Keep Mosquitos Out Of Your Gutters
We’re moving full steam ahead into spring now, and that means that the weather is going to get warmer, sunnier, and a lot of insect life is going to be preparing to breed and make full use of the great summer weather when it arrives. Unfortunately, while people look forward to the birds coming back, and the plants turning green, no one really welcomes the mosquitos, even though they are “part of the package” that the arrival of summer will bring.
If you don’t want to make yourself more vulnerable to mosquitos, the last thing you want is for them to become your neighbor. That can happen in many areas around your home, but one of the most common is your roof, and it’s easy for this to happen if you do just one thing; neglect your gutters in spring.
The Winter Clog Doesn’t Go Away
If you have a home with trees on the property, then the coming of autumn means that a lot of those leaves are likely to fall in preparation for winter. While you can clean up a good chunk of those leaves that have fallen on the ground, the leaves that fall on your roof are another matter entirely. Depending on how tall your home is, you may simply decide that the height of your roof, and gutters that run along it, is just too much trouble to bother with—at least this year—and you may decide to put it off for another time.
However, leaves falling on your roof and on your gutter make your home vulnerable in a few ways. If leaves or other detritus get into your gutter, and clog it, this means that future snow melt or rainfall is not pouring down and eventually draining away safely from your home.
For mosquitos, this creates a pool of standing water that is a perfect breeding ground. It’s rain water, so it’s 100% natural, and it doesn’t have to be a large area, just a few inches of water is enough for mosquito larva to safely gestate in, protected from predators.
The flip side of this is you may also be inadvertently subjecting your home—and your basement in particular—to leaks and water penetration. Your gutter is designed to carry water from your roof, run down a drainage pipe, and then safely exit a few feet away from your home. With a clogged gutter, not only are mosquitos invited to breed, in the event of further rainfall, that clogged gutter will simply overflow, letting the water leak down the side of your house and into the ground directly into your foundation. Unless you’ve got modern basement waterproofing installed around your foundation, that water can eventually penetrate into your basement, causing you leaky basement problems as well as creating a mosquito breeding ground.
If you want to make sure that you’re not inadvertently creating an inviting place for mosquitos to breed this summer, check your gutter. Get a ladder and conduct an inspection of your roof to see how things are holding up.