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

It’s not fun to think about, but occasionally dust isn’t all that is in your duct system. You may hear animal noises coming from air ducts and realize you have freeloading tenants. You can pull out all the stops to lure the creatures out but they may not leave their babies if they are nesting. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a complete duct cleaning and we will ensure your duct system is rid of all these uninvited house guests, such as:

Bugs and Insects

There are few things worse than aiming to kill a spider and seeing it run into an 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 baby spiders. You may even think you hear some scurrying around your duct system. Never fear. 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 out of there. Eggs, too.

Rodents

When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife make a home in your duct system, normally through gaps in the duct work and cracks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, wildlife can leave droppings behind and can ruin anything they encounter, including seasonal decorations or old toys you’re saving in your attic. Second, rodents tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That combined with the dried grass and leaves they’re likely bringing in to build a nest, and now you have quite the fire danger in your attic, behind your walls, and in your duct system. A full duct cleaning can remove rodent droppings or nests, but you might also need to call a professional animal removal company to remove the rodents and possibly an electrician if there was any damage to the wiring.

Birds

Birds usually get into safe and dry places to nestand your air vents are perfect. Nests mean babies, which means they are feeding 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 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 totally clogging a vent, stopping any airflow. As with rodents, a thorough duct cleaning from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can remove any droppings, feathers, or other possible illness-carrying leave-behinds. You could also need animal control to actually remove the birds from your vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If you have mice in your home’s ductwork, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice nibble on wires and leave droppings like all rodents, but they also add to their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the beltway of your house, they may die in there. This creates an unsanitary situation, and you may notice an unsavory odor.

You might guess mice due to the noise you hear – lots of scratching and scrabbling inside air ducts. Or you may actually see one making an escape through the vents in your walls. You might even confirm their passage by inspecting the ducts for mice droppings. Either way, if you you’re worried you have mice you have a couple choices. You may trap them yourself, by placing traps inside each vent and checking them in the morning. Or you might decide to contract a professional exterminator.

Once you’ve verified that the mice are exterminated, you should have your air ducts thoroughly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been living in the walls, they will have left mice refuse in your ducts. Mice droppings are toxic, and if you leave 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 are breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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