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

It’s unpleasant to consider, but sometimes dust isn’t all that is in your duct system. You might hear animal noises coming from air ducts and fear you have unwanted visitors. You can attempt to lure the creatures out but if they’re nesting they may not leave their babies. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a thorough duct cleaning and we will make sure your duct system is free of all these unwanted house guests, for instance:

Creepy-Crawlies

There are few things worse than trying to kill a spider and seeing it run into your air vent. You can’t get to it now and all you can do is lie in bed and imagine the spider laying all those spider babies. You may even believe you hear a couple racing around your duct system. Never fear. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will come to your home and give you a complete duct cleaning and ensure that spider and any of her bug friends are out of there. Babies, too.

Rodents

When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife make a home in your duct system, usually through gaps 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 tear up anything they get into, including Christmas decorations or old toys you’re saving in your attic. Second, those little guys tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That joined with the dried grass and leaves they’re likely bringing in to manufacture a nest, and now you have quite the fire risk in your attic, duct system, and behind your walls. A good duct cleaning can eliminate rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call an expert wildlife removal company to remove the mice, squirrels, or other wildlife and perhaps an electrician if there has been any damage to wiring.

Birds

Birds normally find safe and dry places to nest, like your air vents. Nests mean baby birds, which means they are bringing food to babies, and that means BUGS. If you find 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 great amount of stuff they use to create said nest, it can wind up fully clogging a vent, stopping any airflow. As with mice, squirrels, etc., a thorough duct cleaning from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can eliminate any droppings, feathers, or other likely 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 have mice in your home’s air ducts, you should take steps to remove them. Mice nibble on wires and leave feces like all 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 may pass away inside. This creates a health hazard, and you may notice an unsavory odor.

You probably suspect mice due to the sounds you hear – some scratching and scrabbling in ducts. Or you may actually spot one making an escape into the heating vents in your walls. You may even confirm their passage by inspecting the ducts for mice droppings. If you think there’s mice you have some options. You can trap them yourself, by placing traps inside each vent and checking them in the morning. Or you could contract a pest control company.

After you have verified that the mice are removed, you will need to have your ductwork expertly 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 eliminate most debris from your home’s airways.

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

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