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

It’s not fun to think about, but occasionally dust isn’t the only thing that is in your duct system. You might have heard 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 be nesting and refuse to leave their babies. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a thorough duct cleaning and we will ensure your duct system is clear of all these uninvited house guests, such as:

Bugs and Insects

Nothing is worse than aiming to kill a spider and seeing it run into your air vent. It’s impossible to get it now and all you can do is sit in your room and imagine it laying all those spider babies. You may even think you hear a few scuttling around your duct system. Never fear. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will come out and give you a complete duct cleaning and make sure that spider and any of her yucky friends are evicted. The offspring, too.

Rodents

When raccoons, mice, and other furry visitors find themselves in your duct system, normally through gaps in the duct work and breaks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes several issues. First, rodents can leave droppings behind and can tear up 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 mixed with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely bringing in to create a nest, and now there’s quite the fire danger 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 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 normally find safe and warm places to nestand your air vents are perfect. 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 presumably end up with creepy-crawlies in your home. But that’s not all. Birds assemble nests in your vents, and given the large amount of leaves and grass they use to construct said nest, it can end up fully clogging a vent, stopping any airflow. As with our furry friends, a professional duct cleaning from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can get rid of any droppings, feathers, or other likely illness-carrying leave-behinds. You may 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 air ducts, you should take steps to remove them. Mice gnaw electrical wires and leave feces like all rodents, but they also grow their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the road system of your home, they eventually die in the ducts. This creates unhealthy living conditions, and you may notice it due to the smell.

You probably guess mice because of the noises you hear – lots of scratching and scrabbling in ducts. Or you might actually spot one making an escape into the vents in your house. You may even confirm their status by inspecting the ducts for mice droppings. If you you’re worried you have mice you have two choices. You can trap them yourself, by setting traps just inside each vent and checking them each morning. Or you might decide to contract a pest control company.

If you’ve determined that the mice are exterminated, you really should have your ducts thoroughly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been living in the walls, 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 you and your family sick. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers duct cleaning services that will clean out most debris from your home’s air ducts.

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

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