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

You don’t want to think about it, but often times dust isn’t the only thing that is in your duct system. You might hear animal noises coming from air ducts and fear you have freeloading guests. You can try and lure the little guys out but if they’re nesting they may not leave their babies. Call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for a thorough duct cleaning and we will make sure your duct system is free of all these uninvited house guests, such as: 

Creepy-Crawlies 

Not much is worse than working to kill a spider and watching it run into an air vent. It’s out of reach now and all you can do is lay in bed and imagine the spider laying all those spider babies. You may even think you hear a few racing around your duct system. Fear not. Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing will come out and give you a complete duct cleaning and ensure that spider and any of her yucky friends are good and gone. Babies, too. 

Rodents 

When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife make their way into your duct system, commonly through holes in the duct work and fractures in the foundation or home exterior, it causes multiple issues. First, squirrels, mice, or raccoons can leave droppings behind and can ruin anything they come across, including holiday decorations or baby toys you’re storing in your attic. Second, those little guys tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That combined with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely bringing in to manufacture a nest, and now there’s quite the fire danger in your attic, duct system, and behind your walls. A good duct cleaning can get rid of rodent droppings or nests, but you might also need to call animal control to remove the rodents and possibly an electrician if there was any damage to the wiring. 

Birds 

Birds typically find safe and warm places to nest, like your air vents. Nests mean baby birds, which means they are finding food for babies, and that means BUGS. If you discover birds in your vents, you’ll likely end up with bugs in your home. But that’s not the end of it. Birds assemble nests in your vents, and given the vast amount of stuff they use to create said nest, it can end up totally clogging a vent, stopping any airflow. As with mice, squirrels, etc., a full duct cleaning from Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing can eliminate any droppings, feathers, or other possible illness-carrying leave-behinds. You could also need an expert animal removal company to actually remove the birds from air vents or attics. 

Mice in Air Ducts 

If you have mice in the ductwork, you should take steps to quickly remove them. Mice nibble on electrical wires and leave refuse like all rodents, but they also multiply quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the highway of your residence, they eventually pass away inside. This creates an unsanitary situation, and you may notice unpleasant scents. 
 
You might suspect mice due to the sounds you hear – plenty of scratching and scrabbling inside metal. Or you might actually see one making an escape into the vents in your house. You could even confirm their status by inspecting the ducts for mice leavings. Either way, if you suspect mice you have a couple choices. You can trap them yourself, by placing traps inside each duct and checking them every morning. Or you might decide to hire a professional exterminator. 
 
After you have verified that the mice are gone, you should have your air ducts expertly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been living in the walls, they will have left mice refuse in your ducts. Mice leavings are toxic, and if you leave them in your ducts they can make your household sick. Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing offers duct cleaning services that will clean out most debris from your home’s air ducts. 

Call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today 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.