Many homeowners tend to neglect their gutters just because they don’t see it often. However, if you fail to take proper care of your gutters, you might just find out that other things have already made a home for themselves at the sides of your roof.
Check out what might be living in your gutters.
Squirrels like living in trees and other high perches where predators won’t reach them. If you don’t clean your drainpipe regularly, chances are squirrels will make a home in your rain gutters. Salt Lake City has become a haven for fox squirrels, so there’s a good chance that they will set up shop in your gutters.
It’s the same thing with chipmunks. These rodents like making homes in high places that humans don’t seem to inhabit. If you don’t clean your gutters, it will keep on accumulating moss and debris from nearby trees, which chipmunks will surely view as an appealing home.
Birds find it easy to make a home in gutters because they can easily dump twigs and branches on the alcove of the trough. And gutters are high up, which is what birds prefer to avoid predators.
These critters love infiltrating homes, especially if they can find lots of food to eat like trash and insects, which could be living in your gutters. They are expert climbers, so going up to your gutters will be a cinch for them. They can make a home for themselves there and probably even give birth to a litter, which will spell trouble for your property.
If raccoons can climb up your gutters, so can stray cats. The bad thing about stray cats, though, is that some of them could be wild enough to attack you if you try to remove them from your premises. So, what you should do is hire animal control services to remove these animals from your house without harming them.
If your drainpipe isn’t clean and filled with debris, rainwater can settle in the alcove. If this happens, you’ll turn your gutter to a breeding hole for mosquitoes and other insects. Insects like moist areas because they thrive there.
Reptiles can also make a home in your gutters because they’re skilled climbers, too. And your gutters sometimes have enough moisture to attract insects that your drainpipe becomes a prime food source for reptiles. So, clean your gutters and get rid of the insects so that lizards will go away, as well.
Some birds don’t know that they’re carrying worm eggs on their legs or feathers, and when they settle down in gutters, these eggs fall out into the drain, too. Since gutters are often moist, then there’s enough water for an earthworm to survive and even multiply. So, don’t be surprised if you find earthworms up in your gutters.
Clean your gutters if you don’t want these things living there. If you don’t want to go up there and clean it yourself, you can always hire a pro to do the job for you.