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Clean Your Gutters and Stop Mosquitoes from Breeding

Filed under: Gutter Cleaning — Megan Howard @ 7:23 pm November 21, 2014

Clogged Gutters and Mosquitoes

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.

Horizon Pest Control offers affordable gutter cleaning services in NJ. To learn more about our services, visit Gutter Cleaning for NJ.

 

Mosquitoes and the West Nile Virus

Filed under: Gutter Cleaning,Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 8:55 pm December 1, 2012

As we continue through the autumn season, animals everywhere begin to prepare for the coming winter season. It is around this time of year that certain pests are most active, and as the weather begins to get colder, they begin to seek warmth and shelter either to hibernate or wait out the winter season. One such pest is the mosquito.

Mosquito

Mosquitoes are one of the most common pests in the world, and also have the potential to be one of the deadliest because they’re known carriers of a disease known as the West Nile Virus. This disease first infects birds, who then pass it on to mosquitoes, and then to the humans they bite. Statistics have shown that the rate of infection in humans increases around Autumn, and there is even more risk of it passing on to humans this year, especially in the East Coast with the recent hurricane creating more potential breeding grounds for these mosquitoes.

This is a mosquito drinking blood and passing fluids

Symptoms of West Nile are flu-like, and are pretty mild, and can show up anywhere from 1 to 14 days out. Typical symptoms of infection include high temperature, diarrhea, vomiting, rashes, stomach pain an enlarged lymph nodes.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms you should consult a medical professional for advice. Patients suffering from West Nile virus are oftentimes admitted to the hospital, and are given palliative care to manage the symptoms.

Prevent Mosquito Bites

The best way to guard against West Nile is to prevent mosquito bites. Since mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, ensure that your pools are properly maintained or drained, and remove all potential sources of stagnant water around your home. Empty flower pots, trash cans, and even clogged rain gutters can become the perfect mosquito breeding grounds with only a small amount of rainfall.

Individuals should wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to reduce the number of potential bite areas on their skin, and make use of mosquito-repellents containing DEET. If you have a mosquito problem that can’t be contained through the methods listed above, contact your local pest control company for assistance.

For professional mosquito control, contact Horizon Pest Control. We will assist in eliminating mosquitoes in and outside your home. To learn more or to get help, visit Outdoor Pest Control.

Keep your home mosquito free next Summer by preparing in Fall

Filed under: Gutter Cleaning,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 6:31 pm October 22, 2012

 

mosquito bite

Many people consider fall to be one of the most beautiful times of the year. The leaves change colors, the air is cooler, and the mosquito population is soon to hibernate.  While mosquitoes are rare to be found in the winter, they can still cause quite a problem in the fall and how you deal with them in the fall effects how much they get to bother you in the spring and summer. There is a method of mosquito prevention that is often overlooked by many homeowners. If you have gutters you must know about this cool fall secret.

Being overrun by mosquitoes is a terrible thing, they buzz in your ear and inflict those awful, itchy bites. Worst is the fact that many mosquitoes have helped spread disease. They are even responsible for many cases of human parasite infestations. In many cities the mosquito populations is utterly out of control and those who live in the country are not free of this burden. Yet, the battle against mosquitoes can be won by understanding much about them. One thing about mosquitoes is that they love to lay eggs in standing water.

You might not have a pond or a birdbath in your yard, but if you have stopped up gutters then you have a nice source of standing water for the mosquitoes to enjoy. The whole purpose of gutters is to catch and control the flow of the rain water so that it minimizes damage to the house and surrounding area. When gutters are clogged up the rain that collects in them cannot drain off. Instead it pools up inside the gutters and causes many problems.

Fall is a prime time for gutters to get clogged because of the heavy flow of leaves. Even a perfectly functioning gutter system can get backed up when full of leaves. Yet, many homeowners get frustrated by the amount of leaves that fall around their house and refuse to do something about it until the end of the season, if ever. It is shocking to note just how many homes have gutters clogged to the brim year round and the property owners refuse to do anything about it.

