Oakleigh’s wildlife and your gutters: A coexistence guide

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Oakleigh’s wildlife and your gutters: A coexistence guide

Oakleigh homeowners live close to a variety of wildlife. While the presence of these animals adds to the charm and appeal of our region, it can also pose challenges to maintaining your home’s gutters. Birds, possums, and other small animals may find your gutters an attractive nesting or hiding place, leading to blockages and potential damage. At Gutter-Vac Oakleigh, we’re committed to helping homeowners manage their gutter systems effectively while coexisting peacefully with local wildlife. This guide offers insights into the impact of wildlife on your gutters and provides tips for humane management.

Understanding the impact of wildlife on gutters

Wildlife can affect your gutters in several ways:

  • Nesting: Birds and small mammals may use your gutters to build nests, which can block water flow and lead to overflow and water damage.
  • Debris: Animals moving in and around your gutters can leave behind leaves, twigs, and other debris, contributing to blockages.
  • Wear and tear: The weight and movement of animals can cause wear and tear on your gutters, potentially leading to leaks or detachment from your home.

Tips for humane wildlife management

Install gutter guards

Gutter guards are an effective way to prevent animals from nesting in your gutters without harming them. These devices allow water to pass through while keeping out leaves, twigs, and wildlife. Choose gutter guards that are durable and designed to withstand the local climate and animal activity.

Trim tree branches

Overhanging tree branches not only adds to gutter debris but provides easy access for animals to reach your gutters. Regularly trimming tree branches back from your home can help deter animals from leaping from the trees to your gutters.

Provide alternative nesting sites

To discourage birds and other wildlife from nesting in your gutters, consider providing alternative nesting sites on your property. Birdhouses and other wildlife shelters can offer appealing alternatives to your gutters, helping to keep both your home and the animals safe.

Regular gutter maintenance

Regular cleaning and maintenance of your gutters can help you identify and address any potential wildlife issues before they become serious problems. Removing nests and debris promptly can discourage animals from returning.

Use humane deterrents

If animals are frequently accessing your gutters, consider using humane deterrents to discourage them. Options include installing spikes or nets specifically designed to prevent birds from landing without causing them harm. Always choose deterrents that are humane and non-injurious to animals.

Partner with Gutter-Vac Oakleigh for wildlife-friendly gutter solutions

At Gutter-Vac Oakleigh, we’re dedicated to providing gutter cleaning and maintenance solutions that respect our local wildlife. Our team is trained to handle gutter-related wildlife issues with care and expertise, ensuring that your gutters are clean and functioning properly while minimising impact on the animals.

Why choose Gutter-Vac Oakleigh?

  • Expertise in wildlife management: We have the knowledge and experience to address gutter blockages caused by wildlife humanely.
  • Eco-friendly solutions: Our methods and products are chosen with the well-being of local wildlife in mind.
  • Comprehensive gutter services: From cleaning to guard installation, we offer a range of services to keep your gutters in top condition.

Don’t let wildlife turn your gutters into their home. Contact us today for a free gutter cleaning quote. We’ll help you find the best solutions for coexisting peacefully with Oakleigh’s wildlife while keeping your gutters clear and your home protected.

Going Solar: The Benefits and Challenges of Solar Panels

Solar panels are an excellent investment.

With technology improving every single year, the level of power they can provide for your home is continually increasing and energy storage provides non-stop power come rain, shine or solar eclipse.

Solar panel maintenance is essential though and being aware of the potential issues of rooftop panelling will maintain efficiency and give your panels a longer lifespan, providing free power and better return on your investment.

Follow these five tips to make more of your solar:

1. Clean Surfaces Make More Power

Salt residue, leaf litter and day-to-day grime can build up quickly on your panel surfaces. Over time, the efficiency of your panels will decrease, making less power and reducing your return on investment. By keeping your panels clean, you will maximise their effectiveness and make your money back far sooner.

2. An Added Fire Hazard

As we have mentioned before, leaf build-up in gutters, valleys and elsewhere can create a potential fire hazard and increase your property’s damage risk in the event of a domestic or bushfire. Solar panels also create potential a collection point for loose, dry leaves and increased fire risk. By regularly cleaning around and beneath your panels, you will remove this hazard.

3. Vermin Love Solar Too

It’s warm, it’s cosy and it’s sheltered from the rain – what better place to roost, nest and raise your young than under a solar panel! Birds, mice, squirrels and other vermin view solar panels as prime real estate and this can be a disaster for homeowners in several ways.

