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

You don’t want to think about it, but occasionally dust isn’t the only thing that is in your duct system. You may hear animal noises coming from air ducts and realize you have unwelcome tenants. You can attempt to lure the critters out but if they’re nesting they may not leave their babies. Call A-PLUS Service Experts for a complete duct cleaning and we will make sure your duct system is clear of all these uninvited house guests, including:

Bugs and Insects

There are few things worse than trying to kill a spider and seeing it run into your air vent. You can’t get to it now and all you can do is lay in bed and imagine it laying all those spider babies. You may even think you hear a few scrambling around your duct system. Fear not. A-PLUS Service Experts will come out and give you a complete duct cleaning and ensure that spider and any of her yucky friends are out of there. The offspring, too.

Rodents

When raccoons, mice, and other furry visitors find themselves in your duct system, normally through openings in the duct work and cracks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, squirrels, mice, or raccoons can leave droppings behind and can ruin anything they get into, including holiday decorations or baby toys you’re storing in your attic. Second, rodents tend to chew, which can result in exposed wiring. That mixed with the twigs and dried grass they’re likely taking in to build a nest, and now there’s quite the fire hazard in your attic, duct system, and behind your walls. A thorough duct cleaning can remove rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call a professional animal removal company to remove the rodents and possibly an electrician if there has been any damage to wiring.

Birds

Birds typically get into safe and warm places to nest, like your air vents. Nests mean babies, 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 creepy-crawlies in your home. But that’s not the end of it. Birds build nests in your vents, and given the large amount of materials they use to assemble said nest, it can end up completely clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with mice, squirrels, etc., a full duct cleaning from A-PLUS Service Experts can eliminate any droppings, feathers, or other likely illness-carrying leave-behinds. You might also need animal control to actually remove the birds from the vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If there are mice in your air ducts, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice nibble on electrical wires and leave feces like all rodents, but they also multiply quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the highway of your home, they may die in the ducts. This creates an unsanitary situation, and you may notice unpleasant scents.

You probably suspect mice because of the noises you hear – lots of scratching and scrabbling along ducts. Or you might actually notice one making an escape through the vents in your walls. You might even confirm their status by inspecting the ducts for mice feces. Either way, if you suspect mice you have some choices. You could trap them yourself, by placing traps inside each vent and checking them in the morning. Or you can hire a specialist.

Once you’ve verified that the mice are gone, you will need to have your ductwork thoroughly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been living in the walls, they will have left feces in your ducts. Mice droppings are toxic, and if you don’t remove them from your ducts they can make you sick. A-PLUS Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will remove most debris from your home’s air ducts.

Call A-PLUS Service Experts today for a complete duct cleaning to help make sure the air you and your loved ones are breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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