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

It’s not fun to think about, but occasionally dust isn’t exclusively what is in your duct system. You may hear animal noises coming from air ducts and fear you have unwelcome visitors. You can pull out all the stops to lure the critters 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 assure your duct system is rid of all these unwanted house guests, including:

Creepy-Crawlies

There are few things worse than working to kill a spider and seeing it run into an air vent. It’s out of reach now and all you can do is sit in your room and imagine it laying all those baby spiders. You may even swear you hear a few scurrying around your duct system. Don’t worry. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will come see you and give you a complete duct cleaning and assure that spider and any of her yucky friends are evicted. Eggs, too.

Rodents

When rodents make their way into your duct system, usually through holes in the duct work and breaks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes multiple issues. First, wildlife can leave droppings behind and can destroy anything they come across, including holiday decorations or baby toys you’re storing in your attic. Second, animals tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That joined with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely bringing in to create a nest, and that creates quite the fire danger in your attic, duct system, and behind your walls. A good 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 mice, squirrels, or other wildlife and possibly an electrician if there has been any damage to wiring.

Birds

Birds normally find safe and sheltered places to nestand your air vents are perfect. Nests mean eggs, which means they are feeding babies, and that means BUGS. If you have birds in your vents, you’ll presumably end up with bugs in your home. But that’s not the worst part. Birds build nests in your vents, and given the vast amount of leaves and grass they use to construct said nest, it can end up fully clogging a vent, preventing any airflow. As with rodents, 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 an expert animal removal company to actually remove the birds from the 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 gnaw wiring and leave refuse like all rodents, but they also grow their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the highway of your home, they eventually die in there. This creates an unsanitary situation, and you may notice an unsavory odor.

You probably think of mice because of the noise you hear – plenty of scratching and scrabbling inside metal. Or you might actually see one making an escape into the air vents in your house. You may even confirm their presence by inspecting the ducts for mice droppings. If you think there’s mice you have two options. You may trap them yourself, by placing traps inside each vent and checking them every morning. Or you could contract a specialist.

Once you’ve determined that the mice are exterminated, you will need to have your ducts professionally cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been living in the walls, they will have left mice refuse in your ducts. Mice droppings are toxic, and if you ignore them in 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 today for a thorough duct cleaning to help assure the air your family is breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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