What’s Crawling Around in Your Home’s Air Ducts Published on June 06, 2016 It’s not fun to think about, but often times dust isn’t the only thing that is in your duct system. You can pull out all the stops to lure the critters out but they may not leave their babies if they are nesting. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a comprehensive duct cleaning and we will assure your duct system is clear of all these unwelcome house guests, such as: Bugs and Insects Nothing is worse than trying to kill a spider and watching is escape into an air vent. You can’t get to it now and all you can do is lay in bed and imagine the thing laying all those spider eggs. You may even think you hear some scuttling around your duct system. Fear not. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will come see you and give you a thorough duct cleaning and make sure that spider and any of her yucky friends are evicted. The offspring, too. Rodents When raccoons, mice, and other furry visitors find themselves in your duct system, usually through openings in the duct work and fractures in the foundation or home exterior, it causes several issues. First, rodents can leave droppings behind and can tear up anything they come across, including holiday decorations or old toys you’re saving in your attic. Second, animals tend to chew, which can leave you with exposed wiring. That combined with the dried grass and leaves they’re likely carrying in to manufacture a nest, and now there’s quite the fire hazard in your attic, behind your walls, and in your duct system. A good duct cleaning can eliminate rodent droppings or nests, but you might also need to call animal control to remove the mice, squirrels, or other wildlife and perhaps an electrician if there was any wire damage. Birds Birds usually get into safe and sheltered places to nestand your air vents are perfect. Nests mean babies, which means they are finding food for babies, and that means BUGS. If you have birds in your vents, you’ll likely end up with creepy-crawlies in your home. But that’s not the worst part. Birds construct nests in your vents, and given the vast amount of leaves and grass they use to create said nest, it can result in fully clogging a vent, obstructing any airflow. As with mice, squirrels, etc., a professional duct cleaning from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can eliminate any droppings, feathers, or other likely illness-carrying leave-behinds. You could also need animal control to actually remove the birds from air vents or attics. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning soon for a complete duct cleaning to help make sure the air your family is breathing is healthy and pest-free.