When thinking about the usual issues with gutters, most of the time it’s the debris that we can all think of. The hassle of cleaning up gutters (not unless the gutter covers are doing a great job) is one thing that most of the home owners hate the most when it comes to house maintenance. Bunch of leaves, seeds, twigs, small stones and lots of muck – who wouldn’t hate the cleaning part? However, there’s another culprit of the gutters and they can’t be simply removed by just picking them up and throwing it to the bin or the garbage bag – insects.
These critters may look harmless, but wait when they increase in numbers and give way to worse problems. Here are some of them, and the dangers they bring about.
Mosquitoes. When a gutter gets clogged up, a pool of water is formed. When a pool of water is formed, the mosquitoes will come and enjoy the moment. The blood suckers – the female mosquitoes – will waste no time in laying their eggs in the pool of water. The eggs hatch within a day or two, then turn into “wigglers”, turn into pupae after 7-10 days, then hatch as mosquitoes. What’s next? More mosquitoes lurking around your house, and even get inside. Malaria is one of the diseases that they bring, and is highly contagious. One bite from a carrier and that’s it.
Hornets, Wasps and Bees. Just because you haven’t seen one in a few days doesn’t mean you can relax now. These insects will build their hive on your gutters without you knowing, and when the cleanup time comes, you’re in for a surprise. Chances are you might find a hornet’s nest in one corner and when you accidentally disturb them, you’re in for a wild chase. For you, they’re the “gutter invaders,” but they’ll think that you’re invading their territory. How will they let you know that they’re disturbed? A nasty and painful sting. Not good, for real. A single sting of a wasp is extremely painful, and being stung while on a ladder is extremely dangerous.
Earthworms. Impossible? No. Earthworms amazingly find their way into reaching your lovely gutter system. There are instances where paid gutter cleaners would show to home owners a bucket of soil with big, beautiful worms amongst the debris. How did they end up there? Some speculations include: leaves and twigs falling to the roof might have eggs, a bird eating a worm passed by and the latter dropped the eggs, or most probably an earthworm crawled its way up through the downspout.
Roaches, Ants and Termites. Roaches are a big nuisance. Ants and Termites slowly eats up your fascia board, gutters, and finds their way to the ceiling and other house parts.
Others. Being exposed to moisture makes the gutter a breeding ground of fungus, mildew, moss and mold. Slowly growing these life forms crawl their way to the fascia board, the gutter and gradually the house walls causing paint damage.
In keeping these critters out, regular cleaning is a must. When seeing a hive or a nest on the gutter, seek help from a professional cleaner to see what can be done to have it removed. With insects, it’s also recommended to use an insect spray to have them killed immediately. Seek help for pest control services too for addtiontial help.