters: 

Bees, Hornets, and Wasps

The type of pest that most commonly makes its home in the gutters is the stinging insect–aka bees, hornets, and wasps. These insects are drawn to gutters because they offer moisture, building materials, and a safe place to nest high above the ground. Bees, wasps, and hornets all tend to be aggressive and territorial, which can make clearing out an infestation rather difficult. However, if the infestation is left alone for too long, it may eventually cause damage to your house. Therefore, if you suspect that there are stinging insects living in your gutters, you should have a professional remove them as soon as possible. 


Much like stinging insects, mosquitos are also drawn to gutters because of the standing water that they offer. However, whereas stinging insects primarily use the moisture to build their homes, mosquitos use it to breed and lay eggs. Accordingly, clogged gutters can generate massive mosquito infestations that spread both irritation and disease. As such, you should do your best to make sure that your gutters are clean and free of clogs. 

Termites and Carpenter Ants

Termites and carpenter ants also love gutters because of the standing water and decayed material that they provide. Unfortunately, because these insects are particularly adept at hiding in the decayed material, infestations of them can be very difficult to spot. Furthermore, if an infestation is not caught in time, the insects may spread throughout your home and cause severe structural damage. To prevent this, you should clean your gutters regularly and call a professional exterminator as soon as you notice any signs of a carpenter ant or termite infestation. 


In contrast to mosquitos and other insects, birds are relatively harmless, and may even be welcome in your yard! That being said, they can still cause some serious damage if they choose to nest in your gutters. For example, their excrement might stain the outside of your home, or their nests might render the gutters ineffective. Therefore, instead of allowing them to nest in your gutters, you should try to encourage them to settle elsewhere in your lawn. Fortunately, this is usually quite easy to do–in most cases, if you leave a birdhouse in an appealing location, the birds will choose to nest there instead of in the gutters. 


Gutters often contain twigs and leaves, both of which are prime nesting materials for mice and rats. Thus, when the weather grows cold, rodents often choose to make their homes in the gutters. From there, they may gnaw their way into your house, where they will spread droppings and disease. Once more, the best way to prevent this from happening is by cleaning your gutters regularly–if you remove their nesting material, then rodents will have no desire to settle there. Additionally, you should be sure to seal any holes caused by previous infestations so that they do not become thoroughfares for new groups of rodents. 

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