Home Pest Control Tips: Gutters

Gutter Maintenance

Gutter cleaning is an ongoing and important home maintenance task that should not be ignored.

Leaving your home’s gutters clogged and unmaintained can lead to excessive amounts of home damage and can also exacerbate a number of pest issues, from an overabundance of mosquitoes to termites , carpenter ants, and birds.

The effects of clogged gutters cost millions of dollars each year in water damage.

Maintaining your gutters throughout the year can not only reduce damage to the outside of your home, it can also eliminate a number of pest threats.

Importance of Regular Gutter Cleaning

We recently caught up with Western’s South Jersey and Philadelphia Regional Sales Manager, Paul Filardo who explained,

“Cleaning your gutters throughout regular intervals during the year can protect your home and it’s beauty, and also prevent pest issues from arising.”

During your spring cleaning routine this year, you’ll want to pay special attention to your gutters – especially if you’ve neglected them for the past few cold months.

Fall and winter weather can leave them clogged with moisture and debris, leaving standing water around the exterior of your home. This can lead to a variety of problems such as:

  • Foundation cracks
  • Basement leaks
  • Rotting windows and boards
  • Mold and mildew

An Ounce of Prevention…

Filardo explained how removing this material now will save you time and money down the line:

“Excess water near wood can attract a number of pests such as mosquitoes, termites, ants (including carpenter ants) and the piles of debris may attract nesting animals such as birds and small rodents.”

From flushing your gutters to repel potential pests to inspecting downspouts for proper water routing, Western ensures that your gutters are maintaining top performance with our Gutter Protection Services.

We also offer a worry-and maintenance-free system to all of our customers: Leaf Defier® Gutter Protection System. This system not only keeps your gutters free of leaves and debris, but also protects your home from harmful mildew and mold, and more importantly, eliminates potential breeding grounds for pests.

Learn more about Western’s comprehensive Home Pest Control Plans.

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