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

You don’t want to think about it, but often times dust isn’t exclusively what is in your duct system. You may hear animal noises coming from air ducts and notice you have freeloading tenants. 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 complete duct cleaning and we will assure your duct system is clear of all these uninvited house guests, such as: 

Creepy-Crawlies 

There are few things 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 lay in bed and imagine it laying all those spider eggs. You may even believe you hear some scuttling around your duct system. Never fear. Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing will come to your home and give you a complete duct cleaning and ensure that spider and any of her yucky friends are good and gone. Eggs, too. 

Rodents 

When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife make a home in your duct system, generally through gaps in the duct work and cracks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes several issues. First, furry critters can leave droppings behind and can destroy anything they get into, including holiday decorations or baby toys you’re storing in your attic. Second, animals tend to chew, which can result in exposed wiring. That combined with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely taking in to manufacture a nest, and that creates quite the fire hazard in your attic, duct system, and behind your walls. A complete duct cleaning can eliminate rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call an expert wildlife removal company to remove the mice, squirrels, or other wildlife and possibly an electrician if there has been any damage to wiring. 

Birds 

Birds typically get into safe and warm places to nestand your air vents are perfect. Nests mean babies, which means they are bringing food to babies, and that means BUGS. If you find birds in your vents, you’ll presumably end up with bugs in your home. But that’s not the worst part. Birds assemble nests in your vents, and given the vast amount of leaves and grass they use to construct said nest, it can result in totally clogging a vent, stopping any airflow. As with rodents, a completely duct cleaning from Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing can eliminate any droppings, feathers, or other potential 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 there are mice in your ducts, you should take steps to quickly remove them. Mice gnaw wiring and leave feces like all rodents, but they also multiply quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the highway of your house, they eventually die in the ducts. This creates an unsanitary situation, and you may notice an unsavory odor. 
 
You may guess mice due to the noise you hear – plenty of scratching and scrabbling inside air ducts. Or you may actually spot one making an escape through the air vents in your house. You might even confirm their status by inspecting the ducts for mice leavings. If you you’re worried you have mice you have two choices. You may trap them yourself, by setting traps just inside each duct and checking them each morning. Or you can hire a pest control company. 
 
Once you have verified that the mice are exterminated, you should have your ductwork expertly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been living in the walls, they will have left feces in your ducts. Mice feces 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 eliminate most debris from your home’s ventilation system. 

Call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing soon or schedule online for a full duct cleaning to help assure the air you are breathing is healthy and pest-free.