Your gutters are extremely attractive to all types of animals, bugs and critters. Squirrels and birds will make their nests out of the leaves, twigs and other materials in the gutters and roaches, wasps and other insects will thrive in the wet and rotting debris found there. Unfortunately, these pests and animals can cause serious problem for your gutters, including blockages and worse.<!--more-->\r\n\r\nIf you have discovered insects or animals in your gutters, the only solution is to clean out the gutters to get rid of them for good. If you have time, a ladder and great balance, this may be a job you can handle on your own. However, if the job is too big, then hiring a professional is going to be the best option.\r\n\r\nKeep in mind, the best way to deal with pests and wild animals is by preventing them from nesting in your gutters to begin with. Some tips to help you do this can be found here.\r\nRemove the Debris Regularly \r\nThe easiest solution to get rid of pests and animals is to remove the debris that accumulate in your gutters and downspouts on a regular basis. Even downspouts that are partially clogged can create standing water in the gutters. If this standing water remains in place, then not only will insects be attracted to the location, but also mosquitoes.\r\n\r\nKeep in mind, there are some companies that offer monthly, bi-monthly, or some other schedule based on your needs, to provide service and cleaning for your gutters. This may be the best option to keep your home\u2019s gutter system pest-free.\r\nRinse and Repeat \r\nOnce you have cleaned out the gutters, or had a professional provide the service for you, it is a good idea to use your water hose to make sure everything is flowing properly. If there is still a blockage, then it may mean that your gutter has been damaged. In this case, it is best to call the professionals, so they can inspect the gutters and determine what needs to be done.\r\nInstall Gutter Guards \r\nThanks to the desire for homeowners to keep their gutters free from debris without having to clean them every month, gutter guards have been invented. Today, there are all types of gutter guards to choose from that you can install that will keep your gutters free from debris and able to do their job. Some of the most common types of gutter guards include:\r\n\r\n \tGutter screens with a mesh cover\r\n \tBottle brush gutter guards\r\n \tHole or slit gutter guards\r\n \tSponge or foam gutter guards\r\n\r\nYou can also have a completely gutter protection system installed. This is a permanent solution that will help with all types of pest problems you may have experienced in the past.\r\n\r\nWhen it comes to your gutters, you can\u2019t ignore them. This can lead to water damage to your home\u2019s roof and foundation. Avoid this by cleaning them regularly and using the information here.