Pests (including mosquitoes) come in all sizes, colors and shapes. Some may even resemble each other enough to be difficult to accurately identify.
However, regardless of identity, all pests have one trait in common—they all rely on moisture for survival. This is why controlling any excess moisture in and around your home is the first step in effective pest and/or mosquito control.
How Clogged Gutters Happen
There are a plethora of areas around a home that can collect standing water. This includes low spots in the ground, flowerpots, wading pools, and birdbaths.
With that said, one water problem that consistently gets overlooked is in the area of clogged gutters. Twigs and leaves fall from trees onto your roof and get washed down into your downspouts and gutter. This debris then accumulates and collects moisture before beginning to rot and decay.
The gutters and downspouts eventually clog up, which causes standing water to accumulate in the gutter system. Sadly, this becomes the perfect breeding grounds and habitation for mosquitoes, as well as other pests.
Mosquitoes and Standing Water
It’s a proven fact: mosquitoes rely on standing water in order to lay their eggs. Additionally, the hatched larvae need standing water in order to live in and survive as they attempt to mature into adult mosquitoes.
As you can see, clogged gutters become an ideal habitat and breeding ground for biting, disease-carrying mosquitoes. Unfortunately for those who have clogged gutter, mosquitoes are believed to stay in close proximity of their breeding grounds, typically not straying more than 200 feet from the area they were hatched.
The Mosquito Life Cycle
An adult mosquito only requires a very small amount of standing water in order to be able to breed and lay their eggs.
The first three stages of mosquito growth— including egg, larvae and pupa — must have standing water for their development. Sadly, this means the standing water in your gutter system is more than enough for breeding, hatching and growth.
The decaying leaves provide the water and nourishment necessary for their development, and this will unquestionably cause an influx in the mosquito population on your property.
The Importance of Regular Gutter Cleaning
In addition to dangerous, Zika-carrying mosquitoes, your clogged gutters act as a haven for other insects including cockroaches, ants, gnats, termites and flies. Spiders and worms also find clogged gutters to be the perfect environment for both breeding and feeding.
Keeping your gutters clean and flowing freely should be at the top of your priority list in terms of preventive tips for controlling these dangerous pests.
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