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

It’s unpleasant to consider, 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 attempt to lure the critters out but they may be nesting and refuse to leave their babies. Call Wesley Wood Service Experts for a complete duct cleaning and we will ensure your duct system is clear of all these uninvited house guests, such as:

Bugs and Insects

There are few things worse than trying to kill a spider and seeing it run into an 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 eggs. You may even think you hear a few scuttling around your duct system. Don’t worry. Wesley Wood Service Experts will come to your home and give you a full duct cleaning and assure that spider and any of her yucky friends are good and gone. Babies, too.

Rodents

When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife make a home in your duct system, generally through gaps in the duct work and breaks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes several issues. First, furry critters can leave droppings behind and can ruin anything they come across, including seasonal decorations or old toys you’re saving in your attic. Second, rodents tend to chew, which can leave you with exposed wiring. That mixed with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely taking in to manufacture a nest, and that creates quite the fire hazard in your duct system, your attic, or behind your walls. A full duct cleaning can remove rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call an expert wildlife removal company to remove the mice, squirrels, or other wildlife and possibly an electrician if there was any wire damage.

Birds

Birds normally get into safe and dry places to nestand your air vents are perfect. Nests mean baby birds, which means they are feeding babies, and that means BUGS. If you have birds in your vents, you’ll probably end up with six-legged and eight-legged critters 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 construct said nest, it can result in totally clogging a vent, stopping any airflow. As with our furry friends, a professional duct cleaning from Wesley Wood Service Experts can remove any droppings, feathers, or other likely illness-carrying leave-behinds. You might also need a professional wildlife removal company to actually remove the birds from the 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 wires and leave droppings like all rodents, but they also multiply quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the road system of your home, they usually die in the ducts. This creates a health hazard, and you may notice an unsavory odor.

You might think of mice because of the sounds you hear – lots of scratching and scrabbling along ducts. Or you may actually notice one making an escape into the air vents in your home. You may even confirm their presence by inspecting the ducts for mice droppings. Either way, if you suspect mice you have some options. You could trap them yourself, by placing traps just inside each duct and checking them in the morning. Or you can pay for a specialist.

After you’ve determined that the mice are gone, you will need to have your ductwork professionally cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been living in the walls, they will have left droppings in your ducts. Mice feces are toxic, and if you ignore them in your ducts they can make you sick. Wesley Wood Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will clean out most debris from your home’s airways.

Call Wesley Wood Service Experts soon for a thorough duct cleaning to help make sure the air your family is breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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