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

It’s unpleasant to consider, but occasionally dust isn’t all that is in your duct system. You might have heard animal noises coming from air ducts and notice you have unwelcome visitors. You can try and lure the creatures out but they may be nesting and refuse to leave their babies. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a thorough duct cleaning and we will confirm your duct system is free of all these unwelcome house guests, such as:

Insects and Bugs

There are few things worse than working to kill a spider and watching is escape into the air vent. You can’t get to it now and all you can do is lay in your room and imagine the thing laying all those spider babies. You may even swear you hear a few scurrying around your duct system. Don’t worry. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will come see you and give you a thorough duct cleaning and ensure that spider and any of her creepy-crawly friends are good and gone. The offspring, too.

Rodents

When rodents make their way into your duct system, commonly through openings in the duct work and breaks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes multiple issues. First, squirrels, mice, or raccoons can leave droppings behind and can ruin anything they encounter, including Christmas decorations or old baby clothes you’re keeping in your attic. Second, rodents tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That mixed with the twigs and dried grass they’re likely bringing in to build a nest, and now there’s quite the fire hazard in your attic, behind your walls, and in your duct system. A good duct cleaning can remove rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call animal control to remove the furry visitors and possibly an electrician if there was any damage to the wiring.

Birds

Birds typically look for safe and sheltered 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 have birds in your vents, you’ll presumably end up with bugs in your home. But that’s not all. Birds construct nests in your vents, and given the vast amount of materials they use to construct said nest, it can end up completely clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with mice, squirrels, etc., a full duct cleaning from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can remove any droppings, feathers, or other potential illness-carrying leave-behinds. You might also need an expert animal removal company to actually remove the birds from the vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If you’ve got mice in the ductwork, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice gnaw electrical wires and leave feces like all rodents, but they also multiply quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the beltway of your home, they usually die in the ducts. This creates an unsanitary situation, and you may notice unpleasant scents.

You may think of mice because of the noise you hear – plenty of scratching and scrabbling inside air ducts. Or you might actually spot one making an escape into the heating vents in your home. You may even confirm their status by inspecting the ducts for mice leavings. If you suspect mice you have two options. You could trap them yourself, by setting traps inside each vent and checking them every morning. Or you might decide to hire a specialist.

If you’ve verified that the mice are exterminated, you really should have your air ducts thoroughly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been present, they will have left mice refuse 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 offers duct cleaning services that will eliminate most debris from your home’s air ducts.

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

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