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 might have heard animal noises coming from air ducts and notice you have freeloading guests. You can try and lure the little guys out but if they’re nesting they may not leave their babies. Call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning for a comprehensive duct cleaning and we will make sure your duct system is clear of all these nasty house guests, including: 

Bugs and Insects 

There are few things worse than aiming to kill a spider and watching 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 eggs. You may even think you hear some scrambling around your duct system. Don’t worry. Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning will come out and give you a thorough duct cleaning and assure that spider and any of her yucky friends are evicted. The offspring, too. 

Rodents 

When rats, squirrels, and other wildlife find themselves in your duct system, usually through holes in the duct work and breaks in the foundation or home exterior, it causes multiple issues. First, furry critters can leave droppings behind and can tear up anything they encounter, including holiday decorations or baby toys you’re storing in your attic. Second, those little guys tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That mixed with the dried leaves and twigs they’re likely carrying in to build a nest, and that creates quite the fire hazard in your duct system, your attic, or behind your walls. A good duct cleaning can eliminate rodent droppings or nests, but you may also need to call an expert wildlife removal company to remove the rodents and maybe an electrician if there was any damage to the wiring. 

Birds 

Birds usually find 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 presumably end up with six-legged and eight-legged critters in your home. But that’s not the worst part. Birds construct nests in your vents, and given the large amount of leaves and grass they use to build said nest, it can end up fully clogging a vent, stopping any airflow. As with our furry friends, a completely duct cleaning from Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning can eliminate any droppings, feathers, or other possible illness-carrying leave-behinds. You could also need animal control to actually remove the birds from your vents or attics. 

Mice in Air Ducts 

If you have mice in the ducts, you should take steps quickly to remove them. Mice gnaw wires and leave refuse like all 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 die in there. This creates a health hazard, and you may notice it due to the smell. 
 
You probably think of mice because of the noise you hear – lots of scratching and scrabbling inside walls. Or you could actually notice one making an escape into the heating vents in your walls. You might even confirm their presence by inspecting the ducts for mice feces. If you you’re worried you have mice you have a couple options. You could trap them yourself, by placing traps just inside each vent and checking them each morning. Or you can contract a specialist. 
 
If you’ve verified that the mice are exterminated, you really should have your ductwork 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 leave them in your ducts they can make your household sick. Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning offers duct cleaning services that will remove most debris from your home’s ventilation system. 

Call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning today or schedule online for a complete duct cleaning to help assure the air you are breathing is healthy and pest-free.