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

You don’t want to think about it, but occasionally dust isn’t the only thing that is in your duct system. You might have heard animal noises coming from air ducts and fear you have unwelcome tenants. You can attempt to lure the little guys out but if they’re nesting they may not leave their babies. Call Climate Control Service Experts for a thorough duct cleaning and we will assure your duct system is free of all these unwelcome house guests, for instance:

Insects and Bugs

There are few things worse than aiming to kill a spider and watching it run into an air vent. It’s out of reach now and all you can do is sit on the couch and imagine the spider laying all those spider eggs. You may even believe you hear a few scuttling around your duct system. No worries. Climate Control Service Experts will come out and give you a complete duct cleaning and assure 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, commonly through gaps in the duct work and cracks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes multiple issues. First, squirrels, mice, or raccoons can leave droppings behind and can tear up anything they encounter, including seasonal decorations or old toys you’re saving in your attic. Second, animals tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That mixed with the dried grass and leaves they’re likely carrying in to create a nest, and now there’s quite the fire risk in your attic, duct system, and behind your walls. A complete duct cleaning can get rid of rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call an expert wildlife removal company to remove the furry visitors and maybe an electrician if there was any damage to the wiring.

Birds

Birds typically find safe and dry places to nestand your air vents meet that criteria. Nests mean baby birds, which means they are bringing food to babies, and that means BUGS. If you discover birds in your vents, you’ll presumably end up with creepy-crawlies in your home. But that’s not the worst part. Birds create nests in your vents, and given the vast amount of materials they use to create said nest, it can end up fully clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with mice, squirrels, etc., a full duct cleaning from Climate Control Service Experts can eliminate any droppings, feathers, or other potential illness-carrying leave-behinds. You might also need an expert animal removal company to actually remove the birds from your vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If you’ve got mice in the air ducts, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice nibble on wiring and leave droppings like all rodents, but they also add to their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the beltway of your home, they eventually die in there. This creates unhealthy living conditions, and you may notice unpleasant scents.

You probably suspect mice due to the noises you hear – plenty of scratching and scrabbling in air ducts. Or you could actually spot one making an escape into the heating vents in your home. You might even confirm their status by inspecting the ducts for mice droppings. If you you’re worried you have mice you have some choices. You could trap them yourself, by setting traps just inside each duct and checking them each morning. Or you could contract a pest control company.

Once you have verified that the mice are removed, you should have your ductwork professionally cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been living in the walls, they will have left mice refuse in your ducts. Mice feces are toxic, and if you ignore them in your ducts they can make your household sick. Climate Control Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will clean out most debris from your home’s ventilation system.

Call Climate Control Service Experts soon for a full duct cleaning to help make sure the air you and your loved ones are breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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