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

It’s unpleasant to consider, but sometimes dust isn’t exclusively what is in your duct system. You might hear animal noises coming from air ducts and notice you have freeloading visitors. You can pull out all the stops to lure the critters out but they may not leave their babies if they are nesting. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a thorough duct cleaning and we will confirm your duct system is rid of all these uninvited house guests, for instance:

Creepy-Crawlies

Nothing is worse than working to kill a spider and seeing it run into the 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 eggs. You may even think you hear a couple scurrying around your duct system. Fear not. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will come to your home and give you a thorough duct cleaning and ensure that spider and any of her bug friends are good and gone. The offspring, too.

Rodents

When raccoons, mice, and other furry visitors find themselves in your duct system, commonly through openings in the duct work and cracks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes several issues. First, rodents can leave droppings behind and can tear up anything they come across, including Christmas decorations or old toys you’re saving in your attic. Second, those little guys tend to chew, which can result in exposed wiring. That combined with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely taking in to create a nest, and that creates quite the fire risk in your attic, behind your walls, and in your duct system. A professional 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 furry visitors and perhaps an electrician if there has been any damage to wiring.

Birds

Birds usually find safe and dry 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 discover birds in your vents, you’ll probably end up with bugs in your home. But that’s not the worst part. Birds build nests in your vents, and given the vast amount of materials they use to assemble said nest, it can wind up totally clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with mice, squirrels, etc., a thorough duct cleaning from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can remove any droppings, feathers, or other possible illness-carrying leave-behinds. You may also need an expert animal removal company to actually remove the birds from your vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If you’ve got mice in your home’s ducts, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice nibble on wiring and leave droppings like most 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 there. This creates unhealthy living conditions, and you may notice unpleasant scents.

You probably think of mice from the noises you hear – plenty of scratching and scrabbling along sheet metal. Or you could actually see one making an escape through the vents in your home. You might even confirm their passage by inspecting the ducts for mice droppings. Either way, if you think there’s mice you have some choices. You may trap them yourself, by placing traps on the interior of each duct and checking them in the morning. Or you can contract a pest control company.

After you’ve determined that the mice are exterminated, you will need to have your ducts professionally cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been there, they will have left droppings in your ducts. Mice droppings are toxic, and if you don’t remove them from your ducts they can make your household sick. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers duct cleaning services that will remove most debris from your home’s ventilation system.

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

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