Clogged gutters not only create the potential of causing damage to your roof and home’s exteriors, but also attract insects to your outdoor living space. Having your gutters properly maintained by the professionals at Streamline Exteriors will help to lessen the amount of mosquitoes and others pests you see during the warm seasons.
Why are mosquitoes attracted to gutters?
Mosquitoes love standing water. It provides them with an ideal breeding ground and easy access to their favorite meal – you. Keeping a clean gutter system will lessen the amount of mosquitoes you see during the warm seasons.
Why are good gutters important to keep them away?
Proper gutter systems make a huge difference in the way water moves around your home. A good gutter system moves excess water safely away from the home, therefore pools are far less likely to gather nearby that attract mosquitoes. If gutters are clean and working properly, you should notice a decrease in the amount of mosquitoes and other pesky insects living in the area outside the home.
How do I know when to have my gutters cleaned?
You should stick a regular gutter cleaning schedule to ensure effective pest prevention. We recommend at least twice a year, once in the spring and fall. If you can’t do it regularly, check your downspouts during a rainstorm. If they don’t seem to be flowing well, it’s probably time to clean your gutters. If you live in a two-story house, you can also check your gutters from a window on the second floor.
Other areas in the yard that may hold water and attract mosquitoes:
- Potted plants with pans underneath that hold water are good breeding sites.
- Drainage ditches with emergent vegetation
- Standing water in low grassy areas
- Old tires
- Rain barrels
- Unused or poorly maintained pools
- Tree stumps
- Flat roofs
- Boats on trailers
- Tarped vehicles
- Birdbaths, barbecue grills, ashtrays and other small containers
- Tall Grass