If you are a homeowner, there is a good chance that you want your gutters to be clear so that they can redirect the water away from the house where it could do harm. However, this will be a problem if you constantly have squirrels in your gutter. The reason for that is that squirrels can build nests that will block the flow of water and make your gutters much less effective. Here are some tips for making sure that you keep your gutters free of squirrels.
1. Create a Squirrel Sanctuary
The first thing that you want to do is create a squirrel sanctuary, or a designated place for squirrels to live. The reason for this is that it can be difficult for squirrels to find a safe place to live, especially if you are in a new housing development that does not have a lot of trees or other options. In order to provide squirrels with a more reasonable alternative, you will need to plant trees or shrubs near the house so that they can easily make the change. The best thing to do is to eschew trees and instead plant shrubs in order to make sure that squirrels cannot climb easily from the tree to the roof. If you really want trees on your property, make sure that they are at least between 8 and 15 feet away from the house.
2. Use Urine
Next, go to a farm supply store and purchase predatory urine. Use a brush to dab the urine all around your gutters. This will help deter squirrels from settling near your gutters because they will sense that a predatory animal is nearby.
3. Clean the Nest
Finally, commit to cleaning out the nest that the squirrels build each day with a hose. This will easily allow you to get rid of all of the debris that is blocking your gutter. You will need to do this multiple times because the squirrels will continue to come back. This will result in the squirrels being deterred from nesting in your gutters. Trimming any trees and bushes that might be nearby will allow you to avoid having the squirrels come back easily, further increasing the overall difficulty of the squirrels actually being able to build further nests.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in gutter replacement and repair. They might have mesh covers that will be able to help you.