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

It’s unpleasant to consider, but often times dust isn’t all that is in your duct system. You may hear animal noises coming from air ducts and notice you have freeloading guests. You can attempt to lure the creatures out but they may be nesting and refuse to leave their babies. Call Epperson Service Experts for a thorough duct cleaning and we will ensure your duct system is rid of all these unwelcome house guests, for instance:

Insects and Bugs

Nothing is worse than trying to kill a spider and seeing it run into your air vent. It’s impossible to get it now and all you can do is sit on the couch and imagine the thing laying all those spider babies. You may even swear you hear a few scampering around your duct system. Never fear. Epperson Service Experts will come out and give you a full duct cleaning and ensure that spider and any of her bug friends are out of there. Babies, too.


When rodents make their way into your duct system, usually through gaps in the duct work and cracks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes multiple issues. First, rodents can leave droppings behind and can destroy anything they get into, including holiday decorations or baby toys you’re storing in your attic. Second, animals tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That joined with the dried grass and leaves they’re likely taking in to create a nest, and now there’s quite the fire risk in your attic, duct system, and behind your walls. A thorough duct cleaning can get rid of rodent droppings or nests, but you could also need to call an expert wildlife removal company to remove the furry visitors and perhaps an electrician if there was any damage to the wiring.


Birds typically find safe and dry places to nestand your air vents are perfect. Nests mean eggs, which means they are finding food for 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 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 completely clogging a vent, stopping any airflow. As with rodents, a completely duct cleaning from Epperson Service Experts can get rid of any droppings, feathers, or other possible 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’ve got mice in your home’s ducts, you should take steps to remove them. Mice nibble on wiring and leave feces like most rodents, but they also grow their population quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the highway of your home, they usually die in there. This creates unhealthy living conditions, and you may notice it due to the smell.

You probably think of mice from the noise you hear – lots of scratching and scrabbling inside ducts. Or you might actually see one making an escape through the vents in your walls. You may even confirm their status by inspecting the ducts for mice droppings. Either way, if you think there’s mice you have two options. You can trap them yourself, by setting traps on the interior of each duct and checking them each morning. Or you can hire a professional exterminator.

If you’ve verified that the mice are removed, you really should have your air ducts thoroughly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been there, they will have left mice refuse in your ducts. Mice feces are toxic, and if you leave them in your ducts they can make your household sick. Epperson Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will remove most debris from your home’s airways.

Call Epperson Service Experts now for a full duct cleaning to help make sure the air you are breathing is healthy and pest-free.

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