What To Do When An Animal Makes A Home In Your Gutters

| 26 March 2015
We’ve all had visitors who have overstayed their welcome, but usually the situation can be defused with a strong hint that it’s time to go. Unfortunately for those who have had unwanted animals make a home in their gutters, they know getting rid of unwanted guests isn’t always that easy.

Keeping Animals Out Of Gutters

Having animals take up residence in your gutters isn’t only an annoyance, but it can disrupt the proper function of your home. If you’ve dealt with creatures in your gutters, you know how much of a nuisance they can be. But with a few simple tips, you can get rid of unwanted visitors and ensure that your gutters stay clear! Keeping Your Gutters Functional Gutters prevent leaks, flooding, and damage the foundation of your home, but debris can get in the way of gutters doing their job. This includes rainwater, leaves and even animals. Although unbeknownst to most people, debris like dirt and leaves can attract these visitors to your gutters, as small animals often enjoy hiding beneath the soil. If it’s been awhile since you’ve cleaned out your gutters, you’ll likely discover that a thorough cleaning will help get rid of your new inhabitants. Prep Your Home Against Animals You’ll want to first give your gutters a good scrub down. Begin by washing them out with a powerful hose while taking care to clean out each nook and cranny. You may need to remove stubborn pieces of debris by hand, but you should use protective gloves as animal droppings will contain many bacteria. Downspouts will need a thorough washing as well. Be sure to consider the type of critters you’re dealing with. Once you’ve identified the invader, you can purchase the right type of product, such as predator urine, from your local farm supply store. The odour won’t be strong enough for your family to detect, but it will deter these little guys from nesting in your gutters after you’ve cleaned them out. The surroundings matter as well. An excess of bugs can draw in birds, while squirrels and chipmunks can attract snakes. Tackling their food source is one of the first steps to reducing gutter invaders. To keep rodents away, you can also add shrubbery on the outskirts of your property. This provides them with a designated place to call home, instead of your gutters. Covering the Gutters It may take a little interior decorating to bid these creatures goodbye. Start with the downspouts, which bring water down to your drain or grass. These pipes are an easy entry point for animals. You can cover them with mesh by extending it around the actual downspout, which will allow water to flow freely. For the gutters themselves, guards help prevent the buildup of debris, as well as the nesting of animals. Your best bet is to install Landmark Home Solution Gutter Protection System. It prevents damaging moisture buildup and keeps invaders from wanting to inhabit these areas. It’s an effective solution to keeping animals away from your gutters, and is the only long-term solution to the problem. For more information about the Landmark Home Solution Gutter Protection System, contact our team today!
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