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 notice you have unwelcome tenants. You can pull out all the stops to lure the critters out but they may not leave their babies if they are nesting. Call Sunbeam Service Experts for a complete duct cleaning and we will confirm your duct system is rid of all these unwelcome house guests, for instance:

Bugs and Insects

Not much is worse than aiming to kill a spider and watching is escape into an air vent. It’s out of reach now and all you can do is lay in bed and imagine it laying all those spider babies. You may even think you hear some scuttling around your duct system. Never fear. Sunbeam Service Experts will come to your home and give you a complete duct cleaning and ensure that spider and any of her yucky friends are good and gone. Eggs, too.

Rodents

When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife make a home in your duct system, usually through gaps in the duct work and fractures in the foundation or home exterior, it causes multiple issues. First, wildlife can leave droppings behind and can ruin anything they come across, including Christmas decorations or old toys you’re saving in your attic. Second, animals tend to chew, which can leave you with exposed wiring. That combined with the dried grass and leaves they’re likely bringing in to manufacture a nest, and now there’s quite the fire danger in your attic, behind your walls, and in your duct system. A good duct cleaning can eliminate rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call a professional animal removal company to remove the rodents and perhaps an electrician if there was any wire damage.

Birds

Birds usually get into safe and warm 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 probably end up with six-legged and eight-legged critters in your home. But that’s not all. Birds create nests in your vents, and given the great amount of leaves and grass they use to create said nest, it can result in fully clogging a vent, preventing any airflow. As with rodents, a full duct cleaning from Sunbeam Service Experts can eliminate any droppings, feathers, or other potential illness-carrying leave-behinds. You could 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 ductwork, you should take steps to remove them. Mice chew through wires and leave droppings like most rodents, but they also grow their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the road system of your residence, they eventually die in the ducts. This creates a health hazard, and you may notice an unsavory odor.

You may guess mice because of the sounds you hear – some scratching and scrabbling in metal. Or you may actually see one making an escape into the heating vents in your walls. You could even confirm their status by inspecting the ducts for mice feces. If you suspect mice you have two options. You could trap them yourself, by placing traps inside each duct and checking them in the morning. Or you could pay for a specialist.

After you’ve verified that the mice are gone, you should have your ducts thoroughly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been there, they will have left feces in your ducts. Mice leavings are toxic, and if you ignore them in your ducts they can make your household sick. Sunbeam Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will eliminate most debris from your home’s airways.

Call Sunbeam 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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