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

You don’t want to think about it, but occasionally dust isn’t all that is in your duct system. You might hear animal noises coming from air ducts and realize you have freeloading visitors. You can pull out all the stops to lure the critters out but if they’re nesting they may not leave their babies. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a complete duct cleaning and we will make sure your duct system is clear of all these uninvited house guests, including:

Insects and Bugs

Nothing is worse than aiming to kill a spider and watching is escape into an air vent. It’s impossible to get it now and all you can do is lay in bed and imagine it laying all those spider babies. You may even believe you hear a few racing around your duct system. Fear not. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will come to your home and give you a thorough duct cleaning and assure that spider and any of her creepy-crawly friends are good and gone. Babies, too.

Rodents

When raccoons, mice, and other furry visitors find themselves in your duct system, usually through openings in the duct work and breaks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes multiple issues. First, furry critters can leave droppings behind and can destroy anything they encounter, including seasonal decorations or old baby clothes you’re keeping in your attic. Second, those little guys tend to chew, which can leave you with exposed wiring. That combined with the twigs and dried grass they’re likely bringing in to manufacture a nest, and that creates quite the fire hazard in your duct system, your attic, or behind your walls. A professional duct cleaning can eliminate rodent droppings or nests, but you may also need to call animal control to remove the rodents and perhaps an electrician if there was any wire damage.

Birds

Birds normally get into safe and dry places to nest, like your air vents. Nests mean baby birds, which means they are finding food for babies, and that means BUGS. If you find birds in your vents, you’ll probably end up with bugs in your home. But that’s not all. Birds build nests in your vents, and given the vast amount of materials they use to build said nest, it can wind up completely clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with our furry friends, a thorough duct cleaning from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can get rid of any droppings, feathers, or other potential illness-carrying leave-behinds. You might also need animal control to actually remove the birds from your vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If there are mice in the air ducts, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice gnaw wiring and leave droppings like most rodents, but they also add to their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the road system of your house, they eventually die in there. This creates a health hazard, and you may notice an unsavory odor.

You probably suspect mice due to the noise you hear – plenty of scratching and scrabbling along ductwork. Or you may actually see one making an escape through the heating vents in your walls. You may even confirm their presence by inspecting the ducts for mice droppings. Either way, if you suspect mice you have a couple options. You can trap them yourself, by placing traps inside each duct and checking them each morning. Or you might decide to hire a professional exterminator.

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 there, they will have left feces 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 remove most debris from your home’s air ducts.

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

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