Gutters. Most homes have them installed and many can agree that they are a headache to properly maintain. What most people don’t understand is that cleaning out your gutters is about more than checking a task off your to-do list.
Here are a few things you should know about your gutters and why keeping them cleaned out is important for your home, your family, and an overall healthy environment
CLOGGED GUTTERS ARE A BREEDING GROUND FOR PESTS
Clean gutters collect rainwater and direct it away from your home. However, clogged gutters tend to collect more than just rainwater. In the spring when it rains more than usual, it’s easy for clogged gutters to have stagnant water. Stagnant water is a breeding ground for pests such as mosquitoes, roaches, gnats, and ants.
In addition to having plenty of water after a rainy day, clogged gutters also provide shelter for many pests and small animals. Twigs, pine needles, leaves, and other debris piles up forming the perfect nesting environment. Having these animals, rodents, and pests build nests so close to your home is dangerous, and these creatures will have easy access to your attic and your home.
CLOGGED GUTTERS CAN CAUSE STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS
If getting rid of bugs around your home wasn’t enough of a reason to clean out your gutters, then you also need to think about the structural damage that can be caused by clogged gutters. Standing water and water running off at different points or towards the home can cause the wood around windows, doors, and fascia boards to rot. Not only does this affect the structure of your home, but rotting wood also attracts termites and carpenter ants. These pests alone are worth keeping your gutters clean since they can completely destroy your home.
Excess water around the perimeter of the home can also cause the foundation to weaken and crack. Not only is cracking foundation a structural issue, but cracks are easy access points for bugs.
WAYS TO KEEP YOUR GUTTERS PEST FREE
First and foremost, clean out your gutters and clean them often. If your home is located under several trees where debris can easily blow in, it may be necessary to do this once a month. You may also want to look at how close trees and large bushes are to your home. By trimming or cutting down trees and bushes that are close, you can prevent leaves, twigs, and branches from building up so often in your gutter system.
If you are not able to clean your gutters on a regular basis, you may want to look into gutter protection systems or gutter shields. With gutter protection system in place, debris stays out of the gutters and water can flow freely. If you are still noticing standing water, then check how the gutters are hanging. If a bracket becomes loose and lowers the gutter, the angle may be keeping water from flowing properly.
INSECTS? RODENTS? HOPPER TERMITE & PEST CAN HELP YOU BE BUG-FREE
Hopper Termite & Pest may not be able to clean out your gutters, but we can help you out if you discover harboring insects, rodents, and wildlife. Our highly trained technicians have experience dealing with a variety of pests and even wild animals. We can safely remove whatever is calling your gutters their new home and give you recommendations on moving forward.
Give Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. a call today at 1-888-863-0206 to schedule your FREE PEST EVALUATION.
The flowers are starting to bloom and the birds are beginning to sing louder and louder. Spring is slowly getting started here in the Ozarks and everything is waking up...including the bugs.
Before you know it, insects will be making their presence known as they start moving around a bit more inside and outside. Here are a few tips to help you get rid of household bugs and pests as you start your spring cleaning rituals.
FOCUS ON THE HOUSEHOLD HOT SPOTS FOR INSECTS WHEN CLEANING
When it comes to pests and rodents living in your home, there are some rooms and areas that are more comfortable to pests and create optimal living conditions. When tackling your spring cleaning lists, make sure you focus on the “hot spots” in your home that attract bugs.
The kitchen is probably the most popular place in the home for insects and rodents. It supplies the three main necessities of food, water, and shelter. Even if you clean your kitchen each day and wipe up any messes, you may still have items that are attractive to pests such as ants, beetles, and mice.
When spring cleaning, don’t be afraid to dive deep. Take everything out of your cabinets and drawers. Wipe down the surfaces and replace old liners with new and fresh cabinet and drawer liners before putting items back. You also want to toss any old and expired food and spices. It is also a good idea to move appliances out from the wall and clean the area. You will be surprised how many crumbs find their way under the stove.
The basement is another hot spot for insects and rodents. The moisture-rich air coupled with ample hiding places make it a favorite for several species including spiders. Don’t be afraid to tackle your clutter and remove items that are no longer of any use. If you want to organize your items, place them on shelves or in plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes.
In addition to cleaning and tidying the basement, take your spring cleaning efforts a little further by sealing any cracks or crevices you find. This will help deter and keep pests from making their way in from the outside.
DON’T FORGET THE LITTLE THINGS
Proper spring cleaning is all about cleaning the little things that you may not think about cleaning on a weekly basis.
Don’t forget to:
• Vacuum furniture, floors, and around baseboards
• Clean under and behind furniture
• Wash inside and outside garbage cans
• Properly seal doors and windows
SPRING CLEANING ALSO INCLUDES THE OUTDOORS
Winter months can take a toll on your property. Start by checking around your yard for any damage or for items that may be decaying such as a fallen tree. Decaying or rotting wood is like an all-you-can-eat buffet to termites. You also want to take the time to clean out the gutters and trim back any greenery that is close to the house. Not only will these things freshen up the outside of your home, but it could make a difference in the number of pests outside and inside.
GOT BUGS? CALL HOPPER TERMITE & PEST TODAY!
Spring cleaning can take weeks for those who work or have busy schedules. Take the time to thoroughly go through each room, clean out the clutter, and give it a deep clean. Doing so now can make a huge difference in just seeing a few bugs here and there and a full-blown infestation.
If you should come across a nest or damage from an insect or rodent infestation, give Hopper Termite & Pest a call immediately. Our trained technicians can access the area and provide a pest treatment plan to eliminate and terminate the pests in your home. From Mountain Home to Fayetteville and everywhere in between, Hopper Termite & Pest is ready to tackle your pest problems. Give us a call today at 1-888-863-0206 to schedule your FREE PEST EVALUATION.