Mosquitoes and Gutters
Cleaning your roof gutters is one of the most important projects that you need to do for your home, but the most ignored. When your gutters have water in it, the possibility of mosquitoes laying eggs on the stagnant water is big. You see, mosquitoes need water to breed, and your unseen stagnant water provides the perfect breeding site for them.
Clogged gutters are always a haven for mosquitoes. Most people think that it is just necessary to unclog their gutters during the spring and fall. However, the breeding season for mosquitoes is usually long and may even extend to early spring until late winter.
Why Gutters Get Clogged
The most obvious reason that your gutters get clogged is when the gutters get filled with leaves, twigs and other debris. Once the rain sets in and the debris gets wet, the debris will absorb the rain water like a sponge. Since the leaves, twigs and other items in the gutter does not have any place to go, the water from the rain may also get trapped. If you are not able to get the decaying debris outside your gutter, it will eventually invite not just mosquitoes, but other insects as well.
A clogged gutter may destroy the integrity of a home since this may cause overflowing water during a rain that may damage the paint and siding of the wall structure. Ice damming can also occur which can work its way under the shingles and destroy the wood that will create more leaks. Ice dams on the roof may also result for the water to get inside the house.
Clean Your Gutters
Although most of us do not want to do the hard work of cleaning gutters, it is a job that we should not ignore. To protect the integrity of your home, and to stop those mosquitoes from breeding above us, it is necessary to clean your gutter at least twice a year. If you have a lot of trees around the house, make sure to always check your gutters more frequently. It is also important to always check your gutters for leaks after a rain to maintain the integrity of it.
To clean the gutters, you will need a ladder, gloves, a bucket or a bag, a small hand rake, and the water hose. Cleaning your gutters usually need some patience and time especially when there are a lot of leaves to scoop and drop on the bucket. But, once the gutters are cleaned, you know that you have already eliminated the chances of having the next batch of mosquitoes to survive in your home.