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 hear animal noises coming from air ducts and realize you have unwanted guests. You can try and lure the critters out but they may not leave their babies if they are nesting. Call Stevenson Service Experts for a complete duct cleaning and we will make sure your duct system is free of all these unwelcome house guests, including:

Creepy-Crawlies

Nothing is worse than aiming to kill a spider and seeing it escape into your air vent. It’s impossible to get it now and all you can do is lay in bed and imagine it laying all those spider eggs. You may even think you hear a couple scuttling around your duct system. Fear not. Stevenson Service Experts will come out and give you a full duct cleaning and assure that spider and any of her creepy-crawly friends are evicted. Babies, too.

Rodents

When raccoons, mice, and other furry visitors find themselves in your duct system, usually through openings in the duct work and breaks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, furry critters can leave droppings behind and can tear up anything they come across, including Christmas decorations or old baby clothes you’re keeping in your attic. Second, rodents tend to chew, which can leave you with exposed wiring. That combined with the dried grass and leaves they’re likely taking in to build a nest, and now you have quite the fire danger 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 rodents and possibly an electrician if there has been any damage to wiring.

Birds

Birds usually get into 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 have birds in your vents, you’ll probably end up with creepy-crawlies in your home. But that’s not the end of it. Birds assemble nests in your vents, and given the large amount of materials they use to construct said nest, it can result in completely clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with mice, squirrels, etc., a professional duct cleaning from Stevenson Service Experts can eliminate any droppings, feathers, or other likely illness-carrying leave-behinds. You may also need animal control to actually remove the birds from the vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If there are mice in your home’s ductwork, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice nibble on electrical wires and leave feces 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 the ducts. This creates unhealthy living conditions, and you may notice an unsavory odor.

You probably think of mice from the noises you hear – some scratching and scrabbling in sheet metal. Or you could actually see one making an escape through the heating vents in your house. You may even confirm their status by inspecting the ducts for mice droppings. Either way, if you think there’s mice you have a couple options. You may trap them yourself, by placing traps inside each duct and checking them each morning. Or you can contract a specialist.

After you have determined that the mice are removed, you really should have your ductwork professionally cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been present, they will have left mice refuse in your ducts. Mice feces are toxic, and if you leave them in your ducts they can make you and your family sick. Stevenson Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will eliminate most debris from your home’s ventilation system.

Call Stevenson Service Experts soon for a thorough duct cleaning to help assure the air you and your loved ones are breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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