What’s Crawling Around in Your Home’s Air Ducts?

It’s not fun to think about, but often times dust isn’t all that is in your duct system. You may hear animal noises coming from air ducts and notice you have unwanted guests. You can attempt to lure the critters out but they may not leave their babies if they are nesting. Call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for a comprehensive duct cleaning and we will ensure your duct system is rid of all these unwanted house guests, including: 

Creepy-Crawlies 

Not much is worse than aiming to kill a spider and watching is escape into your air vent. It’s out of reach now and all you can do is sit on the couch and imagine the thing laying all those baby spiders. You may even think you hear some scampering around your duct system. No worries. Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing will come to your home and give you a thorough duct cleaning and ensure that spider and any of her bug friends are out of there. Eggs, too. 

Rodents 

When raccoons, mice, and other furry visitors make their way into your duct system, usually through openings in the duct work and breaks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes multiple issues. First, rodents can leave droppings behind and can destroy anything they come across, including Christmas decorations or old toys you’re keeping in your attic. Second, those little guys tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That combined with the twigs and dried grass they’re likely carrying in to create a nest, and now there’s quite the fire risk in your duct system, your attic, or behind your walls. A good duct cleaning can get rid of rodent droppings or nests, but you may also need to call a professional animal removal company to remove the mice, squirrels, or other wildlife and possibly an electrician if there was any wire damage. 

Birds 

Birds normally get into safe and dry places to nestand your air vents meet that criteria. Nests mean baby birds, which means they are bringing food to babies, and that means BUGS. If you discover birds in your vents, you’ll likely end up with creepy-crawlies in your home. But that’s not the end of it. Birds assemble nests in your vents, and given the large amount of leaves and grass they use to construct said nest, it can end up fully clogging a vent, preventing any airflow. As with rodents, a professional duct cleaning from Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing can remove any droppings, feathers, or other potential illness-carrying leave-behinds. You may also need an expert animal removal company to actually remove the birds from the vents or attics. 

Mice in Air Ducts 

If you have mice in your ducts, you should take steps to quickly remove them. Mice gnaw electrical wires and leave feces like most rodents, but they also grow their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the road system of your house, they usually pass away inside. This creates unhealthy living conditions, and you may notice an unsavory odor. 
 
You may guess mice from the noise you hear – lots of scratching and scrabbling inside metal. Or you may actually see one making an escape into the heating vents in your walls. You may even confirm their passage by inspecting the ducts for mice leavings. Either way, if you suspect mice you have some choices. You could trap them yourself, by placing traps inside each vent and checking them in the morning. Or you can hire a professional exterminator. 
 
If you have verified that the mice are exterminated, you will need to have your ductwork professionally cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been there, they will have left droppings in your ducts. Mice leavings are toxic, and if you ignore them in your ducts they can make you sick. Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing offers duct cleaning services that will clean out most debris from your home’s airways. 

Call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing soon or schedule online for a complete duct cleaning to help make sure the air you and your loved ones are breathing is healthy and pest-free.