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Animals That May Be Hiding in Your Gutters & How to Get Rid of Them

Gutters largely go unnoticed, yet they perform a critical role by diverting rainwater away from our homes. At least, that’s how they are intended to work! But for gutters to perform their best, they must be maintained and free from debris.

If you don’t have Rhino Gutter Guards in place, your gutters could become clogged with debris and become a home to neighborhood animals and pests.

Don’t let your gutters become a haven for small animals! Keep reading to learn what kinds of animals might be hiding in your gutters and how to best get rid of them.

What Kinds of Animals Take Refuge in Messy Gutters?

Messy, clogged gutters don’t just subject your house to damage from rainwater. Debris like sticks, leaves, and dirt create the perfect nest for many creatures. Here are some of the most common animals you might find hiding in your messy gutters:


Is your yard teeming with mosquitoes? If so, it could partly be your fault! Remember, insects like mosquitoes breed in standing water, which is why many homeowners prevent stagnant pools of water around their homes. Many forget to attend to their gutters though.

If debris is allowed to accumulate in your gutters, the buildup can block the flow of water and allow it to collect, forming a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Mice and Other Rodents

Leaves, twigs, pine needles, and other debris are the perfect building blocks that mice and other rodents need to create a cozy nest. The real trouble though, is that mischievous rodents tend to chew through wood and can ultimately make their way indoors.

Your best bet? Fill any cracks or holes in the soffit of your home and clean your gutters of any material that is providing a warm refuge to rodents. Of course, this could have been prevented with Rhino Gutter Guards and End Caps, but more on that later!


Many homeowners welcome birds to their yards due to their beautiful songs and colorful feathers. But if you aren’t careful, birds may choose your gutters as their new home. Of course, birds are relatively benign compared to other pests, but they aren’t completely harmless!

For one, their droppings can stain parts of your home’s exterior, and their nests can clog up your rainwater drainage system. Still, even if you endeavor to remove one bird’s nest, you can’t discount the possibility that another one won’t take its place. Therefore, it is important to keep your gutters clean and clear from debris!


Messy gutters can be perfect for pests for many reasons. If the moisture and decaying organic matter doesn’t sell them, then the ideal location—high above the ground—just might!

For that reason, bees, wasps, and hornets often build nests inside and beneath gutters. Obviously, a colony of stinging insects can become a problem, as the weight of larger nests can compromise gutters and your home’s roof.

If you encounter a bees’ nest, act quickly to have it removed. We recommend calling a qualified pest-control pro with experience in rehoming bees.


While gutter-dwelling snakes might seem like something from a nightmare, it can be a reality in some areas, especially in the summertime. Gutters provide snakes all they need to survive and thrive including warmth, shade, and easy access to their prey.

If you spot a snake in your gutters, exercise extreme caution, especially if you don’t know if it is dangerous or not. Call in an expert as soon as possible to remedy the problem.

How to Get Rid of Pests in Your Gutters

While keeping your gutters clean is the best remedy to preventing pests from taking up residence in your gutters, cleaning your gutters can be a dangerous and unpleasant chore and often gets pushed to the wayside.

Instead of neglecting gutter maintenance, consider installing Rhino Gutter Guards and Rhino End Caps to prevent clogs and pests.

Our team can professionally install these components to your gutters in just a day, but our Rhino Gutter Guards offer a lifetime of protection against gutter clogs caused by leaves, twigs, pine needles, and other debris.

Further, our Rhino End Caps can be easily attached to the end of each gutter spout, sealing these entry points to keep rodents, snakes, and other pests at bay.

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Protect Your Gutters and Prevent Pests

As you can see, keeping your gutters clear from debris is the best way to keep pests at bay. Ready to install a Rhino Gutter Guard system on your home? Call our gutter pros at The Rhino Gutter Company for a quote today; 813-535-4104!