Remember back to that tough conversation about the birds and bees you had when you were a kid? It was a little uncomfortable, right? Let’s turn the tables and have it about bees and gutter guards, because it’s just as uncomfortable a topic for most brands to address without feeling a little awkward.
The most common gutter guards sold are solid aluminum or plastic covers. They slide underneath your roof shingles, or are in some way attached to your roof. Some are installed over special hangers. Most end with what is commonly called a “reverse curve” in the front that floats over the gutter lip. The gap that is created is intended to allow water into the gutter below. But the gap, which runs the entire length of the gutter run, is also big enough to allow small birds and wasps to fly in and find a nice, dry and comfortable place to build nests. The likelihood of getting nests may increase when the gutter guard is installed under the second course of shingles rather than the first. That’s because the cover sits higher and less water can splash on its underside in the rain.
Bees and Gutter Guards
Often gutter guards become a virtual apartment complex for wasps, who attach their paper-style nests under the cover. This can make the living areas around your home very uncomfortable, particularly near entrance ways or by decks and patios. No one likes when their outdoor event feels like it’s been invaded by bees or wasps. Everyone winds up feeling on edge, fearing they’re risking getting stung. Bees and gutter guards are a bad combination for homeowners.
It’s hard to manage controlling or ridding yourself of a colony. It’s very difficult to get a spray under the cover to kill the insects. Most often, the system needs to be removed, cleaned of all colonies and then reinstalled to get rid of all the nests.
Birds and Gutter Guards
Openings in many systems are big enough for small birds, like finches, to get in and nest. One particular one-piece gutter cover’s brackets are installed under the guard and don’t attach to the gutter trough. Over time, particularly on longer runs, the opening starts to yawn open and even bigger birds can get in to nest.
The First Bird and Bees Nest Guarantee
MasterShield’s micro mesh gutter guard is different. It creates a completely enclosed gutter, one that an insect, even a mosquito, can’t enter. Even if they could, they wouldn’t find a dry place to nest because the water receiving area is directly above the open trough of the gutter. Every time it rains, the entire undersurface of the filter will carry rainwater into the gutter below.
MasterShield is so sure that it won’t attract birds, bees, wasps or even small insects like mosquitoes to nest and breed we back our system with the first Bird and Bee’s Nest Guarantee in the industry: your dealer will remove, at no cost, the nest or nests. For more than 6 years, we’ve never had an instance of a dealer having to make good on this promise because nothing has ever gotten in the system to nest.
No one wants a gutter guard with “benefits” especially ones that can make family events or a relaxing afternoon outdoors with a newspaper or iPad an uncomfortable time.
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