Summer: it’s the season of watermelon, barbecues….and mosquitoes! Not only are they pesky, but they have been in the news a lot recently for spreading the West Nile and Zika viruses. Different types of mosquitoes carry different viruses, but most mosquitoes have similar breeding ground: moisture. You can reduce risk of Zika and other viruses carried by mosquitoes by keeping excessive moisture away from your home.
Tony Iannelli, inventor of Gutter Topper, points out some common household areas where you may have standing water or moisture that can attract mosquitos:
- Birdbaths, pet bowls, fountains, and ponds
- Clogged gutters or downspouts
- Standing water in low-lying areas of your property
- Compost piles and garden debris
Says Iannelli, “Clogged gutters provide a nesting ground for mosquitoes and other pests and may be more difficult to maintain and keep clean than other problem areas for mosquitoes. If you have clogged gutters or downspouts, you may not even know it because you don’t want to climb a ladder to check.”
Keeping your gutters clean is imperative to avoiding excessive moisture – and if you don’t want to clean them the recommended two times each year, installing gutter covers may be a good choice. Gutter guards will keep your gutters free-flowing and free of clogs, and if there is no excessive moisture they are less attractive for mosquitoes.
You know the saying – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Keep your family safe by keeping your gutters clean and in good working order. If you think they may need to be cleaned, repaired, or replaced, call us today for a free consultation!