Gutter Guards and the Zika Virus

Here is a link to the CDC’s information on controlling mosquitoes. It is very important to keep your gutters clear of standing water for many reasons (lyme disease, heart worms in your pets, damage to the rain gutter), this report shares some information that we would like to pass on.

  • Female mosquitoes lay several hundred eggs on the walls of water filled containers, including clogged rain gutters. Eggs stick to containers like glue and remain attached until they are scrubbed off. When water covers the eggs, they hatch and become adults in about a week. Better to keep water out of containers than have to think about scrubbing eggs that are practically invisible to the naked eye.
  • To keep water out of septic tanks, rain barrels and other places where you can’t get rid of water, the CDC says you need to cover these surfaces with a wire mesh smaller than an adult mosquito.
  • This is where a gutter guard like LeafsOut, with a fine mesh will help to keep mosquitoes from laying eggs in the gutter, of course LeafsOut has to be installed properly. Gutter guards and the Zika virus can be minimized if the mosquito can’t find a wet place to breed.

When you open gutters covered with Leafsout, you’ll find nothing inside. If there is nothing in the gutter, it can’t create a breeding ground. LeafsOut completely encloses the gutter with a surgical grade stainless steel mesh much smaller than a mosquito that makes water react as if there was no cover on the gutter but debris react as if it had hit a solid wall.