We have talked before about leaf protection with our Alu-Rex Gutter Clean System, but our gutter covers actually protect against another threat: animals. Here on the West Coast, we have a unique ecosystem that supports incredible and abundant wildlife. While we all want a vibrant and lively yard, we don’t want anything to nest in our gutters. While some creepy-crawly creatures are unwelcome under any circumstances, friendlier critters can get trapped and drown during a rainstorm. So, what can you do to keep your gutters from becoming a wildlife habitat?
A quality gutter cover system will dramatically reduce wildlife in your gutters. Not only will it physically prevent animals from climbing in and getting comfortable, but it is a leaf protection system that will also keep the gutters clean. This is key because animals have no interest in making a home without nesting materials or still water, and no scent of decomposing debris will attract them from far away.
Similarly, it is a good idea to cover all of your downspouts. They are common points of access for wildlife, so consider covering the openings with a wire mesh or grate. Something that will allow water to flow through easily while preventing anything from crawling in.
It is also smart to trim any large or overhanging trees looming over your home. Because their access will be limited, this will help keep animals off of your roof altogether.
There are some repellants you can try if you want to ensure your roof is as unwelcome to animals as possible. Artificial owls make an effective decoy and are often used on commercial or apartment buildings. Some even employ a speaker system that emits high frequency sounds that only animals can hear.
With quality gutter guards installed, you probably wont have to resort to such measures. Leaf protection isn’t the only thing that they are good for, they will also keep your backyard wildlife from making a home in your gutters.