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 unwanted 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 make sure your duct system is rid of all these unwelcome house guests, for instance:

Insects and Bugs

Nothing is worse than trying to kill a spider and watching is escape into the air vent. It’s impossible to get it now and all you can do is lie in bed and imagine the spider laying all those spider babies. You may even swear you hear a few scrambling around your duct system. Never fear. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will come to your home and give you a complete duct cleaning and make sure that spider and any of her bug friends are good and gone. Eggs, too.

Rodents

When rodents make their way into your duct system, normally through holes in the duct work and cracks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, wildlife can leave droppings behind and can tear up anything they come across, including holiday decorations or old baby clothes you’re keeping in your attic. Second, those little guys tend to chew, which can result in exposed wiring. That mixed with the twigs and dried grass they’re likely taking in to manufacture a nest, and that creates quite the fire risk in your attic, duct system, and behind your walls. A thorough duct cleaning can eliminate rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call an expert wildlife removal company to remove the rodents and possibly an electrician if there was any wire damage.

Birds

Birds typically look for safe and warm places to nest, like your air vents. Nests mean babies, which means they are finding food for babies, and that means BUGS. If you have birds in your vents, you’ll likely end up with creepy-crawlies in your home. But that’s not all. 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 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 could also need animal control to actually remove the birds from air vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If you’ve got mice in your ducts, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice gnaw wires and leave refuse like most rodents, but they also multiply quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the highway of your home, they usually pass away inside. This creates a health hazard, and you may notice unpleasant scents.

You probably suspect mice from the sounds you hear – some scratching and scrabbling along ducts. Or you may actually see one making an escape through the air vents in your walls. You might even confirm their passage by inspecting the ducts for mice feces. If you think there’s mice you have a couple options. You could trap them yourself, by setting traps just inside each duct and checking them every morning. Or you can contract a pest control company.

Once you’ve verified that the mice are removed, you really should have your ductwork 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 ignore them in your ducts they can make you sick. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers duct cleaning services that will clean out most debris from your home’s airways.

Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning soon for a complete duct cleaning to help ensure the air you are breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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