Though Connecticut isn’t know for wild and exotic animals, there are plenty of small critters roaming around the back woods. Raccoons, squirrels, birds, bats and woodchucks all make frequent appearances, especially during the spring and if you own a home or commercial building now is a good time to inspect your gutters for signs that one of these animals may be making a nest or a mess. People who neglect their gutters are often surprised to find a bird’s nest in their gutter channels or signs that squirrels have been crawling in and around the downspouts. Animals will take refuge anywhere they can and open gutters are practically inviting these small critters into your home.
The two main culprits when it comes to gutters are squirrels and birds. Birds will often build a nest in the corner of a gutter system where the channel meets the downspout and may even choose to build a nest right underneath the gutter where it attaches to the home siding. An open gutter system is rather inviting for birds and it is important that you regularly inspect your gutters to ensure nests are properly and safely removed so as not to interfere with the draining of rainwater and melting snow.
Squirrels won’t necessarily make a home out of an open gutter but these high flying rodents often land on gutters when leaping from trees and over time this can lead to cracks, dents and sagging sections. There are a few things you can do to discourage squirrels from wrecking your gutters including cutting down branches that are used to gain access to the gutters, installing a gutter cover to keep squirrels from getting inside the gutter and regularly cleaning the gutters to discourage squirrels from rummaging through the debris. Being diligent with your gutter maintenance will help keep animals from making your gutters their home.