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

It’s not fun to think about, but occasionally dust isn’t the only thing that 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 creatures out but if they’re nesting they may not leave their babies. Call McKinley Heating Service Experts for a thorough duct cleaning and we will assure your duct system is rid of all these unwanted house guests, such as:

Bugs and Insects

There are few things worse than working to kill a spider and seeing it run into the air vent. You can’t get to it now and all you can do is lay in bed and imagine it laying all those baby spiders. You may even swear you hear a few racing around your duct system. Fear not. McKinley Heating Service Experts will come see you and give you a thorough duct cleaning and assure that spider and any of her yucky friends are out of there. Babies, too.

Rodents

When raccoons, mice, and other furry visitors find themselves in your duct system, usually through gaps in the duct work and fractures in the foundation or home exterior, it causes several issues. First, squirrels, mice, or raccoons can leave droppings behind and can ruin anything they encounter, including holiday decorations or old baby clothes you’re keeping in your attic. Second, those little guys tend to chew, which can cause exposed wiring. That joined with the twigs and dried grass they’re likely carrying in to manufacture a nest, and now you have quite the fire hazard in your attic, behind your walls, and in your duct system. A professional duct cleaning can get rid of rodent droppings or nests, but you may also need to call animal control to remove the rodents and maybe an electrician if there was any damage to the wiring.

Birds

Birds usually look for safe and warm 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 presumably end up with six-legged and eight-legged critters in your home. But that’s not the worst part. Birds create nests in your vents, and given the large amount of materials they use to create said nest, it can result in completely clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with our furry friends, a completely duct cleaning from McKinley Heating Service Experts can remove any droppings, feathers, or other potential illness-carrying leave-behinds. You might also need animal control to actually remove the birds from your vents or attics.

Mice in Air Ducts

If there are mice in the ducts, you should take steps to quickly remove them. Mice nibble on wires and leave refuse like most rodents, but they also multiply quickly. And when they run around in the ducts, treating it like the highway of your house, they may pass away inside. This creates an unsanitary situation, and you may notice it due to the smell.

You might suspect mice due to the noise you hear – lots of scratching and scrabbling along ducts. Or you could actually spot one making an escape through the heating vents in your home. You might even confirm their status by inspecting the ducts for mice droppings. Either way, if you think there’s mice you have some choices. You could trap them yourself, by setting traps inside each duct and checking them in the morning. Or you can hire a professional exterminator.

If you have determined that the mice are removed, you will need to have your ductwork expertly cleaned by an HVAC company. If mice have been there, they will have left mice refuse in your ducts. Mice leavings are toxic, and if you leave them in your ducts they can make you and your family sick. McKinley Heating Service Experts offers duct cleaning services that will clean out most debris from your home’s ventilation system.

Call McKinley Heating 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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