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 might hear animal noises coming from air ducts and fear you have unwelcome 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 & Plumbing for a complete duct cleaning and we will ensure your duct system is clear of all these uninvited house guests, such as:
Insects and Bugs
There are few things worse than working 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 lie in bed and imagine the spider laying all those spider eggs. You may even swear you hear some scurrying around your duct system. Fear not. Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing will come out and give you a complete duct cleaning and make sure that spider and any of her creepy-crawly friends are good and gone. Babies, too.
When raccoons, mice, and other furry visitors 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, rodents can leave droppings behind and can tear up anything they encounter, including Christmas decorations or old baby clothes you’re storing in your attic. Second, those little guys tend to chew, which can result in exposed wiring. That joined with the dried grass and leaves they’re likely bringing in to manufacture a nest, and now you have quite the fire hazard in your duct system, your attic, or behind your walls. A complete duct cleaning can remove rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call animal control to remove the furry visitors and possibly an electrician if there was any damage to the wiring.
Birds typically get into 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 bugs in your home. But that’s not all. Birds construct nests in your vents, and given the large amount of leaves and grass they use to create said nest, it can wind up fully clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with mice, squirrels, etc., a full duct cleaning from Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing can get rid of any droppings, feathers, or other likely illness-carrying leave-behinds. You might also need a professional wildlife removal company to actually remove the birds from air vents or attics.
Mice in Air Ducts
If you have mice in the air ducts, you should take steps to quickly remove them. Mice chew through 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 the ducts. This creates unhealthy living conditions, and you may notice it due to the smell.
You might guess mice from the sounds you hear – lots of scratching and scrabbling inside air ducts. Or you might actually spot one making an escape into the heating vents in your walls. You may even confirm their presence by inspecting the ducts for mice leavings. If you suspect mice you have some options. You can trap them yourself, by setting traps on the interior of each vent and checking them every morning. Or you might decide to hire a pest control company.
If you’ve determined that the mice are exterminated, you will need to have your ducts thoroughly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been living in the walls, they will have left feces in your ducts. Mice leavings are toxic, and if you don’t remove them from your ducts they can make your household sick. Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing offers duct cleaning services that will clean out most debris from your home’s air ducts.
Call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing now or schedule online for a complete duct cleaning to help ensure the air you are breathing is healthy and pest-free.
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