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

You don’t want to think about it, but sometimes dust isn’t exclusively what is in your duct system. You might have heard animal noises coming from air ducts and fear you have unwanted tenants. You can pull out all the stops to lure the critters out but if they’re nesting they may not leave their babies. Call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning for a thorough duct cleaning and we will assure your duct system is free of all these unwelcome house guests, for instance: 

Creepy-Crawlies 

Not much is worse than trying to kill a spider and watching it run into your air vent. It’s impossible to get it now and all you can do is sit on the couch and imagine the spider laying all those spider eggs. You may even swear you hear some scuttling around your duct system. Don’t worry. Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning will come to your home and give you a complete duct cleaning and make sure that spider and any of her creepy-crawly friends are out of there. Eggs, too. 

Rodents 

When rodents make their way into your duct system, commonly through openings in the duct work and breaks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes several issues. First, squirrels, mice, or raccoons can leave droppings behind and can destroy anything they get into, including holiday decorations or old baby clothes you’re saving in your attic. Second, rodents tend to chew, which can leave you with exposed wiring. That joined with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely taking in to build a nest, and now you have quite the fire hazard in your attic, behind your walls, and in your duct system. A thorough duct cleaning can remove rodent droppings or nests, but you may also need to call an expert wildlife removal company to remove the mice, squirrels, or other wildlife and maybe an electrician if there has been any damage to wiring. 

Birds 

Birds normally look for safe and sheltered places to nest, like your air vents. Nests mean eggs, which means they are finding food for babies, and that means BUGS. If you discover birds in your vents, you’ll probably end up with six-legged and eight-legged critters in your home. But that’s not all. Birds construct nests in your vents, and given the great amount of stuff they use to create said nest, it can result in completely clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with our furry friends, a full duct cleaning from Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning can remove any droppings, feathers, or other likely illness-carrying leave-behinds. You might also need animal control to actually remove the birds from your vents or attics. 

Mice in Air Ducts 

If there are mice in your home’s ducts, you should take steps to quickly remove them. Mice nibble on wiring and leave feces like most rodents, but they also multiply quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the highway of your house, they eventually pass away inside. This creates an unsanitary situation, and you may notice unpleasant scents. 
 
You probably suspect mice because of the noise you hear – plenty of scratching and scrabbling in walls. Or you might actually see one making an escape through the air vents in your home. You may even confirm their presence by inspecting the ducts for mice leavings. Either way, if you think there’s mice you have some options. You could trap them yourself, by setting traps just inside each duct and checking them each morning. Or you could pay for a pest control company. 
 
Once you’ve determined that the mice are exterminated, you will need to have your ductwork expertly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been living in the walls, they will have left mice refuse in your ducts. Mice leavings are toxic, and if you don’t remove them from your ducts they can make you sick. Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning offers duct cleaning services that will remove most debris from your home’s air ducts. 

Call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning soon or schedule online for a thorough duct cleaning to help make sure the air you and your loved ones are breathing is healthy and pest-free.