The Zika Virus and The Dangers of Unguarded Gutters

If you made a list of the worst parts of summer, mosquitoes would probably rank high. They’re one of those universally hated things in the world, and for good reason. Not only do they pester, bite, and leave you with itchy red bumps, but they can carry harmful diseases.

West Nile has been the most well-known disease transmitted from mosquitoes, but recently, outbreaks of the Zika virus have been making national news. Mosquitoes have come from South and Central America carrying the disease, slowly spreading it north through the US.

The Causes and Conditions of the Zika Virus

Common symptoms of the Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, and headaches. For most people, these symptoms will pass in a week. There is, however, one group of people for which the Zika Virus poses a serious threat:

Pregnant women.

If a woman contracts Zika while pregnant, it can cause permanent birth defects from hearing and sight issues to nervous system conditions. There is no vaccine for the Zika virus. The best way to protect against this nasty disease is to keep away from mosquitoes.

And do you know where mosquitoes live and nest?

Stagnant and swampy water. The kind of environment often found in a clogged, dirty, or otherwise unprotected gutter.

Dirty, Uncovered Gutters are Home to Mosquitoes, Disease, and More.

All it takes are some leaves, dust, and a little rain to make the perfect environment for mosquitos to lay their eggs in. Next thing you know, there are swarms of mosquitos around your house, regardless of where you live.

And that’s not the only danger of unprotected gutters.

They can also be home to mold, mildew, rats, and more, all of which could be harmful to your health.

How to Keep Mosquitoes Out of Your Gutters

While cleaning your gutters can help, the best way to stay safe is to keep your gutters covered. But not just any gutter guard will keep something as small as mosquitoes out. Mastershield gutter protection uses advanced engineering to keep the smallest of objects out of your gutters while allowing rain to pass through.
With Mastershield, Minneapolis residents can have a clean, dry, and protected home.

Contact us today for a quote.