So the mosquitoes find these gutters and fall in love with them. During the fall the mosquitoes get busy laying eggs. That means that people do not have to wait until the springtime to be overrun with mosquitoes. They can just let the water in their gutters stand for a couple of weeks and they will start getting bug bites just about every time they step outside. If they let this continue into the spring and summer months they will find the problem to be much worse. All the eggs will have hatched and the mosquito population in their yard will be much bigger.

Instead, be sure to clean the gutters out after every major leaf fall. If you keep them clean regularly, such maintenance should only take a few short minutes. Removing the leaves is especially easy if you have a power washer. This habit protects both your home and your health. It may possibly even protect your sanity.

Horizon Pest Control offers professional gutter cleaning services to protect your home. To get help or to learn more about our comprehensive services, visit Gutter Cleaning.

Fall Season – Cleaning Your Gutters

Filed under: Gutter Cleaning,Pest Control — Tags: — Megan Howard @ 11:12 pm October 12, 2012

Dirty gutterThis Fall, the one pest everybody should be on the lookout for is the mosquito. They’ve been around for close to 30 million years, and are known all around the world for their irritating bites and penchant for spreading horrible diseases like Malaria, Yellow Fever, and Dengue. Organizations across the world have launched numerous campaigns and initiatives in an attempt to control or eliminate these pests, some more effective than others.

Since the diseases they spread are difficult to treat, and can often be fatal, its important to control their growth wherever possible. In order to do this, we first have to understand how mosquitoes proliferate. Mosquitoes are technically small flies, and like any other fly they go through 4 distinct stages of growth: the egg, larvae, pupa, and finally the adult. It is the first stage that we will focus on here.

GutterMost species of mosquito require pools of stagnant water to lay their eggs in. Some use their eggs to form “rafts” within the water, others lay eggs on the edge of the water, and others still anchor their eggs to aquatic plants. In neighborhoods all across America, gutters, especially poorly maintained and broken-down gutters, are sources of stagnant water and are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Pools of stagnant water tend to develop in rain gutters with clogged downspouts or rain gutters that aren’t installed properly. Thankfully, they’re easy to clean, and the tools you need can be obtained from any local hardware store. If your rain gutter is not installed properly or needs to be replaced, contact a local contractor to assist you with repairs. By eliminating all possible breeding grounds we can control the growth and spread of mosquitoes.

Horizon Pest Control offers comprehensive gutter cleaning service. We will protect your home from unwanted pests and damage caused by clogged gutters.  To learn more or to set an appointment with us, just click New Jersey Gutter Cleaning.

Importance of Cleaning Your Gutters in the Spring

Filed under: Gutter Cleaning,Pest Control — Tags: — Megan Howard @ 6:51 pm March 25, 2012

Cleaning the gutter is not exactly a chore that people wake up in the morning and feel inspired about. Yet it is an important job that has much more to it than merely a clean home. Gutters tend to accumulate more dirt than we usually imagine. Dirty and rotting leaves, dust and small twigs- all these sit together and rot. After a freezing winter when it is practically impossible to clean out gutters, spring is the best time to get going.

Why should you clean out gutters anyway?

Gutters are built to take off excess rain water that falls on the roof. It is a simple mechanism that is structured to keep your house dry. But there is one problem that goes unnoticed by house owners. Dirty and clogged gutters form a perfect place for mosquitos to nest and lay eggs to hatch out in the spring. Mosquitos require stagnant water to lay eggs, and a clogged gutter provides just that in addition to protection from in climate weather. So if you neglect cleaning out your gutters, your house is likely to receive the unwanted attention of mosquitoes that bred in the safety of your gutters. So cleaning out your gutters gets rid of prospective mosquitoes in the making. After all, who wants to be bitten by mosquitoes?

How a gutter looks like before and after cleaning

How to clean your gutters?

Each house owner will have their own way of approaching this matter depending on proximity of trees etc. The best way is to place a ladder firmly against the side of your home and use a gutter scoop to get out the leaves, mud and dirt. Collect the debris in a pail or in a handy garbage bag. Regular cleaning of the gutters will prevent the nesting of mosquito eggs which in turn will discourage mosquito infestations. All leading to a bug bite free spring and summer.

Horizon Pest Control offers effective gutter cleaning services. Call us or visit Gutter Cleaning Service to scheduled a FREE appointment with one of our trained technicians.