Pigeon poo can become toxic over time and can damage your solar panels, surrounding roof, the paving below, and even your health. Nesting materials are not only messy, they will also add to that fire risk we mentioned. Lastly, there’s the noise factor. Between the squawking and squeaking, vermin can make for restless nights and frustrating days, so preventing the issue with wire mesh and other devices has numerous benefits.

4. Smaller Pest Issues

It’s not only larger vermin that can create dramas with your solar panels; smaller bugs and insects can also take up residence around your solar panelling. The issue with this is twofold: firstly, they can damage and decrease the lifespan and efficiency of your panels. Secondly, termites, cockroaches and other pests can migrate into your home, causing damage to timbers and property.

By using pest control products, you can eliminate or deter infestations and avoid these issues.

5. Gutter-Vac is Your One-Stop Solution

Cleaning your own solar panels is an option, but without an angled roofing ladder it can be both challenging and dangerous. Also, if there is a build-up of pigeon mess, protective equipment will be essential to keep you safe.

Without the correct tools, you can risk scratching or damaging your solar panels, reducing efficiency, voiding warranties and potentially breaking them completely.

Pest control products can also be damaging to your health so again, without the correct gear, this can be a risky job to tackle yourself.

Gutter-Vac franchisees are fully equipped to deal with all of these circumstances, removing the hassle and risk of tackling the job yourself.

Using specialised products, we remove and deter pests of all kinds with repellent solutions for insects and long-lasting coated stainless steel mesh to prevent vermin from nesting beneath or around your solar panels. We also use professional clips for vermin mesh, protecting your panels from damage without voiding warranty.

Professionally maintaining your solar panels is essential to help keep them efficient and protecting your return on investment for many years to come.

Contact Gutter-Vac today for a quote on your solar panel maintenance.

Look out, snakes and pests are about!

So you’ve just had a pestie over to your home in time for the notorious summer pest season in Queensland. Well done! But what about your gutters? Are you aware pests love neglected gutters, and snakes love the smorgasbord of mice and rats they can provide? Unkempt gutters can undo all the good work of a pest professional!

This year’s warmer weather has resulted in an earlier snake season in Queensland. Typically peak snake season runs from October to November. Snakes are drawn to gutters in suburban homes looking for food. They can then enter the roof space and will need to be removed by a professional, (if you wish to have them removed). This may incur a fee. It is illegal to have them removed by any other means than a registered snake catcher.

A registered snake catcher may be able to perform roof and ceiling inspections also. Have you heard in noises in your roof lately? It could be carpet pythons slithering in your roof space. Carpet pythons are non venomous but their 80 backward facing teeth can inflict a painful bite. Not too mention, it can be tricky to tell the species apart, unless you have a trained eye. Did you know most snake bites occur from people who are trying to kill or capture a snake? The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection says that snakes generally opt to retreat when people come across them, but they can become defensive if they feel threatened. They are usually more scared of you, but it is definitely a job for a registered snake catcher if you wish to relocate them.  

While snakes may be busy preying on rats and mice in your roof, these rodents can also cause separate problems. Rats can carry diseases and parasites. They are also renowned for gnawing roofing materials and wiring. This may result in a potential fire hazard.

Other handy hints to prevent pests in your home include:

Seal any holes and gaps in your house, apart from weep holes!

It is important to ensure weep holes are kept clear. These are tiny holes in the external wall. Their purpose is to prevent moisture buildup in the wall cavity. Yet, weep holes are often overlooked, and covered by gardens etc. If they are blocked, this can greatly increase your risk of termites, which is a homeowner’s worst nightmare!

Regularly clean your gutters. Pests love moisture and debris in untidy gutters.

Dispose of rubbish and keep your outdoor areas tidy.

Remove any potential food sources.

Position trees away from your home or keep them well trimmed.

If you have a chicken coop, ensure it is kept clean. It is not so much the chickens that the snakes are after; rather the mice a dirty coop can attract.

Regular pest inspections are recommended.

So what are some signs of pests to look out for?

  • Droppings and smear marks.
  • Evidence of nests.
  • Shedded or moulted skin is a sure sign of snakes.
  • Teeth marks.
  • Blisters in wood flooring can indicate termites.
  • Mud tubes can also indicate termites.
  • Strange noises.

Having your home treated for pests is not the finish line you may think it is. One of pests favourite restaurants may be in your roof! If you don’t want snakes around, cleaning out your roof space will give snakes less incentive to hang about. And rodents will be less drawn to your roof if your gutters are clean and free from organic matter. Stay on top of the situation by preventing pests from getting inside in the first place! Once they get in, they can prove to be very difficult and costly to get out.