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The Role of Gutter Protection in Mosquito Control

By January 27, 2016October 17th, 2023No Comments

South Carolina saw a plague of mosquitoes after historic floods late last year. While mosquitoes are nothing new to residents here, the combination of heavy rains and warmer-than-usual temperatures caused a surge in the population that extended well past October, the time when mosquito season usually tapers off.

In the wake of the plague (and its total extermination price tag of $1.5 million per county), the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and local stormwater management departments released bulletins urging homeowners to take active steps against mosquitoes.

Emphasis was heavy on the fact that the mosquito problem is weather-driven and can recur given the right conditions. This is why any time is a good time to take steps toward reducing the mosquito population, especially where you live and work.

Mosquito Control Is a Shared Responsibility

One of the ways you can contribute is to install gutter protection systems in Greer SC, or the local area. You can drain bird baths and plastic pools and fix leaky sprinklers, but you can’t get rid of your gutters. They collect runoff from your roof, gutters become a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes when leaves and debris fall in and get wet. They don’t even need to be clogged for this to happen. According to DHEC, even water in a container as small as a bottle cap can become an active breeding site in as little as five days.

Gutter covers ensure that anything that could hold water in your gutters stay out, allowing runoff to flow into your drainage system. This eliminates a potential breeding site and protects your home in the process.

If you have questions about installing gutter protection systems in Greer, SC or anywhere in the Upstate and Midlands of South Carolina, call Carolina Gutter Helmet & More. We’ve been proudly serving your neighbors’ gutter protection needs for over 14 years and would be happy to help you with your inquiries.