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

You don’t want to think about it, but often times dust isn’t the only thing that is in your duct system. You might have heard animal noises coming from air ducts and realize you have unwelcome guests. You can try and lure the little guys 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 ensure your duct system is clear of all these uninvited house guests, such as:

Creepy-Crawlies

Nothing is worse than working to kill a spider and seeing it escape into your air vent. It’s out of reach now and all you can do is lie in bed and imagine it laying all those spider eggs. You may even swear you hear a couple scurrying around your duct system. No worries. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will come to your home and give you a full duct cleaning and assure that spider and any of her creepy-crawly friends are out of there. Babies, too.

Rodents

When rodents make their way into your duct system, normally through openings in the duct work and breaks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, wildlife can leave droppings behind and can tear up anything they encounter, including holiday decorations or old baby clothes you’re keeping in your attic. Second, rodents tend to chew, which can result in exposed wiring. That joined with the twigs and dried grass they’re likely carrying in to manufacture a nest, and now you have quite the fire danger in your attic, behind your walls, and in your duct system. A complete duct cleaning can get rid of rodent droppings or nests, but you may also need to call animal control to remove the mice, squirrels, or other wildlife and possibly an electrician if there was any wire damage.

Birds

Birds typically look for safe and dry places to nestand your air vents are perfect. Nests mean baby birds, which means they are finding food for babies, and that means BUGS. If you have birds in your vents, you’ll presumably end up with six-legged and eight-legged critters in your home. But that’s not the worst part. Birds build nests in your vents, and given the large amount of leaves and grass they use to build said nest, it can end up completely clogging a vent, preventing 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 potential 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’ve got mice in your ductwork, you should take steps to remove them. Mice chew through wiring and leave refuse 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 die in there. This creates a health hazard, and you may notice an unsavory odor.

You might think of mice from the noises you hear – plenty of scratching and scrabbling inside ducts. Or you may actually notice one making an escape into the vents in your house. You might even confirm their passage by inspecting the ducts for mice leavings. If you think there’s mice you have two choices. You may trap them yourself, by placing traps inside each duct and checking them in the morning. Or you could contract a specialist.

After you have determined that the mice are exterminated, you should have your air ducts professionally cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been there, they will have left feces in your ducts. Mice leavings 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 remove most debris from your home’s air ducts.

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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