Now that the weather is finally starting to warm up, it may be time to go out and get your gutters cleaned. Many things clog your gutters, but did you know pests could be lurking in their too?

Gutters are such a great place for certain pests to go because they’re sheltered, away from predators and they have all the materials right there so they can build their nests.

Here are the most common pests you may come across in your gutters.

  • Stinging Insects

Bees, hornets and wasps love to hide in gutters. This causes a huge, and very dangerous, problem for a lot of London homeowners. Getting stung by a stinging pest is not a pleasant experience, but is very likely if they are nesting in your gutters. Stinging insects are easy to detect because of their vivid colours, and they love to nest in the corners of the guttering, where it’s most protected.

If you find out that you have a stinging insect nest in your guttering, it’s important to get it removed immediately. The heaviness of a full nest can cause a lot of structural damage to your guttering, as well as clogging it up.

Never try to get rid of a nest yourself. Always call in the professionals, like the London based company Empire Ltd, who are well known in the UK as industry leaders when it comes to wasp nest removal.

  • Birds

Birds want a nice, cosy and safe place to build their nests and your gutters are just the place to do this (they may also take a shine to your loft!). You will be able to hear the birds nesting in your guttering as they come and go. Birds nests are very heavy, and will put a lot of strain on your gutters. Plus they will clog up your guttering, and smell pretty nasty.

  • Rodents

Rodents are the pests that can carry a whole host of dangerous diseases. It’s best not to handle any sort of rodent or rodent nest, just in case they try to bite you. Rodents breed quickly, and the nests become heavier and dirtier with time.

If you think you have any type of pest infesting your guttering, whether it be moths or squirrels, you should always get in touch with a local pest controller to take care of the problem for you. Do not try to get rid of it yourself.