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Gutters are a critical component of your home’s roofing system because they channel water away from the roof, walls, siding, and foundation, preventing moisture damage. For them to function properly, they need to be clean and clear. When they get filled with debris, not only do they cause clogging, but they also become an ideal environment for critters to thrive.  

If you hear rustling or scratching noises a little too close for comfort, there may be an animal in the gutter at night. Below are a few possible unwelcome guests you’re playing host to.

What Pests Could Be in Your Gutters?

Bird in gutters

1. Birds

Birds are always on the lookout for the best and safest nesting sites, which means that if your open-faced gutter is clogged with dried leaves and twigs, it’s only a matter of time before they settle in. Once they lay eggs, they become territorial, but they also begin to add weight to your gutters.

Rodents in gutters

2. Rodents

You’re not likely to miss an animal in the gutter at night, especially when it’s a rodent because of the noise they create. Squirrels, chipmunks, rats, mice, and other rodents may discover your drainage system as a welcome refuge once temperatures ease. Since these creatures are agile, they can easily make their way indoors. They are rapid breeders, and could quickly cause a serious infestation.

opossum on fence

3. Opossum

Like some rodents, an opossum is one animal in your gutters at night that’s quite active. Since it’s nocturnal, expect this critter to keep you up with all the racket it makes. Similar to rodents, opossums breed fast, and in as little as 13 days, there may be a litter born in your gutters. If left unchecked, they put stress on your drainage system, causing gutters to sag and pull away from the roof.

Snake near home

4. Snakes

Don’t be surprised to find snakes in your gutters—they can slither along overhanging branches or climb dry downspouts. They inhabit your rain gutter for the same reasons as other critters: warmth, protection, and food. If they have a steady supply of small animals, they’re likely to stick around longer. Be careful when you spot them as they may be poisonous.

bees nest attached to gutter

5. Insects

Insects like mosquitoes, carpenter ants, and termites are attracted to the decaying organic matter and moisture inside your gutters. For bees, wasps, and hornets, the height provides added protection against predators. If you let these infestations thrive, they may cause damage to your home and eventually harm you by stinging or biting.

How HomeCraft Gutter Protection Can Help You

If you don’t want an unwelcome animal in your gutter at night or any time of the day, the only solution is to cover it up. We’ve made gutter guards effective enough to keep out pesky critters and stop them from finding a way inside your gutters.

Our covers’ finely woven micro-mesh screen only lets water pass through, so even the smallest of insects cannot enter your gutters. Plus, the all-metal construction with aluminum framing and stainless steel screen prevents animals from chewing their way through.

We Have You Covered

When you’ve had enough of the animal in your rain gutter, install gutter guards to keep them covered for a long time. Get a free estimate with HomeCraft Gutter Protection when you reach out to us.


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