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

It’s not fun to think about, but often times dust isn’t exclusively what is in your duct system. You might hear animal noises coming from air ducts and notice you have unwanted visitors. You can pull out all the stops to lure the creatures out but if they’re nesting they may not leave their babies. Call Air Engineers Service Experts for a thorough duct cleaning and we will make sure your duct system is rid of all these unwanted house guests, for instance:


Nothing is worse than trying to kill a spider and seeing it run into your air vent. It’s impossible to get it now and all you can do is lay in bed and imagine the spider laying all those spider babies. You may even swear you hear a couple scampering around your duct system. Fear not. Air Engineers Service Experts will come see you and give you a thorough duct cleaning and ensure that spider and any of her bug friends are evicted. Babies, too.


When raccoons, mice, and other furry visitors find themselves in your duct system, normally through gaps in the duct work and cracks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes multiple issues. First, squirrels, mice, or raccoons can leave droppings behind and can destroy anything they get into, including seasonal decorations or old toys you’re saving in your attic. Second, those little guys tend to chew, which can leave you with exposed wiring. That joined with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely bringing in to manufacture a nest, and now you have quite the fire hazard in your duct system, your attic, or behind your walls. A complete 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 rodents and maybe an electrician if there has been any damage to wiring.


Birds typically get into safe and warm places to nestand your air vents are perfect. 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 bugs in your home. But that’s not the worst part. Birds construct nests in your vents, and given the great amount of stuff they use to construct said nest, it can wind up fully clogging a vent, preventing any airflow. As with rodents, a completely duct cleaning from Air Engineers Service Experts can get rid of any droppings, feathers, or other likely illness-carrying leave-behinds. You might also need a professional wildlife removal company to actually remove the birds from your vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If there are mice in your ducts, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice chew through electrical wires and leave feces like most rodents, but they also add to their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the road system of your home, they usually die in there. This creates a health hazard, and you may notice it due to the smell.

You may suspect mice due to the noise you hear – lots of scratching and scrabbling inside walls. Or you may actually spot one making an escape into the air vents in your house. You could even confirm their presence by inspecting the ducts for mice droppings. If you think there’s mice you have some options. You may trap them yourself, by setting traps on the interior of each duct and checking them each morning. Or you could contract a professional exterminator.

Once you’ve verified that the mice are gone, you should have your ductwork thoroughly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been present, they will have left droppings in your ducts. Mice droppings are toxic, and if you leave them in your ducts they can make your household sick. Air Engineers Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will remove most debris from your home’s ventilation system.

Call Air Engineers Service Experts now for a thorough duct cleaning to help assure the air you are breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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