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 may hear animal noises coming from air ducts and notice you have unwelcome guests. You can attempt to lure the little guys out but they may be nesting and refuse to 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 unwelcome house guests, including:

Insects and Bugs

Nothing is worse than trying to kill a spider and watching it run 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 baby spiders. You may even believe you hear a few scurrying around your duct system. Fear not. 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 out of there. Eggs, too.

Rodents

When rodents make their way into your duct system, generally through holes in the duct work and fractures in the foundation or home exterior, it causes multiple issues. First, rodents can leave droppings behind and can destroy anything they get into, including Christmas decorations or baby toys you’re storing in your attic. Second, animals tend to chew, which can result in exposed wiring. That combined with the dried grass and leaves they’re likely bringing in to manufacture a nest, and now you have quite the fire danger in your attic, duct system, and behind your walls. A full 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 rodents and perhaps an electrician if there has been any damage to wiring.

Birds

Birds usually get into safe and warm places to nestand your air vents are perfect. Nests mean baby birds, which means they are feeding babies, and that means BUGS. If you have birds in your vents, you’ll probably end up with six-legged and eight-legged critters in your home. But that’s not the worst part. Birds construct nests in your vents, and given the large amount of stuff they use to build said nest, it can end up fully clogging a vent, preventing any airflow. As with mice, squirrels, etc., a thorough duct cleaning from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can remove any droppings, feathers, or other likely illness-carrying leave-behinds. You may also need an expert animal removal company to actually remove the birds from your vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If there are mice in the ductwork, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice gnaw electrical wires 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 beltway of your residence, they eventually die in the ducts. This creates an unsanitary situation, and you may notice unpleasant scents.

You may suspect mice from the sounds you hear – some scratching and scrabbling in walls. Or you may actually notice one making an escape into the vents in your walls. You could even confirm their presence by inspecting the ducts for mice feces. Either way, if you suspect mice you have some choices. You could trap them yourself, by setting traps on the interior of each duct and checking them every morning. Or you could hire a professional exterminator.

If you have verified that the mice are gone, you will need to have your ducts professionally cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been present, they will have left feces in your ducts. Mice droppings 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 clean out most debris from your home’s ventilation system.

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

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