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Clean Gutters Prevent Pests

There are over 27000 pest control businesses in the US, and the market is estimated to be worth $ 17.4 billion by 2023. Pests are a nuisance and are a threat to the safety and health of your loved ones. This is because some pests can damage your property and others transmit diseases.

There are many methods of controlling pests. They include using insecticides or wearing insect repellent on the body. Another effective yet relatively unknown method of keeping your property and family safe from pests is by maintaining clean gutters.

Gutters should be clear at all times so that water can run freely. When leaves and other materials clog gutters, it can instigate a pest infestation in your house as well as result in damage.

Read on to find out some of the Pests that you can get rid of by cleaning your gutters. 

  1. Mosquitos

The first thing clogged gutters do is prevent the flow of water. When this happens, small pools of stagnant water will form. As a result, when spring comes, these pools of stagnant water create a conducive breeding environment for mosquitos.

Mosquitoes are a nuisance and can transmit diseases such as malaria, West Nile Virus, and even heart worm, which affects dogs.

  1. Termites

Termites may not be notorious for spreading diseases but can literally bring your house down. These pests eat wood and cost Americans approximately $5 billion every year.

When you allow your gutters to clog, water may overflow and spill to the foundation of your house. This will cause your foundation to remain damp, and the moisture will attract termites. The termites will then use any cracks on the exterior side of your house to enter.

Once inside, they eat wooden structures and that will compromise the structural integrity of your property.

  1. Cockroaches

To keep cockroaches off your property, you need to eliminate food sources and any moisture. Whereas most homeowners do this within the house, they’re not aware that moisture on the gutters can also attract roaches.

As a result, their attempts to get rid of cockroaches bare no fruits as the root cause is not addressed.

  1. Carpenter Ants

Overflowing water on the gutters can pour on construction elements on your property. If it dampens any wooden structure, carpenter ants will be attracted. These pests do not eat wood but build tunnels in wood, which weaken it.

How to Clean Gutters

Cleaning gutters may be a tedious chore, but it can protect your family and save you a lot of money. Ensure that you regularly check your gutters for leaves and materials that may cause a blockage.

If you think a clogged gutter may have already attracted pests, call a pest control company immediately. SafeHaven Pest Control offers exemplary pest control services. Contact us today to prevent further damage to your home. 

Other Common Pests Found In North Texas:

Termites     Sowbugs     Mosquitoes     Wasps     Bees     Centipedes