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

You don’t want to think about it, but often times dust isn’t exclusively what is in your duct system. You might hear animal noises coming from air ducts and notice you have unwanted guests. You can attempt to lure the critters 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 rid of all these unwanted house guests, such as:

Creepy-Crawlies

Not much is worse than aiming to kill a spider and watching it run into an air vent. You can’t get to it now and all you can do is sit on the couch and imagine it laying all those spider babies. You may even think you hear a couple racing around your duct system. Never fear. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will come out and give you a thorough duct cleaning and assure that spider and any of her bug friends are good and gone. Eggs, too.

Rodents

When raccoons, mice, and other furry visitors find themselves in your duct system, usually through gaps in the duct work and cracks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, furry critters can leave droppings behind and can destroy anything they get into, including holiday decorations or baby toys you’re storing in your attic. Second, rodents tend to chew, which can result in exposed wiring. That combined with the twigs and dried grass they’re likely carrying in to build a nest, and that creates quite the fire hazard in your duct system, your attic, or behind your walls. A good duct cleaning can get rid of rodent droppings or nests, but you might also need to call a professional animal removal company to remove the furry visitors and possibly an electrician if there was any damage to the wiring.

Birds

Birds normally look for safe and sheltered places to nestand your air vents are perfect. 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 bugs in your home. But that’s not the worst part. Birds build nests in your vents, and given the great amount of stuff they use to create said nest, it can result in totally clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with rodents, 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 may also need a professional wildlife removal company 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 gnaw electrical wires and leave feces like most rodents, but they also multiply quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the road system of your residence, they usually pass away inside. This creates a health hazard, and you may notice it due to the smell.

You may think of mice from the noise you hear – lots of scratching and scrabbling in ductwork. Or you might actually spot one making an escape into the heating vents in your walls. You might even confirm their status by inspecting the ducts for mice feces. Either way, if you suspect mice you have a couple options. You may trap them yourself, by placing traps inside each duct and checking them each morning. Or you could contract a professional exterminator.

Once you have verified that the mice are removed, you should have your ductwork professionally 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 eliminate most debris from your home’s ventilation system.

Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for a thorough duct cleaning to help ensure the air your family is breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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