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

It’s unpleasant to consider, but occasionally dust isn’t exclusively what is in your duct system. You might have heard animal noises coming from air ducts and fear you have freeloading visitors. You can try and lure the little guys out but they may be nesting and refuse to leave their babies. Call Strogen's Service Experts for a comprehensive duct cleaning and we will confirm your duct system is free of all these uninvited house guests, for instance:

Insects and Bugs

There are few things worse than trying to kill a spider and watching is escape into your air vent. It’s out of reach now and all you can do is lie in bed and imagine the spider laying all those spider babies. You may even believe you hear a couple scurrying around your duct system. Don’t worry. Strogen's Service Experts will come see you and give you a complete duct cleaning and assure that spider and any of her yucky friends are evicted. The offspring, too.

Rodents

When rodents make their way into your duct system, commonly through gaps in the duct work and cracks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes many issues. First, furry critters can leave droppings behind and can destroy anything they come across, including holiday decorations or old toys you’re saving in your attic. Second, animals tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That combined with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely carrying in to build a nest, and that creates quite the fire hazard in your attic, duct system, and behind your walls. A complete duct cleaning can eliminate rodent droppings or nests, but you might also need to call a professional animal removal company to remove the rodents and maybe an electrician if there was any damage to the wiring.

Birds

Birds normally find safe and warm places to nest, like your air vents. Nests mean eggs, which means they are bringing food to babies, and that means BUGS. If you find birds in your vents, you’ll presumably end up with creepy-crawlies in your home. But that’s not all. Birds construct nests in your vents, and given the great amount of materials they use to create said nest, it can result in totally clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with rodents, a thorough duct cleaning from Strogen's Service Experts can remove any droppings, feathers, or other possible illness-carrying leave-behinds. You could also need animal control to actually remove the birds from the vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If you’ve got mice in your home’s ductwork, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice chew through wires and leave refuse 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 house, they usually pass away inside. This creates unhealthy living conditions, and you may notice unpleasant scents.

You might suspect mice because of the sounds you hear – some scratching and scrabbling in ducts. Or you may actually spot one making an escape into the heating vents in your home. You may even confirm their passage 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 every morning. Or you can pay for a pest control company.

Once you have determined that the mice are removed, you will need to have your air ducts professionally cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been there, they will have left mice refuse in your ducts. Mice droppings are toxic, and if you ignore them in your ducts they can make your household sick. Strogen's Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will clean out most debris from your home’s airways.

Call Strogen's Service Experts today for a thorough duct cleaning to help ensure the air your family is breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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