The downspouts from your gutter help channel water from your roof and away from your home. However, it can also be used by pest animals such as chipmunks, squirrels, and other small rodents. This article will discuss how these animals use your downspouts, and how to prevent this.
There are a few reasons rodents might use your downspout. Firstly, they can use your downspout to quickly move up the side of your home without the risk of being spotted by predators. Next, your gutters can be chock full of plant material. Acorns, seeds, leaves, bark, and branches can fill your gutters. Rodent may use this plant material to create nests, or for a meal. Your downspout is an easy and safe tunnel that leads to food and shelter material. Rodents can use your chimney, vents, or gutters as a nesting spot. If rodents are living in or on your house, they may use the downspout to easily climb up to their nest
Preventing Rodents from Using your Gutters
Prevent rodents from using your gutters by making sure make sure that your gutters are sturdy and in good condition. Clean out your gutters regularly as needed. Prevent the buildup of debris in your gutters by installing gutter guards and/or a leaf strainer.