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Gutter maintenance: earthworms rising to the top

December 6th, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Gutter worms

How did worms get in my gutters?

How did worms get in my gutters?  You may be wondering how worms got in your gutters.  At Bell Seamless Gutters, we wonder the same thing.  It’s an inconvenience, for sure.  You may have even found a bunch of them in your gutters.  Like other debris, worms can clog up gutters.  They should be dealt with immediately.  There should be gutter maintenance and repair.  Still, how did worms get up there?

Gutter worms are one of life’s lesser-discussed mysteries.  They don’t have wings, so they didn’t fly up there.  They’re not the brothers and sisters of raindrops, so they didn’t fall from the sky.  Did they just magically appear?  No, of course not.  What’s the answer then?

Um, there really isn’t one.  Some blame birds and their avian appetites; sparrows, robins, cardinals, finches, and so forth dropping them while in flight.  Perhaps these birds were about to eat them and, in their hungered excitement, dropped them.  Who hasn’t accidentally dropped food?

There’s even speculation that gutter worms are the product of a bird’s bowel movements, after having ate a pregnant worm.  The eggs still survive and take a road trip of sorts and with the help of rain, end up in the gutters.  You may find this rather…disgusting.

If gutters aren’t properly maintained and cleaned, they become hazardous and harmful.  Worms are only the tip of the iceberg.  With that said, it’s nice to think that even a lowly earthworm can make it to the top, even if it’s because of a goofy bird and its insatiable appetite.  In a way, it’s a rags to riches story and at Bell Seamless Gutters, we love those stories!

*Image courtesy of Petr Kratochvil