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

You don’t want to think about it, but occasionally dust isn’t all that is in your duct system. You might have heard animal noises coming from air ducts and realize you have unwanted guests. You can try and lure the creatures out but they may be nesting and refuse to leave their babies. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a thorough duct cleaning and we will assure your duct system is clear of all these unwelcome house guests, including:

Bugs and Insects

There are few things worse than trying to kill a spider and watching is escape into the air vent. You can’t get to it now and all you can do is sit in your room and imagine it laying all those spider eggs. You may even believe you hear a couple scuttling around your duct system. Fear not. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will come see you and give you a complete duct cleaning and make sure that spider and any of her bug friends are out of there. Eggs, too.

Rodents

When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife make a home in your duct system, normally through gaps 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 toys you’re saving in your attic. Second, those little guys tend to chew, which can leave you with exposed wiring. That mixed with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely bringing in to create a nest, and now you have quite the fire risk 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 animal control to remove the rodents and possibly an electrician if there was any damage to the wiring.

Birds

Birds normally get into safe and dry places to nestand your air vents meet that criteria. Nests mean eggs, which means they are feeding babies, and that means BUGS. If you discover birds in your vents, you’ll likely end up with six-legged and eight-legged critters in your home. But that’s not the worst part. Birds create nests in your vents, and given the vast amount of stuff they use to assemble said nest, it can result in fully clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with our furry friends, a completely duct cleaning from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can remove any droppings, feathers, or other possible 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 you’ve got mice in your home’s ductwork, you should take steps to quickly remove them. Mice nibble on electrical wires and leave droppings like all rodents, but they also multiply quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the beltway of your house, they usually die in there. This creates unhealthy living conditions, and you may notice unpleasant scents.

You might think of mice due to the sounds you hear – lots of scratching and scrabbling in ductwork. Or you might actually notice one making an escape into the air vents in your walls. You might even confirm their status by inspecting the ducts for mice feces. If you think there’s mice you have two choices. You could trap them yourself, by placing traps on the interior of each duct and checking them in the morning. Or you could hire a specialist.

After you’ve verified that the mice are gone, you should have your ducts expertly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been there, they will have left feces in your ducts. Mice feces are toxic, and if you don’t remove them from your ducts they can make you and your family sick. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning offers duct cleaning services that will clean out most debris from your home’s air ducts.

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

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