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Gutter Pests

Noticing increased pests around your home? Your gutters may be the problem. Learn what to look for and how to avoid pest intrusion and damage.

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It’s not uncommon to find pine, maple, or elm leaves in gutters around Moberly. While these leaves cause clogs and other problems of their own, they also create the perfect home for pests like wasps, bees, squirrels, birds, mosquitoes, and more. 

Learn more about pests in your gutters and how to get rid of them for good. 

What Are Common Gutter Pests?

Missouri weather is unpredictable. Nowhere is that truer than in Moberly.  

But just like we have adjusted to the cold winters, wet springs, and pleasant summers, so have pests.   

Pests and rodents look for any safe place to build their nests, and your gutters might be the perfect spot. 

Leaves and debris inside your gutter make a comfy spot for all sorts of critters. Here are a few of the most common. 

Rodents – Mice & Rats

Rats and mice can easily climb your downspouts and make a home in your gutters.

The sound of rumbling in your gutters and the appearance of pest droppings are two signs of their presence. You may want to contact animal control or an exterminator to get the infestation under control. 

Mosquitoes, Bees, and Wasps

Stinging insects, like bees and wasps, like to nest in high areas for the protection of their hives. Damp, wet gutters are the ideal area. Spiders, cockroaches, and mosquitoes also find dank gutters to be the perfect environment for breeding.  

If you notice an increase in insects in your yard, it may be time to look up.  

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Opossums & Squirrels

It’s not uncommon for opossums and squirrels to live inside clogged gutters. Their presence is almost always known. You’ll notice sagging or sloping gutters and damaged downspouts because of their weight. 

Opossums can be aggressive, so it’s best to have a professional eliminate the problem. 


The debris that commonly clogs gutters is the perfect material for birds to make a nest of. Uncovered or open gutter corners create the perfect spot for birds to seek safety.  

In addition to attracting insects, bird nests stop the flow of water and render your gutters and downspouts useless.

How Gutter Pests Impact Your Home

As you can see, pests running the gamut from rodents to bugs are a major nuisance around your home, particularly in your gutters.

Along with these infestations in general, here are other ways pest presence in your gutters affects your home and family:

  • Damaged gutters and downspouts
  • Roof and shingle damage
  • Holes in the attic
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Health and safety hazards

The FRS Gutter Solution Helps Keep Pests Away

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Controlling Pests in Your Gutters

Keeping your gutters pest-free is essential to keeping them in good condition. When your gutters are clear of clogs and pests, water run-off from your roof can be directed out and away from your home’s foundation. Protecting your biggest investment – your home.

We at Foundation Recovery Systems are not a pest control company, but we can strengthen your gutters and provide gutter protection, making your gutters less desirable for critters.  

Our innovative approach to gutters is just one part of a whole-house water management solution. We protect your structure from the ground up.

The specially designed top of our AquaGuard Gutter Solution keeps everything out except water. Here are other features that make this an innovative and reliable gutter option:

  • All-in-one seamless unit
  • Slotted and angled hood
  • Backsplash lip
  • Wide-mouth outlet
  • Removable end cap
  • Increased water capacity and quick drainage
  • Comprehensive warranty and maintenance coverage

Gutter Pests


Absolutely. Clogged gutters are the ideal location for pests to make their homes. From wasps to birds to squirrels and mice, wet, damp leaves and debris are a hotbed for infestations. 

A gutter spike is a DIY solution to keep pests out of the gutter. This metal spiked strip is placed inside the gutter where it works to deter birds and rodents from making their homes.  

Animal welfare aside, while it may prevent pests, the spikes easily clog with leaves and twigs, causing your gutter to overflow quickly.  

If you’ve ever had a rodent in your home, you know they are not quiet.  

The same can be said about your gutters. Mice, opossums, squirrels, and birds make a lot of noise, making them hard to ignore.  

Address Gutter Concerns with Professional Help from Foundation Recovery Systems

Understanding critters common in Moberly is an important element in ensuring your gutters stay in good working order. 

Since 1992, FRS has worked in your neighborhood. We understand the unique weather conditions, soil, trees, and critters that make up your community. 

Our gutter solutions are long-term. Using seamless gutters and revolutionary gutter guards, we offer a full water management solution.  

Don’t let pests making a home in your gutters affect your home and loved ones. It only takes a minute to schedule your free inspection. Call us today! 

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