Are Rodents and Other Animals Lurking in Your Gutters?

Are Rodents and Other Animals Lurking in Your Gutters?

As a home or business owner, you know that all sorts of debris will get trapped in your gutters. Twigs, rocks, leaves, and dirt will eventually land on your roof and eventually end up in your gutters as rain washes them down. But did you know that living creatures might be making a home out of your gutter system?

Rodents and Mice

Debris like twigs, leaves, and pine needles are the perfect materials for mice and rodents to make a nest. But, when that debris isn’t cleaned out of your gutters, guess what? Rodents might use these materials to make a nest. This is especially common in the fall and winter when animals look for a warm place to stay. To make things worse, the presence of rodents like mice will attract predators like snakes, who will make their way into your home through cracks and crevices.

Keeping your gutters clean will help cut back on potential rodent problems. Remember to have your gutters cleaned and maintained by a professional gutter installation company like Storm Guard Roofing and Construction.

Birds

In the same vein as rodents, birds will use debris like twigs, leaves, and needles to build their nests. While birds are not as destructive as mice, their droppings will stain your home, and their nests can reduce the efficiency of your drainage system. In addition, without regular cleaning and maintenance, bird nests and other debris add unwanted weight to your gutters, which can cause them to detach from your home. When left unchecked, this will create costly problems that may result in expensive repairs.

Termites

If your gutters are clogged with debris, water will begin to pool inside them. This creates a laundry list of drainage and structural problems outside of infestation issues.

However, when water isn’t able to flow through your gutters, you may be looking at a termite problem as well. That’s because stagnant water attracts all sorts of insects, including termites. While these destructive bugs won’t eat away at your aluminum gutters, they will make a meal out of your fascia board. This can be particularly problematic because many gutter systems are attached to a home’s fascia boards.

To make matters worse, most homeowners aren’t aware that they have termite damage until it’s too late. This highlights the importance of having your home’s roof and gutters inspected at least twice a year. With a professional gutter company like Storm Guard by your side, you won’t have to worry about creepy, crawly critters living in your gutters. You will also have peace of mind knowing that you are protecting the home you have worked so hard to buy.

How to Keep Unwanted Guests Out of Your Gutters

The best way to keep your gutters working properly and free of pests is to clean them regularly. Unfortunately, climbing up on a ladder to inspect and clean your gutters comes with safety concerns, especially if you’re dealing with momma birds or feisty rodents. The easiest, most reliable course of action is to hire Storm Guard Roofing and Construction of Apex NC to inspect your gutters for you.

Our team of hardworking professionals will handle all the hard work while you relax in your living room. Once we have inspected your gutters, we will provide you with a detailed report on our findings. If we spot signs of damage, we will walk you through remediation options. Should you need a replacement gutter system, Storm Guard’s team of installers will fit your property with top-of-the-line storm and rain gutters that will last for years.

Contact your local Storm Guard to schedule your free, no-obligation gutter project estimate today!