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

It’s not fun to think about, but occasionally 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 visitors. You can try and lure the critters out but they may not leave their babies if they are nesting. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a comprehensive duct cleaning and we will confirm your duct system is clear of all these uninvited house guests, such as:

Bugs and Insects

There are few things worse than working to kill a spider and watching is escape into your air vent. You can’t get to it now and all you can do is sit on the couch and imagine the spider laying all those spider babies. You may even swear you hear some racing around your duct system. No worries. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will come to your home and give you a full duct cleaning and assure that spider and any of her yucky friends are evicted. Babies, too.

Rodents

When raccoons, mice, and other furry visitors find themselves in your duct system, commonly through openings in the duct work and fractures in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, squirrels, mice, or raccoons can leave droppings behind and can ruin anything they encounter, including Christmas decorations or old toys you’re saving in your attic. Second, rodents tend to chew, which can leave you with exposed wiring. That combined with the twigs and dried grass they’re likely taking in to manufacture a nest, and now you have quite the fire danger in your duct system, your attic, or behind your walls. A professional duct cleaning can remove rodent droppings or nests, but you may also need to call animal control to remove the mice, squirrels, or other wildlife and possibly an electrician if there was any wire damage.

Birds

Birds usually find safe and sheltered places to nest, like your air vents. Nests mean eggs, which means they are finding food for babies, and that means BUGS. If you find birds in your vents, you’ll likely end up with creepy-crawlies in your home. But that’s not the worst part. Birds create nests in your vents, and given the vast amount of leaves and grass they use to assemble said nest, it can end up totally clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with rodents, a professional duct cleaning from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can remove any droppings, feathers, or other likely illness-carrying leave-behinds. You may also need animal control to actually remove the birds from air vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If you have mice in the air ducts, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice gnaw wiring 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 beltway of your residence, they may die in the ducts. This creates unhealthy living conditions, and you may notice it due to the smell.

You may guess mice from the noise you hear – some scratching and scrabbling in ductwork. Or you might actually spot one making an escape through the air vents in your walls. You may even confirm their passage by inspecting the ducts for mice droppings. Either way, if you think there’s mice you have some choices. You can trap them yourself, by setting traps just inside each duct and checking them every morning. Or you can contract a pest control company.

If you have verified that the mice are removed, you should have your ducts expertly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been present, they will have left feces in your ducts. Mice feces are toxic, and if you leave them in your ducts they can make your household sick. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers duct cleaning services that will eliminate most debris from your home’s ventilation system.

Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning soon for a full duct cleaning to help assure the air your family is breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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